College Counseling

College Counseling

Looking for a college counselor? We help students and families reduce the stress and anxiety about going to college. There are thousands of colleges to choose from, and there's a lot of stress in applying to college. The national media critique of the cost and benefits of college, and a struggling economy and workforce leaves families wondering if college is the right thing to pursue. And when you add in the busyness of families today, and a changing college landscape, it is no surprise the college application process feels overwhelming.

There are lots of search engines and internet resources to help with the college search. The difference we provide, however, is that we sort through all of that for you. Our ongoing familiarization with colleges, relationships with admission staff, and continuing education of how higher education is changing means you get personalized guidance and advice - something internet searches can't do.

In our work with you, we aim to simplify and support your search for colleges and your college application process. College success doesn't happen overnight, but rather as a result of strategic goal setting, hard work and a strong support system. We work in-person and remotely with clients from across the United States.

College Search and Planning Program

The College Search and Planning Program is designed specifically for 11th grade students to help reduce the stress and anxiety that many families experience when considering college options.

Program participants meet regularly in small cohorts and in 1:1 sessions with a Thrive coach. Through the program, there will be time spent on getting to know student interests, family needs and parameters, and how to search for and evaluate colleges. Participants receive guidance and feedback on a plan to take standardized tests, developing a list of colleges, and assessing affordability of options.

Program Details
2021 Start Dates: April 11, April 25, May 2

College Application Program

The College Application Program is designed specifically for 12th grade students, to help reduce the stress and anxiety that many families experience when applying to colleges.

Students meet regularly in small cohorts and in 1:1 sessions with a Thrive coach through the duration of the program. We use a scheduled process that takes participants through writing the personal statement and college-specific essays.  Participants receive guidance and feedback on their essays, applying for scholarships, interview preparation, and reviewing admission and financial aid offers.

Program Details
2021 Start Dates: July 25; September 19

College Success

Our work with students as they venture off to their new college life is as much about helping them succeed in college, as it is about helping them develop the skills and awareness needed to successfully transition to any new stage of life.

We use a structured approach to learning, grounded in appreciative inquiry and positive psychology. Our framework for learning invites students to be curious, intentional, and reflective in their individual growth. We guide students through five stages:  discover, dream, design, deliver, and don't settle.

Program Details
2021 Start Dates:
College Jumpstart - July 11
College Persist - September 12

Custom College Coaching

For students and families not interested in our comprehensive programs listed above, we offer hourly college counseling to meet your needs. Examples include the following:

College Search & Application Resources

For those wanting to do some of their own college research and planning, check out this list of resources. There's information about colleges not requiring SAT or ACT scores for admission, college search tools, campus visits, paying for college, and college athletes.

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Testimonials

Kate ‘read between the lines,’ pushing me to analyze on the deepest possible level my hopes and ambitions for pursuing a chosen avenue. Kate taught me to write (and to act in life) from that place of deep passion, analysis, and hope.

-Liz W.