Most of our clients are juniors and seniors. However, because it is never too early to start thinking about college, we also offer a special "Getting on Track for College" plan for freshmen and sophomores. From start to finish, our focus is on helping students learn about colleges, present themselves effectively, and make sound choices.
A wide range of personalized assistance is available to help set goals and expectations, match strengths and preferences, identify affordable colleges, and enable candidates to highlight their best qualities. College Bound Consulting is flexible and responsive, offering services as requested. Our six-phased approach is structured to fully meet student needs:
Phase 1. Conduct an Initial Student-Parent Consultation
- Document the student’s credentials (transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, talents, skills, and interests).
- Clarify academic interests and expectations, preferences regarding campus life, location, setting, academic support, and cost.
- Suggest ways to get started in the college search process by introducing organizational and tracking tools and college search resources.
Phase 2. Create a Student Profile and Develop a Preliminary List of Colleges
- Generate a student profile based on questionnaires and the student-parent interview.
- Research college databases, school websites, resource books, and anecdotal data in order to identify an initial list of 15-20 schools that aligns with the student’s profile.
- Prepare a spreadsheet that compares colleges on the initial list and identifies "safety," "good fit," and "reach" schools.
- Refine the college list as the student’s credentials and interests evolve.
Phase 3. Optimize Résumés and Recommendations
- Help produce résumés that showcase the student's credentials and talents.
- Discuss letters of recommendation, including whom to ask and how to obtain a more effective letter.
Phase 4. Facilitate College Visits and Interviews
- Provide general advice, visit checklists, scheduling forms, and evaluation templates.
- Propose questions and conduct practice interviewing.
- Discuss interviewing etiquette and follow-up.
Phase 5. Support Essay Writing
- Provide an overview of what college admissions officers are looking for.
- Identify which personal statements and supplemental essays will be required.
- Brainstorm personal statements and supplemental essay themes and content.
- Review essays for style, tone, content, organization, and format.
Phase 6. Assist with Applications and Supplements
- Review all applications and facilitate their submission.
- Offer general information and advice regarding financial aid, artistic portfolios, athletic recruiting, and learning disabilities.
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