UFit College Consulting
For most of us parents, applying to college didn’t require much more than a number two pencil. Deciding which colleges to apply to was mainly based on grades, test scores, cost, and proximity to home. If we had decent grades and a decent state school, the college decision was a no-brainer. If we visited a campus before applying, it was to see a friend. We didn’t spend months doing research, touring colleges around the country, and sitting in on classes. We didn’t have dozens of resources available at our fingertips and a visit to our local library just wasn’t worth the effort.
Today, parents and students have access to a multitude of information about colleges. More importantly, students are more invested and interested in making informed decisions about their future home and want to play a more active role in this important milestone. While some students are lucky enough to be able to scour the country, or even the world, in search of their perceived pinnacle of higher education, having so many options can make the task quite daunting. As parents, we are likely to place our own aspirations, experiences, and opinions upon our children as we help them make their college list. The resulting list may not align with our students’ ideas and could potentially exclude colleges that we are not familiar with but might be a great fit for our students.
This is where college counselors, like me and my partners at UFit College Consulting, can help. We guide students as they navigate the crowded, competitive, and often confusing college marketplace and we help them develop a customized and strategic list of great-fit colleges to which they can confidently apply. When we work with students, we spend time really getting to know them and asking them a carefully constructed set of questions.
If you and your student are putting together a list on your own, discussing the following topics together will help your student determine what types of colleges should and shouldn’t be on their list:
These are just a few of the many factors to consider as you and your student begin to create a college list. If you feel that your student would benefit from the help of our experienced and nurturing college consultants, please email us at info.UFitCollegeConsulting.com. Our first consultation is always free.