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What Types of Students Do You Counsel?

I work with college-bound students from public and private high schools, as well as transfer students, who are interested in attending any public or private college or university. Students come from varied backgrounds, possessing a wide range of academic records, skills, and interests.

 

Is College Counseling Partners a franchise?

When I started my company many years ago, I chose the name, College Counseling Partners, anticipating that I would grow my business into a large counseling service with many counselors.  However, over time I decided I was far happier managing my own group of families than managing a group of counselors. For professional collaboration, I benefit from a close relationship with seven highly seasoned former admissions and counseling professionals with whom I share resources, contacts and referrals, and meet and travel with frequently. Additionally, I work with an editor who is invaluable in my work with students during the essay writing and editing phase.

How Does the Process Work?

I typically work with students on a comprehensive basis, mentoring them through each step of the college search and application process. Every family has unique needs and schedules so I tailor a program that works for all.  I also counsel a limited number of high school and transfer students on an hourly basis.

For students who live near my office, most often we meet face to face and I communicate with parent(s) through conference calls or email, and periodic family meetings are planned.

Out of state or international clients may choose to meet a couple of times face to face, with the balance of communication taking place through phone, Skype and email.

College Counseling Partners is flexible, with the goal of customizing a relationship that suits your needs.

When Should We Get Started?

Let’s get started now.  Call me at any point when your student is in high school to learn how the counseling process works.  Ideally, I would like to meet a student initially during sophomore or early junior year to get acquainted so I am able to answer any questions about classes or activities that might arise. More frequent college counseling meetings take place during junior and senior years.

How Do We Start?

Please call anytime to discuss your needs and my services.  Then we can schedule a meeting for both parent(s) and student to further explore a tailored college counseling program.

Why hire an independent college counselor?

High school counselors have large caseloads, often close to a hundred students per counselor and sometimes more. College counseling is only one part of a high school counselor’s job; course scheduling and adjustment issues take up more and more time.  Time and budget constraints make accessibility to students more challenging and travel near impossible for school counselors.   On the other hand, an independent college counselor’s sole job is to provide personalized attention and high quality guidance for her clients. To be successful, she will be accessible to address your needs and answer your questions, and stay knowledgeable and connected from visiting colleges on a regular basis.   Your relationship with your high school counselor is very important; your work with your independent college counselor should make time spent with your school counselor only more productive.

Questions to ask when interviewing independent counselors:

Do you have college admissions experience? Or high school counselor experience?

How many students have you worked with, start to finish, on the college process?

What types of students do you work with?

Do you connect with other colleagues in the admissions field?  What professional organizations are you affiliated with?

How long have you been in business?

What was your background prior to going into educational consulting? How has your training and education prepared you to be an independent college counselor?

How often do you get out and visit college campuses?

Do you meet with admissions representatives on campus, at conferences, or in your office?

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