Choosing the right college is one of the very first decisions your teen will make as an adult. As a parent, it’s important to ensure they can navigate this new world on their own. You’ve already done all you can to love, nurture, and educate them. But now it’s time to put the map in their hands.
One of the biggest parts you can play in your teen’s college life is to help find a school experience that feels like home long before they are unpacking on campus. Ultimately, your goal is to collaborate with your teen to sketch as complete a roadmap as possible. This requires diligence in all three phases of the college entry process – planning, application, and admissions.
Nothing can replace home. But we can come close.
The Education Doctor Curriculum
Intake and Needs Assessment
We begin with getting to know the family first, then jump-starting the admissions process. Includes self-assessments, college/career inventories and test planning.
We coach and guide the student on developing a college list based on academic, social and financial fit. All students and parents have access to our online Student Portal to find out how ALL applicants got in, get inside scoop on campus social life, and stay organized with calendar and text reminders
Application and Aid
We coach for success on all the details of distinguishing the student’s portfolio and helping them submit a winning application. Includes our signature essay writing program.
Transition to College
We support the student as they launch into Freshman year with decision-making tools.
We stay connected with our students and parents during Freshman year to ensure a successful transition and offer career support. Students can connect to our global network for future success!
What Families Need to Know About . . .
Compass College Advisory Center provides personalized, insightful counseling services to families. From middle school through freshman year of college, Compass works with college-bound teens and their parents to ensure they find the college experience that feels like home.
There are three distinct phases in the journey to college:
Phase 1 – Planning
The college planning process begins prior to high school. Planning looks different for every family and may include college-going expectations in the home, a college savings plan, math placement in middle school, or campus visits.
Phase 2 – Admissions
The admission process begins at the point of contact with a potential program/college. Teens
will typically receive 12-18 communications per college! If case you’re wondering, your teen signs up for these mailing lists through taking standardized tests and visiting certain websites.
Phase 3 – Application
The application phase generally occurs during the sophomore to senior years of high school. Please make sure you understand the application criteria of Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision. These designations may impact how much your family pays and where students are admitted.
- 9th grade – Self-awareness 25%
- 10th grade – Exploration 50%
- 11th grade – Discovery 75%
- 12th grade – Application and launch 100%
Dr. Pamela was always available if I had questions and she helped me brainstorm and critique my essays. My decision to apply ED was an important one, and Dr. Pamela’s support was very important during that time. Dr. Pamela is very invested in each of her studentsLauren H
Dr. Pamela helped us navigate the overwhelming variety of choices for our two children, finding schools that fit their individual ambitions and learning styles. The investment was small compared to the payback of having a motivated student in the right learning environment.Stasia and Chris S
When I first started the process I did not really know where to begin, but thankfully Dr. Pamela laid out a “roadmap” for me that had key due dates for apps and was my lifeline for getting all of my apps in on time. . . and improved my writing skills tremendously.Ben C
Frequently Asked Questions
We talk to students and parents everyday (and love it!). Here are three of our most frequently asked questions about our services and general college admissions.
Please see more FAQs here.
What services do you offer?
We offer a range of college counseling services for families and schools. Our services for families include college list development, essay writing services, and summer program recommendations. For schools, we provide a suite of college readiness services for grades 7-12, which include professional development for school counselors and parent engagement programs. Please see our “school sheet” for more details.
When should we start thinking about college?
Depends on how much you want to pay and the grade level of your son/daughter. For example, if you are comfortable with paying the full cost of attendance at any college where your son/daughter enrolls, then you can start in senior year! For those who are interested in scholarships, then middle school is a reasonable time to start thinking about college (there are even scholarships with a minimum age of 13 to qualify). Starting in middle school allows time for students to make sure that they are taking the right level of courses, building good study habits, and reading more consistently!
What matters for getting into college?
There are a number of factors that typically weigh in the college decision. Those factors include
- Rigor of high school curriculum
- Test scores (if college is not ‘test-optional’)
- Well-written, authentic essays
- Strong teacher recommendations (must be from English, Foreign Language, Math, Science or Social Studies teachers)
Colleges do vary in terms of the factors they emphasize in the admissions decision. You may review their website for more details.