COLLEGE ADMISSIONS COUNSELING

LITE PROGRAMS

CUSTOMIZE YOUR UNIQUE PATH TO COLLEGE SUCCESS.

With Academic Angle, nothing is one-size-fits all. We will custom design a program that ensures you get enough time, attention, and guidance to be successful. We help you pick the right schools, write awesome essays, and submit your applications on time – all while keeping your goals and interests as our #1 priority. Online meetings and flexible scheduling will also make it easy to fit college preparation into your busy schedule!

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

We’ll teach you how to explore your college choices to find the right place where you will succeed both academically and socially, while also teaching you how to demonstrate why you deserve to be admitted. This is the reason why year after year 100% of our students gain admission to multiple schools on their best-fit college list and, on average, earn over $200k in total scholarship offers!

YOUR SUCCESS IS IMPORTANT TO US.

Since 2014 we’ve helped all different types of students find their best-fit college home. Trust us when we say that there is a great best-fit college waiting for you – no matter what type of student you are. Whatever your goals may be, rest assured that we are 100% committed to helping you achieve them!

GETTING STARTED IS EASY!

START WITH AN INITIAL CONSULTATION

Schedule a 30-minute no-cost consultation so that we can learn about your needs, wants and expectations. If our programs look like a good match, we’ll schedule an in-person meeting and readiness evaluation!

START WITH AN INITIAL CONSULTATION

FOLLOW UP WITH AN IN-PERSON MEETING

We’d love to meet with you for an in-person, no obligation meeting. In-person meetings usually last 60-90 minutes, and if you live in Chicagoland, we’ll come to you! If you live further away, we’ll meet online using ZOOM or Skype. Ready to go? Click here to schedule!

FOLLOW UP WITH AN IN-PERSON MEETING

PARTICIPATE IN A READINESS EVALUATION

During the in-person meeting, you’ll participate in a college readiness evaluation and parent interview so that we can learn more about your needs and expectations for the college admission process in depth. We’ll also walk you through the most important features and benefits of our programs and address any questions that you may have.

PARTICIPATE IN A READINESS EVALUATION

EXAMINE YOUR OPTIONS

On the basis of the readiness evaluation, we’ll send you a proposal that outlines the most appropriate program options for your goals and objectives. 

EXAMINE YOUR OPTIONS

GET STARTED!

In your first session we’ll set up and teach you how to use Custom College Plan and work together to customize your program. Upon completion of the onboarding process you’ll be on your way and ready to take control of your college admissions process using all of our tools and resources!

GET STARTED!

THE STANDARD PROGRAM

COVER THE ENTIRE COLLEGE PREPARATION, SEARCH, AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH WITH OUR EXPERT-GUIDED, ALL-INCLUSIVE, AND MOST POPULAR OPTION!

College Search: We will first start work on developing a list of Key College Criteria that will drive the school research and list-building process. You will be introduced to our favorite search tools and resources and you’ll learn how to maximize time spent visiting colleges. In addition to doing his your own research and exploration, you’ll also receive from us a balanced, individually curated list of at least 10 schools that align with your academic and social-emotional Key Criteria and, of course, your intended field(s) of study.

Self-Assessment & Communication Skills: We’ll work together to set short and long-term goals, explore your interests and aptitudes, and help you align those to several college majors and career paths that might be a good fit. We will develop a self-marketing plan for your college application, and you will also learn how to start, build, and maintain relationships with people important to the decision-making process.  You will also learn how to effectively demonstrate interest and communicate with colleges, create a polished student resume, and prepare for formal and informal interviews, as needed. Your Common Application activities list will be polished and fine-tuned with concise and effective language that clearly articulates the value of each activity while adhering to the restrictive character/word counts.

College Essays: You’ll work with our team to write a creative, compelling, and well-polished personal statement and up to 20 supplement essays that are tailored for individual schools. Note: The standard option includes work on up to 20 total personal statement and/or supplement essays. If your essay count totals more than 20, you will upgrade to the Elite Package. (an additional tuition payment will be required)

Completing Applications: We will create a sound, data-supported application strategy for EA/ED/RD deadlines and a plan to submit ACT/SAT scores. You will get all the support you need throughout the process, including a final review of each application prior to submission.

Ideal Timeline: Start as early as sophomore year or as late as the beginning of senior year! 

THE LITE PROGRAMS

ACHIEVE YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS GOALS WITH A MORE SPECIFIC FOCUS

PREPARE

GET ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS

Lay the foundation for the college application process by developing a list of key criteria to build your college list. Participate in self-assessment activities, learn self-marketing skills, and properly demonstrate interest to colleges. Receive a balanced, individually curated list of 10+ colleges that align with your academic, social-emotional, and financial best-fit criteria.

WRITE

CRAFT YOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS

Brainstorm, outline, write, and revise a creative, compelling, and well-polished personal statement for the Common Application. Receive start-to-finish support on writing up to three supplement essays that are tailored for specific school applications. Prepare the Common Application Activities list with concise and effective language that adheres to the restrictive word & character counts.

APPLY

MANAGE THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Learn to understand and effectively manage the process of preparing your college applications for submission. Create an application strategy for ED/EA and RD deadlines, get advice on submitting ACT and SAT scores, and get a pre-submission review of your #1 application by a panel of former Top-25 school admissions directors.

EXPLORE OUR MOST POPULAR COUNSELING SESSION TOPICS

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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Create a stellar student resume, become an expert interviewer, and learn to put your skills and experience to work for you on social media, in your essays and on your applications

Sharpen your angles

SELF ASSESSMENT AND SELF MARKETING

Start your college planning adventure by exploring yourself, rather than a list of colleges. Craft a rock-solid strategy to differentiate yourself with a sharp "academic angle!"

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STANDARDIZED TESTING: ACT & SAT EXAMS

Maximize your potential with expert, one-on-one instruction. Our expert teachers have raised student scores by up to seven points on the ACT and 350 points on the SAT!

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THE COLLEGE SEARCH

Discover your key college criteria and use our expertise and research tools to develop a list of schools that best-fit your academic, social-emotional, and financial needs. Explore opportunities you never knew existed!

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COLLEGE ESSAY COACHING

Leverage our creative writing experts to craft the perfect essay! Work with our coaches to brainstorm ideas, create an essay blueprint, and help you write in a way that delivers your voice and unique perspective to admissions officers.

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COMPLETING COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

We help you get organized and apply early! 90% of our students successfully complete their applications before Thanksgiving. Have your applications audited by our mock admissions committee before submitting them.

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FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS FOR COLLEGE READINESS

Is your student a Freshman or Sophomore and "not quite there yet?"  Consider the Foundations Program that builds college readiness skills and helps you maximize the high school experience!

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ACADEMIC PLANNING FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

Create a plan to make the right academic choices throughout high school. Work with our counselors to choose the best extracurricular and summer program options for you.

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FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP STRATEGY

Are you concerned about college affordability? We will help you to create a college list that maximizes your chances of earning financial aid and scholarships to help pay for school.