A student’s search for the right college is often the first, and most important, major decision s/he will make. I know that parents are the number one influence on a student’s choice of college, and that a college education is one of the biggest expenditures a family will make. And, a college education is one of the most significant investments a student, usually with the help of his/her parents, will make in him/herself.
The college admissions process can seem overwhelming at times. It is complicated, with a lot of moving parts, and selective colleges and universities seem to have become even more competitive and unpredictable to get into in recent years. At the same time, there are so many excellent institutions to consider, with fantastic honors and other specialized programs, merit-based scholarships, study abroad opportunities, access to internships or other experiential and service learning options, and arts, athletic, and research outlets to pursue.
My approach to college counseling is to advise a student personally and honestly, with a recognition of the family partnership that quite often is required and desired for admissions today. Students are in the lead, and are encouraged both to stretch for more competitive colleges, and to balance with appropriate schools offering better chances for admission. I work with students aiming for the most selective schools, and those requiring more substantial learning support; large public universities and small liberal arts colleges; mainstream institutions with lots of school spirit and big sports teams, and more specialized arts, music, or technical institutes.
For more information about the college counseling process, please read my Guide to College Counseling Services, and contact me to learn more or set up a first consultation.