June 7, 2017

frequently asked questions

Why hire an Independent Educational Consultant (aka College Admissions Coach)?

With 38 minutes being the national average amount of time students spend with their high school college counselor in all four years – there is no way they can provide the type of personal attention I can.

When is the best time to start?

The earlier the better because the more time I have with the student the better I’m able to build the best possible college list and help the student throughout his/her high school career.

What professional associations are you affiliated with?

I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

How do you keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures and how often do you get out and visit college, school, and program campuses and meet with admissions representatives?

The ONLY way to know about the best matches for you is to be out visiting schools regularly. This past year, I have visited over 30 schools and will continue to keep traveling as well as attended many conferences.

What is the most important item that college admission officers look at?

Most colleges take a holistic approach and will consider everything-your GPA, standardized test scores, essay, extracurricular activities. However, your GPA and the courses you took will most likely be the most important.

How many schools should I apply too?

Between 5 and 8 is recommended. It’s a good idea to apply to some schools that might be a reach for you and some where you will likely get admitted but they should mostly feel like good, realistic matches.

Are rankings important in the college search?

Not at all. It’s all about the right fit for you. Just because a school is ranked 175 does not mean it is a bad school and could potentially be the best fit for you.

I’m interested in smaller, liberal arts schools but don’t know where to begin my search, any suggestions?

Colleges That Change Lives at ctcl.org is an excellent resource to learn about smaller college options.

Should I take the ACT or SAT?

On average, 1/3 of students do better on the ACT, 1/3 do better on the SAT, and a 1/3 are a wash. I always recommend taking both because colleges will look at the highest scores.

When are the next testing dates and where do I register?

For SAT details, please visit collegeboard.org. For ACT details, act.org is the information hub.

I didn’t do well on my SAT or ACT exams. What options do I have?

The National Center for Fair and open Testing, fairtest.org, has lists of colleges and universities that are test-optional.

What sites should I check out for scholarship info?

Both fastweb.com and mertidaid.com are excellent online resources for finding scholarships.

Should I apply for financial aid even if I think I won’t qualify?

YES! Besides the fact that most colleges require the FAFSA anyways, if you don’t apply, you’ll get nothing but if you do, you may get something.

Where do I go to see if I qualify for financial aid?

You can visit finaid.org and fafsa.ed.gov for details about financial aid options and for the FAFSA application.

Do you guarantee admission to a school, one of my top choices, or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships?

No, I cannot guarantee any of the above. My job is to help put forth the best possible candidate.