ith so many educational opportunities to be discovered among the thousands of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, it can be difficult for families to know where to begin. There are small, traditional liberal arts colleges that provide an intimate learning environment and close-knit community, and there are large state universities that offer a wealth of interdisciplinary programs and bustling student life. There are “elite” institutions with intensely competitive admissions and prestigious degrees, and also lesser-known gems that excel in particular areas of study.
As you sift through the options and possibilities, thinking about location, size, programs offered, philosophy, diversity, costs, and more, it’s essential to look for colleges that will be a good fit for your child, with the academics, extracurricular programs, and campus life that will offer your daughter or son the best overall experience. Keeping in mind that a college education is a major investment in your son’s or daughter’s future, it’s extremely important to proceed with care.
Prep School and College Search can give you expert advice as you consider college options, working with you through the many steps of searching for the right college and meeting application requirements. Our purpose is to demystify the complex admission process, to make each step more manageable, and to help your son or daughter gain admission to the colleges of his or her choice.
When we begin to work with a family, we’ll schedule an Initial Consultation, a meeting with student and parents to consider objectives and goals, to review school records and test results, talents and interests, and to discuss next steps. Once we get started, we’ll set a calendar of additional meetings to cover various aspects of the process. We offer guidance in developing a college list, planning college visits and interviews, application essay workshops, information on financing and financial aid, and advice on related topics as needed. For Juniors, writing workshops are offered each winter. For rising Seniors, summer essay writing workshops are available. Throughout this process, we communicate frequently with parents and students in person, by telephone, videoconferencing and email, making sure to keep on schedule with deadlines, and insuring that each application is the best it can be.
Prep School and College Search’s experience in admission and extensive professional network can be invaluable to families who are looking for guidance and support with a college search. Please call or email to set up an Initial Consultation, or to discuss our services in more detail.