Our Comprehensive College Admissions Package
Our comprehensive senior package includes everything to help you and your student navigate the college admissions process in a stress-free way from start to finish. This package includes most of the elements of the junior comprehensive package, but the schedule is condensed to ensure applications are submitted on time.
New Student Intake
Each student is unique, and we want to learn all about them! By collecting high school transcripts and test scores we learn about the academic side of the student, but we also ask students and parents to complete a questionnaire to get all of the background information about the student, their activities and their challenges and successes to help inform our guidance.
We help students navigate major selections based on the top colleges they are applying to.
Extracurricular Selection & Activity
While students often start exploring activities early in high school, it’s important that the activities are focused and intentional in the junior and senior year. In particular, we advise students on the best summer activities to enhance their activities resume.
Nothing has become more unclear in college admissions than the use of test scores in admissions. The pandemic escalated the trend toward test-optional admission policies, but it’s not always clear when to submit test scores. We help students create testing strategy to cover a range of scenarios.
Choosing recommenders is not easy, but there are best-practices. We guide student through the selection process and provide an approach that will give recommenders plenty of food for thought as they start the writing process.
Custom College List
We create a recommended list of up to 10 colleges/universities for your student to consider based on a balance of reach, match, and likely acceptance schools. This includes relevant statistics and data about each college and a customized write-up about the student’s academic and extracurricular areas of interest at each college.
College Visit Coaching
College is 4-years of your life! We help students approach each college visit as an “interview” of the college. Students will learn the do’s and don’ts of college visits, where to look to gain a deeper understanding of the student experience and the optimal times to visit. In the end, a few colleges stay on the short-list.
Finalizing the College List
Students have done their college research and with 11th-grade transcripts and standardized test scores becoming more clear, we help students refine their final college list. The number of colleges on the list takes into consideration many factors.
The college essay is where your student stands apart from another. We guide the student through writing a Common Application personal statement essay and/or college supplemental essay and help them with discussion and critique until it is ready to submit.
Some colleges and scholarships have interview opportunities, yet high school students have little experience. Students shine in their interview with our interview prep and presentation guidance.
Applications, Deadlines & Task Management
The application process can be overwhelming. Each school has it’s own requirements and keeping track of each required and optional supplement material is not easy. Each comprehensive student has access to College Planner Pro, an online planning portal where counselor and student communicate and project manage the application process.
The Cost of College and Financial Aid Resources
Everyone wants to minimize the cost of college, but evaluating the value of what each college offers for the money is essential. We advise families on the basics of of financial aid and where to look for scholarships.
Working the College Decisions Results & Final Selection
Accepted, Deferred, Denied or Waitlist. Each decision that comes back has a set of next steps. Sometimes, students want to change course and apply to additional schools until finally, a student will evaluate the final acceptances, financial aid packages and make their final decision. We coach the family throughout the process.
8-Hour Senior Package
For a more customized approach, an hourly package can be purchased and used for any College in 3-2-1
services. This package can be used for advising meetings, application or scholarship essays, application reviews, creating an activities list or personal resume, for example.
The college list may be the single most important piece of the college application process. A comprehensive and balanced prospective college list will be created based on the student’s values, financial requirements, academic and extra-curricular credentials, and college preferences, and marry them to each college’s offerings academically, socially, and financially. This is no small task. With our seven-step process, a prospective list is created.
College Essay Package
The college essay is where your student stands apart from another. We guide the student through writing a Common Application personal statement essay and/or college supplemental essay and help them with discussion and critique until it is ready to submit. This package includes five hours of instructional, coaching and editing services.
Our proven process is done one-on-one over many weeks to get the best results.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you start the senior packages?
Typically, we get started as soon as the student is ready immediately following the junior year. Preferably as early in the summer as possible. The more time we have with students, the better.
How often do you meet with seniors?
For the Senior Comprehensive Package, we recommend students meeting with their coach every other week for 30 minutes until all of the applications are completed. Student’s enrolling in the 8-hour package can schedule meetings as needed.
My rising senior hasn’t started thinking about applying to college yet? How do you help late-starting seniors decide where to apply and get applications in on time?
It happens! Student’s are busy, families have conflicting priorities, etc. The key to getting back on track is two-fold: a student that is motivated to make their college dreams a reality, and a coach that knows how much time to spend on each piece of the process and when to do it to be most efficient. Our coaches have this process down, so we take the guesswork out of applying to college for parents and students. We help students identify an initial list of a schools and then make recommendations for possible later deadline opportunities to spread the work out.
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