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Consultative Process

1. Initial Evaluation

During the initial evaluation consideration will be given to the following areas:

Preview of high school transcripts inclusive of classes and grades.
PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, Subject Tests.
Extra Curricular and Personal Activities
Special Talents – Artistic, Athletic, etc.
Class Rank
Classes taken each year

The student’s accomplishments and weakness are addressed.

Recommendations are made to enhance the academic and personal high school experience for the student and a customized plan is formulated based on the student’s needs and abilities. Services and fees are discussed to best determine how a student can benefit from having College Consulting, LLC as their advocate.

2. College Search

Many factors determine which college can be the best choice, such as major, cost, size, location, activities, etc. Students often choose a college because of the prestige attached to the college, and find their career ideals and major courses are not a focus at that college. College Consulting, LLC will supply each student with an initial list of colleges, best suited and tailored to their needs and expectations. Later the list can be narrowed based on the student’s preferences.

3. College Visits

Students and families are encouraged to visit suitable colleges to assist them in narrowing their choices. During this process they can continue to rely on educated advice from College Consulting, LLC, based on the best interests of the student, taking into consideration the customized plan for the student.

4. Review of Student Questionnaire

Students submit a questionnaire containing information on high school activities, extra curricular activities, community service, sports, employment [part-time, after school and summer employment], academic awards and honors, summer enrichment programs, internships, hobbies and interests. The information is reviewed and special considerations that may have influenced the student’s performance are noted.

5. Special Talents

Students with special talents, such as artists, musicians, athletes receive advice on presenting a complete resume that may include portfolios or audiotapes.

6. Personal Essays

Ideas are developed, brainstorming topics are exercised and consideration is given to writing style. The goal: A well written essay that makes a student stand out.

7. Letters of Recommendation

Advice is given on the most appropriate people to write the student’s letters of recommendation, what subjects to choose from and how many letters are needed.

8. The College Interview

College Consulting, LLC gives advice and instruction on how to approach the College Interview, how to strategize and how to prepare for it.

9. Applications

Each application is scrutinized to be sure questions are answered correctly and completely including essays and optional questions.

10. Contact

Every student has the guarantee from College Consulting, LLC for continuous support throughout the process as questions and concerns arise. Unlimited contact through acceptance is given, extending through April 15th and includes assistance with making a final decision and Wait-List, if applicable.

For student and parents - this is a phone call you cannot afford not to make.

Mary Lou Kelly B.A. M.Ed., Independent College Consultant

Trust College Consulting, LLC with expert advice for:
- High School students grades 9 - 12
- Students wishing to transfer to another college
- Adults seeking to attend graduate or professional schools
- Adults seeking to attend college for the first time, or complete a degree

Every student is guaranteed unlimited consultation time and personalized, comprehensive service. College Consulting, LLC offers flexible programs tailored to the unique needs of each student.

"I have been working with Mary Lou Kelly and College Consulting LLC for the past several years, since my daughter was a freshman in HS. She is now a junior. Mary Lou has been extremely helpful and instrumental in helping to navigate the curriculum and path for my daughter so that, at an early age, she is more aware of the issues surrounding college candidacy and is better positioned to capitalize on them. On Mary Lou’s advice we have been conducting some early college visits and this has been very helpful in providing the tangible bar of achievement and success necessary to attend a particular school. This provides clear information as to what is required for admission and additional incentive to my daughter to succeed at the HS level. Mary Lou’s overall college insight in is unmatched as to what we have seen thus far."

David (Easton, CT)

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