College Placement

wide range of college acceptances, including all of the ivies

Deciding which colleges to apply to and, ultimately, which college to attend are not only two of the most important decisions in a young person's life, they are two of the most difficult as well. The fundamental problem, of course, is making sure that the choices represent what is best for each individual student.

Our philosophy at Carol Gill Associates is based on the idea that there is much more to college counseling than simply getting the student into a "good school."

We believe that helping young people make the right college decisions is a highly individualized process - a process, moreover, that requires not only professional guidance but involved guidance as well.

That is why the college counseling services we offer cover every aspect of the selection process - from compiling the initial list, to overseeing the preparation of the application, to making the final choice. This is also why we work closely and on a personal basis with both students and parents at every stage of the process. We also stay with the student through the first year of college to help them choose courses, and offer general advice.

How We Can Help

The services we offer at Carol Gill Associates do not compete with the services available in high school guidance departments. They serve, instead, to enhance the guidance each student is already receiving.

The expertise we make available to each student is based upon direct experience - experience with not only the college admissions process but with key college admissions officers throughout the country. More important, we provide that extra dimension of personal concern so necessary to help young people at this critical point in their lives.

Here is a brief look at the specific services we offer:

Academic Evaluation and Prospective School List. It is essential that the initial list of college possibilities presents a variety of options. It is also important, however, that this list be based several factors, chief among them the personal goals of each student, the student's academic profile, and the student's record of extracurricular activities. To assure this balance, we take the following steps:

  • An in-depth interview with each student and parents to ascertain personal goals
  • A professional analysis of each student's academic record
  • A program of the options available to each student

Learning More About the Schools. Our visits to hundreds of college campuses across the country enable us to offer an honest picture of each school under consideration. But we still recommend that students, along with parents, visit as many prospective choices as practical. We counsel students on how to present themselves during the interviews.

Post-Visit Discussion. Once the students have seen several schools, we can now gain a more precise idea about which schools present the best possibilities. Then, after narrowing down the initial list, we discuss options and set into motion the application phase of the admissions process.

Application and Essay Assistance. Most students find filling out applications and writing essays the most difficult aspect of the college selection process. To make the process less difficult, we help each student set up an individualized plan and we include in this plan specific guidelines on how to organize and manage the application process more effectively.

Application Support. Once the applications have been completed and returned, we support them with personal recommendations and personal follow-ups with the schools where we have longstanding relationships..

The Final Choice. In the likely possibility that there is more than one college acceptance, we help each student reach the best decision by systematically weighing what each school has to offer in relation to each student's objectives and capabilities.


Fees vary according to the needs of the individual student. For more information,
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