The College Planning process is not easy. That’s why we are here to help you!
Hopefully these Frequently Asked Questions will answer YOUR question:
Why hire a college planner?
Personalized college counseling for students becomes difficult regardless of the school counselor’s expertise. In addition, budget cuts at many institutions have forced schools to eliminate college counseling positions. As a result, college related resources are often unavailable, not current or limited. Students need to get the individualized attention and gain the knowledge they deserve to maximize opportunities.
The college admissions landscape is becoming increasingly competitive and complex
Students must remain current as college application requirements at universities change from year to year
We advise students to utilize their school resources and develop relationships with teachers and guidance counselors. Although school counselors are knowledgeable about the college admissions process, many have too many students and additional responsibilities to offer individualized attention to each student.
ACT vs. SAT. Which test should my child take and when should they begin taking them?
There was a time when colleges would only accept either the ACT or the SAT. That is no longer the case – both are accepted by most (if not all) colleges in the country. Most students will find that they prefer one over the other and will most likely score higher on the one with which they’re most comfortable.
We recommend every student take at least one ACT or SAT by early in their junior year of high school (or possibly late sophomore year for some). This gives students at least a full year to hone their test taking skills, decide which test is a better fit for them, and set realistic goals when researching colleges.
Neither the ACT nor the SAT is the “end all – be all” of college admissions. In fact, many colleges are no longer requiring them at all. Selective colleges want to see that students are challenging themselves with their high school course load and succeeding in the classes they choose first and foremost. But these standardized tests will still play some role in most college admissions and scholarship decisions so The College Project offers three, six-week, prep courses per year with the goal of helping students understand how to take the test and providing plenty of opportunities to practice what we teach.
How involved in extra-curricular activities should my student be?
This really depends on the type of college your son or daughter is wishing to attend. Most selective colleges will tell you it’s not how many activities students are involved in, but how involved they are in the activities they choose. Colleges realize that there are so many hours in a day but they also want to see a well-rounded student and someone that has demonstrated the willingness to be involved in their community and possibly even take a leadership role in a couple of activities.
How many college campuses should I take my child to visit?
Start early in the high school career and visit a few different types of schools (small private liberal arts, large public research universities, big city, small town…). This will help your child get a better feel for what they like and what they don’t like about a particular type of college. You can then narrow your list down to the schools that better fit your child’s needs / wants and go from there. There’s no real right or wrong answer to this question except to say: visit, visit, visit. Reading a college brochure and researching the school on-line will help but nothing helps more than stepping foot on the actual campus and seeing the classroom buildings, the dorm rooms, the cafeteria and recreation facilities first hand.
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