We’ve been in the college planning and admissions business for about 25 years now, and we are so passionate about helping students with their educational goals and helping them earn acceptances to great colleges, year after year. And with all of our experience of working with students of different backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, perspectives, ideologies, etc, you start noticing patterns and trends of success.
What is it about those students who are successful year after year, are able to get things done, get results, and have great outcomes, including college admissions results? What is it about these students’ character, mindset, and abilities that allow them to move their lives forward and get the results they desire?
It comes down to a lot of different attributes, but in many respects, we can boil down the success mindset to two simple words. That’s it. We can distill 25 years of wisdom and experience into two simple words that distinguish successful students from the lesser-performing students.
College admissions is getting more competitive than ever. The admission statistics to earn acceptance into universities keeps getting lower each year, with earning acceptance to many of the great universities now into the single digit percentages. A well thought-out game plan and strategy is paramount.
But counselors at high schools are overworked, understaffed, and resources are spread thin. The average student-to-counselor ratio is: 464 to 1. And for California schools, the average student-to-counselor ratio is even worse at: 622 to 1.
While less for private schools, counselors simply do not have the time, resources, and energy to devote personalized and customized attention to each student.
Don’t go into the next school year without a game plan!
This blog is focused on giving students a successful “back-to-school” strategy so that students will be able to follow a path that is aligned with what college admission officers look for in a successful college admissions applicant. Figure out what you need to do in order to make your application stand out to college admissions staff, and how to have a successful and enjoyable year at school.
Also, learn all about our exciting college admissions program that can help you get into the school of your dreams!
Ready to set yourself apart in the pile of competing college applications? It might not come down to your test scores or how well you did in the classroom. Your admissions success might involve what you did outside of the classroom all together.
The college admissions process is more competitive than ever before. Most admissions decisions are being made both on your academic record, but also what you might bring to the campus as a student.
Show them who you are by getting involved outside the classroom.
Can we talk about your child’s future?
In our decades of helping students get into their dream colleges, we know that where you attend college can have a huge impact on your ultimate success.
We’ve even had students come back 10 years later and tell us how impactful their dream college was on their life.
But if you want that edge for you and/or your child? Well, we’ve got an amazing new resource for you.
Imagine for a minute that it’s your senior year and you’ve just gotten the acceptance letter to your dream university. All that hard work you’ve put in over the last couple of years finally paid off!
How do you make that a reality?
While admissions officers look for a variety of factors to choose whether or not to accept you into their programs, one of the most important are your SAT or ACT test scores.
It’s true that some colleges have moved away from test score importance, especially since COVID, but many of the top universities still use them as a guiding principle in their admissions rubrics.
A question we hear from a lot of our one-on-one students: which test is right for them?
Student debt is perhaps one of the hottest topics within the current presidential administration. You may even have friends and older siblings who have borrowed a lot of money in order to pay for their top choice colleges but aren’t entirely sure how they’re going to pay it all back. Don’t fall into the same trap!
Paying for college can feel overwhelming, especially since you spend so much of your high school career just focused on how to get into the college you want.
You can still go to your dream college and make it affordable. It just takes some advanced planning like it does to get into that program.
Whether or not you’re accepted to a university can come down to many different factors.
One of those factors? The ever-important college admissions interview.
Several schools have a process for interviewing as part of the application process and many top-tier universities use these interviews as a big factor in their decision.
Even if you’re a champion debater and speaker, going into a room with a college admissions officer or alumnus can be a bit overwhelming.
It’s completely possible to successfully prepare for your interview by following a few best practices.
Has your child expressed a desire to get into an Ivy League university?
Especially if you yourself attended an Ivy League school, it’s easy to dream of our children attending a prestigious college.
The college landscape is not the same it was 20 years ago, though.
Want to truly push your mind to reach your full potential?
The answer might just be setting goals.
Goal-setting has been shown to be linked with higher-motivation, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, and can even be an indicator of future success.
As we enter 2023, it can seem a foregone conclusion that you and your child will be setting goals.
But are you setting the right goals to help them plan for their future college and career decisions?