STEP ONE: INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION
The counseling process always begins with a first consultation meeting. This consultation typically includes the following process, though every meeting is unique and personalized to the individual student and family situation. As I like to say, I meet students where they are.
We review the student’s educational and personal profile compiled from the completed Questionnaires submitted by both student and parents prior to the consultation, and any other relevant material provided by both student and parents which will help to inform our initial meeting. Such advance materials will include high school and college academic transcripts, along with teacher comments, and a record of any standardized testing.
The informational forms will highlight your personal interests, achievements, and goals, which will help me to get to know you. I would also like to see any specialized, individual testing if the student has been evaluated by an independent or school-based psychologist or learning specialist, as this will give me insight into particular learning needs or other educational issues.
During our first consultation meeting, we will usually spend time:
· Reviewing your past, current and future college curriculum.
· Discussing academic strengths and weaknesses, past grade performance, and goals.
· Discussing extracurricular interests, activities and personal hobbies, summer involvements and programs, volunteer and/or employment opportunities, and specialized study options.
· Reviewing your first college admissions process, including the list of colleges applied to, results, and what worked and what didn’t.
· Guiding you to consider your personal profile and ways to focus or expand it.
· Developing a list of colleges and/or universities that fit your academic and personal profile, goals, and preferences.
· Explaining the college transfer admissions process and timeline.
After the initial consultation, clients may choose to have an additional individual consultation sometime later in the admissions process. Or, you may choose to become Ongoing Counseling clients, as outlined below. All individual college consultations will be credited towards the comprehensive Ongoing Counseling fee.
Individual consultations typically last about one and a half hours, and the fee is $800, payable at the time of the meeting.
STEP TWO: COMPREHENSIVE ONGOING COUNSELING
The Ongoing Counseling Program is designed to give clients top priority of my time and attention, and unlimited access through personal or video appointments, e-mail, text, and telephone calls. I will continue to provide counseling and guidance throughout the transfer admissions and college decision-making process.
Typically, families choose the ongoing process upon debriefing after our initial consultation and deciding that they need additional and comprehensive support through the admissions process, and that we are a good fit for the student and their family’s needs. Sometimes, clients will wait to decide until they have scheduled and completed a second consultation one or more months after the first meeting. In either case, discussions about goals, expectations, and the counseling process are more than welcome prior to making a commitment the ongoing program.
Ongoing Counseling is a flat fee, comprehensive program with a flexible process that adjusts to a student’s individual circumstances. Whether you live right down the road or on the other side of the globe, the counseling process can be extensive, supportive, meaningful, and personal. Over the course of one or two years, the process typically includes:
· Reviewing the progress of the student’s educational planning while they are at their current college, or are preparing for re-entry.
· Helping students choose appropriate college courses while preparing for a transfer.
· Working with both student and parents to help make wise decisions, while handling issues as they may arise.
· Identifying and refining the appropriate list of colleges and universities, including reach, target, and likely schools based on feedback from the student’s current and/or past college experience, new college research and visits, and academic performance, as they develop over time.
· Making recommendations on special programs (such as study away opportunities and exchanges), activities and summer plans.
· Preparing the student for interviews.
· Guiding students on the preparation of transfer applications, including the review of the online Common Application for Transfer, and other materials required in the admissions process (résumé, high priority emails or letters, etc.).
· Advising on essays, including content critiques and editorial input.
· Strategizing on admissions timing, such as mid-year (January) versus Fall entrance.
· Guiding the student on the selection of the most appropriate college from among those to which they have been admitted.
· Supporting students if they are trying to gain admission from one or more transfer waiting lists.
The total Ongoing College Transfer Counseling comprehensive fee is $10,000, payable at the outset of the process or in installments as agreed upon. Please let me know if you would like to discuss payment options and plans.