Undergraduate Admissions and College Application Counseling
Serving clients throughout the US
As a Professor Emeritus with 30+ years of experience, I can tell you without qualification that the single most important goal of high school is for each student to develop a love of learning both within and outside the classroom. This is often accomplished by creating meaningful connections with others: collaborating on projects at school, in community organizations, and in extracurricular pursuits.
Creating Your Educational and College Admissions Plan Results in Motivated, Self-Directed and Confident Young Adults Ready to Succeed!
Busy parents and overwhelmed students require accurate information and personalized attention to navigate high school curriculum choices and understand the details surrounding the college application and financial aid processes. Your plan not only includes a curriculum mapping of challenging, relevant and manageable high school courses, but should also include student-selected extracurricular activities.
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Learn More! Is Your Student on Target?
EDUCATIONAL AND UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE APPLICATION ADVISING
Serving Clients In-Person and Remotely Throughout the US!
Expert college planning and college advising isn’t limited to our physical office. You’ll have access to Bonnie Rabin, Ph.D. through online platforms including SKYPE & Zoom. Receive expert college admissions advice and personal service at convenient appointments to fit your busy schedule.
Don’t Just Learn within the classroom. EXPLORE & ROAR!
Confidence Creates Success!
Every academic year is an opportunity for transformative experiences both within and outside the classroom.
Success is not only measured by college acceptances, but is evidenced by learning, motivation, personal character and the impactful connections young adults assume within “communities”.
Likewise, no middle or high school student should become so lost in an overloaded calendar of courses and activities as to have overlooked the joy of the actual learning taking place in coursework and carefully selected extracurricular pursuits.
Experiences both within and outside the classroom greatly impact the likelihood of a successful and seamless transition to the undergraduate experience.
Who Are You?
My approach guides each young adult through a process of self-discovery to learn more about their academic and personal strengths and assume responsibility for their path ahead. Academic “advising” begins way before high school. Yes, all students need to reach their highest academic potential but, if the entirety of the message they hear focuses solely on maximizing their GPA, we miss an opportunity to help each student have experiences that prepare them for personal and academic success.
Experience gives each young adult the power and confidence to be themselves!
SCHEDULE YOUR EDUCATIONAL and COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT
A Strategic Educational Plan Includes
There’s no magic formula for being accepted into a selective university, but I can guide each family through the college application process as well as increase the likelihood that your student will be successful throughout high school, and have a seamless transition to their undergraduate community.
- Building a challenging “synergistic” high school curriculum (AP, IB, AICE, Dual-Enrolled??)
- Understand the College Admissions Process– Key Dates, forms and factors for success in admissions and in maximizing financial aid.
- Create your curriculum map of high school and online programs to reach academic potential and prepare for success as a student and in the college admissions process. The foundation of coursework in high school impacts your success as an undergraduate
- Extracurricular Activities: Identify opportunities for enhancing and refining your activities addressing educational and admissions red-flags. Embrace your strengths, take risks and discover uncharted paths!
- Recommendations for relevant summer programs to increase your admissions chances and confirm / discover an academic area of interest
- Personalized learning strategies to confidence, increase grades and address concerns in one or more classes. Customized solutions for better time management
- Recommendations for Colleges and Majors (conventional and “unusual”)
- Clarity on standardized testing (and customized solutions for preparation) and discussion of colleges de-emphasizing their value in admissions decision making
- Activities Resume: Receive proprietary tools to build an eye-catching “activities statement” supporting your summer program applications, Common Application and Scholarship applications.
- Understanding the Real Cost of Education. Specific Strategies for your family and an explanation of Financial Aid and Scholarship Eligibility.
Motivated, Self-Directed & Confident Young Adults
Ready to Succeed as High School and Undergraduate Students!
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NAVIGATING COLLEGE RESEARCH
WHERE TO BEGIN?!
What ignites your curiosity?
How do you spend your time?
As part of the guided college research process, you’ll learn how to read curriculum maps to understand everything that distinguishes one university from another. Let me help you discover how to find the perfect undergraduate campus that will “fit” you academically, socially and even within your financial means.
Be Your Authentic Self!
STEPS TO FINDING THE RIGHT “FIT”
The “fit” between a student and a university is based upon three pillars:
The university you attend should provide an outstanding academic experience in your intended major/minor fields of study, along with appropriate internship and career placement opportunities. This is paramount to selecting where to attend.
There’s a major field of study to match the unique strengths and interests of every young adult! With nearly 4,000 colleges offering an impressive number of traditional and cutting edge majors and minors, it can indeed be overwhelming to navigate the maze of available degree options.
Your evaluation of academics should move beyond published lists of college rankings. The most important steps include learning how to navigate through the “Academics” and the “Research” tabs to fully explore the curriculum maps, degree requirements and the research projects faculty are conducting. As a former university professor with 30+ years of experience on curriculum planning committees, I’m able to help your family assess “academic fit” and effectively explore your academic options to balance each student’s current and emerging interests and strengths.
The social fit is important as each student is looking to find a “home-away-from-home” for their next four years. Is the campus inviting, inclusive and are there opportunities for ongoing social and emotional growth?
This is exactly why students visit university campuses before enrolling. Your Educational and College Admissions Assessment will help you hone in on the criteria that are important to you. Let me help you understand how to have an informative and meaningful campus visit.
3. Financial affordability
Every family faces unique financial circumstances and we factor those into the choices of where to apply and enroll. Additional details are noted on our financial aid page. If you’re ineligible for financial aid, merit aid remains an important option to explore.
THERE ARE MANY CAMPUSES PROVIDING an EXCELLENT EDUCATION offering deep discounts on tuition given your “admissions profile”.
Young adults have long days and they work hard at school. There should be opportunities for them to find joy and direction in their personal lives. It is my hope that your student’s passion for learning and involvement in activities outside the classroom continues throughout the school year and prepares them for a seamless transition from high school to their undergraduate community. Independence and intrinsic-motivation are achieved over many years; they aren’t provided in the freshman dorm welcome package!
In addition to the many extracurricular organizations offered at your high school (DECA, FBLA, FIRST Robotics, Speech/Debate, NACLO, HOSA, Model UN, Math Competition, Young Arts, Band/Orchestra, Hackathon & even Gaming!), there are many additional ways for students to explore potential interests beyond formal high school options.
It’s not too early (Freshman) or too late (Seniors) to set goals, build solid time management and learning strategies, and discover a hidden academic strength. I invite you to learn more about my role in helping to build your student’s plan!
COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE APPLICATION and EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING
Personalized Attention From an Experienced University Expert
Students and parents receive personalized attention and encouragement throughout the educational journey.
The comprehensive package is recommended for students who will benefit and appreciate unlimited personalized and focused support and attention throughout high school and the college application process, including ongoing academic support throughout high school.
CUSTOMIZED COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING
Customized packages are available for families who desire specific components of the comprehensive services aimed at providing the same level of expert personalized attention to assist with your academic and planning needs.
Some available customized packages include:
- Educational Consultation and Curriculum Analysis – Review and recommendations
- College and Major Area of Study: Research, Analysis and Recommendations
- College Application Management and College Essay Review
- Customized Target Scholarship Search and Application Support
- Financial Aid: FAFSA Support, Negotiating and Maximizing Your Financial Aid
- College Workshop Intensive – Pre-Summer Workshop
College Application and College Essay Consultation Services for High School Seniors
As a former Admissions Officer and current Cornell University Alumni Admissions Representative, I know that the content of your essay is just as important as is the presentation of your unique voice on other evaluative factors in your college application. In some of the most selective of colleges, there are as many as seven qualified applicants for every available spot in the freshman class. What distinguishes you from your peers is the essay!
During collaborative sessions, you’ll be guided to carefully consider the essay prompts and together we will brainstorm topics to best position you for success, highlighting your unique strengths and passions. When complete, you’ll have a polished final draft that allows you to stand out and make an impression.
In our June and fall WRITERS’ BLOCK WORKSHOP SERIES you will dedicate time to completing your college essays within a supportive small group setting guided by Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. and her team of educators.