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Gina K.

"Most importantly, my daughter’s counselor helped her explore colleges that I could not get her to consider (she will be attending a most amazing college in North Carolina that is a perfect fit for her). My teens completely look forward to the tutors coming over, and we will never forget the dedication of her main counselor who stayed up with her past midnight to help her submit all 12 of her college applications the night before her 18th birthday!"
2015-02-28T19:05:53+00:00
"Most importantly, my daughter’s counselor helped her explore colleges that I could not get her to consider (she will be attending a most amazing college in North Carolina that is a perfect fit for her). My teens completely look forward to the tutors coming over, and we will never forget the dedication of her main counselor who stayed up with her past midnight to help her submit all 12 of her college applications the night before her 18th birthday!"

Katie S.

"One of the most important things that my counselor helped me with though was narrowing down my criteria for the college I wanted to go to. She asked me very insightful questions about what I was looking for in my college experience, and I was able to create a list of safety, target, and reach schools. She had an amazing knowledge of every school on my list along with the college admissions process itself. My counselor knew it all, from the schools' academics, to its social life, to the culture of the college town. Highly recommended company!"
2015-02-26T00:49:02+00:00
"One of the most important things that my counselor helped me with though was narrowing down my criteria for the college I wanted to go to. She asked me very insightful questions about what I was looking for in my college experience, and I was able to create a list of safety, target, and reach schools. She had an amazing knowledge of every school on my list along with the college admissions process itself. My counselor knew it all, from the schools' academics, to its social life, to the culture of the college town. Highly recommended company!"

Alysha K.

“I worked with one of their college counselors in the fall of my senior year. She helped me organize all my deadlines for my essays and when each application was due. We worked together to finalize my college list and she had great additional schools that I had never even considered! She knew I wanted to go to a smaller school in an urban area and suggested schools that fit those criteria. Looking back, I would have been so lost without GE!”
2015-02-26T00:45:55+00:00
“I worked with one of their college counselors in the fall of my senior year. She helped me organize all my deadlines for my essays and when each application was due. We worked together to finalize my college list and she had great additional schools that I had never even considered! She knew I wanted to go to a smaller school in an urban area and suggested schools that fit those criteria. Looking back, I would have been so lost without GE!”

Andrew K.

"I was fortunate enough to have Great Expectations College Prep guide me in my college application process. When I say the word ‘guide,’ I literally mean that every step of the way, my tutors were there to help me out. One helped me choose the schools I was going to apply to and navigate all the applications for those given schools: Common App, UC App, etc. Applying for more than 10 schools was not an easy feat and was made much easier due to the guidance I received from Great Expectations. I recommend any student in high school to use the services provided by them. 10 out of 10 would get tutored again."
2015-02-26T00:34:54+00:00
"I was fortunate enough to have Great Expectations College Prep guide me in my college application process. When I say the word ‘guide,’ I literally mean that every step of the way, my tutors were there to help me out. One helped me choose the schools I was going to apply to and navigate all the applications for those given schools: Common App, UC App, etc. Applying for more than 10 schools was not an easy feat and was made much easier due to the guidance I received from Great Expectations. I recommend any student in high school to use the services provided by them. 10 out of 10 would get tutored again."

Justine L

“My GE counselor guided me through the college application process, first by helping me choose where to apply (she had a GREAT sense of what I was looking for), then by walking me through the logistics of filling out application forms, and most importantly, working with me to write all of my essays. I find that Great Expectations’ method is unique in that it makes the writing process infinitely easier while still granting the student complete creative license. I am now a freshman at the University of Washington and couldn’t be happier!”
2014-05-13T00:08:54+00:00
“My GE counselor guided me through the college application process, first by helping me choose where to apply (she had a GREAT sense of what I was looking for), then by walking me through the logistics of filling out application forms, and most importantly, working with me to write all of my essays. I find that Great Expectations’ method is unique in that it makes the writing process infinitely easier while still granting the student complete creative license. I am now a freshman at the University of Washington and couldn’t be happier!”

Jennifer E.

"Great Expectations also helped me immensely with the college admissions process, from choosing colleges to apply to that were right for me, to making spreadsheets mapping out when each application is due, to thinking of essay topics, my counselor helped me through it all. Applying to colleges is such a stressful process, so having a counselor personally help me through every step was such a blessing. I now attend the University of Michigan and could not be happier — and I owe a big thanks to GE College Prep for this...I couldn’t have done it without you!"
2015-02-26T00:38:34+00:00
"Great Expectations also helped me immensely with the college admissions process, from choosing colleges to apply to that were right for me, to making spreadsheets mapping out when each application is due, to thinking of essay topics, my counselor helped me through it all. Applying to colleges is such a stressful process, so having a counselor personally help me through every step was such a blessing. I now attend the University of Michigan and could not be happier — and I owe a big thanks to GE College Prep for this...I couldn’t have done it without you!"
As daunting as the task is, coming up with a list of schools to apply to can be a lot of fun. Be sure to visit as many campuses as possible and keep your options open — just because you’ve never been to Texas doesn’t mean you won’t love it!

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Just because a school is considered one of the best doesn’t mean it’s the best for you. Many students practically kill themselves to get into an Ivy League school, then once they’re there, struggle to keep their heads above water for the next four years. There are plenty of other well-respected schools that will provide am equally great education and allow you to thrive.

The college of my choice.

  • You might want the school spirit and atmosphere that goes along with attending UCLA, but are you really prepared to get lost in the crowd? Make sure you understand your strengths and weaknesses before applying to large state schools — do you learn better by asking questions or by listening? Do you prefer to discuss ideas or memorize them?
  • Consider how much access to a big city matter to you. Do you crave the hustle and bustle, or are you satisfied if there’s a grocery store and a movie theater within a half hour drive?
  • If you know you want to be a physical therapist, make sure you are applying to schools that have related programs, but also be sure not to limit yourself. More than 80% of college students change their major at least once, so don’t pick a school that only offers a couple respected programs.
  • Be willing to venture outside of your comfort zone — just because you’re a Californian doesn’t mean you can’t handle snow. Consider schools that perhaps aren’t what you’ve always pictured.
  • Be realistic about your list of schools. We always encourage students to apply to their dream schools — after all, you never know — but you’ll still want an equal number of safety schools to balance your list.

If you’d like to learn more about certain schools, check out our college podcast library; our interns interview returning college students each summer to get the dirt on life at their particular university. This is also a great resource when it comes time to write your college essays about why you want to attend — you’ll need to be specific, and these students will tell you about the ins and outs!

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