While everyone goes through the college process in their own time and in their own way, below is a typical timeline for the college process. We tailor the process to match our clients’ unique goals and needs.
How we can help: When and how to begin the college process is the question we answer most often. Starting in the fall of their junior year, we help our students interpret their PSAT scores, make a preliminary plan for standardized testing, and provide an overview of the college process.
How we can help: The winter and spring vacations provide an important opportunity to visit colleges while schools are in session. We develop an exploratory list of colleges to visit to get a sense of what different types of colleges have to offer. We will continue to refine that list throughout the spring and summer as the student becomes increasingly able to articulate the qualities that they seek in the colleges to which they wish to apply.
How we can help: The student’s transcript is the most important piece of their college application. We assist students with their course selection for senior year, seeking the right balance between rigor and achievement. We also help students write their resumes, the first piece of the college application that they will complete.
How we can help: Most students have very little interviewing experience, so we help them prepare for effective college interviews. Our goal for our clients to take advantage of the summer months to complete their Common Application so that they can focus on their academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities in the fall. We work closely with our clients on their College Essay (the Personal Statement) so that they craft a piece of writing that reflects who they are, what they value, and how they see the world and is written in their own voice.
How we can help: All of the pieces of the college application come together in the early fall. We help our clients organize their time and materials so that all their applications will be complete by the deadlines.
How we can help: The decisions about where to apply and whether to apply early action/early decision is complicated and nuanced. We discuss with our clients the pros and cons of this decision and develop an application strategy.
How we can help: Deciding which college to attend is, for most of our clients, the biggest decision they have ever made. We help our students make this choice by showing them various decision making strategies and making sure they’ve gathered all the information available to make that important decision.