How Can A College Admissions Consultant Help Your Family?
- High School curriculum planning. A consultant can help students make smart choices
about their high school courses so that they stay on track for college admissions.
- College admissions profile assessment. Although no consultant can guarantee admission
to any individual college, a consultant can help your child identify their strengths
as an applicant.
- College selection. A consultant can assist your child in finding the colleges and
universities which best match their interests, personality, needs and admissions
- College entrance exams. A professional consultant can answer questions about which
college entrance exams are most appropriate for your child and when to schedule testing.
Some consultants also provide assistance with test preparation.
- College applications and essays. A consultant works with each student to establish
a realistic schedule for staying on top of application details and deadlines. Consultants
may also review application elements, including essays.
- Majors and Careers. Students often benefit from guidance in choosing majors and
careers that are a good fit, as well as information about which colleges offer strong
programs in areas of interest.
- Financial Aid. Many families worry about how to pay for college expenses. A consultant
can help your family navigate these concerns, while pointing your family in the direction
of financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
- Help from a non-biased third party so that you and your child can focus on enjoying
this time together, rather than arguing about completing college applications
How to Choose the Right College Admissions Help For Your Family
What should you look for when choosing a professional college admissions consultant?
Here are some tips from the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) on how
to find the right consultant for your family.
Start with your child. The college admissions consultant you choose should be a good
match for your child’s personality, have experience with students with similar admissions
profiles, and be supportive of your child’s college aspirations.
The consultant should focus on minimizing stress and anxiety, not increasing it.
Professional college admissions consultants understand that college planning can
be stressful at times, and they should strive to reduce that anxiety for both students
The consultant should demonstrate college admissions-related knowledge, experience
and training. A professional college admissions consultant should be knowledgeable
about a wide range of colleges and universities as well as current admissions trends,
and they should also have experience helping students through the college search
and application process while remaining committed to on-going professional development.
The consultant should clearly explain their services and associated costs. The services
to be provided and the fees the consultant will charge should be clearly established
The consultant should be committed to maintaining high ethical standards in their
practice. Ethical consultants do not guarantee admission into specific colleges or
promise financial awards. They do not suggest that they have “special pull” with
certain college admissions professionals. They also do not write essays or other
application materials for students.
For more information on college admissions consultants, visit www.hecaonline.org