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Sample Schedule for the Senior Year
Pursuing College Admissions
This detailed schedule is an example of the college planning process throughout the senior year. Outside of the following formal meetings, EDvantage College Consulting completes hours of research, makes phone calls to college admissions representatives and local contacts, spends time preparing and revising your personal list of colleges, and answers various questions and issues that arise via email and phone communication.

Assigned via email prior to Meeting #1
  • Student completes Intake Questionnaire
  • Parents complete “Understanding Expectations” Survey
  • Student prepares Draft One of Activities and Honors Resume Using Provided
Meeting #1 The Intake Interview, Academic Profile, and Beginning of College List Building (Late June/Early July)
  • Review academic history (transcripts, test scores, current course placement)
  • Discuss client’s current stage in educational or college search process.
  • Assist with course selection/planning
  • Begin discussing needs, desires, concerns, and questions of student.
  • Begin discussing needs, desires, concerns, and questions of parent.
  • Create college entrance examination taking timeline and provide advice for prep
  • Provide recommendations on summer programs (if applicable)
  • Re-calculate GPA according to standards of most colleges, including final spring semester grades
  • Discussion of students’ values, likes and dislikes, and overall feelings about school, self, and the world
  • Discuss overall factors important when choosing a college; prioritize
  • Review activities and honors resumé and provide feedback
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #2: Present Initial College List (Mid July)
  • Provide initial list of colleges believed to be good matches (up to 15 schools if out of state colleges are included)
  • Discuss research process to help families better understand schools on list
  • Model the research process for one school from prepared list
  • Discuss Athletic Recruitment (Discussions with coaches, cover letters, athletic resumes, follow-up process)
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #3: First Research Meeting and Plan Campus Visits (End of July/Early August)
  • Review AP, ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Discuss student’s research
  • Refine college list as necessary
  • Provide advice on college tours and how to make them successful
  • Assist with basics of planning campus visits for late August/early September
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #4: Understanding College Applications (Early/Mid August)
  • Review final resume
  • Brainstorm to help student understand application essay prompts and assist with selection of themes/ideas
  • Provide student with specific essays topics related to definite colleges of interest. Up to 2 application essays will be reviewed at next meeting.
  • Provide general guidelines and advice related to what admissions readers look for in the student application essay
  • Explain the Common Application and discuss this application format in detail
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #5: Revising Essays/Applications, Organizing Timelines (Mid/End August)
  • Assist student with editing and revision of up to two application essays
  • Proofread final Common Application
  • Provide specific senior year calendar based on definite schools of choice outlining all college admissions related deadlines (provide revised timeline once final college visits are completed)
  • Assemble recommendation packets for teachers and provide advice on how to get the most effective teacher recommendations
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #6: Post College Visit Meeting, Continue Working on Applications (Early September)
  • Continue to discuss student’s perception of colleges
  • Revise and finalize college List
  • Update Application Timeline
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meetings #7, #8, #9: Finalizing College List and Working on Applications, The Final Deadlines (September/October/November/December)
  • Discussion of what to expect during college admissions interviews
  • Provide students with sample list of questions used during interviews
  • Review college admissions interview student responses and brainstorm
  • (A separate mock interview can be arranged at the hourly rate of $150/hr.)
  • Review up to 6 student-prepared final applications/essays (if student/parent feels more essay assistance needed or more applications need reviewing, billed at $150 per hour)
  • Review newest test scores and make adjustments to college list as necessary
  • Teach student what follow-up paperwork must be sent to the schools of choice
  • Continue to provide updates, assistance, editing, revision of applications until December 15th
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #10: Staying the Course (Optional: February)
  • Review semester grades and current progress reports
  • Discuss “senioritis” and college admission philosophies regarding performance in the senior year
  • Begin the conversation about the realities of college acceptance and denial
Meeting #11: Planning Your Next Move (Optional: April)
  • Discuss options after letters of acceptance are received
  • Provide advice on making the final college selection.
  • Review formal Statement of Intent to Register

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