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Foundations is for 8th-10th grade students

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Foundations* provides younger students with a roadmap for the coming years, a clearer sense of their academic and life interests, and the tools to get through high school (and beyond) smoothly and successfully. With guidance in academics, extracurriculars, testing, and summer activities, students enter their most crucial high school years prepared and empowered to make the right choices for themselves.

Foundations Includes:

  • Regular one-on-one meetings, with access to your counselor via email and phone between meetings

  • A specialized assessment created by Gallup® to help students identify strengths and learn to articulate them

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

  • Optional parent homework to follow your student’s progress

Counselors work one-on-one with student to:

  • Plan and select courses and activities that lay the foundation for a competitive college application

  • Create a timeline for testing and a decision on ACT/SAT and subject tests

  • Discuss college visits

  • Help plan and apply to summer programs

  • Get more practice writing and reflecting about themselves

  • Develop key study skills that help shape their sense of self by encouraging curiosity and initiative

*The Foundations program was formerly known as Jumpstart.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Collegewise’s services cost?

Our programs range from $250 for one 1-hour meeting to $4,500-$8,000 (for the vast majority of our programs, depending upon counselor and location) for unlimited assistance for juniors and seniors. We also have a number of options in between those two price points. Pricing depends on the age of your student, the counselor you choose, and how much assistance you’d like from us. Collegewise counselors customize programs to the needs of each individual student, and we’d be happy to recommend a program that fits your student’s goals.

Can I switch from Pay As You Go to one of your Complete Admissions Programs?

Absolutely! If at any point you decide that you would benefit from more intensive help from your counselor, you can upgrade to one of our Complete Admissions Programs—you’d just pay the difference between what you’ve already paid and the price of the Complete Admissions Program that you’d like to enroll in.

Do you have a program for eighth, ninth, and tenth graders?

We do! It’s called the Foundations program, and it’s designed to help eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students build a strong foundation for the upcoming high school years and the college admissions process. With guidance in academics, extracurriculars, testing, and summer activities, students enter their most crucial high school years prepared and empowered to make the right choices for themselves.

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.

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.

Where do you meet with students?

Collegewise counselors typically meet with students in one of our 23 offices throughout the United States or online. Click here to find a counselor near you. If you’d prefer to work with a counselor via Skype, you can read more about our online counselors here.

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 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: five out of six Collegewise class of 2017 seniors are attending one of their top three college choices, and the average Collegewise senior received upwards of $135,000 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.

What makes Collegewise better than the competition?

Since 1999, over 10,000 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.

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 50 Collegewise admissions experts..

How and when do I pay for your services?

Families who choose to enroll in our Complete Admissions Programs or Jumpstart 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 and 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.