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 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 overview of the college admissions process (what and who colleges are looking for, how they interpret and evaluate applications and current trends
  • Provide comprehensive resource notebook
  • Discuss the importance of self-assessment, research, visiting and “demonstrating interest”
  • Discuss elements for which the student has control
  • Intake to learn student’s and parents’ preferences, interests, values and educational goals and definition of “best college”
  • Review the student’s school and test records and evolving academic profile
  • Resume development
  • Develop the College List (a work in progress that incorporates the student’s interests, profile, learning style attributes, academic and career goals and preferences and values)
  • Timetables for visiting colleges, interviewing and applying
  • Recommendations on standardized tests and tutors– which, when
  • Education about financial aid and merit scholarships and their impact on admissions 
  • Advice on high school course selection 
  • Preparation for interviews and college visits 
  • Advice on how to secure strong letters of recommendation 
  • Delineate application deadlines 
  • Recommendation of a strategic approach to applying (which schools, plans and deadlines)
  • Guidance on essay development (personal essay, writing supplements, additional information and additional written responses)
  • Assistance with completion of applications 
  • Advice on maintaining communication with admission officers (during the search and in response to deferral or waitlist notification)
  • Assistance with the evaluation of financial aid and merit scholarship awards and comparisons by school 
  • Provision of relevant and timely articles and information 
  • Assistance as you make your final enrollment decision 
The CEP is the Certified Educational Planner which Jane holds, and is the mark of distinction for independent educational consultants and high school counselors.

Jane Hoffman is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP). The CEP is the mark of distinction for independent educational consultants and high school counselors. It reflects the highest level of professional achievement and signifies extensive knowledge and commitment to the profession and to providing the highest quality of service to students and families. It is conferred only after demonstration of expanded institutional and professional knowledge.

CEPIECANACACJane Hoffman is an active member of a number of professional associations in college admissions and counseling, including the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Jane is a graduate of IECA’s Practices and Principles Training Institute and adheres to IECA’s Principles of Good Practice. Since it is important to remain current, Jane frequently attends national conferences and participate in professional exchanges that provide the latest information on admission policies, practices, trends and developments. Jane regularly visit colleges and meets with admissions officers to learn about each school’s culture, educational programs, institutional priorities and admissions practices. Ongoing professional development activities also include taking courses online, completing webinars and consulting with colleagues.