College and University Admission Counseling

We pride ourselves on the wise and caring support that we offer to families and students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and with very diverse personal and educational goals. As counselors, we focus not only on admission to university, but also on preparing our students for academic and personal success.

Your student will work with one personal counselor, and while we focus on our students, we are also warmly welcoming to communications with parents, for we understand their concerns. Our counselors also conference regularly to pool our collective experience of the admissions process, while adhering to strict professional standards of confidentiality and discretion.

We provide advice on every aspect of the university admission process. We are knowledgeable about hundreds of colleges and universities in the US, UK, Canada as well as English-medium institutions elsewhere, their qualities and personalities, and their areas of academic, artistic, and athletic strength.

We use our online platform, email, phone, and other technologies, such as Zoom, to provide easy access and rapid response to our students and parents.

We accept a limited number of client families so that we are accessible and available to provide our students and parents with expert information, experience, guidance and support.

Comprehensive College Admission Counseling

We offer a single-fee, fully comprehensive consulting program through which you receive College Goals’ extensive college admissions support on every aspect of the university admission process. This program is offered to students who begin to work with us in 10th or 11th grade, or their international equivalents.

We provide advice on:

  • High school course selection, extracurricular activities, and summer planning
  • Campus visits and outreach to colleges
  • Standardized testing
  • Developing a balanced college list
  • All aspects of the college application process, including application strategy, letters of recommendation, activities list, essays and personal statements, and financial aid
  • Evaluating and choosing wisely among the offers from colleges and universities

We give our students access to online resources, including CollegePlannerPro and College Kickstart.

20-Hour College Admission Counseling Option

For students who come to us late in junior year, or who wish to work with us on specific aspects of the application process instead of taking a comprehensive approach, we offer a limited 20-hour counseling option.

Students enrolled in our 20-hour option receive support through the process of choosing colleges and universities and preparing the applications for up to 10 appropriate institutions but without the more extensive counseling of our fully comprehensive program. Students may choose to use their 20 hours to address any or all aspects of the application process, as time allows, or they may focus on specific areas such as college research and selection, or essay support and review.

5-Hour Admission Counseling Option

This option is available to families seeking help with education planning or with specific admission issues, such as:

  • Research regarding selection of colleges to which to apply, including special interest programs, or
  • Essay support and review, or
  • Guidance on standardized test preparation, score reporting, and test-optional colleges, or
  • Assessment for potential athletic recruitment, or
  • Guidance on preparation of transfer applications

Comprehensive Admission Counseling for Student-Athletes

For students who participate in sports at a high level and hope to be recruited for varsity athletics at a college or university, we offer a specialized and comprehensive program to guide the student through the college athletic recruitment process in addition to the college search and application process.

In addition to our regular comprehensive consulting plan, this option includes guidance from a highly-experienced student-athlete specialist on how to navigate the often-complicated recruitment process; how to identify colleges and athletic programs appropriate for an athlete’s aspirations and skills; how to approach coaches; how to navigate athletic financial aid; and how to manage the specific protocols of college athletic organizations (NCAA, NAIA and/or NJCAA).

Please note that College Goals cannot guarantee admission to any specific college or university.

College Goals does not function as an agent for or receive payment from any institutions. We work on behalf of our clients only.

I always felt able to call or email her with questions and we felt very involved in the whole process.  However, we loved the way that the main focus was definitely our daughter as that gave her enormous confidence being in the driving seat.  She always emerged from her room glowing and ready to get going again, after one of your calls.  What a relief for us!

– Paris, France