Posts Tagged ‘college admissions process’

What Can A College Admissions Consultant Do For You?

April 24, 2018

Most families would agree that the college application and admissions process is both stressful and overwhelming. There are so many questions parents and students face when trying to find the right colleges. They can be equally confused with the different applications, deadlines and required information for financial aid and scholarships. Unfortunately, most high school counselors do not have the time to devote to these matters. Some families think that a college admission consultant is out of their budget, but many don’t realize that in the end, they usually save money because they have received the guidance and correct information to make the right decisions. This is what a college admissions consultant can do for your student and family.

1.   Individual help most students do not receive in high school

2.   Availability for your child and family when you need it

3.   Expertise in the college admission process 

4.   Decreased family stress and more peace of mind. Try to eliminate parental nagging about college applications.

5.   Specific knowledge of colleges, their admission requirements and SAT and ACT testing updates

6.   Get help from an objective third party to brainstorm and read applications and college essays

7.   Gain a competitive edge in the college admission process

8.   College visits that provide first-hand knowledge of schools and their suitability for different students

9.   Save money ​by helping your child enroll in one college, stay there, and graduate in four years.

10. Increased financial aid and scholarship opportunities

College Admissions and the Overly Involved Parent

January 7, 2014

Parents are constantly criticized for being overly involved in their child’s college admission process. Some of the criticism may be for a good reason, but some may not. When a college admissions office reports that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be an applicant, they knew for sure it was the parent calling. The voice was definitely not that of a prospective student and the question was the kind that only a parent would ask. Overly involved, yes!

Many parents, however, are going through the college admission process with their child and they realize how dramatically things have changed since they applied to college. They are right. College admissions has become far more competitive than it ever used to be and there are just too many students applying to schools with too few spots available.. Perhaps, for this reason, parents want to help their child be as competitive as possible and think that assisting with the college applications and essays might help. Some parents also realize that most high school students don’t get the college advising or attention they need from the high schools they attend. Thus, the parents take over and offer the best advice they can.

As a college consultant, I find that most of my students’ parents are very supportive of their children and try not to interfere but let their teenager be in charge. They call with their concerns, but this is usually a conversation between the two of us and they simply have questions that need clarification. This is how it should be. The college admission process is a big step for high school students, but it is also a wonderful opportunity for self-assessment and growth. Parents should be involved, but not obsessed.

Now for the parent who is over the top. This is a quote from the Director of Admissions at a well known university. “We always have parents who open the decision letters while their child is still at school. They call and ask, ‘What am I going to tell her when she gets home? She will just be devastated.’ We always reply, ‘Well, you might want to start by explaining why you’re opening her mail.” Overly involved, yes!

6 Tips for Successful College Planning

April 16, 2013

College planning can be an overwhelming and confusing experience.  Most parents and students have plenty of questions but often do not know where to turn for answers.  Here are some tips for high school juniors as they begin the college admissions process.

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Tests- Most high school juniors will be taking the SAT and ACT for the first official time.  A test prep course can help you improve your scores on these important tests.  You do not need to spend a lot of money for a course, but google “test prep” and the city you live in to find some small companies that offer a comprehensive course at an affordable price.

College Planning Calendar Make a calendar of what needs to be done and when.  This should include dates when you intend to take the SAT and ACT, AP tests, college visits, and meeting with your high school counselor to go over your senior schedule.

 High School Courses and Grades-Colleges will be very interested in the grades you get this second semester and in many cases, they may be the last grades schools will see before they evaluate your college applications and transcript. Work hard to make your grades the best.  If you need to make any schedule changes, do them sooner, rather than later.

Extracurricular activities are important and you should look for leadership positions in the activities you already pursue. Although it may involve a little more time and commitment, colleges like to see you make that extra effort to distinguish yourself in a few activities. Community service is also something you should consider.

Choosing a College-Starting your college search is one of the most important parts of the college planning process.  It takes self-reflection and research to find the schools that really fit your academic and personal needs.  Do not eliminate any schools because of cost.  That can come later in the process if needed.  Keep an open mind when you consider schools and do not limit yourself to a few with which you are familiar.

College Visits-Visit some schools that are within driving distance from your home to get a feel for different campuses.  They may not be of interest to you in terms of attending, but you will gain some idea of size and what kind of campus location you might like.