Despite committing as much as $200,000 toward college-related costs, students and their families rarely seek the advice of an advisor, as they would when purchasing a home or planning their retirement, for example. Instead of relying on a college admissions consultant, most families choose to rely on their respective high schools. Unfortunately, most schools have devoted less, not more, resources to college planning in recent years. School counselors, for example, play an extremely crucial role in promoting the personal and social development of our youth, but mounting responsibilities in the areas of standardized testing, course scheduling, academic remediation, and mental health support have forced many school counselors to shift their focus away from college-related tasks. Currently, the average school counselor spends only 30 minutes per year per student on college planning activities. In contrast, college admissions consultants focus exclusively on college guidance and can provide families with the personalized and intensive support they require. Ideally, college admission consultants fill the need for greater college guidance by offering services that a typical school counselor cannot, such as those related to:
Career and Interest Assessment. College admission consultants administer a series of inventories that help students learn more about themselves and their potential academic and professional pathways.
Developing a Student Activities Resume. College admission consultants ensure that students develop a clear and concise account of their involvement outside the classroom, which enables their prospective colleges to assess their potential contributions to a college campus.
Extracurricular Planning. College admission consultants help students to identify pursuits that are aligned with their interests and passions and that enable them to “stand out” from (academically) comparable applicants.
College List Development. College admission consultants develop a comprehensive list of good-fit institutions that match students’ interests and objectives and into which students are capable of earning admission.
College Application. College admissions consultants provide students with detailed guidance on how to coordinate application forms and complete application materials. College admission consultants also review students’ applications for inconsistencies and any other “red flags.”
College Essays. College admission consultants teach students how to write attention-grabbing college essays, while providing the feedback and guidance necessary to ensure that students’ writing provides insight into their authenticity, unique talents/attributes, and potential contributions as a college student.
College admissions consultants can also help families save on college costs. For example:
- College admissions consultants point students to good-fit colleges that are relatively inexpensive and where they are likely to receive significant (need-based and/or merit-based) financial aid.
- College admissions consultants teach students how to maximize their financial aid eligibility and locate suitable scholarship opportunities.
- College admissions consultants point students to credit-earning opportunities before college admission, and help them to navigate course (i.e. major and general education) requirements after admission – both shorten a student’s time to degree.
- College admission consultants facilitate career exploration and recommend college majors that ultimately pave the way for professional fit and success.
Ultimately, (capable and well-trained) college admission consultants help students enroll and succeed at good-fit colleges, while ensuring that families receive a substantial return on their postsecondary investment.
Unlike most other providers, the college admission consultants at College Transitions have worked on “both sides of the gate” – as high school counselors and administrators, and as college admission representatives. We are also published researchers, having authored articles on the college-related effects of counseling, the predictors of selective college admission, and education debt, among others. We are the only college admissions consulting company in the country to have published in higher education’s top three journals.
In sum, our ties to the higher education field provide us extensive insight into the context and trends that impact college-related decisions; while our professional affiliations enable us to acquire college-specific information that is not readily accessible to school staff or to other college admissions consultants. As a result, we know how colleges – at all levels of selectivity – approach the admissions process, and we know why students achieve college success.
As a result of our technology and online presence, the college admission consultants serve families residing in areas throughout the United States, including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and dozens of other locations.