Scheduling

College Counselors

For College Admissions Program, Express, and College Fit Program Members

College Planning Support Team

Leah Powell

Leah Powell & Support Team

Sue Nelson

Review scholarships, financial aid, and college budget
Will Wagner

Will Wagner & Essay Team

Essay coaches are available for essay brainstorms or coaching

Tutoring

Private sessions with our tutors
New

More about Tutoring and Enhanced Test Prep

We've launched private tutoring and an enhanced test prep package. If you would like to learn more click below. Contact

Jeannine Palhegyi, ask your counselor, or call us.

College Planning Workshops & Resources

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS AND RESOURCES

College Admissions 101

Included in CAP Program

Recommended for Freshmen and Sophomores

What you can expect from HelloCollege throughout the college search and application process and conversely, what we expect from you. Understanding selectivity: what is a less selective, selective, moderately selective and highly selective school?  What will your student be evaluated on during the application process? An in-depth look at how grades, course rigor, standardized tests and essays are evaluated.

College Admissions 102

Included in CAP Program

Recommended for Freshmen and Sophomores

An in-depth look at how extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, interviews and demonstrated interest are evaluated during the application process. How to begin the college search process. Building a S.A.F.E. College list - a list of schools that are a strong Social, Academic, Financial and Employment fit.  A review of the HelloCollege tools and resources that are available to you. The importance of visiting colleges throughout the search process.

1-on-1 Budget Review

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Recommended for right after enrollment
Meeting to discuss current college prices, your college budget parameters, financial aid, student loans, cost-savings tips, and/or private scholarship best practices.

College Exploration Series

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Offered seasonally, Recommended anytime
Live sessions with college representatives from several popular universities starting in April exclusively for HelloCollege families. The representatives will give a presentation about their university, followed by a question and answer period.

Paying for College

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Recommended for right after enrollment
College can be expensive – and paying for it is complicated. HelloCollege explains the resources available (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) and the strategies for making smart decisions at this crucial time. Additionally, we introduce parents to our Scholarship Toolkit. This tool provides a structured approach for students to search for, and apply to, the many scholarships that are available each year.

Stand Out Factor

Included in CAP Program
Recommended for right after enrollment
To improve your chances of getting into any school, students need to stand out. Displaying leadership, initiative, creativity, and selflessness are all ways to help a student stand out. Involvement in school clubs, community service, working and job shadowing experiences will help distinguish you from other applicants. Additionally, recognition of your skills and accomplishments at the state, regional or national level can go a long way towards setting you apart. Students will learn what a standout factor is, how to develop it, and why standing out is important for college admissions.

YouScience Career Assessment

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Recommended for right after enrollment
Take the robust career and aptitudes assessment at YouScience.com and then review your results in the Major and Career Exploration Workshop.  Use the activation code in your workbook.

Major and Career Exploration Workshop

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Recommended for right after enrollment
To assist in developing a strong college list it is helpful to have a good understanding of career interests and potential college majors. After taking your YouScience assessment join this workshop where we show students how to use this information to focus on the right areas during the college research process.

COLLEGE PREPARATION

ACT or SAT Test Strategy

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
In this workshop, HelloCollege outlines ACT or SAT preparation and test-taking strategies to help students maximize their scores on the ACT or SAT. We provide tips and recommendations, discuss accommodations eligibility, and help students set smart standardized testing goals.

Proctored ACT or SAT

Included in CAP, Express Programs
There’s nothing like a proctored ACT or SAT Practice Test to prepare our students for the experience they will have when taking the real ACT or SAT. These exams are administered virtually. We will keep the time while you take one more step towards improving your score.

Request a Practice ACT or SAT

Included in CAP, Express Programs
A practice ACT or SAT test readies students for the real thing. Every point you improve could make a big difference in college admissions and the amount of merit scholarship money awarded. These tests are taken at home. Complete the form to receive digital testing materials by email.

Method Test Prep

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Access premium online ACT and SAT test prep through Career Cruising and Method Test Prep.  Over 60 hours of test prep material, videos, and resources.  Take practice exams and receive immediate score reports.  Use the login information in your workbook.

Scholarship Search

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
The cost of college isn’t decreasing. Winning scholarships is a great way to help reduce the overall cost or close the gap between the sticker price and your target budget. In this group class, we present the HelloCollege Scholarship Toolkit and walk through some best practices for increasing your potential for winning awards to help make college more affordable. Students spend the majority of the time researching and identifying scholarships they will apply to.

Resume Development

Included in CAP, Express Programs
Your resume can be a powerful tool for applications, college visits, internships and more. HelloCollege will help you craft an effective resume by providing guidance and access to our tools that will showcase your academic information, extracurricular activities, awards, interests, employment and volunteer experiences.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND ESSAYS

Common App Activities & Honors Workshop

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Mar-Apr. Junior Year
Work one-on-one with an essay coach to brainstorm your essay topic, craft your compelling story or get coaching on your essay drafts.

1-on-1 Essay Brainstorm or Coaching Session

Included in CAP, Express, Fit Programs
Jun-Dec. Senior Year
Work one-on-one with an essay coach to brainstorm your essay topic, craft your compelling story or get coaching on your essay drafts.

Essay Bootcamp

Included in CAP, Express Programs
Jun-Sept. Senior Year
In this three-day bootcamp, students learn the fundamentals of writing The Common Application and Coalition Application college admissions essay and supplemental essays. They choose a Common Application or Coalition Application essay prompt, receive coaching on what makes a compelling story and learn how to properly structure the essay. Students conclude the week with two completed drafts of the Common Application or Coalition Application essay.

Editate Essay Platform

Included in CAP, Express, FIT Programs
Jun-Dec. Senior Year
Editate is the online portal you use to brainstorm and edit your college essays.  The platform allows you to communicate with essay editors, house your college list, and see important deadlines. 

Common Application Workshop

Included in CAP, Express, FIT Programs
Sept-Oct Senior Year
Learn the important aspects of completing The Common Application and school applications. Additionally, HelloCollege will highlight some of the important things students must address when coordinating the information flow from your high school to the colleges you apply to. The goal is for students to complete the majority of The Common Application during this workshop. (Some additional follow-up for school supplements and high school-related tasks will be required.)

1-on-1 Common Application Review

Included in CAP, Express Programs
Sept-Dec. Senior Year
This one-on-one session is a chance to have your questions about the Common App answered privately.

Supplemental Essays

Included in CAP, Express Programs
Aug-Oct. Senior Year
As a follow-up to our Essay Bootcamp, class time is spent working on the additional essays many schools require as part of their application process. A HelloCollege essay coach will review supplemental essay instructions, answer questions and provide students with help dissecting school-specific prompts.

FAFSA/CSS Profile

Included in CAP, Express, FIT Programs
Oct-Nov. Senior Year
HelloCollege covers all of the important steps to properly complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We guide each family to ensure the application is submitted properly. We also introduce some of the factors that are considered for schools (mostly private schools) that require submission of the more complex CSS Profile financial aid application. 

1-1 Mock College Interview

Included in CAP, Express Programs
Aug-Jan. Senior Year
What's your story? Admissions officers will know your numbers, they want to know your story. Mock interviews are a great way to rehearse or practice for that so important application interview so you make a great impression. 

AWARD ASSESSMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND COLLEGE TRANSITION

Scholarship Bootcamp

Included in CAP, Express, FIT Programs
Jan-Mar. Senior Year