#1: Get Personalized Attention
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling recommends that a college counselor work with no more than about one hundred students per year. Nationwide, the average college counselor in a public high school serves 315 students. In Colorado, the public school student-to-counselor ratio is 553:1. The student-to-college-counselor ratio is higher in large schools: nationally, in schools of more than 2000 students, the ratio is 654:1. Colorado has 18 high schools of this size–all on the Front Range. While their hearts are truly there to serve, there’s a limit to capacity. Where high school counselors are only able to give an average of 38 minutes to college planning, we give 20-30 hours, all individualized to your specific needs.
#2: Alleviate Stress
A college planner can help reassure nervous parents, guide students through a process of self-discovery, and ensure that all the administrative pieces are managed efficiently and accurately.
- Parents, who have been nurturing their children since the day they were born, have a hard time delegating this important decision to their children.
- Students are not always equipped to make this first huge life decision. They may not possess the self-knowledge to make this decision, and may need to work through a process to develop a strong set of criteria on which to base their decision.
- Students in High School already have a lot to balance: SAT, ACT, keeping up grades, etc.
#3: Create a Competitive Edge
College admissions today is h more competitive than ever. More applicants mean decline rates are higher. According to the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), an estimated 22% of freshmen at private, four-year colleges have used some kind of consulting services in the admission process.
- Private and boarding schools have more robust college counseling programs than do public schools. The student to counselor ratio at a private school may be as low as 50:1, compared to the national average of 315:1. Obviously, some students are getting more help than others.
- Good guidance in selecting the right schools and in completing the application can make the difference between acceptance and rejection.
#4: Eliminate Confusion
The overwhelming quantity of information available does little to clarify our vision and answer our individual questions. The huge expansion of available information has created a new burden of having to sift through it all. A college planner can help do the sifting for you. By focusing on your individual needs, the planner can pull the information that is directly relevant to the student’s situation.
#5: Save Money!
The biggest sources of financial aid and scholarship money in the United States are the colleges and universities. For the price-sensitive family, it is crucial that the student select colleges that are a perfect fit—not only for the student, but for the college. While hiring a college planner may seem like a hefty cost, many families are surprised at how much money they can save by hiring an experienced college planner. Even families that do not expect any financial aid often find that working with a planner saves them tens of thousands of dollars in tuition bills.