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admissions

CONSULTING

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To ensure that students and families understand the college admissions process, and feel well-supported throughout the process.

  • To counsel properly so that every component of the application process is strong and represents the student in the best possible manner.

  • To recommend a balanced list of colleges from the following perspectives: academic, social, financial, and extracurricular.

  • To utilize Strong Interest Inventory to provide robust insight into a student’s interests, and help them consider potential careers and the educational path needed for that work.

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Every family and student is unique, and enters our agreement in a different phase of the college admissions process. I will meet you where you are with your knowledge of the process.

 

Professional support includes:

COMPREHENSIVE counseling

​Ideal for complete guidance through the broad spectrum of college admissions. This is selected by most families. Includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

GOAL IDENTIFICATION

  • Review of academic performance to date, including grades, GPA, test scores, and the high school profile

  • Assess personality and interest inventories for college/career exploration. I utilize both YouScience and Strong Interest Inventory to connect interests and aptitudes to possible careers, and the educational requirements for those goals

  • Plan academic course selection

  • Determine objectives for a good school fit (academic, social, extracurricular, financial)

  • Evaluate the role and importance of SAT/ACT test scores in the admissions process

  • Assess needs of neurodiverse students

  • Develop an admissions and application strategy for homeschooled students 

 

COLLEGE LIST DEVELOPMENT

  • Research potential colleges based on detailed intake with students/families

  • Develop initial college list 

  • Ensure all college suggestions meet objectives

  • Determine affordability, and financial/merit aid strategies

  • Provide tips and advice for college visits 

  • Gap year considerations

 

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

  • Develop application timeline

  • Utilize CollegePlannerPro to research colleges, track deadlines/requirements

  • Counsel on letters of recommendation (how many, from whom) and “brag sheets”

  • Provide CommonApp guidance and support

  • Determine admissions strategies (Early Action, Regular Decision, Early Decision, Rolling)

  • Ensure understanding of FAFSA for financial aid and the CSS Profile for institutional (“merit”) aid

  • Guide student to prepare academic and extracurricular resume and activity list

  • Practice interview skills

  • For student athletes, provide guidance on NCAA requirements

 

PERSONAL ESSAY ASSISTANCE

  • Ensure that student understands the purpose of the personal essay 

  • Brainstorm personal essay ideas that reflect the student’s character and values

  • Determine the best structure (narrative, montage) for presenting personal essay

  • Ensure the student’s authentic voice shines through

  • Assist with supplemental essays as required or recommended

 

ASSISTANCE WITH MAKING THE DECISION

  • Evaluate admissions offers relative to student goals

Comprehensive Service price includes all services listed above. Comprehensive Service begins at $6,000.

career & college major exploration

The Strong Interest Inventory® lends extra value to my work with high school students, who are faced with making some of the most important decisions of their young lives. A personalized report helps them to explore various fields of study; discover satisfying work-study, volunteer, or summer job opportunities; and examine a wide range of work environments. An overview summarizes occupations and educational programs linked to your student's interests, and incorporates his or her personal work, learning, leadership, and risk-taking style preferences. Complete with an action plan, this profile offers your students a tool kit for exploring choices and planning for the future. Here is a sample Strong Interest Inventory report.

I offer the Strong Interest Inventory® and interpretation as a stand-alone service for $300.

Customized concierge service

For families who don't require comprehensive support, I offer the flexibility to design personalized support from the list of services above, based on your specific needs. Please contact me to discuss how I may help!

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