Choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions students will make in their lifetime. Peak’s expert college admissions counselors help reduce the stress and anxiety surrounding the college application process and ensure that each student sends in the best applications possible. Areas of support include:
College Fit - There are dozens of important qualities to consider when choosing the right college: selectivity, size, location and geography, student life, available degrees and programs, student-teacher ratio, clubs and extracurriculars, potential majors of interest, occupational interests, cost, scholarship opportunities, school culture, and more. An enjoyable and successful college experience requires students to be sure they choose a college that fits their wants and needs. Considering the importance of this decision, its lasting impacts and potential cost, helping students understand what types of colleges are a good fit and developing a strong college list is probably the most important responsibility college counselors have.
Peak Learning Solutions offers in depth career counseling by licensed career counselors. These individuals have gone through extensive training under the National Career Development Association. The counselors adhere to and practice under guidelines and competencies of the NCDA. A typical career counseling session include a work values examination, a researche based career assessment, an aptitude and abilities assessment, and a personality assessment in order to optimize academic and career planning. A career counseling session may offer the following assessments:
College admissions officers will tell you that a great essay can make or break admissions, especially for those reach schools where students are on the cusp. So, what makes for a great essay? It’s not just a well written essay with excellent grammar and punctuation. A great essay must resonate with the college admissions officers reading it, and, in order to do that, you need to know what they are looking for. Peak’s college admissions counselors stay up to date with what colleges want to see in the essays and ensure that each essay stands out among the thousands that are received.
It’s imperative that students visit a variety of colleges, especially any colleges they are seriously considering. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to visit schools. Simply attending a student-led tour is generally not a very effective way to really get to know if a school is a potential good fit or not. That’s not to say these tours should be avoided, just that there are additional options that can be more insightful. It’s also very important to know what to look for and what questions to ask. Be sure you are maximizing your time and energy when visiting schools by developing an effective plan with the help of an experienced college admissions counselor at Peak..
There are a number of colleges that either require or recommend an interview, particularly the most selective schools. Students should always take advantage of this opportunity, but it’s important that they shine. Peak’s college counselors ensure that students are ready to make the best impression possible by helping them tailor their answers and by carrying out mock interviews. Peak’s counselors have successfully helped students get into some of the most selective schools in the US.
The cost of college continues to rise, so identifying scholarships, grants, and other means of financial assistance is vital to many families. Fortunately, there are many opportunities for financial assistance of which students can avail themselves. Unfortunately, the process can be complicated and frustrating and many opportunities can go unnoticed. Peak’s counselors help students and families save tens of thousands of dollars each year by identifying and successfully applying to financial aid opportunities large and small.