Package 3: Senior Year Package: College List, Application, and Essays

The focus of this package will be working on and guiding the student with applications and essays as time is of the essence. The pre-application tasks below will be done depending on the need of the student and time permitting.

  • Reviewing transcript/ academic record
  • Extracurricular Activities List
  • Standardized Testing recommendations (SAT, ACT, AP)- as needed
  • Student and Parent surveys for determining the family’s college criteria
  • Online College Card Sort for determining college criteria- time permitting
  • Major and Career Exploration- as needed
  • Coaching the student how to research various colleges
  • Guidance on in-person college visits, virtual tours, college fairs, and college events
  • Initial List of 20-25 Colleges leading to a balanced college list for applications
  • Review and guide on a balanced list of schools
  • Application Planning and timeline of work for rolling, early action, and regular application schools
  • Breaking down tasks for college applications and financial aid
  • Reviewing 10 college applications

-UCs (Any number of UCs applied to are treated as 1 Application), CSUs (Any number of CSUs applied to are treated as 1 Application), and eight (8) other college Applications besides UCs and CSUs.

OCA’s review of student essays will include the Common Application Essay (Personal Statement) supplemental essays, short Q & A for the respective colleges for the 10 applications

  • Advising and helping the student research information for specific prompts (Why Us Essays? Why this major?)
  • Guiding the student in identifying recommenders and requesting recommendations to best position them for various colleges
  • Interview preparation with college reps, or alumni (optional)
  • Ongoing check-in after the final applications are submitted
  • Reviewing college portals and to-do tasks with the student
  • Helping the family in reviewing financial aid award letters
  • Assisting the family with college choices once admissions decisions are in
  • 3 Parent Meetings included

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