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Why does hiring an educational consultant for college counseling make sense?
I am an experienced professional in the areas of college selection and admissions. I use my knowledge and experience to recommend “best fit” schools for students and to guide them through the application process.
I routinely tour campuses, meeting with administrators, speaking with students, and acquainting myself with the academic and student-life facilities in order to gain hands-on information for my clients.
As a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, I attend conferences that provide the latest information regarding admission policy and serve as a forum for exchanging ideas with colleagues.
Developing a list of target schools, and then navigating through the application process, are crucial tasks that will have far-reaching effects. I am dedicated to guiding your child every step of the way.
Who pays an educational consultant?
An educational consultant is paid directly by the families she serves. At no time does she accept any compensation from any educational institution. I am bound by the ethics of the IECA to ensure that the needs of the family and student are met at all times.
When do we begin the college process?
While we ideally begin the college process in the sophomore or junior year, many families like to come in prior to that to learn about the process and find out how my consulting works; I am happy to speak to parents and students anytime. The real work, however, begins in the junior year and continues throughout the senior year, culminating with the application process.
What if my child has an IEP or a 504?
Students’ high school IEPs and 504s do not carry over to college. The way colleges determine who gets what kind of support is different than in high school, and a consultant can help you figure out which colleges can support your child with the proper amount of help. Part of my job is to know which schools offer support, and what type of support they offer.
What if my child has a learning disability?
I have worked with many students with documented learning disabilities. Some students need a minimum amount of support at college, while others need a full and comprehensive program to help provide them with the proper amount of help. I know which schools are able to offer students the correct level of support. I have visited many of these schools and can recommend them with first-hand knowledge.
Can one go to college without graduating high school?
Colleges will accept General Education Development test scores in lieu of a high school transcript, and plenty of students with GEDs are able to attend college. Depending on the college, it may also be recommended that students take the SAT or ACT test in to increase their chance of acceptance.
What if I spent time in wilderness therapy or a therapeutic placement, and missed regular high school?
Having been in therapeutic treatment will not diminish your chances for college admission. Colleges are aware that students come from many backgrounds and are familiar with the range of options for those who have had trouble in their past. Admissions counselors are looking for signs of growth in the applicant.
Is there a single, best college for me?
No. There may be many excellent college choices for each student. In fact, one of my goals is to make sure my students have choices about where they attend. Getting into one college, even that perfect college, is not enough. Students change their minds and should have the chance to explore their options at different schools before making a decision about which school they will attend.
My child has terrible grades. Can he go to college?
Each scenario is different. If a student wants to go to college and is committed to doing the work required to get in and stay in, then there is a good chance your student can go to college. There are many paths to take to a desired outcome. Sometimes the path is not obvious and an educational consultant can help the student find the way to accomplish their goal.
How can I afford to pay for college?
College is incredibly expensive. For most families, this is the single biggest expense they will encounter. There are a number of ways to help pay for college, including grants, scholarships, federally backed loans, work-study, etc. Each scenario is different, and a consultant can help you identify which schools might be affordable.
What are some important books and websites?
• Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
• The Gatekeepers by Jacque Steinberg
• Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
• The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen
• College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions by Frenzy Lloyd Thacker
• The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities by Frank Donoghue
• Art College Admissions: An Insider’s Guide to Art Portfolio Preparation, Selecting the Right College and Gaining Admission with Scholarships by Wook Choi
• College Unbound: The Future of College and What It Means For Students by Jeffrey Selingo