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Comprehensive Counseling Services

Comprehensive Counseling Services

The Comprehensive Counseling Services include assistance with the college search and application process through time spent meeting, researching and in contact by phone and email. While much of my work is with the student directly, I am also in contact with parents and always available for meetings as requested.

I encourage clients to sign up for the Comprehensive Counseling Services since it allows me to get to know the student and parents throughout the various stages of the process. Our work together provides a structure and framework for exploration of student preferences and college choices, development of the student’s admissions profile, creation of a plan for the most productive and creative use of the high school years, the informed development of a list of appropriate colleges, guidance on actions the student needs to take, formulation of an application strategy, completion of the actual applications and success.

The Comprehensive Counseling Services is not limited to the examples listed under the Services on an Hourly Basis. It enables me to support the student and parents in depth throughout the various stages of the college search and application process and allows for student preferences to evolve over time.

Comprehensive Counseling Services include the following:

  • Provide an overview of the college admissions process, what colleges are looking for and at as they build a class, how they interpret and evaluate applications, current trends and the importance of self assessment, research and demonstrating interest
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  • Provide the student with a comprehensive resource notebook with guidelines and information on general organization and for researching and applying to colleges
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  • Develop overall timetables for taking standardized tests, visiting colleges, interviewing and applying
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  • Advise on high school course selection, standardized test taking and tutors known to me
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  • Complete a detailed review of the student’s academic and test records, activities and interests to develop an evolving academic and admissions profile
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  • Guide the student through assessment of individual strengths, interests, learning style attributes, academic and career goals and preferences for types of college environments
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  • Intelligently interpret data, evaluate schools and identify environments that match the student’s interests, profile and values
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  • Develop the “college list” as a work in progress for each student with colleges that match the student’s interests and profile, classified by category of admissibility; revise the list over time
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  • Help prepare the student for effective interviews; provide guidance for planning meaningful campus visits
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  • Discuss affordability, merit scholarships, need based financial aid, and their impact on admissions
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  • Recommend a strategic approach to applying, including use of binding and non binding admission plans (ED 1, ED 2, EA, Rolling and Regular) and the timing, to maximize options
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  • Help the student develop application materials that are authentic, comprehensive and targeted, including developing resumés and brainstorming topics for “the essay,” the important supplemental essays and additional written and other responses
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  • Delineate application deadlines and assist with completion of applications
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  • Advise on maintaining communication with admissions officers, particularly the regional representative, during the search and in response to notification of deferral or waitlist decisions
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  • Assist with the evaluation of financial aid and merit scholarship awards and comparisons by school and with your final enrollment decision