Betterton
College Planning
 
 

Continuing Counseling Service
 
This is an extension of the one-time Basic Service for families that would like assistance through the entire admission process. The initial meeting has the same content as the Basic Service, but rather than end after one meeting, continues until the last admission application is submitted during 12th grade.

This service can start as early as the end of 9th grade or as late as fall of 12th grade. The Continuing Counseling Service consists of:
  • The completion of questionnaires by both the student and parent
  • The submission of the latest transcript
  •  The completion of a brief financial statement by parents (Optional)
  •  An in-person or Webinar meeting with student and parents, consisting of:

     

a.       A review of all aspects of preparation for college with suggestions on possible areas of improvement.  Topics include:

 

                                                               i.      Preferred college type, location, size, reputation, etc

                                                             ii.      Intended/possible majors

                                                            iii.      High school course distribution, level

                                                           iv.      High school grades, GPA, class rank

                                                             v.      Academic and non-academic honors

                                                           vi.      PSAT, SAT, PreACT, ACT, SAT Subject Test, and AP scores

                                                          vii.      Extra-curricular activities in school

                                                        viii.      Individual talent, leadership roles

                                                           ix.      Outside of school activities

                                                             x.      Volunteering, work for pay

                              xi    Effective use of summer vacation

                                                           xii.      Hobbies and interests

 

  • An admission committee-type review of academic and personal credentials by using the BCP Evaluator™ to give the student an admission rating
  • Compare the student admission rating to the selectivity level of listed colleges, and arrange schools into categories depending on admission chances
  •  Suggest other colleges based on student preferences and admission probabilities
  •   Present the strongest admission application.  Make recommendations in areas such as on high school course selection, standardized testing, participation in school activities, individual  talent, use of  summer vacation,  and community service.
  •  If the student is an athlete, discuss the college recruiting process
  •  An evaluation of the interest assessment questionnaire
  •  If requested, provide an overview of possible eligibility for need-based aid
  •  Continue to run the BCP Evaluator as the student progresses through high school.   Set goals for improved performance, inside and outside the classroom and adjust the student's admission rating accordingly.
  •  Continue to refine the college list, adding and removing colleges based on shifts in the student's latest preferences for major, size, location, etc.
  •  Work on making a realistic college list with a core of likely to be admitted schools along with "safety" and "dream" schools.
  •  Provide free PSAT/SAT/ACT test prep through ePrep
  •   Establish good two-way communications by email and phone
  •  Have additional in-person or Webinar meetings as necessary
  •  Help complete admission applications
  •  Provide extensive help with the critical area of writing the college essays

a.      Use an essay planner to organize essay scheduling and content

b.      Brainstorm topics

c.       Personally review all essays

                                                              i.      Common App Activity

                                                            ii.      Common App Personal Statement

                                                          iii.      College supplemental essay questions

                                                           iv.      Non-Common App college essays

 

  •   Conduct a practice interview
  •  Discuss how to choose among various admission plans such as EDI, EDII, EA, Regular, Rolling,  etc. for each college.
  •   Provide tip sheets

a.      The college visit

b.      Keeping track of college visits

  • Review family financial statement if submitted

a.      Calculation of Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

b.      Advice on eligibility for need-based aid

         


If you have questions call me at (609) 737-7377 or email me at dbett@verizon.net with a number where I can reach you.

If you would like to schedule a meeting I will need various forms completed and returned beforehand.  Go to Questionnaires.