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ACADEMIC PLANNING, COLLEGE SEARCH, AND APPLICATION GUIDANCE

At Advanced College Consulting, LLC, our counselors know students and their parents are very busy on a daily basis, therefore we know the thought of planning for college/after high school can be daunting.  Frequently asked questions include: What classes do colleges want to see on my transcript? What types of extracurriculars do colleges prefer? Should I take the SAT, ACT, or both? What scores do I need? How will a college support an IEP or 504 Plan? Which colleges accept AP Scores? What do I need to do for NCAA recruitment or submission of an art portfolio? What is a gap year?

With our expertise, we can answer these questions and support and guide you through the process, starting as early as 8th grade. We are here to work with you to create an individualized long or short term plan, streamline the process and remove associated stress that often causes familial conflict.

Additionally, we have experience working with military families and students who have transitioned to US high schools from overseas and between school districts throughout the country. 


Our combined 25+ years of college admissions and school counseling experience allows us to provide valuable insight, knowledge, and resources to our clients.

We proudly support all students without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, belief, residency status, or politics. 

 
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ACADEMIC ADVISING AND 

COLLEGE SEARCH

Advanced College Consulting  customizes academic advising and search services to meet the specific needs/criteria of each student. Whether we're planning your high school courses, reviewing transcripts and test scores, discussing extracurriculars, or compiling a list of potential colleges, we work collaboratively with you throughout the entire process to help meet your goals. 

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COLLEGE APPLICATION GUIDANCE

Allow us to assist you with completing your admissions application, help manage deadlines, and guide you to write the best admissions essay/personal statement possible! We also support athletic recruitment, art portfolio development, audition preparation, etc..

Our counselors are well versed in both the Common Application and The Coalition for College Access Application.

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FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ASSISTANCE

Advanced College Consulting will help you get started on the financial aid process, including completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and assist search for scholarship opportunities, whether they be merit based, need based, or otherwise.

 

PACKAGE & PRICING OPTIONS

Refer a friend and earn $100 off the total cost of your plan when they purchase a plan!


**Payment plan available for the Basic, Standard, & Comprehensive Plans

Essay editing is included with Basic, Standard, and Comprehensive Plans. 

INTRODUCTORY SESSION 

$50*

Wondering how having a college consultant can benefit you and your student? During this 30 minute brief overview session we can talk more about what type of support our team can offer you on your post-secondary journey.

*Payment is due at time of meeting and will be credited toward purchase of a plan.

STRATEGY & PLANNING SESSION 

$400* (up to 2 hours)

Want a consultant to spend time reviewing your student's transcript and test scores, discuss plans, and offer suggestions about the post-secondary process? During this session a consultant will spend 1.5-2 hours working with you and your student. No commitment, no pressure. 

*Payment is due at time of meeting. Additional hourly rate is $350/hr. If you decide after the Strategy & Planning session to purchase a plan, $200 will be credited toward the total package price.

BASIC PLAN - 10 HOURS **

($3,000/$300 per hour)

Are you looking for consultation and assistance with the college search, application, and essay, but also comfortable completing many tasks related to post-secondary planning independently? This plan is for you! The Basic plan includes 10 hours of direct support regarding college admissions, application assistance, and essay support.

STANDARD PLAN - 20 HRS. **

($5,000/$250 per hour)

In addition to services included in the Basic Plan, this plan includes an additional10 hours of organizational support including reminders, check-ins, and planning to help keep you on track so you don't miss the most important deadlines.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN -  40 HRS. **

($7,000/$175 per hour)

Are you looking to hand the admissions process over to a consultant with minimal homework and tasks for your student to complete between sessions? This plan is what you're looking for! Included are 40 hours of support, including 20 hours of direct consultation  for college search, admissions, application assistance, essay support, interview preparation, and 20 hours of organizational support, reminders, check-ins, and planning to keep you on track to meet critical deadlines.

CUSTOM PLAN (LESS THAN 10 HRS)

($350 per hour)

Not seeing what you need? We can build a custom package as unique as your student. We can also support athletic recruitment, art portfolio development, audition preparation, and more!

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ESSAY DEVELOPMENT & EDITING

If you feel like you have a handle on the college search and application process but want assistance with your essay(s), we can help!


Essays are your one opportunity to share your voice, your unique experiences, and your perspective with college admissions teams. Make sure yours stands out!

TOPICS INCLUDE:

· What to include in your essay

· How to make your essay complement your application

· How to "hook" the reader and make your essay memorable

· How to tailor your essay for top choice schools

· What essay topic to pick/how to get started

$350/hour 

$300/hour for 2 hours

$250/hour for 3+ hours

**No addiitonal charge with purchase of a package**

 

MEET YOUR CONSULTANTS

Katie Raffaelli and Adrienne Wood

Katie Raffaelli earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science as well as an M.S. in Public Relations from Syracuse University. After working for non-profit theatre in Washington, D.C., Katie found a passion for working with students and earned an M.A. in School Counseling from Marymount University. Since 2010, Katie has been working with young people in grades 7-12 to help them explore their interests, identify goals, navigate the college admission process, and create a post-secondary plan that helps support 

their ambitions. 

Adrienne Wood earned her B.A in English from Virginia Tech and her M.A. in Psychology/School Counseling from Marymount University. She began her career in higher education in 1998 at George Mason University as a part-time admissions interviewer. Later that year she began working at the Marymount University Office of Admissions where she stayed for twelve years, serving in various roles including new student liaison/special projects coordinator, admissions counselor and as the Director of Transfer Admissions. In 2013 she transitioned to school counseling and has been loving it ever since! Adrienne is passionate about empowering students to identify their strengths, interests, and post-secondary goals while helping them navigate the college admissions process from start to finish. Adrienne is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Marymount University where she is teaching a graduate level counseling class during the summer 2022 semester. 

Ms. Raffaelli and Ms. Wood have advised students who have been accepted to colleges and universities such as UVA, Virginia Tech, JMU, Yale, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Christopher Newport, VCU, NC State, Boston University, Boston College, MIT, University of California schools (Berkeley, San Diego, etc...), Davidson College, University of Kansas, Temple University, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, Michigan State, University of Illinois, Colorado State University, Clemson, University of South Carolina, Radford University, Dickinson College, University of North Carolina, University of Chicago, University of Alabama, Tulane, LSU, University of Florida, Florida State, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech,  University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, Belmont University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  University of Texas schools (UT Austin, UT San Antonio, etc..) Texas A&M, West Virginia University, University of Tennessee, Naval Academy, Airforce Academy, West Point, Coast Guard Academy, and many, many more! They look forward to helping students find the best fit and match. After all, there are approximately 4,000 colleges and universities to choose from in the United States!


Ms. Raffaelli and Ms. Wood are members of the professional organizations, ASCA (American School Counseling Association), NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors), and PCACAC (Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling).

 

CONTACT US!

Questions about how Advanced College Consulting can support you and your student?

Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment. 


Ms. Raffaelli or Ms. Wood will contact you within 1 business day. We look forward to speaking with you.

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