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Let us take the fear and confusion out of the college application!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does a high-school student need Apps4College®?
It is easy today for a student to get lost in the shuffle. According to the 2019 State of College Admission Report published by the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), “survey data indicates an average secondary school student-to-counselor ratio, including part-time staff, of 246 to 1.” At Apps4College®, the ratio of participant to instructor is seldom more than 1 to 1. Each student receives personalized instruction.

2. What do students encounter in the college application process today?
This can be answered in two words: intense competition. Among the most selective colleges in the country, the number of applications has risen significantly, leading to lower and lower rates of admission. To name just a few colleges, in 2019 the acceptance ratio at Harvard was 5%, Yale 6%, Dartmouth 8%, William and Mary 34%, and UNC 23%. Texas A&M received over 42,000 applications in 2019 and enrolled approximately 9,600 freshmen. Forty-nine percent of this same Aggie class was comprised of students who had graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. The University of Texas received over 66,000 applications in 2020 and will enroll only 8500 students in the Class of 2025. It is getting increasingly difficult to be admitted to top-ranked colleges and universities.

3. What are some of the factors leading to the intense competition?
Again, according to NACAC’s 2019 State of College Admission Report, “applications to four-year colleges continue to increase, fueled by a combination of growth in the number of high school graduates, the ease of online applications and growth in the number of applications each student submits.” In short, more students are applying to more colleges.

4. Since there are many things I can’t control in the college selection process, what can I do to ensure that I have college options?
First, take a strong college-preparatory course of study throughout high school, and do well in your courses. Second, standardized test scores matter. The third most important component is the application itself, which includes recommendations from teachers and counselor, the student résumé (list of extracurricular involvement), and the essay. What you tell a college about yourself is the one thing you can control, and it is the part of the application in which you can give the reader insights into how you think, how you write, and who you are as a person.

5. How will Apps4College® assist me in putting together a strong application?
The Student Consultations are designed to help you showcase and organize the information needed to submit your college application. Individual attention will be given to planning your college list, resume, essays and final applications.

6. What have former students said about working with Apps4College® counselors?
Quotes from just a few of our many students:

Student #1 “Thank you so much for all your help. I would have been completely lost without you! You made the college application process much less daunting and very manageable.” G.N. (current student at the University of Virginia)

Student #2 “Thank you so much for helping me with my essays! I’ve been accepted to every college on my list—with scholarships to each one!” T.S. (student at Creighton University)

Student #3 “Just wanted you to know that I will be studying architecture next year in N.C. and I couldn’t have done it without you!! Thank you so much for all your support and guidance.” C.H. (student at North Carolina State)

Student #4 “I was clueless when it came to college applications, but you made the whole process easy to understand and fun! I can’t thank you enough.” K. D. (current student at Texas A&M University)

Student #5 “I never dreamed I’d be a Longhorn! Thank you so much for helping me through the whole college application process. I really could not have done it without you!” T.H. (student at The University of Texas at Austin)

Student #6 “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really miss our college application meetings! You made the whole process fun and I had been dreading it! I’ll come by and visit over the holidays. Thank you again.” M. H. (student at TCU)

Parent “You were a complete lifesaver. Thank you for all you did for our whole family! Our son was accepted at every school on his list and he is one happy camper. And so are we…” R.B. Houston

7. What is the advantage of attending the 4-session intensive 2021 Summer College Application Workshop?
Click HERE for more information!

 

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