Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is independent college counseling?

The search for the right college has become a labyrinth of test prep, standardized testing, Advance Placement courses and exams, internships and more. The competition for the top schools has become fierce. The demand for California colleges is high due to an increased population as well as out of state and foreign interest in California. The impact on admission selectivity has spread to all public and private colleges in the state. But this may be a blessing in disguise.

Armed with facts, the counselor can guide the student through an evaluation of colleges—there are 3000 in the nation. Many will suit the needs of the individual perhaps better than the nearest UC, but they may not be household names. The counselor will cross-reference, find strong departments for students’ majors, obtain objective rankings and provide the family with information. All too often students are driven to selecting a college based on what peers say. Relying on the student grapevine can have serious consequences. Name recognition alone is no way to make such an important decision.

2. Isn’t college counseling only for the very top students?

No. A student with a 3.0 and 1000 on the SAT may need even more help than the student with the 4.2 and a 1350. I work with all levels of student achievement, and I am not done until those students have multiple offers. Last year my advisees’ GPAs ranged from a 2.3 to a 4.8. If you choose to work with me, I will find the colleges that are right for you; I will find a place where you will be encouraged, challenged, and thrive. I will be your advocate in all phases of this search. I also provide support for parents, many of whom are stunned to learn how much the process has changed. Keeping track of those changes is a full time job. Most parents simply do not have the time to master the data necessary to help their children in this critical exploration.

3. How does one select a counselor?

There are many people who claim to be qualified and are not. A college counselor should have degrees, a professional background in education, and a post-graduate certificate from a recognized college counseling program. Membership in the National Association of College Admission Counselors is also an indication that the counselor follows a code of ethics established by NACAC. You can learn a good deal from an interview, even by phone

4. Can I afford an independent college counselor?

Yes. Our packages can be tailored to your needs. You can pay over the time we work together. A good counselor can also save you from making costly mistakes.

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