College Admissions Counseling

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High school students and their families need accurate, timely information from a trusted source as they navigate the college search and application process. Brittany Maschal Consulting provides clients expert guidance, and the information and support needed to navigate the process efficiently and effectively. The process of formally applying to college should start the summer after 11th grade, but planning for it should begin much earlier. Although our work with clients is highly individualized, it typically begins in 10th grade and includes:

  • Summer program identification and completion of summer program applications
  • Extracurricular and narrative planning, including assistance translating the activities of your everyday life into language that best supports your college applications, and the planning of “extension projects”
  • Choosing a major(s), minor, or areas of academic concentration for applications
  • Resume/activity sheet development
  • Guidance on test prep (AP, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests) and course selection
  • Creation of a college list and college visit guidance
  • Application timeline and strategy development
  • Essay content strategy and development
  • Essay review and line-by-line editorial critique
  • Application data review
  • Social media audit and digital profile/portfolio guidance
  • Interview preparation
  • Deferral and waitlist strategy

During a complimentary consult call, we discuss where you are in the process and learn about your goals. If our philosophy and approach match and we decide to work together, we schedule an in-person or Skype meeting to get the process started. Together, we then craft a plan of action that fits your needs and where you are in the college planning or application process. Although we have found an action plan that includes all of the above is the most comprehensive and fitting for work beginning before the summer after 11th grade, we do recognize not all students need or want support for all parts of the process. Accordingly, we offer an hourly service in addition to our comprehensive packages.

So what don’t you help students with?

We pretty much do it all…but we do not provide in-depth assistance on applying for financial aid. We can help with simple scholarship searches and, of course, completing scholarship applications. If you would like a referral for an Independent Educational Consultant who specializes in paying for college, let us know!

We also do not curate the entire process for you. What we do to help you stay organized:

  • Send a monthly update with what you need to be working on
  • Provide a timeline for completing tasks related to applications (essays, resume, application data)
  • Check in to remind students of deadlines
  • We may suggest a weekly check-in call during crunch time to help students stay on task

We feel strongly that honest, accurate advice and support on the college application process should be accessible. We will work to make our services fit your budget to the best of our ability, while still placing a high value on our expertise and time. We invite you to join our recently launched Facebook group called Conquer the Common Application—a private group to help students do just that! Although it is a private group, anyone—not just formal clients—can request to join to access free information and advice.

So where do your students apply?

Our students come from all over the world and from all walks of life, and the schools they apply to are just as varied and diverse! We work with students applying to a wide range of institutions, from the Ivy League to the Patriot League, art schools, conservatories, and everything in between. Check out some of the colleges and universities where our students have been admitted:

American University
Bates
Brandeis
Boston College
Boston University
Brown
Carnegie Mellon
Champlain College
Chapman
Coastal Carolina
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
Drew University
Drexel
Duke
East Carolina
Earlham
Eckerd
Fairfield
Fordham
Georgetown
George Washington University
Georgia Tech
Goucher
Hamilton
Harvard
Indiana U – Bloomington
Iowa State
Johns Hopkins
Marist
Marquette
McDaniel
Middlebury
MIT
New York University
Northeastern
Northwestern
Oberlin
Ole Miss
Penn State
Princeton
Providence College
Pomona
Purdue
Rutgers
St. Andrews
St. Joseph’s (PA)
Santa Clara University
Scripps
Skidmore
SUNY Albany
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Purchase
Syracuse University
Towson
Tulane
Quinnipiac
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Texas, Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Villanova
Wake Forest
Wesleyan University
Yale

Please fill out the contact form to schedule a time to talk about how we can help you navigate the college planning and application process.