College Admissions Services

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The College Search, Application, and Selection Process

We work with undergraduate students of all types:  High school students seeking their first college as well as transfer students searching for their next college.  Here is our process:

SET YOUR COURSE OF ACTION

First, we get to know you and make sure we understand your goals, family situation, values and expectations. Next, we introduce a plan of action and a timeline for you to embark on this journey with focus and clarity. To formalize our mutual commitment to your course of action, we sign a simple agreement of expectations.

  • Complete personal interviews with student and parents to understand family needs
  • Construct a plan of action and Commitment Contract with student
  • Empower student to conduct a clear and focused college search

COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT ASSESSMENT

“Know Yourself” — our two most important words of advice. We help you explore, evaluate, and articulate your strengths, goals, aspirations, uncertainties. Of course, we consider your budget and your college affordability!  Only then can we help identify the “right” colleges for you! We give you tools and guidance to proceed with confidence.

  • Administer assessments to identify your interests, personality, skills, strengths, and values
  • Personalized interpretation of assessment results and impact on college choices
  • Identify college factors of fit, including financial, and guide you in building your “college list”

CAREER AND INTEREST EXPLORATION

Many students are uncertain about their career goals. We guide you through our unique process to explore and discover. You will gain an understanding of the world of work and become familiar with career search tools that you will use now and later in your life.

  • Interpretation of assessments related to career interest areas
  • Exploration of the world of work and careers
  • Develop toolbox of career search skills

GUIDED COLLEGE SEARCH

For some families, this is the heart of our services. An effective college search can begin when you can articulate your strengths, personality, and aspirations. Based on your interests, goals and values, we guide you in researching a variety of colleges, preparing for effective visits, helping you decide the colleges to which you will apply, and making your final choice.

  • Administer assessments to identify interests, personality, skills, strengths, and values
  • Guidance in identifying colleges that fit based on assessments
  • Personalized interpretation of assessment results and impact on college choices
  • Customized checklist and timeline for effective college search
  • Investigate critical factors of interests, learning style, academic strengths, and career goals
  • Coaching for online and in-person research of colleges
  • Prepare for and evaluate productive campus visits
  • Guidance in narrowing choices to college application list

COMPREHENSIVE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

There is so much more to the college admissions process than just filling out forms. We help you prepare complete and outstanding applications that will get positively noticed by admissions committees!

  • Establish a customized plan for college applications
  • Create a competitive leadership resume
  • Prioritize and review applications for accuracy and best presentation of your talents
  • Identify red flags that may lower chances of acceptance or scholarship
  • Track and organize applications to meet deadlines

INDIVIDUAL ESSAY DEVELOPMENT AND CRITIQUE

Beyond your coursework, GPA, and standardized test scores, the most important part of your application is your essay. We understand what admissions committees look for in the essay. We‘ll help you explore topics and develop essays and personal statements that will make you shine! And, we’ll even proofread your final drafts!

  • Explore essay topics that set you apart from the crowd
  • Teach you how to write for your audience–the admissions or scholarship committee
  • Review, edit, and proofread your college essays

PREPARATION FOR ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS

There are many factors that can help you conduct a successful interview. We do more than just help you practice; we’ll show you how to research, assess, and approach the interview situation. Those are skills that will come in handy when you’re job-hunting, too!

  • Research and prepare for a quality interview
  • Practice interview with constructive critique

CONSULTATION FOR DECISION AND ASSISTANCE WITH AWARDS

Before you make your final decision, you want to be confident that you have done everything you can to influence a positive decision. Take advantage of our expertise to help you compare and compete.

  • Positioning for deferments or delayed action
  • Review and compare college acceptance and award letters
  • Identify critical factors in comparing awards
  • Assist in drafting appeals letters if necessary

PERSONALIZED STUDENT TRACKING

The search and college application process comes at one of the busiest times of your life—your last years of high school! There are so many conflicting priorities at that time in your life, it is easy to get off track. With our guidance and your customized plan of action, you’ll find it easy to stay organized and on track in your college search.

  • Timely communication to keep student on track with overall plan
  • Tracking through Guided Path, with access for student and parents
  • Personal reminders to parents when student falls behind on action plan

ONGOING ACCESS TO YOUR COACH THROUGH FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE!

As the name implies, your high school commencement is only the beginning. Your college admission coach will stay available to you through your initial transitions to college life. We’ll check in with you a couple of times your first year just to be sure you’re doing well. If needed, we’ll guide you to the resources available on campus to help you.

  • Counselor check-in during your first term of college with optional meeting at breaks
  • Guidance through the initial adjustments to college
  • Available for advice and/or counseling through difficult transitions
  • Help in identifying and connecting with appropriate resources at your college.

SERVING THE FOLLOWING CHICAGOLAND AREAS

Arlington Heights · Aurora ⋅ Barrington ⋅ Bartlett ⋅ Batavia ⋅ Bloomington ⋅ Bolingbrook ⋅ Buffalo Grove · Carol Stream ⋅ Carpentersville · Clarendon Hills ⋅ Darien ⋅ Des Plaines · Downers Grove ⋅ Dundee · Elgin · Elk Grove ⋅ Elmhurst ⋅ Fox River Grove · Geneva ⋅ Glen Ellyn ⋅ Glenview · Hinsdale ⋅ Hoffman Estates ⋅ La Grange · La Grange Park · Lake Zurich ⋅ Lincolnshire · Lisle ⋅ Lombard ⋅ Mokena · Mt. Prospect · Naperville ⋅ New Lenox · Northbrook · Oak Brook · Orland Hills · Orland Park · Oswego · Palatine ⋅ Palos Heights · Palos Hills · Palos Park · Plainfield · River Forest · Roselle ⋅ Schaumburg ⋅ St. Charles ⋅ Tinley Park · Warrenville ⋅ West Chicago ⋅ Western Springs · Wheaton ⋅ Wood Dale ⋅ Woodridge