High school students and their families need accurate, timely information from a trusted source as they navigate the college search and application process. BMC 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 starts 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
- Application strategy development (i.e. where to apply and when)
- Guidance on school outreach and strategic demonstrated interest
- Process guidance and the creation of timelines and internal deadlines to maximize the efficiency of all application work
- 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. After this call, we might suggest a meet-and-greet via FaceTime with the student. If our philosophy and approach match, and we all feel like it is a good fit 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 11th grade, we do recognize not all students need or want support for all parts of the process. Accordingly, we may offer an hourly service option if we think that fits your needs.
So what don’t you help students with?
We pretty much do it all…but we do not provide in-depth assistance with 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
- Give you a timeline for completing tasks related to applications (essays, resume, application data) and push you to meet the deadlines we set for these tasks
- Periodically check in with your student to remind them of deadlines or to follow up if they have missed our internal deadlines
- May suggest a weekly check-in call during crunch time to help your student stay on task
We feel strongly that honest, accurate advice and support 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 read our blog as well as join our 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.
Please fill out the contact form to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation. And to get a sense of where the students we support are admitted, head over to the results page.