Using the knowledge we've gleaned from past
admissions seasons and ongoing discussions
with admissions officers, we help students
differentiate themselves using the tools of the
college application. We manage every phase
of the process, from coming up with an initial
college list to making sure materials are
submitted on time.
Elissa's calm and welcoming personality was the perfect match for my son. She encouraged him to write in his own voice, which translated into meaningful and memorable college essays. They communicated weekly, setting realistic deadlines and goals. Thank you, Elissa, for your unwavering commitment to seeing my son succeed.
Jill, Parent from New Jersey
Elissa's vast knowledge gave us the direction we needed, starting sophomore year to help maximize our son, Josh's, opportunities to get into an Ivy League school. This is the second time we have used her services, our older son was accepted into every school he applied to and this time our younger son was accepted into his number one choice Early Decision. She has called colleges for us to get answers to important questions and advised us on how to proceed on everything from the application, to tutors, to the essays. From just talking to Josh, Elissa helped brainstorm and edit essay ideas that highlighted the unique qualities of our son's interests to present his best self to the colleges. It worked!! He was accepted to University of Pennsylvania! Thank you Elissa!!
Lauren, Parent from New Jersey
Our son really enjoyed working with Elissa and her team. They started in the spring of his junior year mapping out goals and a timeline so he never felt rushed or pressured. It made the whole college application process go smoothly. Elissa was happy to have us involved as much as we wanted, but encouraged our son to ''own'' the process. She and her team provided valuable input on college choices and strategies. They communicated regularly so we always knew where we stood and what milestones were upcoming. They showed flexibility in setting meeting times and locations to help work within busy schedules. In the end, our son achieved his goal of getting into his ''early-decision'' school. We were all very pleased and highly recommend using Elissa's services.
Ralph, Parent from New Jersey
My son had no doubt that he would go to college, but he had absolutely no idea which schools would be a good fit. He's a very good student, but not at the top of his class. How could we narrow the choices and get him to stand out from other college applicants? We contacted Elissa and Amy, who were recommended by a very close friend, and it turned out to be a solid decision.
During our meetings, they got to know my son by observing his personality and asking very specific questions about his interests, his goals and his comfort level in different environments. This information, combined with their own extensive knowledge from visiting and researching colleges around the country, enabled them to build a list of potential schools for us to visit and consider. The guidance they gave my son on writing his essays was invaluable -- they helped him identify and refine topics that he could not only write passionately about but that might also get noticed. My son was accepted to every college to which he applied -- including his first choice! My son has thanked me several times for taking him to work with Elissa and Amy, and has mentioned them to several of his friends. I highly recommend their services for parents with college-bound children.
Dorothy G., Parent from New Jersey
A college name and reputation are only the beginning of a long journey of uncovering what kind of college experience students want to have. We help students translate their goals into particular campus attributes. Small school or large school; city school or suburban or rural campus – these are only the beginning parameters for families to consider. What are the differences between a liberal arts college and a research university and how do these differences affect students? Can you find school spirit and a sense of community without Big Ten football?
- Transcript, test scores, and Naviance analysis
- Junior and senior course scheduling
- College list development
- College visit plan
- College major assessment
- Tailored research matching student interests with school strengths
- Resume and activity list creation
- Essay draft assistance
- Application review and timelines