College Navigation & Guidance to Acceptance
Whether you are near one of our locations or in a remote part of the planet – we can help your student get into the college of their choice.
Our College Navigation Plan begins with a discussion with the parent(s)/guardian(s) and child and a review of applicable academic and test records. With this, the College Navigation Advisor will better understand your child’s and your family’s values, priorities, and preferences, as well as your child’s strengths, needs, and learning style.
Comprehensive College Navigation Plan: We ensure you win at college!
With our College Navigation Plan, students in the 7th-12th grades will receive a personal advisor from the Student Den walking them and their family through the entire admissions process including some – but not limited to – the following:
High School Planning and Guidance
- Create a detailed plan for high school coursework that enables the student the best chances at college admission
- Ensure that students are taking full advantage of course offerings at their high school
Extracurricular and Academic Interest Refinement
- Help students apply their extracurricular and academic interests in novel ways, so as to deepen or broaden their experience in these pursuits
- Create specific opportunities for the student based on extracurricular activities
College Selection Process
- Develop, evaluate, and finalize a list of colleges to which the student will apply
- Identify colleges to visit
- Learn about what to look for on college visits and schedule college visits
- Brainstorm ideas
- Assess common application and school-specific essay requirements
- Review essay drafts
- Help the student highlight strengths
- Review applications
Letters of Recommendation
- Decide which teachers/professors to ask for recommendations
- Learn how to approach teachers for the best results
Interviews are often optional these days and can be requested by the student to be interviewed by alumni near you. Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and Georgetown University are some of the schools that require interviews. There are also, of course, schools of the arts and small colleges throughout the country that require interviews. Many schools recommend an interview, but do not require one.
If the interview is the path for you, we can help prepare you.
- Prepare students for on-campus and off-campus interviews and meetings with admissions officers
- Practice interview questions and perfect expert responses
Establish a standardized testing schedule
- We help determine proficiency in ACT or SAT by assessing the student’s strengths
- Explore test preparation strategies/classes
- Provide opportunities to maximize exposure and experience
Exploration of Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Discuss financial aid goals and how to achieve them
- Review key financial aid strategies and options
- Provide comprehensive scholarship listings
Wait List / Deferral
- Develop strategies for acceptance if placed on the wait list or deferred