NAVIGATING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Campus Bound’s experienced team is with you every step of the way.  We provide you with the guidance and support you deserve so that you can optimize your chances for success in reaching your goals – all while reducing the stress that can arise.

Why Work With A College Counselor

Colleges are Very Good at Marketing

As you prepare to make this major life and financial investment, it is important to be an educated consumer.  An advisor can help you to understand what a college can offer and how it fits YOUR goals.

Applying Can Be Stressful For The Family

Parents and students can have different opinions and timelines that can lead to conflict.  An independent counselor can help to make the process go smoothly.

College is a Major Investment

The short- and long-term financial considerations of colleges are significant and a full evaluation of opportunities can be life-changing.

Stand Out from the Competition

College applications can be daunting, and everything you submit counts. An expert can provide valuable insights on how to show colleges your best.

FACTORS IN ADMISSION DECISIONS

Colleges Consider Many Factors – We Help With All Of Them

Campus Bound counselors help families looking for assistance with one or two aspects of the process, such as college list development and/or writing the essay, or with the entire college search and application process. 

– SOURCE: NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2015

  • Grades in College Prep Courses
  • Grades in All Courses
  • Strength of Curriculum
  • Admission Test Scores
  • Essay or Writing Sample
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Student’s Demonstrated Interest
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Class Rank
  • Subject Test Scores
  • Portfolio
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Interview
  • Work Experience

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

We develop strong partnerships with our students and families to discover what is unique about each student. This allows us to help students submit college applications that make them stand out and tell colleges their unique stories.

The college search and application process should be a fun and exciting time. With Campus Bound as your partner, you can be assured that the process will stay on track, and the family relationship will remain intact.

Identifying Colleges

Campus Bound takes a methodical approach in helping you to identify your college goals and priorities.  We assist you in building a well-balanced list of colleges, based on both your needs and your academic profile.

Researching Colleges

Researching your interests and pursuing ideal colleges for you is a critical part of the college search process.  We advise you on how to make the most of your contacts with colleges, including campus visits.   If you have a chance to interview, we’ll prepare you! 

Assistance with Essays and Applications

Strong applications can make the difference between being admitted or being denied.  From brainstorming essay and supplement topics to reviewing everything that will be submitted, we are right by your side.

Standardized Test Planning

We help you to carefully evaluate your testing options, preparation plans, and schedule.

Supplements, Resumes and Recommendations

The college application is an opportunity to show an admission officer that you are more than a test score and a transcript.  Campus Bound assists you in these critical parts of the application.

Majors and Careers

Considering life after college can be an important part of your college search.  Campus Bound provides you with cutting-edge tools to help you understand your aptitudes and learn how they relate to the world of work.

SERVICE OPTIONS

Fixed Price Package

COMPREHENSIVE

Ideal for families looking for assistance with substantial parts of college search and application process. Services are delivered in a personalized manner for each student, keeping them on track with structured deadlines. Packages include all of our admissions services. Options vary based on number of meetings, number of essays and overall level of support.

Hourly Assistance

SPECIFIC

Ideal for families looking for assistance with one or two aspects of the process, such as college list development and/or writing the essay. Families can choose the aspects of the process on which they want to focus.

YEARLY CHECKLIST

Seniors

Senior year is a big year! Students will submit applications, hear back from colleges and make their final decision about which college they will attend.

If this timeline seems overwhelming, let Campus Bound help your family manage the process. We will keep you on track and make sure that all of your questions are answered. We also hope you’ll have some fun along the way!

The Checklist:

  • Continue to visit and research colleges.
  • Draft and revise your personal statement.
  • Create application account(s) and complete the app(s) online.
    If required, draft supplements (additional essays/short answers) for the colleges on your list.
  • Begin to think about application deadline options like Early Decision and Early Action and plan accordingly.
  • Be thoughtful about your summer activities (part-time job, internship, sports, camps, academic enrichment programs, supplemental courses) and how they align with your academic areas of interest. Also, make sure you reserve time to work on your college search and applications throughout the summer.
  • Decide whether or not you will apply for financial aid and create a plan for how you will pay for college.
  • If applicable, begin compiling an art/creative work portfolio to submit to colleges.
  • Finalize college list and complete remaining visits and interviews, if available.
  • Complete applications and supplements, including required essays/short answer questions.
  • Remind teachers who will be writing your recommendations of your application deadlines.
  • Provide your school counselor with the required forms to have transcripts and recommendations sent to your colleges (again, usually submitted online).
  • Finish any remaining standardized tests (SAT, Subject Tests, ACT) and send official score reports to colleges.
  • Complete early financial aid applications. Forms are available beginning October 1. College aid deadlines can be as early as November 1.
  • Call or email college admission officers if you have questions about their schools and/or applications.
  • Plan ahead – many Early Decision and Early Action application deadlines are on November 1 and November 15.
  • Be aware that most Regular Decision deadlines begin January 1, but some can be as early as October or as late as April.
  • Verify with colleges that all required documents have been received. Many colleges will allow you to see this through their student portal.
  • Continue to do well in school (yes, your senior grades DO count).
  • Complete and submit financial aid forms by deadlines (typically Jan/Feb).
  • Request that mid-year grades be sent to colleges.
  • Be aware that colleges send decisions to students throughout the fall, winter, and spring, but usually by April 1 (including financial aid decisions as well).
  • Appeal or negotiate financial aid award packages during April. Also visit or revisit schools to which you have been admitted.
  • Know that May 1 is the date by which you must send a deposit to one school. YOU MAY NOT DEPOSIT AT MORE THAN ONE COLLEGE.
  • Understand that if you are on a college’s waiting list, you will likely be notified in May or June if there is a place for you. Prior to that notification, you must deposit elsewhere to secure a spot at a school for the fall.
  • Take Advanced Placement exams in May, if applicable.
  • Graduate (congratulations!) and request that your final school report and transcript be sent to the college at which you will enroll.

Juniors

Now that you’ve hit your academic and extracurricular stride, it’s time to elevate the rigor of your curriculum and assume greater responsibilities in your activities outside of the classroom.

The Checklist:

  • Take the PSATs that are offered in October (results are shared in mid-December).
  • Formulate a plan regarding when you will take SATs, ACTs, and/or SAT Subject Tests in the spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year.
  • Continue to do your best in school and take courses that challenge you. Remember, though, not to take on more than you can handle.
  • Begin informal college visits (sporting event, gallery show, lecture series) at nearby campuses to gain a better sense of the qualities and characteristics you value in a college/university. If the spring is going to be busy, you may want to also do formal tours.
  • Begin to evaluate schools using online tools such as Naviance and other college resource sites (Unigo or Niche also provide detailed stats, reviews, and information). This is a way to begin to gauge how your grades and testing compare to those of students who attend these schools.
  • Think about where you want to schedule formal (tour and information sessions) campus visits during your upcoming spring and summer breaks/vacations.
  • Develop a preliminary list of colleges and research them to decide where to visit. Also, add your name and contact information to college mailing lists (electronic and paper).
  • Meet with your high school counselor to discuss the college search.
    Register for and take standardized tests.
  • Visit colleges during your high school vacations (February through April) so you can see colleges while they are in session.
  • Attend local college fairs to learn more about schools on your list.
  • Continue to build your resume.
  • Begin to think about how you will pay for college (need-based financial aid, grants, merit-based and/or athletic scholarships).
  • By the end of junior year, ask two academic teachers (English, history, math, science, world language) to write college recommendation letters on your behalf.
  • Begin to brainstorm for your college essay (personal statement).

Freshmen and Sophomores

The first two years of high school are about exploring and better understanding yourself as a learner and scholar.  Ideally, you’ll join new clubs and organizations, or try out for sport teams.  In the classroom, you’ll refine your study habits and begin to evolve intellectually.

The Checklist:

  • Make careful choices regarding course selection, activities, and summer programs.
  • Some students take the PSAT, ACT Aspire, or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Do well in school and explore your interests, likes, and dislikes.
  • Visit college campuses informally.
  • Begin to build your resume — keep track of your activities, achievements, and awards (beginning in 9th grade).
  • Get to know your guidance counselor. He/She will be writing your letter of recommendation!
  • Usually, Campus Bound DOES NOT encourage students to seriously begin their college search before junior year (exceptions include student athletes).

Discover The Right Career And Major For You

Beginning the college search process can feel overwhelming, but a good place to start is with a thorough self-assessment. To support this effort, Campus Bound has partnered with YouScience. The YouScience scientific assessment allows students to gain unparalleled insight into the college and career choices that are perfectly matched with their natural abilities, aptitudes and interests.

Through Campus Bound, this assessment and review of the results is included in our packages or the service can be purchased a la carte for only $199. This includes a consultation in which we discuss the results of your analysis and provide related insights into the context of the college search.

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WHICH OPTION IS RIGHT FOR US?

The process begins with a free, no-obligation consultation in one of our offices or on the phone where we will learn about your situation, explain our services in more depth, and help you decide which level of support is right for you.