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College Insights Admissions Counseling

College Insights Admissions Counseling

Choosing a challenging and fulfilling academic setting – then gaining admission to that college or university – can be a daunting task requiring specialized knowledge and insights often beyond the scope of many students and their families. College Insights offers resources to help resolve your many questions and concerns. The college admissions process does not need to be a stressful time. In fact, it should be one of the most exciting times in your high school years. Our philosophy: Many aspects of the college admissions process are best handled through one-to-one meetings- choosing a mix of colleges which meet your needs and future plans, determining the most effective essay topics, or setting a personal application time line. But others are possibly even more effective in group sessions- the initial exploration of the college landscape, investigations and discussions about particular colleges. The interactions among students in these sessions can open up doors they might not have known existed.

Hybrid counseling:

Our primary program combines small group sessions with one-to-one and family meetings to navigate the college admissions process. We have spring sessions beginning in January, March, and May, which continue until the entire admissions process is complete. Our group meetings take place on specific dates, and students and families schedule their individual meetings, usually before or after group sessions, at convenient times. The program consists of six 2-3 hour group sessions and seven 1-hour one-to-one or family meetings.

We begin with a family meeting to assess the student’s and family’s desires and needs and to make an assessment of academic and personal performance.

Next, there is a small group meeting with students in which we discuss ways to start thinking about the selection process. Students complete a survey with questions about college preferences and requirements to assist with the selection process. This meeting is followed by a family session to review the survey and formulate a select group of schools to begin investigating.

There is another family meeting in June to finalize our list to 6-10 colleges including “reach” schools and “backups,” and discuss which schools to visit, and whether to interview.

Also in June, we have a small group meeting discussing the ins and outs of having an effective college interview, followed by a one-to-one mock interview.

Because standardized tests play an important role in the admissions process, we offer diagnostic testing throughout the spring to determine on which admissions tests- the SAT, ACT, or both- students should focus. We will determine if students need to take SAT II: Subject tests, and for those who do, we will offer diagnostic testing to determine which tests they should take.

Understanding how to apply for college is one part of the picture. Learning how to make the most out of the financial aid system is another. In August, we have group family meetings to talk about paying for college. We show students the differences between merit-based and need-based scholarships, provide a list of scholarships for which they qualify, and show them how to find and apply for others.

In August we begin our final push to the finish line with a one-to-one meeting to draft a personal resume to help students position themselves to admissions staff throughout the application process, followed by a group meeting to talk a bout the best approaches to writing college essays.

In the fall we have 2 final one-to-one sessions to set firm deadlines for submitting materials, complete the essay, and finish the application and financial aid forms. The cost for the College Insights hybrid counseling package is $1195.

Additional Options:

One-to-one counseling:

For students who need more intensive one-to-one counseling, we offer a 15-hour counseling package which includes all of the services above- help formulating a list of potential college choices, diagnostic testing, assistance with college essay writing and application completion, and insights into the financial aid system. The cost for the 15-hour one-to-one/family counseling package is $1595.

The essentials:

Some students don’t need a full host of admissions support, but instead need direction and advice at crucial points in the application process. Our “essentials” program consists of 4 group sessions- how to conduct a college search, how to write effective college essays and complete applications, how to navigate the financial aid system, and SAT/ACT/Subject test diagnostic testing. There are 3 family/one-to-one sessions which provide direction for setting deadlines, choosing colleges and narrowing choices, and a final review of the completed application. The cost for our “essentials” program is $695

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