What does Stand Out College Prep do?

I guide students through the comprehensive college admissions process. I provide individual attention assisting a student in choosing schools that are a good match and guiding the student through all of the application details. We offer continuous support every step of the way – from choosing classes, which standardized tests to take, creating a solid activities resume, and regular reminders of deadlines to keep organized. With Stand Out College Prep, you stay organized through the entire college admissions process.

Why should I hire a college consultant? Isn’t there a counselor at my high school who helps with this?

Yes, your school guidance counselor is one of the most important people on your team when you are applying to college. However, the average student-to-counselor ratio in the United States is 451:1. The average in New York is 534:1. With these ratios, your student will not get the attention needed to be a truly successful applicant. When you work with Stand Out college Prep, you will get personalized attention through the entire college admissions process. I work closely with students, helping them present themselves uniquely to college admissions officers.

Why should I choose Stand Out College Prep?

I have over a decade of experience counseling students to get into their top choice colleges. I have worked with over 400 students and parents and have visited 100 colleges. I am an active member of NACAC (the National Association for College Admissions Counseling) and NYSACAC (the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling). I believe that fit is just as important as experience and knowledge. I want you to feel comfortable with whomever you choose.

Where do meetings take place?

The initial consultation will be held at my Woodbury, Long Island office, or a location (e.g. Panera Bread) convenient to your home. Consult meetings will take place through email, Skype, and Google Docs.

I regularly consult with students and families across the entire New York metropolitan area including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I have also consulted with students in other states.

What about phone and emails support?

I provide unlimited phone and email support as you need it to answer any college-related questions.

Do you also meet with parents?

Yes. While I encourage students to take the lead in applying to college, you are encouraged to participate in the process. At least one parent should attend the first meeting. You should also plan to attend the financial aid meeting.

When is the best time to get started?

Our programs can be started anytime between 9th grade and summer before 12th grade. (Because we take a limited number of students for each application cycle, we may not have space available for students who wish to start after the end of their junior year.) While there are many advantages that come with starting earlier, not all students are ready to start thinking about college in 9th and 10th grade. That being said, we find that starting no later than mid-way through 11th grade results in a significantly less stressful application period.

This sounds expensive. How can I afford this?

The cost of college education is expensive. With the average tuition being $30,000 per year, college consulting is a good down payment on an important long-term investment.

I will work help you find schools that fit your student, where they will be happiest, most engaged, and successful. Beyond fit, I look for schools that provide merit-based and need-based scholarships to reduce the cost of tuition. Last year, 100% of our students earned merit scholarships, an average of $43,000 per family. Our fee is significantly less than this tuition cost-savings.