Whether you're looking for a holistic college prep. experience with guidance at each stage or an a la carte experience where you choose which service(s) you need and when, our team of higher ed. experts is here to help.
We will work with you from the early stages of your college prep. journey through college placement exams and even transitioning into a campus environment. This option includes a personalized, step-by-step game plan based upon your objectives and an optimal timeline. It may include a selection of or all of the following services.
We will discuss what qualities are important in your selection process ranging from setting to distance from home, liberal to conservative environments, costs, likely financial aid options, and likelihood of admittance based upon your academic track record,. We'll also recommend schools that meet your preferences.
With private schools as high as $70,000/annually, financial aid is a huge issue for many families. We can guide conversations within families to ensure that everyone is on the same page about costs. Other services include guidance in optimally completing the FAFSA to benefit your family, understanding financial aid options and commitments, realistically assessing student loan debt impact, and understanding fine print conditions and obligations.
A private or public four-year college may be the right fit for you, but it's not the only option. Let's discuss the free community college options available in some cases for recent high school graduates, military service and veterans benefits, and part-time enrollment to see what's the best fit for your lifestyle and goals.
Competitive schools and/or programs receive numerous applications annually. How can you stand out from the crowd? Should you take standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT? Is your GPA high enough for the schools/programs you're considering? Are you a well-rounded candidate with sufficient extracurricular, volunteer, and work experience? We'll help you identify potential weaknesses in your application and guide you on how to address them. We can also work with you on preparing for admissions interviews.
If you choose to take the ACT and/or SAT, or are looking for extra support before taking an AP exam, we can help with both content review and test-taking strategies. Unlike many of our competitors, we don't believe in a one size fits all approach. We will assess your strengths and weaknesses, provide you with sample tests, and then create lessons centered around your weaknesses so that you take these tests prepared and confident.
Whether there's a class that's particularly challenging or an assignment where you need a little extra support, our experienced and certified educators are ready to help with weekly or occasional tutoring sessions. We can also discuss which classes, and especially electives, you're considering and how they may impact your college application.
Many students are using the Common App or the Universal College Application Form, but not all schools accept them. Whatever form(s) you need to complete, we can guide you through the process including providing feedback on a strong and engaging essay and responses to abbreviated questions such as Covid impacts and/or your qualifications. We can assist with your academic resume as well.
Once you've received your offers, let's hold a realistic conversation about your options based upon how closely the school aligns with your preferences, student loan debt upon graduation, and expectations for success as well as support services to help you reach your goals. We can even set up a multi-year plan that may include transfering to another school and/or admission to a particular graduate school program.
A recent national survey showed that almost 75% of American college students didn't understand or seriously underestimated the impact of college placement exams on their education. These tests can override AP credits (which will still be applied as electives), require you to retake classes with the associated tuition, delay your ability to start classes for your major, and extend your graduation date. With sufficient advanced notice, we can help you prepare and guide you to alternative options in some cases if you don't perform well.
Most college prep. services bow out once you've committed to a program, but we're here to help you successfully acclimate to your new school. We can help you identify services you're likely to want to use, understand your options when college life isn't turning out the way you expected, explore whether or not you want to take advantage of services for people with learning and/or physical differences, and even suggest ways to start making social connections on campus. Remember that we're experienced higher ed. faculty, staff, and administrators. We want to make your transition an enjoyable and stress free one.
Almost all schools offer some type of tutoring or supplemental instruction (SI) service, but they can range substantially in terms of who's providing the tutoring (other undergraduates with minimum training/oversight to faculty teaching the course), hours of availability, one-on-one vs. only large group options, etc. If you're not finding that your school can optimally meet your tutoring needs, we are here for you with professional tutors who have typically taught these classes. Join us for private sessions or grab a few classmates for small group sessions and split the cost.
Our College Prep. Team is comprised of people with several years to decades of experience in higher ed. environments. We have been the people sitting on Admissions Committees, working in Financial Aid, creating and assessing college placement exams, teaching the classes, and providing on-campus tutoring support.
We are dedicated to providing affordable services. Our hourly rates are $50-$55 for private sessions. Visit our "Prices & Packages" page for discounted options. Packages may be split amongst services, and balances can be carried over to college tutoring or shared with a family member. There's no minimum commitment.
We encourage our college prep. clients to start with this 90-min. session. The student will complete upfront a detailed survey about their academic history, share their preferred school qualities, and list some deal-breakers as a starting point for their journey. During this meeting, which we encourage parents to attend, we will discuss expectations and challenges in the college prep. process, financial aid expectations, a candidacy review, and the impact of college placement exams.
Clients are encouraged to send ahead of time a copy of the student's transcripts, any IEP/504 plan information, and any awards/additional considerations to help shape the conversation.
This session provides a detailed review of the student's strengths and weaknesses based upon the preliminary survey, transcripts, extracurriculars, and a detailed conversation with guidance on expectations for the types of schools under consideration.
Typically utilized by our long-term clients, this session type occurs around the middle of the sophomore and junior years. It can include guidance on class options for the next year, potential adjustments on activities for a stronger candidacy, exploration of internships, and similar areas where you may want feedback. The cost reflects a 30-min. session.
While we acknowledge that much of this information is available online, conducting the research to make sure you don't miss deadlines, overlook key information, or simply to compare/contrast options optimally can save you time and reduce your family's stress levels. We do much of the legwork for you with these services.
This calendar guides you through the College Prep. journey from as early as your sophomore year through arrival on campus. It starts when you begin with us to reflect what you can achieve in the time available. It's personalized based upon schools/programs that interest you and includes financial aid and housing deadlines. Clients who start with us prior to their senior year will receive a free update in Aug. unless there has been a complete shift in school interests and candidacy.
Whether you know which schools interest you or are starting the research process, this spreadsheet of dozens of key pieces of information can be a valuable resource. Start with basics such as tuition and housing costs, type of setting, quality and offerings of programs of interest, acceptance rates, and average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores of admitted students and add other criteria such as diversity, LGBQT support, religious affiliations, and off-campus eating options. 45-60 mins. per school
Prior to working with our Math, Verbal, or Test-taking Strategies tutors, students will take a sample exam and send it, along with prior detailed breakdowns of their PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT scores, to us. This one-hour purchase covers the time the tutors are assessing the new test, reviewing old scores, and creating a curricula specific to your needs. The hourly rate is per subject, so Math and Verbal would be twice the listed cost.