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We offer comprehensive packages that take into account every single piece of the puzzle in order to get you to where you want to be. While challenging, this can be a truly transformative and rewarding process that allows students to succeed by providing opportunities to develop to their fullest potential and eventually meet the challenging demands of the adult world with confidence.
Our college admissions consultants rely on two key components: deep relationships and expert strategy to achieve success. These methods have resulted in incredible results for almost two decades. Our practice has grown to become a globally-recognized leader in the college admissions industry as we have guided our students through their journeys. From applicants with learning differences to international students applying from overseas, our team of experienced educational consultants has defeated every type of challenge on our way to helping a diverse group of students gain admission to top colleges and universities nationwide.
High GPA and test scores alone will not get you accepted to the country’s top schools. Finding a way to differentiate yourself from the other applicants is key which requires thoughtful and strategic guidance that leads to holistic growth and character development.
Our college counseling strategies include:
It is never too early to begin the college admissions process. Most families start planning as early as middle school to put in place enrichment programs to build a strong academic foundation through
While important, it simply is not enough to have a strong GPA and test scores. Schools want leaders who have accomplishments in the fields that interest them. It is important to build activities that are relevant and have the potential to grow over time.
Families must be methodical about all elements of the application. Every detail should make the student stand out and differentiate him from the other applicants.
Why Do Colleges Have A Waitlist?
Colleges use waitlists to manage their enrollment numbers and ensure they meet the desired number of students. It is difficult to predict how many qualified applicants will actually accept the offer of admission after the regular decisions come out. The waitlist serves as a pool of qualified applicants from which admissions officers can choose to fill in the vacant spaces.
Who Are Put On A Waitlist?
A college waitlist typically consists of students who have applied and been carefully reviewed by the admissions committee and who are qualified according to their standards, but are neither accepted nor rejected in the initial round of admissions. There could be a multitude of reasons, but the most common is that they fall short on one qualification like having low test scores, not having enough relevant extracurricular activities, or not being able to write a compelling essay or personal statement. This is why we always place importance on differentiation in our college counseling process. We understand that many applicants will have the same exemplary academic records such as high GPAs so we focus on where our students stand out to give them a competitive edge.
What Should You Do If Put On A College Waitlist?
If you’ve been waitlisted, it is definitely not the time to sit it out while waiting for the admission decision. Be proactive and strategize on how you can get off the waitlist. As educational consultants who are experts in college admissions, we have a full understanding of the mechanics of the admissions process and we have developed strategies and plans that could get you off the waitlist. We can teach you how to reach out to the admissions officers, demonstrate interest, and make use of your valuable time while awaiting the decision.
As soon as possible! The transition to high school is often a good time to start thinking long-term, as students are introduced to the new pathways of high school classes and activities that are available. Don’t wait until it’s time to start working on applications!
At Cardinal Education, “college counseling” refers to long-term, multi-year planning to set students on the track to succeed in college admissions. “College applications” involve working on the actual materials to be submitted to colleges.
Yes, we offer many college counseling programs that include support on students’ college applications as well!
Grades and test scores are the most important, qualifying elements of college admissions. Once students reach their desired GPA and testing thresholds, activities and essays play a key role in differentiating students from the bulk of their peers.
We recommend that your child start the college admissions process as early as the sophomore year to give ample time to work on all facets of the application. We would love to talk with your family about the specifics of your situation! Contact us for a consultation and more information!