A successful application process hinges on the right choice of schools. Not only does every college have its own “personality,” but each is multifaceted, with distinct programs, areas of study, needs and requirements, all of which impacts (and complicates) the admissions picture. Compounding this is the range of application options–Early Decision, Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Single Choice Early Action, Early Decision 2, Regular Decision–each of which comes with its own strategic advantages and restraints. Our counselors are experts at helping students and families negotiate these options. They have also spent years getting to know colleges intimately, visiting campuses across the country and meeting with admissions officers. Together, our team possesses a master knowledge-bank of schools, programs, and admissions criteria. Your counselor will help you shape a college list that is both smart and strategic–well-balanced, reflective of your student’s strengths and aspirations, and calibrated to maximize success.

Working with our Premium Prep counselor was not only fun and easy, but she made the college process as simple as it could be. She planned out exactly where I needed to be at different stages of the process and always made me feel that everything was under control – a blessing when you’ve got schoolwork and are simultaneously trying to figure out where to spend the next four years of your life! She also gave very honest opinions, both when editing my essays and when discussing whether a school may be a good fit for me or not. I always enjoyed our sessions and left feeling calmer and organized. Without question, she not only helped me decide that I wanted to apply to Columbia early decision, but helped me send in the best application I could, and gave me the best chance I had for getting into the school of my dreams!

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