College Admissions Counseling Includes

  • An overview of the entire college admissions process, including high school requirements and course selection, extracurricular activities, testing, and college application procedures. Additional guidance is provided to athletes, visual and performing artists, and students with learning differences.
  • Personalized counseling to develop a list of colleges that match the student's goals, interests, and abilities.
  • Developing schedules and discussing options for effective standardized test taking.
  • Teaching strategies for researching colleges, touring campuses, and interviewing.
  • Assisting in the creation of a comprehensive college application package that emphasizes the student's strengths and accomplishments, including essays, personal statements, recommendations, and resumes.
  • Providing tools for time management and organization, including personal timelines for college and financial aid applications. Students receive a college planning handbook with extensive information, forms, and calendars to guide them through the admissions process and help them stay on track.
  • Deciphering financial aid options and scholarships.

Services for:

Freshmen & Sophomores

Overview the college admissions process and discuss what colleges are seeking in their applicants. Review and advise on high school course selection and extracurricular activities, including community service, summer, and employment. Advise on college visits/touring. Discuss strategies for athletes, visual and performing artists, and students with learning differences. Each student receives a college planning binder, with forms and information to guide them through the admissions process and help them stay organized. This meeting is most useful during the freshman or sophomore year, or for juniors who are new to college counseling.

Meet to discuss high school course selection, based on the student's goals and abilities. Review extracurricular activities. Meet in February/March prior to high school course scheduling.

Juniors

Discuss SAT/ACT and recommend a testing schedule best suited to the student's needs and college requirements. Review and advise on test prep options. Review extracurricular activities. For athletes, discuss NCAA, athletic resumes, contacting coaches. Meet in late summer before junior year or early fall of junior year.

Meet to discuss high school course selection, based on the student's goals and abilities. Discuss options for summer activities. Meet in February/March prior to high school course scheduling.

Meet with the student to explore the factors that will make him/her happy and successful in college and assist in developing a college criteria list. Teach the student strategies for effectively researching and touring colleges. If desired, I will research and create a list of colleges that match the student's goals, interests, and abilities. This meeting can take place prior to breaks, allowing time to schedule college visits. Some students prefer this meeting in spring of junior year or before the mid-winter break, while others wait until early summer following junior year.

For students who want to tour some campuses before determining their college criteria (highly recommended), I will make suggestions for suitable college visits. This meeting may be appropriate for freshmen and sophomores also. This meeting often occurs prior to vacations and breaks.

Seniors

Review grades and test scores. Revise the college list if necessary, based on changes in goals, grades, or test scores. Determine any fall SAT/ACT testing. Meet in summer before senior year.

Assist in finalizing the college list. Discuss early decision and early action application options. Provide calendar, checklists, and strategies for effective completion of applications and essays. Advise on teacher recommendations, resumes, and interviewing. Overview financial aid options and forms. Meet in summer or early fall of senior year.

Review essay prompts and activities list/resume, brainstorming ways to best emphasize the student's strengths and accomplishments. Meet in summer and/or early fall.

Review and critique application essays. Review applications for accuracy. This can be done in person or through email. Discuss upcoming college interviews and role play if desired. Check in with the student regularly, to review progress and help him/her to stay on schedule. This help is ongoing during the application process.

After admission notifications, meet with the student to weigh factors in deciding where to attend. Assist with responses to wait lists and appeals. These meetings take place in March and April, prior to the May 1 reply date for colleges.