Services

COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE COUNSELING

Our signature Comprehensive College Counseling program is designed to meet the needs of rising seniors as they identify, research and apply to great fit colleges. Ours is a student-driven process that encourages accountability and student ownership of the process. This flat-fee program consists of multiple one-on-one meetings with a GCF counselor. The meetings, which last about an hour, take place over many months. On average, the comprehensive program affords students more than 20 hours of personal guidance. We start with a suite of assessments to identify student strengths, skills, interests, goals and learning styles. Next, we identify suitable majors and careers and identify–and then research–a variety of college options. Students are then guided through a detailed research process to create a unique, balanced, and manageable final list of colleges. 

Once the final list is determined, we guide students through all kinds of activities to submit error-free applications, including: resume building, essay drafting, scholarship searches, application submission strategies, document submission, visiting colleges, interview preparation, and much more. In addition, our comprehensive clients benefit from a whole host of other support services, including: a parent Financial Aid Information night, student “drop in” hours, guidance in understanding offers of admission, a College Success workshop for students before they go off to college, and more.

In our comprehensive counseling program, students benefit from personalized guidance and counseling; parents benefit from the peace of mind that comes with knowing their student is supported through the entire process.

CAPP PROGRAM

Our College Admissions Preparation Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of college-bound ninth and tenth grade students. CAPP students will meet monthly with a Great College Fit counselor who will monitor the student’s academic progress; review the student’s academic profile and make recommendations for courses and activities; assist in developing a personalized 4-year academic plan; identify and develop effective study techniques, and assist in developing the skills needed to be successful in high school and beyond.

A LA CARTE SERVICES

Mix and match our services to meet your student’s specific needs. Please click on the tabs below to find out more.

It is always helpful to have another pair of eyes review student writing. Prior to the essay review session, our counselor will review the student’s draft for structure, organization, tone, message, voice, and mechanics. Drafts will be thoroughly reviewed and the student will receive detailed feedback, including edits and suggestions for strengthening the overall essay, via a discussion online or on the phone.

A strong final draft requires lots of review. Please allow enough time to draft, review and edit your final essay. All writing is entirely student produced.

Because we understand the critical role that student writing plays in the admissions process, only our most experienced counselors will provide this service. Students will work with either Amy Mendelson, M.Ed., founder of Great College Fit, or Dr. Thomas LeCarner, Director of Great College Fit in Boulder, Colorado. Amy Mendelson holds an English degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has 16 years’ experience as a high school English teacher, during which she taught all levels of English, including AP Language and Composition. Collectively, she has been advising students on their writing for more than 25 years.

Thomas LeCarner, Ph.D is the Director of Great College Fit in Colorado. Dr. LeCarner is a former professor of literature and writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an internationally published author; he served for seven years as a professional magazine editor, and has 15 years of college teaching experience.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on the link to purchase service, continue with payment.
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to submit your essay for review.
3. Your Great College Fit counselor will send you, via email, one revision within 48 hours of receipt of the draft, along with a report detailing tips to execute corrections and improve writing technique.

$300

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 

The hardest part about writing is knowing what to write about. The personal statement (aka the “college essay”) is an integral part of the college application and often poses significant challenges for students. Most feel overwhelmed when it comes to identifying what makes a good college admissions essay, and need help conceptualizing their own story. In this 1-1.5 hour session, students will participate in a personal interview with a Great College Fit writing expert and will leave the session with several solid essay ideas, upon which they can build and develop a winning essay. During the session, the counselor will advise the student on writing techniques as well as develop a structural outline for the student to use in drafting his/her personal statement.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on link to purchase service, continue with payment.
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on submitting a pre-session survey.
3. Your Great College Fit counselor will contact you to arrange a date, time, and preferred session method.
4. You will meet with your Great College Fit counselor for a 1-1.5 hour session
5. Your counselor will send you a post-session, customized report with the ideas discussed within the session and direction for drafting your essay.

$300

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Essay Brainstorming and Essay Review Combination – $550

Bundle these two sessions and save $50.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

After the student finalizes his/her application, our counselors will review the application in its entirety. Students will provide the Great College Fit counselor with login/password information, and the counselor will perform a triple-review of every screen/component. Student and counselor will then jointly review and correct errors. Because we have interacted with these forms thousands of times, we know exactly what to look for. A fresh perspective can go a long way in providing the peace of mind needed to know that you are submitting perfect applications. In order to have enough time to review applications thoroughly, this session must be purchased two weeks prior to the application deadline. NOTE: This session does not include major essay revisions, but does include a final review of and commentary on the student’s personal statement.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on link to purchase service, continue with payment (NOTE: this session must be purchased at least 2 weeks prior to earliest application deadline.)
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to share your application for review.
3. Your counselor will conduct a triple review of your application. When the review is complete, your counselor will contact you to arrange a time to meet (online) to discuss suggestions for improvement, correction of errors and anything else that could strengthen your application.

$300

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Each application cycle, we get the same questions related to filling out these two commonly used college applications. In this session, the student and the Great College Fit counselor will work together to preview the entire application (either the Common Application OR the University of California application) and the counselor will share with the student important insights and strategies for successful completion. The session will also involve a brief overview of the college admissions timeline, as well as insights into the various submission strategies, including Early Action, Early Decision, and Priority filing deadlines.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on link to purchase service, continue with payment.
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email.
3. Your Great College Fit counselor will contact you to arrange a date and time to meet, and to determine your preferred session method.
4. At the arranged time, you will meet with your counselor for a 1 hour session to preview the application format you have selected.

$200

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 

In this hour-long session, the student (and parent should they choose to attend) will be able to get answers to all of their college-admissions related questions. From high school course selection to extra-curricular activities, your Great College Fit counselor will help you develop a personalized strategy for tailoring the high school years to meet the student’s college goals.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on link to purchase service, continue with payment.
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email and a questionnaire to complete. Students will also be asked to submit their current transcript, if available.
3. You will select a date, time, and preferred session method to meet with your counselor.
4. You will meet with your counselor for a 1 hour session.

$300

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

We have found that the best way to make the college admissions process manageable is by creating a final list that is both balanced and realistic. During this session, your Great College Fit counselor will interview you to determine your strengths, academic abilities, and goals. Your counselor will also review your transcripts and test scores, then together with your own wish list will develop a balanced list of schools for consideration. The goal is to suggest a list of 8-15 colleges with an eye toward exceptional fit (academic, social, and financial) and admission probability. This is our specialty. We love finding schools that fit our students’ exact needs and wants.
We recommend that students develop a final list consisting of 6-8 well-researched, great fit schools so the process will be manageable.

PROCESS STEPS:
(Distance-session methods include: FaceTime, Skype or an online meeting platform, like WebEx–no software needed.)
1. Click on link to purchase, continue with payment.
2. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with two surveys attached–one for the student and one for the parent to complete prior to the session.
3. You will select a date, time and preferred session method to meet with your counselor.
4. You will meet with your counselor for a 1-1.5 hour session.
5. Your counselor will send you a post-session, customized summary of the report and details of your recommended college list.

$400

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Please note: While our counselors guide the student in preparing all parts of the college applications,
every application is exclusively the work of the student. 

To find out how our counselors can help your student and your family, contact us to schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation. Complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

Contact Us
Sending