Services

Pre-High School Planning (Spring before 9th grade)

  • Introduction to high school - what to expect freshman year
  • High school class selection - why it matters
  • Extracurricular activities - juggling competing demands for your time

As soon as you begin working with The College Connection, you will see that our approach is hands on, responsive, and individualized. At The College Connection, our students always come first.

9th & 10th Grade Planning

  • Regular meetings
  • Introduction to college planning
  • Develop high school blueprint - curriculum, course selection, standardized testing
  • Distribute The College Connection binder - handouts, resources, websites, templates & our exclusive step-by-step guide to the college search & application process
  • Evaluate academic needs - make recommendations for additional support and/or extra challenge when needed
  • Personalized recommendations regarding extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, employment & summer plans
  • Game plan for student athletes who aspire to be recruited
  • Support students with IEPs, 504 plans, GIEPs & other special needs

We take pride in our attention to detail and the time we spend with each student. For this reason, we limit the number of new students we add each year. Part of our commitment to you is our guarantee that we are available to meet your needs promptly and effectively.

9th & 10th Grade Planning

  • Regular Meetings
  • Introduction to College Planning
  • Develop High School Plan - Curriculum, Course Selection, Standardized Testing
  • Evaluate Academic Needs - Make Recommendations for Additional Support and/or Extra Challenge When Needed
  • Personalized Recommendations Regarding Extracurricular Activities, Volunteer Opportunities, Employment, & Summer Plans
  • Game Plan for Student Athletes Who Aspire to be Recruited
  • Support students with IEPs, 504 Plans, GIEPs & Other Special Needs
  • Distribute The College Connection Binder - Handouts, Resources, Websites, Templates, & Our Exclusive Step-by-Step Guide to the College Search & Application Process

We take pride in the focus and time commitment we guarantee to each student, and for this reason, we limit the number of new students we add each year. Part of our commitment to you is our guarantee that we are available to meet your needs promptly
and effectively.

11th Grade Planning

  • Regular meetings
  • Review standardized testing & timing - ACT vs SAT, IB, AP, Subject Tests, test preparation/tutoring & testing accommodations
  • Promote leadership development & unique student attributes
  • Plan for college visits
  • Student “brag sheet,” parent “questionnaire,” career assessment & interest profilers
  • Guidance with “demonstrated interest” & communications with college admissions representatives & athletic coaches
  • Prepare Preliminary College List
  • Create student resume - expert advice to showcase activities & accomplishments
  • Develop essay topics
  • Overview of application process - Common Application, Coalition Application, individual school applications, Naviance, SCOIR
  • Assist international students with required documents for U.S. applications
  • Provide references for financial aid & scholarships

By the time you roll up your sleeves to tackle the college application and essays, you will feel confident and secure in the knowledge that our hands-on guidance and expertise will give you the best opportunity for success. While no college consultant can “get” a student into college, our goal is to make certain that your applications, essays, and supplemental materials are the finest demonstration of your accomplishments.

12th Grade Planning
(Starting Summer before 12th grade)

  • Regular meetings
  • Review transcript, standardized test scores & senior schedule
  • Thoroughly edit all college essays, including supplemental & honors program essays
  • Hands-on application assistance & review
  • Guidance with test score submission & SRAR (Self-Reported Academic Record) preparation
  • Deadline reminders
  • Interview preparation & mock interview if needed
  • Review “Senior Checklist” & timeline
  • Ongoing follow-ups after applications submitted

Unlike many other College consulting services, we don’t disappear after your applications are filed. The College Connection will continue to offer advice as you hear from your schools. A “deferral” may mean additional work is required, and we are prepared to guide and support you.

12th Grade Planning (Starting Summer before 12 th grade)

  • Regular Meetings
  • Review Transcript, Standardized Test Scores & Senior Schedule
  • Finalize College List & Resume
  • Thoroughly Edit All College Essays, Including Supplemental & Honors Program Essays
  • Hands on Application Assistance & Review
  • Guidance with Test Score Submission & SRAR (Self-Reported Academic Record) Preparation
  • Deadline Reminders
  • Interview Preparation & Mock Interview if Needed
  • Review “Senior Checklist” & Timeline
  • Ongoing Follow-ups After Applications Submitted

Unlike many other College consulting services, we don’t disappear after your applications are filed! The College Connection will continue to offer advice as you hear from your schools. A “deferral” may mean additional work is required, and we are prepared to guide and support you.

Transfer & Returning Students

  • Regular meetings
  • Prepare transfer college list
  • Plan for college visits
  • Create student resume - identify & promote individual interests & strengths
  • Interview preparation & “mock” interview if needed
  • Develop essay topics
  • Thoroughly edit all essays, including supplemental & honors program essays
  • Guidance with required high school & college document submission
  • Hands on application assistance & review
  • Deadline reminders
  • Ongoing follow-ups after applications submitted
We understand that making the decision to transfer to another college or return to school after an absence is complicated. Our support for you is unconditional and our expertise unmatched.