College Admission Counseling 2018-04-08T11:03:30+00:00
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Find the Right Fit with College Admission Counseling

The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline and an action plan. As an independent educational consultant, I’m committed to helping families create the timelines and action plans that enable students to fulfill their dreams.

I invite you to review my college admission counseling services, and then to schedule a free 30-minute consultation by completing the form at the bottom of this page. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the ways in which I can help your student achieve their goals.

— Sally Smith

Comprehensive Packages

Freshman or Sophomore Jumpstart

$779June 1 - May 31
  • Four 90-minute in-person or online meetings with the student, with parents, or with both.
  • It’s important to get a jumpstart on opening doors to college admissions – and keeping them open. Our focus will be:
  • Organization: You’ll receive the Pathways to Success toolkit to use over the course of your high school career. It will enable you to gather the elements you’ll need for the college and scholarship application processes.
  • High School Coursework: We’ll review your transcript and the classes you anticipate taking to ensure that they align with your goals.
  • Testing: We’ll take a peek around the corner and discuss how to develop a testing strategy that will pay off in senior year.
  • Extracurriculars: We’ll find meaningful extracurricular activities and identify leadership opportunities.
  • Interests and Majors: We’ll explore what makes your spirit soar and how that relates to potential college majors and careers.
  • The Big Picture: We’ll discuss how the various pieces of the college admissions puzzle fit together so you can make decisions during 9th, 10th, and 11th grade that will support your applicant profile.
  • Homework: You’ll receive homework at the end of each meeting that will move you closer to your goal.

Junior Boost

$2,779June 1 - May 31
  • Six 90-minute in-person or online meetings with the student, with parents, or with both. Unlimited email support between meetings.
  • It’s critical to build the foundation for a successful college application process. Our focus will be:
  • Your Applicant Profile: We’ll pinpoint opportunities to strengthen your coursework and extracurriculars to maximize your chances of admission.
  • Testing Strategies: We’ll determine which admissions tests to take, when to take them, and how many times to take them.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We’ll lay the foundation for soliciting stellar letters of recommendation.
  • Resume Building: We’ll gather the building blocks of college and scholarship applications and create your resume.
  • Interviewing: We’ll review proven interviewing techniques and conduct mock interviews.
  • Special Interests: We’ll pull together materials for athletes, performing artists, programmers, and others who will need application supplements.
  • Potential Majors: We’ll map your interests to college programs.
  • Your College List: We’ll explore your preferences, your academic record, and your strengths to develop a comprehensive list of “right fit” colleges.
  • College Visits: We’ll identify strategies for evaluating a college’s merits.
  • Paying for College: We’ll discuss merit-based and need-based institutional scholarships, external scholarships, and other sources of free and “free-ish” money.
  • Setting Goals: We’ll create monthly objectives to keep you on track.

Senior Surge

$4,779June 1 - May 31
  • Six 90-minute in-person or online meetings with the student, with parents, or with both. Unlimited email, phone, and text support between meetings.
  • Senior year is when your preparation and hard work pave the way for admissions offers from colleges that are a great fit. Our focus will be:
  • Finalizing Your College List: We’ll refine your college list based on your applicant profile, your college visits, and other individualized criteria.
  • Appropriate Applicant Pools: We’re review early decision, early action, regular decision, and rolling application options to ensure that you are in the most advantageous applicant pool for each college.
  • College Application Essays: We’ll brainstorm topic ideas, I’ll coach you through the essay writing process, and I’ll provide detailed feedback on essay drafts.
  • College Applications: We’ll review application requirements, and I’ll provide application feedback prior to submission.
  • Master Calendar: We’ll create a master calendar of college and scholarship application deadlines.
  • College Choice Review: We’ll review acceptances and compare, negotiate, and/or appeal financial aid packages so that you’ll have confidence in the choice you make.
  • College Transition: We’ll develop strategies for a smooth transition to college.

Select Packages

Early Bird Admissions Essay

$4792+ weeks prior to application deadline
  • Your admissions essay can make you stand out from the crowd. In a 90-minute in-person or online meeting, I’ll work with you to brainstorm topics for your top-choice school. I’ll also provide tips to jumpstart your writing process, as well as guidance on how to tell your story in a compelling way.
  • For the first draft essay(s) for your top-choice school, I’ll furnish feedback about the essay tone and structure. For your second draft, I’ll offer specific, sentence-by-sentence suggestions. For your third draft, I’ll review grammar and spelling. I will also proofread your final draft.
  • Keep in mind that powerful essays take time to craft. Plan on spending 10-20 hours brainstorming and writing your essay.

Last Minute Admissions Essay

$879Less than 2 weeks prior to application deadline
  • Your admissions essay can make you stand out from the crowd. In a 90-minute in-person or online meeting, I’ll work with you to brainstorm topics for your top-choice school. I’ll also provide tips to jumpstart your writing process, as well as guidance on how to tell your story in a compelling way.
  • For the first draft essay(s) for your top-choice school, I’ll furnish feedback about the essay tone and structure. For your second draft, I’ll offer specific, sentence-by-sentence suggestions. For your third draft, I’ll review grammar and spelling. I will also proofread your final draft.
  • Keep in mind that powerful essays take time to craft. Plan on spending 10-20 hours brainstorming and writing your essay.

3-Hour Group Workshop

$99per participant; minimum 4 participants
  • Whether you need an overview of the college admissions process or are ready to do a deep dive on how to write compelling college essays, a group workshop can deliver. Here’s how it works….
  • 1. Gather a group of four or more participants
  • 2. Decide upon the topic you’d like to learn more about:
  • Building a College List
  • Navigating College Applications
  • Completing the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile
  • Qualifying for State and Federal College Grants
  • Applying for External Scholarships
  • Finding University Scholarships
  • Positioning Yourself for Athletic Scholarships
  • Free College through Military Service
  • Building a Powerful Resume
  • Winning Interviewing Techniques for College Admissions and Scholarships
  • College Admissions Testing: Scheduling and Test Prep
  • Summer Checklist: A Grade-Appropriate To-Do List
  • 3. We will meet in person or using an online meeting platform
  • 4. Following the meeting, you’ll receive a detailed summary and suggestions for next steps.

Hourly Rates

Hourly Rate

$149per hour
  • Sometimes students and parents need answers to specific questions, a sounding board, or a bit of direction on an as-needed basis. I’m happy to help.

Bucket of Hours

$1,249for 10 hours
  • Sometimes students and parents need answers to specific questions, a sounding board, or a bit of direction on an as-needed basis. I’m happy to help.

About Sally

I am a college and scholarship coach who helps families navigate the path after high school. I provide highly tailored college admission counseling and facilitate in-person and online group workshops. I help parents and students gain an understanding of the college selection, application, and decision process; pinpoint scholarship opportunities; develop right-fit college application lists; learn to write effective college admission and scholarship essays; decipher the FAFSA and CSS Profile; gather stellar letters of recommendation; and develop strategies for college entrance testing and test preparation. My clients have been admitted to a variety of public and private institutions, including Ivy League schools, University of California campuses, and out-of-state community colleges.

I am happy to partner with parents who wish to be highly involved in the college selection process, and am equally comfortable working solely with students. While I cannot guarantee acceptance to a particular university, I will work diligently to guide students toward colleges where they will thrive. I hope to have the opportunity to advise your student as they move forward on this exciting journey!

Free 30-Minute Consultation

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