College Admissions Counseling

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 the summer after 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 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.

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:

Boston College
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon
Champlain College
Coastal Carolina
East Carolina
George Washington
Georgia Tech
Indiana U – Bloomington
Iowa State
Johns Hopkins
New York University
Ole Miss
Penn State
Providence College
St. Andrews
St. Joseph’s (PA)
Santa Clara
SUNY Albany
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Purchase
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
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest

Please fill out the contact form to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation.