Personalized College Advising – Senior Year
Personalized College Advising – Senior Year
By the time a student has reached the end of his or her junior year of high school, parents may have invested thousands of dollars in summer programs, specialized camps, SAT/ACT Prep, tutoring, and even private schools with a goal of their student landing a college scholarship or being offered admission to a top college. However, with the competition for being offered admission to a top college or qualifying for a competitive scholarship at an all-time high, will the investment pay off without the guidance and support to get a student across the finish line?
Personalized one-on-one guidance with our team of advisers who provide support across 15 areas, including review/recommending colleges and scholarship programs; selecting essay topics; reviewing the Common Application for grammar and language usage; choosing admissions cycles; and reviewing financial aid award letters.
An Unparalleled Level of Guidance and Support
By the time a student has reached the end of his or her junior year of high school, parents may have invested thousands of dollars in summer programs, specialized camps, SAT/ACT Prep, tutoring, and even private schools with a goal of their student landing a college scholarship or being offered admission to a top college. However, with the competition for being offered admission to a top college or qualifying for a competitive scholarship at an all-time high, will the investment pay off?
While personalized college planning guidance cannot guaranty being offered admission to a student’s top choice college, no more than personalized SAT prep can guaranty a student will score 1500+. Unfortunately, far too many top students learned the hard lesson that being offered admission to selective colleges requires a lot more than GPAs, test scores, and wishful thinking:
A high school senior with a 4.0 GPA declared herself a failure after being rejected from the California universities she applied too, regardless of her academic talents.
Sarah was a ‘gifted’ student with a 4.0 GPA who participated in multiple extracurricular activities. She was a Girl Scout, and a dance teacher, completed “tons of community service,” and played two school sports while also belonging to a private dance team.
Yet Sarah got rejected from every California university she applied to, despite her perfect GPA.
Sarah filmed herself looking dejected as she flipped off the camera, then addressed the colleges themselves. She titled her TikTok, “POV: You’re what I’ve worked towards my entire life.” (Source: Your Tango)
As a recognized CBO (Community Based Organization), we are regularly in touch with our college partners and acutely aware of the competitiveness of being offered admission to top-tier colleges and universities.
Our primary goal in providing students with one-on-one support is a parent’s return on investment. While some college advisers charge over $20,000 to work with families, our fee of $1999.95 is still costly for families that we primarily serve.
The table below illustrates the return on investment for students now attending college on a full scholarship as a result of matching to the right colleges or for the right scholarships.
Our personalized one-on-one guidance and support is designed to get a student across the finish line by engaging in a comprehensive process of review, assess, and recommend:
- We will provide an assessment of the student’s competitiveness as a college or scholarship applicant. This assessment with take into account the student’s high school profile (if available).
- We will recommend if changes to the student’s senior-year course schedule, activities, leadership, community service, or social media are warranted.
- We will consider published admissions data, together with our experiences, to recommend a matched group of colleges and scholarships.
- We will consider the family’s financial need and recommend need- or merit-based scholarship opportunities.
- We will provide guidance in the development of college and scholarship essays within the context of the mission, vision, and core values of the colleges and scholarship programs to which they student plans to apply.
- We will review and edit the student’s Common Application essay and supplemental essays for up to 5 colleges.
- We will prepare the student for up to 5 college or scholarship interviews.
- We will review the student’s Common Application for grammar and language usage.
- We will review or develop the student’s academic or special focus résumé.
- We will review and advise as to the student’s recommenders.
- We will advise as to the admissions cycles where the student has the greatest potential for being offered admission and considered for institutional scholarships.
- We will provide assistance with completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
- We will review and recommend communications between college admissions and financial aid officers.
- We will review financial aid award letters.
- We will provide a financial assessment and comparison for all colleges to which the student is offered admission.
Former Guilford County Schools Cohort student, and University of Richmond graduate, Kristen Starks and her mother, Pastor Shandi Starks of the World Victory International Christian Center in Greensboro, North Carolina share their candid insight into their cohort experiences.
Former Guilford County Schools Cohort and Amherst College graduate, Brenna Kaplan, and her mother, share their experiences.
In the following video, Sam and Loren describe the writing part of the process. Their candid responses provide important insight into the “strategic process” involved in essay writing. Particularly insight are Sam’s comments regarding the essay writing process. Despite his dad having played on the Stanford University basketball team and Sam being a top student in one of the top public high schools in the state of Georgia, Sam was not offered admission to Stanford, Yale, or Harvard (schools to which he needed to invest a great deal more time in his essays). However, Sam was selected as a Meyerhoff Scholar at UMBC, has received a BS in Statistics, BS in Math, and BA in Economics and is now a Rhodes Scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at Oxford University in England.
Choosing a college adviser is finding the right match of style and personality. We encourage you to contact our office to ensure that we are the right match for your student prior to making your purchase.
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