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Project-College Counseling Services

Admissions Consulting Services

Many students and parents are not fully aware of all the benefits of working with a College Admissions Counselor such as Project-College. It's unfortunate but in today day and age, for students attending public schools, the student-to-counselor ratio is at astronomical highs … and still continues to climb, due to budget problems facing many communities. Ratios above 500:1 at public high schools are much more common that you would think and that means each student is not getting the individual attention and assistance they need to properly transition to college!


Where does that leave you? Well here at Project-College, we're here to help. We use the latest technology to make any distances between you and our counselors a non-issue. When appropriate, we utilize various telecommunications software and services that allow video conferencing and screen-shares to help in your counseling experience. Much of the actual college investigation is done closely with the student so that they are not simply provided with a set of recommendations from us, but rather reach the recommendations with us!

... but you need to START PREPARING EARLY!

The following are some of the more popular services offered by Project-College, depending on your current year in high school:

High School Freshman Year:

This is the first of two what we call 'foundation years' for the student. Freshman students, as well as their parents, should not spend this year focusing too much on college, but rather on building a strong academic foundation for the student on which to build. You must take advantage of your early high school years to develop your portfolio. Here are some of the activities that take place:

  • Academic Foundation Planning (extensive)

  • Individual Exploration (Personality, Wants, Dislikes, Strengths, Weaknesses)

  • Athletic Offset Planning (if the student plans to seek Athletic Scholarships)

  • Intra/Extra Curricular Activities Planning (extensive)

  • Summer Activities Planning

  • Initial Resume Strategy

  • Initial Career Selection

  • College Savings Options (you want to start early)

  • Parents are crucial in this phase, not only for support and encouragement to the student, but as stakeholders in much of the planning.

    High School Sophomore Year:

    As was the case with your freshman year, both students and parents should continue to remain focused on building the students portfolios. The transition into a high school environment should be complete at this point, allowing them to focus more on expanding their specific interest and strengths/talents. PSAT preparation begins as well as the development of your overall testing strategy.

  • Academic Foundation Planning (extensive)

  • Confirm Individual Exploration (Personality, Wants, Dislikes, Strengths, Weaknesses)

  • Continued Athletic Offset Planning (if the student plans to seek Athletic Scholarships)

  • Intra/Extra Curricular Activities Planning (extensive)

  • Summer Activities Planning

  • Initial Resume Strategy

  • Initial Career Selection

  • College Savings Options (hopefully reviewing the results from starting last year)

  • Coordinate Entrance Testing Preparation (PSAT / PLAN)

  • Comprehensive Reviews of Testing Results (PSAT / PLAN)

  • Coordinate Entrance Testing Preparation (for early takers of the SAT / ACT)

  • Comprehensive Reviews of Testing Results (for early takers of the SAT / ACT)

  • High Level Review of College Application Processes

  • Initial College Selection/Prioritization Criteria

  • Initial Overviews Regarding College Essays

  • Initial College Fair Indoctrinations

  • Initial Financial Aid Planning (Scholarships/Grants/Loans/FAFSA/etc.)

  • High School Junior Year:

    Many students feel that their junior year is definitely the most challenging of their high school experience. It is during that time that they are typically very involved in clubs, studying for SAT's, maybe thinking of running for student government, extracurricular activities, as well as continuing a rigorous academic curriculum.

    It is in this year that the focus shifts a bit toward college alternatives. Special care needs to be taken during the planning of this year since most college administrators look very seriously at your junior year performance and the choices you have made. This becomes a 'develop and market' period for students to emphasize their strengths and become more appealing candidates to colleges.

  • Academic Maintenance Planning

  • Career / Major Selection

  • Finalize Athletic Offset Planning (if the student plans to seek Athletic Scholarships)

  • Intra/Extra Curricular Activities Planning

  • Summer Activities Planning

  • Comprehensive 'Brag List' Preparation

  • Comprehensive Resume Strategy and Preparation

  • College Savings Evaluations (to determine its part in the overall Financial Aid equation

  • Coordinate Entrance Testing Preparation (SAT / ACT)

  • Comprehensive Reviews of Testing Results (SAT / ACT)

  • High Level Review of College Application Processes

  • 'Letter of Recommendation' Strategy

  • College Selection/Prioritization Criteria

  • College Essays Strategy

  • College Fair / College Visits

  • College Acceptance Type Reviews (should Early Action be targeted, this is important)

  • Financial Aid Planning (Scholarships/Grants/Loans/FAFSA/etc.)

  • High School Senior Year:

    It's now crunch time! By the end of your junior year, the student's college portfolio should be reasonably established, especially for those students that may be considering some form of early admission. During this year, Project-College continues to work with the student, and their family, to help the student market their strengths with the goal of creating outstanding applications for the colleges they select. We will also be with the student assisting on final acceptance selections and any wait-listing issues that may arise.

  • Academic Maintenance Planning

  • Career / Major Adjustments (if necessary)

  • Finalize Athletic Scholarship Processes and College (if the student plans to seek Athletic Scholarships)

  • Comprehensively Document All Intra/Extra Curricular Activities

  • Resume Completion (utilizing 'Brag Sheet' and all relevant info)

  • College Savings – Final Strategy

  • Coordinate Entrance Testing/Re-testing Preparation (SAT / ACT)

  • Comprehensive Reviews of Testing Results (SAT / ACT)

  • College Application Processes

  • Finalize All 'Letter of Recommendation'

  • College Selection (Safety / Target / Reach)

  • College Application Essays Preparation

  • College Fair / College Visits (and possibly overnights)

  • College Acceptance Type Reviews (should Early Action be targeted, this is important)

  • Financial Aid Planning (Scholarships/Grants/Loans/FAFSA/etc.)

  • Common Application Evaluation

  • College Acceptance Strategy

  • College Wait-List Strategy (if needed)

  • At Project-College we treat each student's needs and goals as unique when we develop their College Preparation and/or College Admission Project Plans. We manage those plans closely with the student and family to address any possible problems (RISKS) or changes (SCOPE) that may impact your final goals.

    A college education is one of the most important investments a person will make in their lifetime… make sure you are prepared. CONTACT PROJECT-COLLEGE