26%

In a nationwide survey of 1,264 students who scored in the
70th percentile or higher on the SAT (at least
1150)
or ACT (at least
25),

hired a college
planning service

Further, the percentage of students receiving application
support has
increased steadily every year for the
last 12 years.

*Survey conducted by marketing firm Lipman Hearne

Why do I need a College Planning Consultant?

College Placement Pros?

Why do I need

Choosing a college is a critical decision.
It should be made thoughtfully and strategically with the
the most recent information and best counsel available.
We find the school that’s best for you academically and socially, taking into account your needs, interests, goals, talents, values, and personality.

College costs are skyrocketing. 
Tuition and fees at public universities now run
about $10,000/year. Typical private colleges cost more than $40,000/year, and the most selective schools top $60,000/year.
We save you money by helping you earn academic
grants and scholarships, and receive sufficient financial aid.  
College admissions are becoming
increasingly competitive.

The top schools in the country now accept only 5% - 25%
of their applicants -- raising the stakes even higher for students.
We improve your chances of gaining admittance by providing detailed strategies for selecting classes, acing standardized tests, mastering application essays, managing interviews, and getting the most from college visits.  
Colleges no longer desire
“well-rounded students." 
Instead, admissions officers are focused on assembling a
"well-rounded class," achieved by admitting students who have continuously pursued meaningful interests and activities.
We optimize your candidacy by steering your academic, extracurricular, and athletic pursuits to make
the biggest impact on your transcript and resume.
The admissions process is confusing.
Understandably, many families don’t fully
comprehend all its parameters.
We work with families to explain the search process in detail, including the many options for identifying, selecting, and paying for college. We also help
navigate the massive amount of information that is available
to
find what is
most critical, relevant, and useful.
A successful college search takes time 
and a significant amount of planning. 
In fact, reviewing various options for core subjects,
including AP, AICE, IB, and honors classes, as well as
preferred electives,
can begin prior to 9th grade.
We develop a comprehensive game plan,
which covers the critical aspects of college admissions,
and then guide you every step of the way with useful tips, templates, and timelines that make your search easier, 
more organized, and less time consuming.
Most students are unclear or undecided about their future career paths.
This uncertainty makes it difficult to identify
and assess ideal colleges and their offerings.
We help students connect their interests to college majors and potential careers so that we can recommend schools that offer the academic programs, study abroad opportunities, internships, and jobs that suit them best.
When it comes to college search,
every situation is different.

No two students are exactly alike in terms of what their
unique profile offers to a college and what
they are looking for in a school.
We tailor our search for each individual,  
including those students who are athletes, possess special talents, require additional support, or are nontraditional
(such as first-generation).
 
It is not always clear who is
leading the search process. 

Most parents struggle with determining what role they should play versus how much their children should do themselves.
We define specific roles for parents, students, and advisors so that there is a balanced and appropriate level of responsibility and involvement.