Data Driven

Admissions Counseling

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The Data Driven View:  Three Critical Elements

Simply stated, we are able to integrate three critical elements when creating a list of colleges:  student competititve position, student personality/career goals and family financial position.  The art and science behind each of these elements has been developed over the past 35 years.

Competitive Position

Our unique metric, the College Admissions Profile Index (CAP) is best viewed as a GPS system to identify colleges for each student.  It measures the five most important criteria used in actual admissions decisions and creates a “CAP Score” for each student.  The student CAP score is then compared with the CAP scores of over 1,000 colleges.  Once the comparison is made, the right “neighborhood” of colleges is easily identified.  CAP has proven to be a valid range finder for over 10,000 families.  Each of our Admissions Specialists is a CAP expert.

Admissions Specialist

  • Manage Milestones to College™ project plan
  • Discuss standardized tests
  • Review high school curriculum
  • Evaluate student’s competitive position with our proprietary CAP Index
  • Identify 20-30 colleges
  • Arrive at a final list of 8-10 colleges
  • Help students finalize their criteria
  • Prepare for college visits and interviews
  • Discuss “demonstrated interest”
  • Discuss extracurricular activities
  • Review personal statement/essay
  • Review Common Application and supplemental essays

Student Personality, College Major & Career Track

Our assessment specialists work with students to determine aptitudes and interests, as well as potential majors and career tracks.  The primary assessments used are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.  This exercise has proven to be extremely valuable for students who are unsure of their future directon in college.  For those who believe they have landed on a college major, this exercise will provide corroboration.  

College Major & Career Specialist

  • Combination of widely used personality and career assessments
  • Gain confidence and clarity in choice of major and career direction
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Identify your learning style
  • Streamline your communication skills

Family Financial Position & College Funding

The Funding Expert will model exactly how a financial aid officer will evaluate your fiancial position and determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid.  More importantly, you’ll be able to develop a college funding strategy that you most likely don’t know about right now and that will save you thousands of dollars over time.  These experts have specialized knowledge in all matters of college financial aid and college funding including college aid forms and Federal student loans.  This person is key to making and keeping college affordable for you.

College Funding Expert

  • Provide detailed aid eligibility analysis with financial aid and scholarship estimates
  • Discuss preliminary eligibility for college-awarded scholarships
  • Determine, if any, financial boundaries for college selection
  • Design college funding plan
  • Calculate SAI (Student Aid Index) for FAFSA and, if required, CSS Profile.
  • Review financial aid forms and explain differences
  • Review college financial award letters
  • Clarify family financial obligations to the college

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