College Consulting Plans

Services are customized to meet each individual’s goals and timeline and are discussed during the initial complimentary meeting.  We offer a comprehensive plan which covers all services listed and includes student access to CIALFO.  We also offer shorter and a la carte services, such as list-building, and essay/application review. If you just have a list of questions that need to be answered, we can arrange for hourly meetings as needed. All plans may be applied toward boarding school or college advising


Strategy and List Development

This process takes about 6-8 weeks and may require 5-6 meetings and ideally happens in the spring of the application year.

  • Conduct in-depth student interviews including online personality and career interest surveys.

  • Develop a plan for exploring possible careers and majors.

  • Plan and review the student's high school courses. 

  • Discuss standardized test timetable. Explore test preparation strategies. (For tests such as the SSAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, AP, IB).

  • Provide advice on extracurricular activities and summer programs.

  • Explain the college application process.

  • Guide students in developing criteria for best-fit colleges and creating a list of schools with varying levels of selectivity for students to research and visit.


Completing Applications

This process is usually spread out over 10 months and meetings occur on a regular basis. This process ideally begins the summer or early fall before the applications are due, includes the important work of essay writing, and ends when the final decision is made.  Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with application preparation

  • Provide organizational tools to manage task and deadlines.

  • Help with brainstorming, writing and revising required essays and supplemental materials.

  • Provide advice on financial aid and scholarship options

  • Practice and prepare for interviews as needed

  • Consult on final college decisions.


Comprehensive Plan

The comprehensive plan includes all the services for strategy & list development and completing applications

There is no limit on contact, hours, essay review or numbers and types of applications.

Students applying to Performing and Visual Arts colleges may be assessed a fee in addition to the Completing Applications or Comprehensive Plan.

These applications are more complex as they require planning for auditions and portfolios.

Other Services

Hourly Consultation

If you just need an hour or two to get a few questions answered – we can do that!  Choose any topic related to the admissions processes.  Some examples of topics are:

  • How to search for Best Fit Boarding Schools and Colleges.

  • The application process and timelines

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Essay editing

  • Interview preparation

  • Anything else you have questions about

If, after that hour you decide to sign up for a more comprehensive plan, then the cost of the hour will be deducted from the package price.


Customized Service Package

Pre-pay for a 3-hour block of time to be used for any service except list building.

With this plan, you decide how you would like to use the hours and we will put together a plan of meetings with a team member to the cover the topics you need help with.

Strategy and Planning Consultation

A 90-minute session will help families learn to make the most of the high school experience and make the right decisions from the start.

  • Review of academic record

  • Advice on upcoming course selection

  • Recommendations on extracurricular involvement and summer activities

  • Testing recommendations

Exploration and Career Counseling

This service assists students in making decisions about future educational and career paths.  This involves taking one or more psychometric aptitude evaluations an, followed by a 90 min consultation and question/answer sessions.


College Visits  

Going on college visits is an important part of the college process and is much more than just a sight-seeing trip.  It is an essential way to find out if the college is going to be a good fit and if the student will feel comfortable and thrive in this environment. We understand that it may be very difficult for international parents to plan an go on a college tour in the US.

We can help:

  • College Visit planning and preparation: Prepare a cohesive itinerary, schedule of tours and meetings with admissions personnel, lists of questions for the college. Family is responsible for arranging for their own transportation and lodging.

  • Visit college with family or student: Arranging for transportation and lodging included.