Packages

Parents constantly tell us that they are absolutely stunned by the amount of time involved in the college admissions process today. Even in the last two years, with the addition of the Coalition Application, the process has changed dramatically and has become substantially more time-intensive than it was with any older children – not to mention their own college application processes a generation ago! Most families are shocked to learn that students do not just have to write ONE college essay: they regularly have to write twenty, thirty, or more! 

Because we know that time is at such a premium, we believe that a “one size fits all” approach is wasteful; instead, we maximize every minute to the best of our ability by tailoring our packages to meet each family’s specific needs. We have seen over the years that some students require more help with their applications and essays, while others need more help with college selection. Some students need three sessions of interview prep and others need none. We work with each family to custom-design an effective, individualized approach to achieve maximum effectiveness based on the number of hours contracted.

Ongoing Work

Comprehensive Plan: 
This package provides families with up to fifty-five hours of in-person or virtual college admissions and application assistance. It also provides up to thirty additional hours of ongoing reminders, check-ins and scheduling help to keep the student and parents on task, and a student subscription to the Wow Writing Workshop system. This option is best for students who require more guidance than usual, have special circumstances, or want to heavily reduce the need for independent work between sessions.
Fee: $17,500


Standard Plus Plan – Our Most Popular Package:
This package provides families with up to thirty-five hours of in-person or virtual college admissions and application assistance. It also provides up to thirty additional hours of ongoing reminders, check-ins and scheduling help to keep the student and parents on task, and a student subscription to the Wow Writing Workshop system. This is our most frequently contracted package, and should carry the typical student through the entire admissions process with oversight and direction. Students should expect to complete regular homework assignments between sessions.
Fee: $11,500


Standard Plan: 
This package provides families with up to twenty-five hours of in-person or virtual college admissions and application assistance. It also provides up to twenty additional hours of ongoing reminders, check-ins and scheduling help to keep the student and parents on task, and a student subscription to the Wow Writing Workshop system. This option is best for students who need guidance along the way with the various components of the application, yet are also prepared to complete many tasks independently or with parental help.
Fee: $9,000


Second Set of Eyes Plan: 
This package provides families with up to ten hours of in-person or virtual college admissions and application assistance. It also provides up to ten additional hours of ongoing reminders, check-ins and scheduling help to keep the student and parents on task. This option is best for self-motivated students who are committed to doing most of the work independently, but seek expert review to make sure that all application materials are perfectly edited and polished.
Fee: $4,500


Most plans include a combination of the following services:

– Guidance on standardized testing and recommendations for test preparation services

– Ongoing support regarding the college search and selection process

– Strategic guidance on the use of the various application types (Rolling vs. Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Restrictive Early Action vs. Single-Choice Early Action vs. Priority)

– Tailored college visit guidance that results in a savings of time and money

– Assistance with completing and editing the Common Application and application supplements

– Assistance with completing and editing the Coalition Application and application supplements

– Assistance with completing the Self-Reported Academic Record


– Strategy development, writing assistance, editing and review for the Common and Coalition Application Personal Essays using the Wow Writing Workshop method

– Strategy development, writing assistance, editing and review for the many required supplement essays


– Teacher and Counselor Recommendation strategy, assistance, editing and review

– Interview preparation

– Organizational tools to monitor the status of each application component

Plans may also include:

– School-specific application assistance for colleges and universities that do not accept the Common or Coalition Applications, including the complex multi-campus University of California application

– Help with navigating NCAA Division I, Division II or Division III athletic recruitment

– Visual or performing art portfolios through SlideRoom

– Chaperoned college tours

– Honors program and merit scholarship application assistance 

– Summer program strategy and application assistance

– Side-by-side assistance with application and test score submission to prevent user error

– Deferral and waitlist action plans

– Assistance with high school-based forms such as transcript requests and application cover sheets



One Time Sessions 

Strategy and Planning Session (Grades 11-12): 
This offering is suited for students and families who plan to navigate the college admissions process on their own or with the assistance of their school counselor, yet would benefit from some extra oversight and guidance. Students and parents will submit records in advance for review, and the 60-120 minute session will entail a comprehensive strategic analysis and formulation of an appropriate action plan. Families are encouraged to bring a list of 
questions to ensure maximum productivity. Typical discussion topics include the formulation of an appropriate college list, testing timelines, and early application deadline strategies.
Fee: $750


Strategy and Planning Session (Grades 8-10): 
All students can benefit from an early start to the college admissions process! At first, the idea of meeting with a college admissions consultant as a young teenager may seem overwhelming, or even silly. However, this type of meeting is actually one of the most valuable parts of the process. No, we are not putting together a college list in 8th, 9th, or even 10th grade. Instead, we are laying the groundwork for a successful and strategic high school experience. This 60 minute session will help families learn to maximize their student’s high school experience and make the right decisions from the outset. Typical discussion topics will include course selection, standardized test planning, summer experiences, extracurricular activities, and leadership positions, as well as the mitigation of mistakes that may have already occurred.
Fee: $350