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Complete Admissions Program

Complete Admissions Program - Essential (CAP Essential)

CAP Essential is for 11th and 12th grade students

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“ Collegewise made the whole college application process painlessly achievable, and unbelievably, all of my kids had fun. ”

CAP Essential includes:

  • Assistance with application process for up to 8 or up to 12 North American college applications (additional applications at additional cost)

  • Unlimited one-on-one meetings with a principal or master-level counselor

  • Access to your counselor via email and phone between meetings

  • Access to Custom College Plan, an online project management system that allows counselors and students to organize and manage the college application process

Counselors work one-on-one with students to:

  • Create a custom timeline and strategy to improve chances of admission

  • Develop a testing plan for SAT or ACT, AP/IB exams, SAT subject tests, and TOEFL if necessary

  • Discuss and develop extracurricular and summer activities

  • Conduct thoughtful college search, including identifying and researching potential college matches and creating a balanced college list

  • Brainstorm and edit college essays

  • Review college applications

  • Manage deadlines and submission of applications

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does my counselor’s college admissions expertise come from?

Collegewise counselors come from a variety of backgrounds. Many are former admissions officers, high school counselors, and graduate degree holders, and each Collegewise counselor goes through a rigorous 40-hour training with a member of our leadership team before starting a counseling practice. Collegewise counselors also take advantage of what we call the “Hive Mind”—we’re constantly asking each other questions and learning from one another’s areas of expertise. While you’ll always interact with one counselor who knows your family best, your student will benefit from the collective experience of more than 60 Collegewise admissions experts.

When is the best time to start a college counseling program?

The best time to start a college counseling program is when you begin to have questions or concerns about the admissions process that you’d like to have addressed by a professional. We begin working with students as early as second semester of eighth grade, so if you’re thinking about hiring a college counselor and your student is an eighth grader or older, you’re in the right place!

What makes Collegewise better than the competition?

Since 1999, over 24,000 families have entrusted us with their students’ college admissions process. Nobody in private counseling helps more kids get into college than we do. Tens of thousands of people read our newsletters, blog, and our book. Even more have heard us speak at conferences, high schools, and community events. We’re proud of our company, our team, and what we stand for. And we come to work every day excited to help our students achieve their goals.

What is your success rate?

At Collegewise, we define a successful college match in three parts: the college must be one that fits the student’s interests and career goals, one that will admit the student, and one that the family can afford. Collegewise counselors work with each of their students to conduct a thoughtful college search and to build a college list that takes into account the criteria listed above. The results of this process are clear: 95% of Collegewise class of 2019 seniors got into one of their top three college choices, and our seniors received a total of over $52 million dollars in total merit aid. Not convinced? Check out our testimonials, which you’ll find on each counselor’s page and throughout the site. You’ll find that our students leave for college more confident and prepared than when they started their college search process, and their younger siblings (and friends) are often next in line to work with our counselors.

Do you work with transfer students?

We do! Collegewise counselors help transfer students find and apply to their best-fit colleges. We can provide a thoughtful and thorough review of all of your college applications, in addition to helping you conduct college research, build your college list, and brainstorm effective essays. You can reach out to your local Collegewise counselor for more information. If you’d prefer to work with a counselor online, you can find a list of our online counselors here.

Can you help my student with college essays?

Absolutely. Students who enroll in our Complete Admissions Programs will brainstorm each of their essays with their counselor and submit each essay for rounds of feedback and revision. We also offer several essay packages for students who only want help with essays. To find out more about our essay programs, please reach out to info@collegewise.com, and we’ll match you with an essay specialist who can help you brainstorm and write compelling college essays.

How do I get started?

Thanks for asking—we love that question! Click here to get in touch with us, and one of our admissions experts will reach out to you within two business days. At that time, you’ll have the chance to articulate your college admissions concerns and goals, and we’ll set you up with the Collegewise counselor who’s the best match for your family.

How and when do I pay for your services?

Families who choose to enroll in our Complete Admissions Programs or Foundations typically pay the full enrollment fee upfront with a credit card or check, although we do offer payment plans for those who would like to spread payments out over the course of a few months. *Pay As You Go clients keep a credit card on file with their Collegewise counselor, who bills them monthly for the time they spend in and out of meetings working with the student on college applications.

*Payment terms do not apply to Singapore-based programs.