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College Admissions Chances and Ivy League Admission Consulting

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Overview

We are prepared to begin working with students in grades 8-12 as well as college transfer students at any point in the planning and application process. Please contact us for current pricing.

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Strategic Admissions Consultation

The Starting Point for all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. You will gain a thorough understanding of all the moving parts and complexities of the selective college admissions process, how they relate to your student and what you need to do to succeed.

  • Profile Analysis
  • Establish 11-point College Admissions Index
  • Customized 20+ page Strategic Action Summary
  • 2 1/2 hour review and strategic planning session
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Comprehensive Package

Assistance completing the entire college admission process to maximize the probability of admission to top choice colleges without hourly limitations.
 

  • Profile Analysis
  • Customized 20+ page Strategic Action Summary
  • Develop and review college list
  • Academic, extra-curricular and resume completion guidance
  • Standardized testing strategy
  • Assistance with personal statement and all college specific supplemental essays
  • Getting the strongest letters of recommendation
  • Interview preparation
  • College visitation guidance
  • Application completion guidance
  • Thorough review of student applications prior to submission

Athletic Recruitment, Arts Portfolio Guidance and other supplemental services may be added to this package.

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Early Start Comprehensive Package

In addition to all services included in the Comprehensive Package above, students receive on-going early guidance to best prepare for admission to top choice colleges.
 

  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Monitor and evaluate progress
  • Expand a special interest or activity
  • Writing skills developent
  • Scheduled monthly meetings
  • Informal access to your counselor
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Senior Packages

The Senior Package 1 is most appropriate for students who are seniors or rising seniors in high school and who have most of the college application process under control but need some limited guidance in certain specific areas. Also, appropriate for transfer students and 9th, 10th or 11th grade students who require limited guidance in certain specific areas.
 

  • Student Profile Analysis
  • College list development and / or review
  • Applicable PCC strategic admission documents
  • Up to 15 hours customizable counseling and / or essay guidance

The Senior Package 2 is appropriate for students who are seniors or rising seniors in high school and who may have much of the college application process under control but who want more guidance and support in certain specific areas. Also, appropriate for transfer students and 9th, 10th or 11th grade students who require a bit more guidance in certain specific areas.
 

  • Student Profile Analysis
  • College list development and /or review
  • Applicable PCC strategic admission documents
  • Up to 30 hours customizable counseling and /or essay guidance
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Pre-Submission Application Review

  • Common Application and 1 Supplemental Application
  • 3 Consultant panel
  • Identify Red Flags / Problematic Content
  • Recommendations for Improvement
  • Summary Report
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Hourly Service

Guidance and assistance with the college admissions process by the hour or in blocks of 15 or 30 hours.

Service Descriptions

Student Profile Analysis

After fully understanding your interests, goals and preferences we analyze transcripts, standardized test scores, extra-curricular resume and personal history.

Customized College Admissions Plan

We establish your current and potential College Admissions Index© (CAI). The CAI is a holistic assessment tool that uses 11 distinct and interrelated elements of a college application and yields a student’s estimated probability of earning admission to specific colleges. We deliver a 15-page report that is your strategic action plan.

Academic Guidance

Based on your interests, goals and performance we make recommendations for high school coursework.

Extra-Curricular Guidance

May include recommendations for co-curricular activities and competitions, volunteer / service opportunities, paid work, athletics and how to make your experiences most impactful.

Summer Enrichment Guidance

May include recommendations for pre-college programs, internships, independent reading and research, and other ways to explore and develop interests.

Early Guidance

Includes setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, Time bound) monitoring and evaluating progress, expanding a special interest or activity, supporting writing skills development and providing encouragement through scheduled monthly meetings and informal access to your counselor.

Standardized Testing Strategy

Recommendations for what tests to take, when to take them and how to prepare for them. Includes full length SAT and ACT diagnostic tests with detailed reports and guidance on score reporting options as appropriate.

College List Review

Using the list you provide we calculate the probability of earning admission and classify each college as a Dream, Reach, Target or Likely.

College List Development

We identify an initial list of colleges that may be a good “Match” and “Fit.” Match refers to colleges that have the attributes that interest you and your family most. Fit refers to how colleges will perceive your application.

We calculate the probability of earning admission to the initial list of colleges and classify each as a Dream, Reach, Target or Likely. We help students research the individual colleges, understand their main and more subtle differences and revise the list to those that are the best match and fit for them.

Additionally, you receive guidance on the difference between applying “Early Decision,” Early Action,” or “Regular Decision” and how to strategically use the timing of applications to your advantage.

Resume / Activity Sheet Guidance

How an extra-curricular resume is presented can be as important as the activities and accomplishments it lists. We advise what activities and honors to include and how to best explain them on a resume or the “Activity Sheet” portion of your application.

Application Essay Completion Guidance

Application essays provide an opportunity to highlight your character, unique perspective, intellectual interests and writing ability. In addition to your personal statement, most selective colleges require their own supplemental essay(s). We help each student develop, revise and edit compelling essays.

College Visit Guidance

We provide guidance on what colleges to visit, the best time to go, specific activities to accomplish and how to evaluate the overall experience.

Interview Preparation

To prepare for successful on-campus or alumni interviews, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate effective answers and how to ask insightful questions.

Letters of Recommendation Guidance

Obtaining the most effective letters requires strategic selection of recommenders, and submitting carefully written request materials. We provide guidance to obtain the strongest letters possible.

Admitted Student Case Studies

We provide the complete applications files of 5 students admitted to an Ivy League College for review and analysis with you.

Application Completion Guidance

Multiple college application systems and various high school policies can make the completion and submission of applications complex.

We provide ongoing guidance from Day 1 through the submission of all applications to help keep students organized and on-schedule. Included is a customized college admission planning calendar with the optimal dates for completion of all application requirements.

The final step is to review and proofread all on line applications to ensure that information has been entered strategically and correctly.

Supplemental Service Descriptions

Athletic Recruitment Guidance

We identify colleges where you have the potential to be a recruited athlete and work with you to assemble your recruitment package that includes an academic and athletic resume, recruitment video, letters of interest, and recruiting questionnaires. We provide guidance on how best to contact coaches to generate interest.

We also provide guidance on NCAA recruiting rules and regulations and what coaches typically look for in athletic prospects. We prepare you for interviews with college coaches as well as navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center process.

Arts Portfolio Guidance

When applying to programs for Fine Arts, Fashion, Film, Design, Architecture, Music, Theatre, Dance and other related areas, many colleges require portfolio submissions. We will navigate you through all phases of creating a compelling portfolio or preparing for an audition that will portray your best work in the right way.

Signature Project

We guide students through a major independent project designed for personal development and distinction in the college admissions process. Projects take place over the course of 1-4 years and can begin as early as 8th grade.

Past projects have included college level STEM, humanities and social science research. We have also helped students found businesses, initiate civic actions, produce original films and complete art portfolios and engineering projects.

SAT / ACT / Subject Matter Tutoring

We offer a variety of exceptional and proven test preparation solutions.

Additional Admitted Student Applications

We provide the complete applications files of students admitted to your choice of colleges for review and analysis with you.

Concierge Custom Campus Tours

We arrange one-to-one personal tours, with a student in your area of interest to provide a real-life experience. Your personal guide leads you behind-the-scenes to their dorms, classes, and clubs they are involved with. For students who do not visit a campus, one-to-one conversations can be arranged via Skype.