Why hire an educational consultant?
To help find the right college for the right price
College is a costly investment and families are looking for colleges that will fit within their budget. Educational consultants can advise families on colleges that are a better value as well as which schools offer merit and/or financial aid. I help students discover colleges that are an educational and financial fit for the family.
To provide career counseling and advice on majors
Many students have not yet formulated a career path or major. Educational consultants offer career testing and guidance to help students discover a major that is right for them.
To provide clarity
There are over 3,500 colleges in the United States. Where do you start? Every student is different and educational consultants can help you pinpoint the colleges that meet the needs of your student.
To offer alternatives and increase chances of admission
The competition to get into college, especially in California, has increased over the years. The average admitted student GPA is over a 4.0 at six of the nine UC schools. The admit rate for some Cal State Colleges such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State, and Long Beach State is less than 30%. Many of the Cal State Colleges are also dealing with impacted majors, and some students are taking five to six years to graduate. Educational consultants can help advise students on application strategies to improve these odds and suggest alternatives that may be a better fit for students.
To alleviate the stress
Educational Consultants alleviate the stress of college planning. As an objective third party, they bridge the gap between students and parents to find common ground. Parents can be confident that application requirements and deadlines are being completed. Instead of worrying and stressing over college, parents and student can enjoy their senior year.
Isn’t that what high school counselors are for?
Yes, but the student to counselor ratio in California ranks 5 times below the national average. According to the American School Counselor Association, there is one counselor for every 1,016 students in California. High School counselors are excellent, but don’t have the time to provide the individualized attention that many students and families are seeking. I limit my practice to 25 students to ensure student success.
What training or credentials do you have?
I graduated from college with a degree in liberal arts and English. My background is in teaching. I belong to HECA, NACAC, and WACAC, which are counseling organizations that require its members to uphold ethical and professional standards. I stay current on admission trends to meet the needs of my students and their families. I attend professional conferences focused on professional development and college admissions. I regularly visit colleges throughout the United States in order to learn about their academic opportunities and campus environment. Come see my wall of college pennants!
When should you start working with an educational consultant?
Earlier is best, but there is no wrong time to start. Some students choose to wait until the beginning of their senior year, but the earlier students begin the college planning process, the more time they have to research majors and colleges, and the more likely they will feel confident in their choices. I like to meet with freshman students to review courses, extracurricular activities, and goals, but I recommend starting the college planning process during sophomore or junior year. This allows enough time to alleviate the stress of college application deadlines.
Can you help students with their personal statement?
Yes, essays are probably the most difficult component of the application process for most students. I advise students on as to what colleges are looking for in an essay. I work with students to create a unique and compelling personal statement that will assist them in standing out in the admission process.
Do you work with student athletes?
Yes, I work with students who hope to play a sport collegiately. My daughter was a recruited Division I athlete, so I am familiar with the athletic recruiting process. I ensure students are registered with NCAA and meeting all requirements. I also provide students the tools to get noticed by coaches.
Do you work with visual or performing art students that need to submit a portfolio?
Yes, I advise students on the aspects and expectations of a portfolio or audition. I work with students to ensure they are meeting the deadlines (which often differ from traditional application deadlines) and requirements of each college. I suggest that students who plan to major in this area start as early as possible in the college planning process, as application deadlines are usually due in the fall of their senior year.
How often and where do you meet with students?
How often depends on when a student starts the college planning process. My services are individualized so I structure meetings as often as necessary to ensure that students are completing the necessary requirements. During the application season, I meet with seniors every week or every other week. I also supplement with emails, phone calls, and texts in-between meetings. I meet with students at my office in Westlake Village, CA or schedule Skype appointments for out of area students.
Do you work with students out of the Southern California area?
Absolutely! Technology is great and allows me to meet with students from all over the country. We conduct meetings via Skype, phone, email and Google Docs.
Do you meet with parents as well?
Yes, college planning is a family decision, and I encourage parents to reach out to me with questions and concerns. We can either meet in person or speak via phone, email or text.
Do you help students with scholarships?
Yes, scholarship assistance is provided for families that purchase the Comprehensive or Deluxe College Planning Package. I ensure that students complete all college scholarship applications as well as high school and local scholarship applications. The largest scholarships come from the colleges themselves, and this is the area I focus on the most. Many schools have early deadlines and require additional applications in order to be considered for scholarships. My students have received over $1.5 million in scholarships.
Do you offer financial planning services?
No, I am not a certified financial planner, but I do offer a parent workshop on the financial aid process and work with families to complete all required financial aid forms. If you are looking for assistance with money management, I suggest you contact your accountant or I can provide you with a referral.
Do you offer SAT or ACT Prep?
No, but I can offer suggestions for the best test prep tutors and companies that fit your budget.
Have you ever had a student not get any college acceptances?
No! While no educational consultant can guarantee acceptance into a college, I work with students to create a balanced list of reach, target and safety schools to ensure that they have choices in where they go to college. On average, my students are accepted into 85% of the colleges they apply for.
Do you offer packages? Hourly rates?
Yes, I offer both packages and hourly rates to accommodate the needs of each family. I will work with families to determine which package or plan works best for them. Contact me for current pricing.
Are you available for presentations at schools or other events?
Yes, contact me, and we can discuss further.