College Pathways will team with you to create an individual action plan for students from ninth through twelfth grade. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior it’s never too late to put our knowledge and experience behind you. We work one on one; step by step.
College decisions are family decisions. During our initial meeting we want to hear what your goals and objectives are and how we can work with you to achieve them. The issues are manifold; including academic, career, lifestyle, location, separation, and financial.
We start by getting to know you and helping you to know yourself a little better. College means independence, so we urge you to be yourself and make decisions that are right for who you are today and how you see your future. If you are a student with special needs we can help develop an action plan that accommodates your situation.
The number one factor in college admission is your grades in college prep course work. We assess your high school’s profile and recommend courses appropriate for your college goals.
Standardized Test Preparation
The number two factor in college admission decisions is your score on the standardized test you choose to take. We help you decide which test to take; the SAT or the ACT. We recommend the right test preparation course for your individual learning style.
The three factors to consider in finding the best college match are: academic interests, campus social life, and physical environment. We cover everything from the right academic program to the size and location of the college and from academic rigor to campus social life. College Pathways evaluates the cost of attendance and your family’s ability to pay. We help plan your college visits and work with you on your interview skills. Once you’ve selected the colleges that are right for you, College Pathways will help you execute the admission strategy.
Last year Stanford received 23,958 applications and accepted 2,464 students. They turned away 500 of the 800 valedictorians who applied. There are similar statistics across the spectrum of competitive colleges and universities. What made the difference among all these qualified students? The college application. That single document represents who you are, everything you have achieved, and who you aspire to become. It is you. For you to have an impact on the admission committee the application must make the impact. College Pathways oversees every facet of the application to ensure that you maximize your strengths. We monitor transcripts, deadlines, brag sheets, resumes, portfolios, department contacts, letters of recommendation, and assist in the writing of dynamic essays and personal statements.
Paying for College
The average tuition for a four-year public college is $6,185 (up 6.3 percent from last year). The average tuition for a four-year private college is $23,712 (up 6.6 percent from last year). Total cost of attendance at Princeton University is currently $47,375 (excluding travel). We assist with scholarship searches and help guide the financial aid process including FAFSA and CSS Profile applications. If necessary we will consult on financial aid negotiations when considering multiple offers from colleges.
Fee for Services
The College Pathways individual action plan for college admission is a full service agreement. We provide all the services described above tailored for your individual needs including unlimited access to our staff. College Pathways’ prepaid full service package includes personal meetings whenever possible, phone service, online research, and all necessary correspondence. Distance admission counseling is a specialty which offers student and family the same access to counseling as local clients.