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Here's how it works:
  • Meet with the student and parent(s) to assess college goals
  • Explain to the student and parent(s) what each of their respective roles should be in the processes of choosing a college and applying for admission to college
  • Explain the process that admissions officers use in evaluating applicants for admission
  • Explain the process that colleges use in awarding financial aid and merit scholarships
  • Show parent(s) how they can estimate the amount of money colleges might expect them to contribute toward their child’s education
  • Discuss college costs and the degree to which the family’s financial situation might or might not have an effect on the types of colleges that should be considered
  • Construct a college-planning timeline that addresses the following: PSAT/Subject Test/SAT/ACT testing, campus visits, participation in local and national college fairs, etc.
  • Guide the student in preparing a resume that will highlight their academic accomplishments, honors and awards, and school and community activities
  • Assist the student in determining whether they have a personal “hook” that might enhance their chances of gaining admission to colleges
  • Have parent(s) complete a “Brag Sheet” that enables the student to gain additional insight into their strengths and talents through parental input
  • Provide a list of college fairs that are taking place in the student’s geographic area
  • Give advice on making the most of participation in college fairs
  • Provide information about the Preliminary SAT test (PSAT) and explain when and where it is offered, how to register for it, and how much it costs
  • When PSAT score results become available, provide an interpretation of what the student’s scores mean, and how to best utilize the information contained in the score report in order to be well-prepared for the upcoming SAT
  • Provide information regarding college admission tests (SAT, ACT, Subject Tests): which test(s) to take, when to take them, where they are offered, how to register for them, how colleges use the test scores, etc.  (For students with disabilities, advice is provided regarding how and when to request special testing accommodations.)
  • Provide information regarding various test-prep options for the SAT and ACT
  • When SAT, ACT and/or Subject Tests results are received by the student, provide an interpretation of the score results, and advise the student regarding whether they might need to retake the test(s) based on the admission standards of specific colleges they are considering
  • Show the student and parent(s) how to arrange campus visits, what to expect during the visits, and what to do after each visit
  • For students who choose to participate in an individual interview with an admissions officer during their campus visit, do a mock (practice) interview with the student so they can feel confident, be well-prepared, and impress the admissions officer
  • Provide advice on how students and parent(s) should work with their school counselor to ensure that the student is taking appropriate courses to meet NCAA eligibility requirements, and know how and when to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  (For students who plan to participate in NCAA Division I or ll intercollegiate athletics)
  • Provide “words of wisdom” to students regarding how significant college debt can affect them over the long term
  • For students interested in majoring in areas such as art, music, drama, architecture, etc., provide information regarding portfolios and auditions
  • Provide advice regarding senior-year courses the student should take
  • Provide advice regarding summer opportunities that could possibly enhance the student’s chances of gaining admission to college
  • Provide advice regarding how the student’s use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) could potentially affect college admission


A Highr Degree of College Guidance Services
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