“We all need to figure out what's right for us because nothing about life is one size fits all… And such discovery starts with you paying attention - to yourself.” - David Agus

Services offered on an hourly basis:

  • Creating the college list

  • Common application timeline and guidance

  • Campus visit guidance and interview preparation

  • Essay coaching

  • Gap Year consulting

  • Transitional support and educational options for the non-linear college bound student

  • LD (learning differences) college placement guidance

  • Local private school guidance for traditional and non-traditional students

Packages Offered:

Total College Application Process Package

Preparing to Apply

  • Consultation Consult with student to determine their needs and administer personality and learning assessments to get them started on the path towards success

  • Record Review Analyze academic records, relevant testing and extracurricular accomplishments to provide an accurate, honest, and realistic assessment of the student’s options

  • Development of Action Plan Develop plans for coursework, testing, schedules, extracurriculars, and summer programs

  • Resume Preparation Help students prepare and hone resume

  • Create College List Provide a researched list of target schools, including requirements, deadlines, fees, and locations, as well as any other pertinent information

  • Identify Schools Identify schools in three categories – “safety” “likely” and “reach” schools to maximize the student’s options and opportunities

  • Identify Teachers  Identify teachers for recommendations

  • Tailored Timeline  Provide a customized timeline for student’s application process and regular check-ins to ensure that tasks are completed on schedule


The Application

  • Application Completion Work closely with the student to complete all sections of the Common Application

  • Identify Tutors Identify and refer for specific admissions examinations (SAT/ACT) as well as general academic support if necessary

  • Essay Development Brainstorm and provide feedback on essays and personal statements

  • Mock Interviews Conduct mock interviews with students to coach them for sessions with admissions officers or alumni interviews


 Post Acceptance

  • Follow Up Visits Prepare students for any follow up visits to institutions where they have been accepted

  • Acceptance of Offer Work with the student and family


Love Your List Package

Ideal for Juniors and early bird Sophomores, The Love Your List package is perfect for the student and family who have a good grasp of the college application process but would like additional guidance in developing the list. Included:


  • A full review of high school transcripts, writing samples, test scores, resume, financial considerations and other applicable documentation

  • Personalized coaching and evaluation with the College Match process.  College Match is a sequence of worksheets and reflection exercises that helps high school students step away from the chaos of their everyday lives and take time to reflect on their academic personality

  • Additional personality and career assessments as needed

  • Targeted college options to pursue merit scholarships if applicable

  • A balanced mix of 10-15 Reach, Target  and Probable college application options

  • A  copy of The College Finder

College Tour Planning Package

PilarRay Educational Consulting will customize multi-college tours for college bound teens and their families. College visits are tailored to the specific interests of each student.

Planning multi-day, multi campus college road trips that can involve flights, rental cars, and navigating many cities and campuses over a short period of time can be stressful to some busy families. Add in deciding when to visit, how to get there, where to stay, what to see, who to meet with and how to plan and execute as seamlessly as possible can be challenging for anyone.

PilarRay College tour planning includes options such as:

  • Review and refine the list of colleges to visit

  • Provide travel and lodging recommendations

  • Provide booking assistance with travel and lodging recommendations

  • Schedule group tours and information sessions

  • Arrange meetings with faculty members, club advisors and/or athletic coaches

  • Arrange for students to attend a class

  • Coordinate meetings with current students

  • Schedule overnight stays and/or special campus events

  • Schedule student interviews

  • Research and handle logistics for travel to each college, allowing ample time on each campus

  • Provide a detailed, day-by-day itinerary that includes: directions to college campuses; parking information; locations of all meetings and activities on campus; lunch tickets; parking passes; tour confirmations; pertinent addresses and contact information.

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