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When you’re facing the expansive and uncertain world of college admissions, it’s only natural to be bursting with questions. Check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions about our college consultation services and how we can help you advance toward the future you want.

  • How can I get started with your college consulting services?
    If you’d like to learn more about our college consulting services and how we can help your student gain admission to their college of choice, just reach out to us with information on your student’s situation and their needs. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can, and together we can work out an arrangement to best guide your student through this stressful but critical period of their life.
  • Do I need to apply in order for my student to receive consulting services with you?
    No. We work with ambitious students from all over the world to gain admission to college programs all over the United States and Canada. We’re limited only by the workload capacity of our counselors—we serve students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • How much do your college consulting services cost?
    We offer a number of packages to fit a range of client needs and budgets. Contact us to discuss your student’s situation and request a free quote for college consulting services.
  • Can I speak with parents who have previously retained your college consulting services for their student?
    Yes. In general, our former clients are happy to answer questions from prospective new clients. However, to avoid bombarding them with too many questions, we ask that you use this reference as the final step in your decision-making process.
  • Can you guarantee that my student will be admitted to a college?
    No. College admissions are never guaranteed, and it’s unethical to guarantee admission not only to a particular school but also in general. While we work hard to bring out the maximum potential in your student and help them submit the best college applications they can, admissions decisions are ultimately left to the administrators of each college, so college consultants can never guarantee admission. The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Principles of Good Practice does not allow for guarantees, and be wary of any college consulting service that offers admissions guarantees—they cannot actually guarantee this, and making such a guarantee indicates a poor standard of ethics.
  • When should my student start receiving college consulting services?
    The ideal time to begin college consulting depends on each student’s individual circumstances, but we can work with students as early as 8th grade and as late as 12th grade. Starting consulting earlier gives your student more opportunity to shape their high school experience in accordance with their longer-term academic goals and helps them advance through their courses with more purpose, but even in the 12th grade, it’s not too late to start. We generally don’t work with students below the 8th grade, as we believe they’re simply too young to sufficiently benefit from college consulting, but as parents, you can start preparing your child for a successful college experience as soon as they start school. We understand that you may have questions about how to best help shape your child for a fruitful future, so we’re open to periodic questions from parents for children as young as 5.
  • Can you help student-athletes and students applying to art programs?
    Yes. We’re open to working with students from all walks of life, no matter what kind of program or college experience they’re aiming for. If your student is interested in a program in the fine arts, architecture, fashion, music, theater, or another art, we can help them develop their portfolio and navigate the admissions process like any other student. If your student intends to play collegiate sports, we can similarly help them through the application process, just as we would for any other student.
  • Do you offer consulting services for graduate school admission?
    Yes. Simply message us with your situation and needs, and we can work out an arrangement to help you through the graduate school admissions process.
  • Do you offer consulting services for prep school admission?
    Yes. If you would like consulting services to help your student gain admission to a prep school, just send us a message explaining your needs. We can work out an arrangement to guide your student through this demanding process, just as we do for young scholars preparing for college.
  • Is it too late to benefit from college consulting services if my student is already in the 12th grade?
    No. Essentially, it’s never too late to benefit from college consulting services, although it is optimal to begin earlier to help students develop and flourish throughout high school with their future academic goals in mind. Part of our work as college consultants is to help students develop their personal story throughout high school, and if your student starts receiving college consulting services in their final year, it’s too late to help them in this aspect. However, what we can help your student with is the application procedure itself, guiding them through the intricacies of the process and helping them present the best version of themselves on their application. We can still help them determine the best programs for them, brainstorm engaging topics for their personal essays, hone their writing skills, and answer any questions they have about the complicated college admissions process.
  • What can I do as a parent during the college consulting process?
    The most important role you can play as your student moves through the college consulting and admissions process is to provide emotional support. Your student needs to make major decisions about their future and carefully put together life-changing applications, so this is a naturally stressful time, and we count on you to help guide your student through the journey emotionally.
  • Can I speak to my student’s consultant?
    Of course. While the point of college consulting services is to work with your student and help them bring out the best version of themselves, you’re ultimately our customer, and we understand that you want to keep tabs on our work with your student. We provide parents with overviews of a student’s progress, as well as any issues, after each session, and we schedule periodic one-on-one meetings with parents to offer a more in-depth update and answer any questions they may have.
  • Can I join in during my student’s sessions with their consultant?
    You can, but we recommend against it, because the presence of a parent makes it more difficult for a student to relax and open up to their consultant. Part of the college consulting process is helping your student discover who they are, identify their strengths, and flesh out their goals, and part of this self-discovery journey involves a degree of independence from their parents. Unless your student has special needs that require your assistance, we recommend that parents don’t join in during sessions.
  • What are the benefits of working with a college consultant?
    The college admissions process is stressful and demanding for anyone, regardless of their background and the college or program they’re targeting. One-on-one counseling with an empathetic and experienced college consultant can help your student navigate this challenging labyrinth with confidence and clarity of mind. At, we strive to help your student identify their short- and long-term academic goals, develop deeper critical thinking skills, and hone their self-awareness as they prepare for the next step in their scholastic journey. We help guide your student through their grade school experience, whether from middle school or high school, preparing them academically and psychologically to achieve their goals in college. Our consultants not only help your student determine their goals and ideal college programs but also aid them in working through the college application process, preparing for interviews, and brainstorming great content for personal essays. As writing experts, we also help your student hone their writing and self-editing abilities—skills that invite success not only in the college admissions process but in many facets of life.
  • Will my student work with a college consultant one on one?
    Yes. After discussing your student’s needs, interests, and personality, we match them up with the most suitable consultant in our roster, as this careful selection process helps foster a relationship of trust. This matters because it’s important that your student is comfortable opening up to their consultant about their dreams, fears, challenges, and past experiences. However, we also recognize that multiple perspectives are important in creating a well-rounded college application. That’s why we have our consultants collaborate behind the scenes, which helps ensure they’re covering all bases for each student’s application.
  • How do you determine which consultant my student will work with?
    Whenever interested parents reach out to us about retaining college consulting services for their student, we ask a series of questions about the student’s background, needs, goals, interests, and personality. We then use this information to select a counselor who not only shares your student’s interests and has experience helping students in similar situations but who we also believe should get along well with your student.
  • How many students do your consultants take on as clients at once?
    We limit the number of students we assign to a given consultant to 10 per grade level. This prevents consultants from becoming overworked and keeps their schedules open enough to cater to the diverse needs of their different clients and give each client all the time they need to succeed.
  • Will your counselors discuss information about my child with other clients?
    No, never. We’re firmly dedicated to client privacy, so any information your child shares with us is safe with our consultants. We adhere to the guidelines of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Principles of Good Practice, which include strict provisions about client privacy.
  • Can you work in conjunction with my student’s school counselor?
    While we’re perfectly open to collaborating with school counselors, not all school counselors are open to a partnership with private college consultants. If you student’s school counselor is receptive to working with us, feel free to introduce us and initiate a partnership.
  • How frequent are consultation sessions?
    We offer different consultation packages to suit a range of needs, and the frequency of sessions depends on the package you opt for. We consider each case individually, taking your student’s needs and goals into account, and can offer more or less counseling depending on your student’s situation. If you’re interested in signing your student up for long-term counseling, we recommend less frequent sessions in the 9th and 10th grades and gradually increasing the number of sessions in the 11th and 12th grades. We also make ourselves available to answer questions or help students with urgent issues that may crop up between sessions. Simply reach out, and we can arrange an extra meeting outside of our usual schedule.
  • Can I schedule sessions at nights or on weekends?
    Yes. We understand that everyone has different schedules and obligations and that your student may not have time for college consulting during conventional business hours. Our team is flexible and open to meeting with your student at whatever time is convenient for you—simply let us know your preferred meeting times, and we’ll match you with a consultant who can accommodate your schedule.
  • Can my student take your college consulting sessions online?
    Yes. In fact, we offer our college consulting services online by default. Most students prefer this arrangement, as it eliminates the need for travel and allows them to connect with their counselor from anywhere in the world.
  • Can I terminate my student’s college consulting services at any time?
    Yes. Your student stands the best chance of success if they work steadily with us throughout high school and until they submit all their college applications, but if you wish to terminate your student’s consulting services earlier, you may do so at any time. In this case, you will not need to pay for future sessions that would have taken place.
  • Can you help my student choose their high school courses?
    Yes. If your student starts working with us before their final year of high school, we can help them determine the best courses to build a great college application and achieve their longer-term academic goals. In addition to considering your student’s strengths, weaknesses, interests, and college goals, we also take into account the graduation requirements for their high school to create a well-rounded curriculum.
  • Can you advise my student in choosing extracurricular activities?
    Yes. Extracurricular activities can have a major impact on a student’s college application, so we place great value on making sure your student is not only involved in extracurricular activities but involved in the most beneficial ones for their goals. We can advise your student in finding activities that help enrich their life and college application and cut out activities that aren’t adding enough value.
  • Do you help students prepare for college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT?
    We can administer a diagnostic test to help your student identify whether the SAT or the ACT is better suited to their goals and needs, but we don’t provide test preparation tutoring services. If you’re located in the New York City metro area, you can work with our sister company,, for tailored test prep tutoring services for any number of tests.
  • Can you help my student secure scholarships?
    Since merit-based scholarships are a major boon to a college application, we do what we can to help your student earn any scholarships they might qualify for. Generally, scholarships are based on a student’s high school grades or test scores, and we can’t provide tutoring services to help if your student is struggling in a particular subject, but we can identify scholarships your student is likely to qualify for and guide them toward making the achievements necessary to earn them.
  • Can you secure an internship for my student?
    We cannot secure an internship for your student, but we can equip them with the tools they need to successfully attain one themselves. This is the essence of college consulting—to help draw out your student’s strengths, smooth out their weaknesses, boost their confidence, and teach them the tips and tricks of the industry to help them succeed. We can help your student identify fruitful internship opportunities and are happy to answer any questions or provide any guidance they may need in applying for the internship, but we can not secure the internship for them.
  • What colleges do you help students gain admission to?
    In a word, we work with students to gain admission to any college in the United States and Canada. We stretch far beyond the Ivy League, supporting students in compiling applications for their dream school, no matter what it is and where it’s located. We can also help your student identify the best colleges for them, if they don’t already have their sights set on a particular institute.
  • At what stage will you compile a college list for my student?
    It depends on how early you retain college consulting services for your student. For students who start working with us at a younger age, we typically put together a list of most suitable colleges at the end of 10th grade. For students who start working with us in the 11th or 12th grade, compiling a college list is usually our first course of action, after getting to know your student and learning their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and interests.
  • How do you teach my student to identify the best colleges for them?
    After putting together a college list for your student based on their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and interests, we equip your student with the tools to identify which of these schools will be best for them. We recommend visiting each college in person, if possible, and provide your student with a list of tasks to complete during any college visit. We also teach your student which metrics and attributes to evaluate when researching which schools best meet their needs. Under our gentle guidance, your student can confidently identify the most suitable institutes for them.
  • How many colleges can my student apply to under your guidance?
    It depends on the package you select, but in general, we don’t limit the number of colleges your student can apply to, but we recommend applying to no more than 12. While the admission requirements of each college do differ, they still remain relatively similar, so your student is likely to receive the same response from multiple schools of equal selectivity, and ultimately, they can only attend one university. Thus, we advise students to apply to between 8 and 12 of their top schools. Keep in mind that the more college applications your student has to complete, the more stress they’re likely to endure, which could negatively impact the overall quality of their applications.
  • How many college application essay reviews will you conduct for my student?
    It depends on the package you select, but in general, we don’t limit the number of essays we review from your student, nor do we limit the number of times we review the same essay. We will work with your student to improve their essays until we feel that they represent their best work.
  • Will you help my student prepare for college admissions interviews?
    Yes. As interviews are a key step in the college admissions process, we make interview preparation one of the key priorities in our college consulting services. We work with your student through the dozens of common interview questions, helping them draw on their life experiences to formulate clear and compelling answers likely to impress a college administrator. Interview preparation and mock interviews also help grow your student’s confidence, which allows them to deliver their answers more compellingly.
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