Posts Tagged ‘independent college consultants’

5 Reasons to Hire a College Consultant

January 23, 2017

 

The college admission process is getting more complicated every year.  For many parents, it is overwhelming and an added stress they don’t need.  Here are some of the top reasons why families hire someone to help them with college planning.

 

  1. Parents are busy and don’t have the time or energy to do the necessary research to find the right colleges for their child. They know a college consultant has the expertise, interest and experience to help them make the best college decisions.

 

  1. Parents who would rather spend what free time they have on personal and/or family activities and pay a professional to help their child with college planning, teacher recommendations, test prep, extracurricular activities, applications and college essays..

 

  1. Parents who want their child to have more personal attention than what is usually available from high school counselors. Many believe high school counselors are so overwhelmed with caseloads of students (average of 475) Counselors spend most of their time meeting with students on course scheduling and personal problems and very little attention given to students who seek help with college planning.

 

  1. Parents don’t understand how the college application process works. Most parents don’t want to spend time nagging their student to complete all the necessary forms and keep track of the required deadlines because they fear they will miss or forget something.

 

  1. Parents who realize it is not as simple to get into college as it used to be – you fill out the application and wait for your acceptance letter. Those days are over. Students these days must be competitive with their grades, academic rigor, test scores, extracurricular activities and personal statements.

 

Many of these reasons are why families hire a college admissions consultant.  This will allow parents and their teenager to have less stress during the college admissions process.  It will also help you to be confident that your child will receive the individual attention he

Why Hire a Private College Counselor to Help with College Planning?

June 25, 2012

Many families believe that high school counselors provide their students with the college planning they need in order to choose the appropriate schools and create the strongest college applications and essays.  They often don’t realize that high school counselors work with 450 students. Most have an average of 38 minutes to provide individual assistance to college-bound students.  Tight school budgets make it difficult for high school counselors to visit colleges and participate in professional development

As a private college counselor, I just returned from a HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) conference on the East coast.  Not only did more than 200 of us hear inspiring speakers discuss the college admissions changes taking place, but we participated in discussions about helping students find the best colleges for their academic and social needs, understanding how college admission decisions are made, and helping learning disabled students transition to college.

Many of us took the opportunity to visit colleges and universities in the area and attended information sessions in order to find out about changes at these schools and what they are looking for in prospective applications. 

This is one of a number of conferences we attend every year to make sure as private college counselors we have the expertise to help families make the best college decisions.

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