The college admissions process is one of the largest stressors that families face during the high school years. And today, it is more complex and more competitive than ever. Students and parents worry not only about grade point averages, test scores, and extracurricular activities, but also about how to pick the school that is an ideal match in terms of goals and personality, how to write essays so that admissions committees see students for who they are and what they have to offer, and how to pay for the rapidly increasing cost of a college degree.  It is not unusual for students to apply to 15 or more schools, and managing the paperwork is a serious difficulty all in itself  . High school guidance counselors are available for assistance, but many of them serve 400 or more students and have limited opportunity to provide individual attention. Conversations at the dinner table – if they occur at all in the midst of sports practice, music lessons, jobs, volunteer work, and other activities – often become nervous question and answer sessions, as requirements pile up and deadlines approach.  We understand the concerns you face and have the expertise to guide you. We help students locate the right colleges by evaluating personal and social characteristics, long-term goals, and family dynamics, in addition to academic background.  We believe that the final years of childhood should be happy and carefree, and our goal is to relieve the stress that weighs so heavily on students and their families.  We can help with all aspects of the admissions process, from beginning to end, including evaluating colleges, editing admissions essays and personal statements, applying for scholarships and financial aid, talking with admissions personnel, and making the decisions that are best for your family.  We know that students are much more than a collection of numbers, and that principle guides what we do. It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about college and to get the help you need. Contact us today for a free consultation.