At Winter Park College Consultants, we abide by our mission to help families of all backgrounds access skilled and ethical academic guidance, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, or zip code. We believe in the transformative power of education and are committed to making adequately funded, well-administered, and high-quality education available to everyone.
$350 | 1 Hour with 2 Consultants
After thoroughly reviewing your student's academic records, our team of college consultants will meet with you and your student to discuss the college planning process. This one-hour consultation is an excellent opportunity to answer questions specific to your child and to clarify future college planning needs. You'll provide current high school transcripts and test scores prior to this meeting.
Each consultation is unique to the student but will, in general, include these services:
- Provide an overview of the college admissions and application process
- Conduct thorough academic review
- Check transcript for accuracy, utilizing our exclusive GPA Calculator
- Compare grades and test scores to school profiles of a variety of schools
- Begin an early discussion of college list
- Discuss course selections and extracurricular activities
Comprehensive College Planning
$5,950 Base Price | The initial consulting fee will be applied toward this package.
Families may choose in-person sessions, virtual sessions, or a blend allowing flexibility for illness, family vacations, or a student's busy extracurricular activity schedule. Our spacious office allows for social distancing. We exceed disinfectant safety standards, have protective plexiglass shields in place, and offer facial coverings for students if needed.
After an initial consultation, we offer a comprehensive college planning package that can start at any point in high school and continues through the college application process.
All rising seniors participate in our Writing Workshop in preparation for college application essays. During this three-hour program, students will gain an understanding of the purpose of the essay and what college admissions officers seek in applicant writing.
The Writing Workshop features a presentation by Ms. Joann Polley, former Professor of Academic Writing and current grader of essays for The College Board.
In follow-up sessions with the student’s college consultant, the student refines topics and themes and develops strategies for the personal statement and supplemental essays.
Each student's situation and goals are unique, so the services we provide during this series of sessions varies. Here is a range of other services that may apply for your student:
- Provide comprehensive academic and personal interest evaluation
- Provide curricular and extracurricular guidance
- Assist with summer activity planning and resume building
- Develop standardized testing strategies and timeline
- Analyze unique talents, circumstances, and experiences influencing college choices
- Provide summary emails after each session to both student and parent(s)
- Develop a unique college list of best-match colleges
- Provide comprehensive essay preparation support
- Manage college application requirements and deadlines
- Assist and review up to eight student-prepared applications
- Identify potential institutional, corporate and organizational awards
- Review the financial aid process with parents
- Advise on final college decision
Online College Planning Platform
Winter Park College Consultants utilizes online student-centered systems, designed to empower and engage students and families in the college planning conversation. Find best-fit colleges based on academic, social, and financial factors while staying organized and in control, all in one place.
Our Writing Workshop for the College Essay
Exclusively from Winter Park College Consultants
At Winter Park College Consultants, we believe students deserve a personalized approach to their essays for the college application. A “one-size fits all” approach does not result in a top-quality product. We curate discerning self-exploration techniques, artful and astute brainstorming exercises, proven writing style structures, and logical methods of organizing topic selection. Building on the firmest of foundations, our students create extraordinary pieces of writing in their unique voices. Below is an overview of sessions available in our college essay workshop.
What Colleges Really Want to Read in Your Essay
Presented by Tara Nelan, Regional Director of Admissions, Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania
In this session, students learn what colleges really want to read in the essay, common mistakes in essays and characteristics of essays that stand out to the reader. Recognizing that writing is a process, students will also learn tips to get started, to shape their essay, and to get closer to submitting their work.
Engaging with Admissions Officers during COVID19
Presented by Lauren Rambo, Regional Director of Admissions, Bucknell College, Pennsylvania
Every application cycle brings new challenges. For the Class of 2020, it is the impact of the pandemic on college visits and campus tours. In this session, students hear from college admissions how to engage with colleges of interest and college admissions officers. Prospective students learn that without college campus tours, new opportunities for connecting with college admissions are available!
Preparing for Writing at the College Level
Presented by Joann Polley who holds a Masters in Philology, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Master of Liberal Studies, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. She instructed academic writing at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and serves as a Rater/Scoring Leader at Educational Testing Service, and Rater/Scoring Leader for the SAT in reading.
There’s no better time to introduce college-level writing than in the college application essay. In this session, students learn the characteristics of academic writing, the structure of academic writing, and identify rhetorical strategies in academic writing. Ms. Polley works with each student to elevate their writing, evoke clarity, and extract the student’s clear voice.
The following services have limited availability.
Flexible payment plans are available. Payments may be made by check or credit card. Prices effective January 1, 2019.