How does a college counselor benefit me?
Independent college counselors or consultants are hired to make up for the extremely high counselor-to-student ratio at public high schools. For example, the ratio at most public high schools would be 1:400 (one counselor for roughly 400 students, sometimes 500 students). The ratio is much smaller at private high schools. However, parents still opt to hire an outside counselor at private high school as well for the same reason, which is to provide their child much more time working with a counselor to help plan the high school years and to apply for college admission. The average student rarely see his/her high school counselor, perhaps one or two times per year, and when a meeting is held, it is often very brief (perhaps less than 20 minutes), primarily to help resolve an issue with class scheduling. We offer year-round services with monthly meetings that are one hour long for grades 9 – 11. That means on average, students would meet with a staff member up to 12 hours in a given year for grades 9-11 in addition to on-going e-mail correspondence. Our grade 12 college application packages range from 4 – 8 months, with two 45-minute meetings per month of service, or 1.5 hour per month of meeting time, and unlimited e-mail correspondence. The application packages also include unlimited review of the college application essay questions and supplementary questions. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn more about our services.
How much does your service cost?
For clients requiring assistance with application package, most packages range from $4,500 – $6,750, lasting from 4 – 6 months. Our comprehensive (year-round) service fee covers an in-depth resume building and application assistance bundle for high school students starting the Fall term of the junior year (grade 11) and ranges between $8,000 – $12,000, depending on the number of total meetings over a span of 1 to 1.5 years. Shorter term resume building services starts around $2,725 for 6 meetings over six months. All prices are subject to change.
Which cities do you serve?
Most of our clients reside in Cupertino, San Jose, Fremont, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Redwood City, Burlingame, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill,Walnut Creek, Concord, and Benicia. All meetings are currently held over Zoom until further notice.
What is your track record? Which colleges do most of your clients gain admission into?
Please refer to the College Placement Page to see a thorough list of the colleges our clients have gained admission into.
What is your demographics?
The majority of our clients are software engineers or are small business owners, are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and 50% are Indian. Most live in the South and East Bay.
Do you provide in-home service?
All meetings are currently held through Zoom. In person or in-home meetings is solely at the discretion of your assigned counselor, however, is very unlikely to occur.
How long have your counselors been working in this field?
Our senior/ head counselor has 14 years of experience and our junior counselors and tutor have in the range of 2 – 7 years of experience.
How long is typical consulting session?
Each session ranges from 45 – 60 minutes depending on the type of package. Application assistance packages included multiple 45-minute sessions while resume building service for grades 9, 10, and 11 includes multiple 60-minute sessions.
How many clients do you normally have? Are you accepting new clients?
Each counselor has a maximum of 15 clients from grade 12 during each Fall application season. There is currently no limit for clients from other grade levels, however, each counselor may decide to not take on new clients when appropriate.
How does your company stand out from others?
- We do not hire college students to review the college application essays and supplements.
- We work one-on-one with each client, with the exception of any group-based services.
- We work one-on-one to guide guide clients with resume building year-round.
- We help clients be in the top 16% of the application pool to be admitted to universities such as UC-Berkeley, UCLA, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and similar tiered universities.