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Are you open through COVID?

Yes, we are!  All of our meetings are virtual, so pets and pajamas are welcome.

How can a college consultant help us?

We will walk you through step by step how to complete a college application, with customized activities that help us discover the best fit colleges for you.  Many guidance counselors have hundreds of students and do not have the time to help students individually with the college admissions process.  College EDvantage maintains small caseloads of students to ensure each individual has personalized attention.

How do I get started?

We are thrilled to meet you and can’t wait to embark on this journey together!  The first step is to Request a Consultation, and we will contact you to discuss your needs.  Or just give us a call at (978)- 312- 2372! 

When should we start planning for college?

The college admissions process should start junior year, but this varies based on the student.  We generally advise families to start visiting colleges sophomore year and begin working with a consultant junior year.  We will work with students beginning when they need help: freshmen year is generally about course selection and goals, sophomore year is about developing a college list and preparing for standardized tests, junior year entails selecting the letter of recommendation writers, brainstorming a college essay topic, and finalizing college lists, and senior year encompasses starting the actual application, supplemental material, and interviews.

What if my child seems reluctant to begin the college admissions process?

High school is an overwhelming and stressful time for students, especially when faced with the daunting task of college admissions.  Applying to college is one of the longest and most stressful processes that students have faced.  In the beginning, we work with students using assessments and interviews to determine interests and strengths and what they truly want to take away from their college experience.  We break down the long application process into manageable steps catered to each student and their needs.

What is the most critical part of the college process?

Building a personalized college list to fit each student’s needs, interests, and abilities is essential in the college admissions process.  Applying to an array of schools that match the student makes going to college much more enjoyable and successful.  We focus on finding the right fit for individuals by developing a list of values and criteria. 

How do you stay up to date on the latest admissions trends and topics?

Every year we attend a minimum of two conferences with IECA and NACAC for professional development. We visit a minimum of 25 colleges and universities virtually and in person per year to gain insight into the personalities of each institution to better serve our students. In addition to discussions with fellow admissions officers and college counselors, we also take a minimum of one course per year to stay updated on information.

What qualifications and memberships do your consultants have?

At College EDvantage, we have a certificates in college counseling and a background in education. We are members of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) as well as the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC).