COLLEGE CONSULTING SERVICES

No two clients are the same. 

We provide personalized, knowledgeable support.

We identify schools where you will thrive. 

We guide you to creating your strongest candidacy.

We'll develop strategies for you to demonstrate your strengths, values, personal qualities, experiences and goals in authentic and compelling ways.

We are proud to work with all types of applicants.​

  • Bound for: Ivy League and top tier private and public universities

  • Students with low GPA, learning challenges, uncommon educational path

  • Community college and transfer students

  • US and international schools and applicants

Comprehensive & Hourly Plans

Freshman, Sophomore & Junior Year Comprehensive Plan: customized plan based on assessment of student’s requirements.

  • Conduct in-depth kickoff call and regular quarterly 1:1 meetings. Provide responsive, ongoing email communications throughout the year.

  • Provide exercises, tools and guidance to explore academic and career interests and to identify personal goals, qualities and strengths.

  • Research, identify and evaluate enrichment/extracurricular activities (summer and after-school programs year-round)

  • Develop test plan (PSAT, ACT/SAT, Subject Tests, AP)

  • Advise on course selection and curriculum 

 

Senior Year Comprehensive Plan: advise and support students at every step of the application process.

Especially designed for seniors, this program is designed to start in the spring of students’ junior year or the summer after. Plan fees vary depending on number of schools.

Typical engagements include:

  • Conduct in-depth kickoff call and regular quarterly 1:1 meetings. Provide responsive, ongoing email communications throughout the year.

  • Provide guidance and strategy on developing essays, including topic selection. Starting in the summer, provide feedback and coaching on an intensive basis.

  • Create a summary of high school accomplishments and activities (“brag sheet” or resume).

  • Develop a balanced list of schools, including reach – target – safety.

  • Design a personalized action plan for successful completion of college applications.

  • Evaluate whether to apply early decision or early action to specific schools.

  • Understand how schools administer merit and need-based financial aid. 

  • Conduct mock interviews (as needed).

  • Assist in final college selection. Evaluate college admission offers and financial aid packages.

  • Benefit from advice regarding waitlist/deferred admission. 

Hourly Service: Address specific aspects of the college admissions process, including:

Plan ahead strategy                                             Application strategy

School selection                                                   Essay development and review

Application preparation                                      Application form preparation

School selection                                                   Mock interview

Scholarship/special program application        Early Application/Early Decision/Regular Decision/Waitlist strategy

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