College Application Services
The college application process takes a student’s entire high school career and distills it into a packet of papers that admissions officers will read for a matter of minutes. Your window for making an impression is small, so it’s important to have a focused message that stands out.
For top schools, applications won’t even be looked at closely if you don’t have the Academic Index (SAT/ACT scores + GPA) that they’re looking for, so of course, the student’s academic achievement matters here. But unfortunately, scores are not enough. There are plenty of students with perfect SAT or ACT scores that get rejected from top schools, primarily because they don’t have a focused message or sufficient extracurricular activities. This is where having an Admissions Angle can help.
For students that work with us in our Mentorship Services, the Admissions Angle strategy has been premeditated for years, so senior year is all about execution and visibility on the applications. For anyone coming to us end of junior year or senior year, the process becomes a bit more urgent and less organic.
The best way to craft an Angle later on in the game is to reverse engineer it based on the student’s existing extracurricular profile. This may mean suggesting that the student apply for a major that they don’t necessarily want to apply for because their academics and extracurricular involvement just don’t support it. In the end, the major choice is the student’s but he/she should remember that for most institutions, it’s not that difficult to change majors, and if it is difficult, it’s worth the extra effort later on. An Admissions Angle is a strategy to give them the best admissions outcome possible.
What do we help with?
Just like our Mentorship Services, we believe that consistent contact and a personal relationship with our students lead to the best outcomes. During senior year, we oftentimes call or chat with our students multiple times a week to guide them in setting short-term goals and brainstorming ideas for their essays. Our College Application Services focus on providing the following:
College Admissions Services
Schedule a Free Consultation
Meet with Alex one-on-one via video chat to talk about your son/daughter’s admissions plan. Afterwards, receive a no-obligation Customized College Roadmap (CCR) with advice on courses, extracurricular activities, standardized tests, and Admissions Angle strategy.
The Admissions Angle General Application Schedule
April – May
Resume, personal statement, recommendations, finalize Admissions Angle
College essay workshop, student questionnaire, brainstorm main essays rough drafts
Fill out common application, rough drafts of supplement essays
Finalize main essay, college list and early school decision
Submit all early applications including supplementary materials, continue working on supplemental essays
Continue working on supplemental essays, submit UC applications, early school interviews
Finalize all supplemental essays, submit all regular decision applications
Follow up on all schools, prepare additional letter of rec, regular school interviews