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Looking for additional resources to offer your students? We've got your back. We regularly partner with schools and school districts to provide targeted webinars to their students that will assist them through the challenges of the college admissions process. Our expert college counselors can present insightful webinars on a range of topics. Below are some of the most popular topics we cover.
State of the Nation: How COVID-19 Impacts College Admissions
Learn about the current climate in admissions, changes and trends and how to weather the storm. We’ll talk about what challenges higher education is seeing and how this impacts the students college admissions process.
Highly Selective College Admissions
Grades, test scores, and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. In this webinar, we'll explain how do students who get accepted to the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart.
Admission 101: Secrets of College Admissions
This webinar will help families separate college admissions fact from fiction and enjoy the college process a little more. We’ll discuss grades, test scores, activities, and everything else colleges evaluate, including how COVID-19 impacts admissions.
Testing 101: Timelines and Approach
Our presenters will cover appropriate testing timelines, the differences between the SAT and ACT, how to decide which test is better for your student, how colleges interpret test scores, and which test prep option (if any) is right for you.
Character Counts! Why Courage, Creativity, and Collaboration Matter in College Admissions
In this presentation, you’ll learn how SEL distinguishes itself from academic factors and why even the most selective of colleges place an immense value on empathy, ethical behavior, and engagement with others.
How to Write a Great College Essay
We’ll explain what admissions officers actually want (and don’t want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics on which far too many kids rely, and teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.
Coordinating webinars with Jacob and Collegewise team was a seamless and stress-free process. From registration, to sending out links to students and families, to viewing the webinar, everything was easy and taken care of by the Collegewise team. They heard what we were looking for in terms of webinar content and delivered. The information they provided was helpful, thoughtful, and much appreciated! I look forward to more collaborations in the future.
CARYN, COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELOR
MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL
Collaborating with Collegewise was a no-brainer during the COVID-19 outbreak and the changing landscape of college admissions. Their expertise and sensitivity were so helpful when we hosted a webinar in April. Within a week, they created a promo flyer, set up a registration page and sent automated emails to remind our families. It was a slam dunk as we had over 300 attendees. Since it was so successful, we decided to run a second session in May as even more things changed with testing, admissions, and grading policies. We will continue to use Collegewise as a trusted resource.
ANTHONY, COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELING COORDINATOR
CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
An outstanding resource for Arcadia High School families, the Collegewise team frequently delivers presentations and unique perspectives on college admission topics at our school. During the unprecedented changes surrounding the pandemic, they proved to be invaluable. Collegewise hosted webinars specifically for our families on Creative College Research Sleuthing and Highly Selective Admissions, bringing us the most up-to-date information and resources. Their level of professionalism and expertise throughout the process was evident, from set-up to delivery to correspondence after the event. We are grateful for their commitment to our community and we look forward to our continued partnership!
AMANDA, COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELOR
ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL
Collegewise is always proactive in reaching out to help the community by providing free webinars and resources on a variety of college admission topics. Their counselors know what they are doing and are experts in their field with extensive backgrounds in college admissions. Their philosophy and approach to college planning aligns with high school college advisors and counselors. Collegewise makes planning a webinar extremely easy; just email a request for a topic and they will work with you to set a date and coordinate the broadcast. All I had to do was advertise the event and it was an automatic success.
BECKY, COLLEGE & CAREER GUIDANCE SPECIALIST
WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL
The webinar Collegewise hosted for our students was terrific. It was easy to join, started right on time, simple to ask questions, and the Collegewise counselors were very knowledgeable and informative. They also included super-helpful information I was not expecting, which was great.
CLEVELAND HUMANITIES MAGNET PARENT ASSOCIATION
Collegewise did an incredible job presenting information to our students on topics like researching colleges, selective admissions, and being recruited for college athletics during COVID. The counselors were very knowledgeable, and the entire Collegewise team was accommodating and responsive.
ALLISON, COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELOR
CARONDELET HIGH SCHOOL
Working with Collegewise’s team was a great experience and opportunity as we created a webinar together on an under-discussed topic in regards to Religious Colleges. The team’s professionalism, expertise, and relationships made the experience highly beneficial.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS - SAN JOSE
A huge thank you to Collegewise for providing a webinar series for counselors. The topics were timely and the professionals on each panel were outstanding. These webinars grounded me during a time of uncertainty. Also, they provided great information that I could pass on to my families to reduce their anxiety.
DIANA, CAREER & COLLEGE COUNSELOR
KING'S HIGH SCHOOL
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