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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!"

Nancy B.

"Using Jen Kaifesh, the founder of Great Expectations, was the best decision ever! Jen helped my daughter through her college planning process--from deciding where to apply, to the application process, to making her final decision. Jen is the perfect mix of a writing coach/organizer/motivator/enforcer; she truly helped us stay focused during this extremely stressful time. Thanks to Jen, my daughter was admitted to 85% of the universities she applied to, including Princeton, Penn, Northwestern, Notre Dame and UCLA. Jen's guidance was truly priceless!"
2018-05-04T11:57:19+00:00
"Using Jen Kaifesh, the founder of Great Expectations, was the best decision ever! Jen helped my daughter through her college planning process--from deciding where to apply, to the application process, to making her final decision. Jen is the perfect mix of a writing coach/organizer/motivator/enforcer; she truly helped us stay focused during this extremely stressful time. Thanks to Jen, my daughter was admitted to 85% of the universities she applied to, including Princeton, Penn, Northwestern, Notre Dame and UCLA. Jen's guidance was truly priceless!"

Diane M.

"I really appreciate Great Expectations College Prep! Thanks to them, the college application process was greatly simplified. Between helping to narrow down my list of schools, providing helpful feedback on my essays, and even giving advice on choosing the right school for me, GECP made the whole process far less stressful than it could have been. I also appreciated that my college counselor was very flexible with scheduling meetings to fit my busy schedule."
2018-05-04T12:01:29+00:00
"I really appreciate Great Expectations College Prep! Thanks to them, the college application process was greatly simplified. Between helping to narrow down my list of schools, providing helpful feedback on my essays, and even giving advice on choosing the right school for me, GECP made the whole process far less stressful than it could have been. I also appreciated that my college counselor was very flexible with scheduling meetings to fit my busy schedule."

Lisa G.

"Best investment ever for my son! He wanted to go to a 4 year college and at risk of not getting in! Jennifer tutored him to achieve a great score on ACT and that helped him get into the college of his choice. She did all the work with him on the application process and helped us pick the most appropriate schools to apply. Today we are on a college tour of his first pick and thrilled he was accepted! We owe it all to Jennifer at Great Expectations. Thank you Jennifer. We are truly grateful and owe this accomplishment to you!"
2018-05-04T13:00:11+00:00
"Best investment ever for my son! He wanted to go to a 4 year college and at risk of not getting in! Jennifer tutored him to achieve a great score on ACT and that helped him get into the college of his choice. She did all the work with him on the application process and helped us pick the most appropriate schools to apply. Today we are on a college tour of his first pick and thrilled he was accepted! We owe it all to Jennifer at Great Expectations. Thank you Jennifer. We are truly grateful and owe this accomplishment to you!"

Hannah L.

"I had Jen Kaifesh as my college counselor, and it truly was the best decision I have ever made! Jen helped me from beginning to end. She helped me form my list of colleges, edit the applications, and connected me with great tutors for the ACT and subject tests. Jen's spirit and passion for helping students is unparalleled. She provided support and motivation and she really truly cares about the students that she works with. Thanks to her, I got the ACT score that I wanted and am going to be attending my dream school next year. It was an incredible investment, and I would not be where I am if it wasn't for her!!!"
2018-05-04T16:59:10+00:00
"I had Jen Kaifesh as my college counselor, and it truly was the best decision I have ever made! Jen helped me from beginning to end. She helped me form my list of colleges, edit the applications, and connected me with great tutors for the ACT and subject tests. Jen's spirit and passion for helping students is unparalleled. She provided support and motivation and she really truly cares about the students that she works with. Thanks to her, I got the ACT score that I wanted and am going to be attending my dream school next year. It was an incredible investment, and I would not be where I am if it wasn't for her!!!"

Nadine C.

"I can't imagine going through the college application process without Great Expectations! The first session my tutor and I sat down and created a spreadsheet that detailed every test score, essay topic, deadline, and other requirements for each school. That spreadsheet was my lifeline for the next few months, and needless to say, I never missed a single deadline. My high school college counselors encouraged me to only keep my sights on "target schools," namely schools where I was well within the range of test scores and grades. Great Expectations, on the other hand, encouraged me to reach past those target schools, and as a result, I was accepted to almost every school I applied to -- even if I wasn't quite in their "range."
2018-05-04T17:02:42+00:00
"I can't imagine going through the college application process without Great Expectations! The first session my tutor and I sat down and created a spreadsheet that detailed every test score, essay topic, deadline, and other requirements for each school. That spreadsheet was my lifeline for the next few months, and needless to say, I never missed a single deadline. My high school college counselors encouraged me to only keep my sights on "target schools," namely schools where I was well within the range of test scores and grades. Great Expectations, on the other hand, encouraged me to reach past those target schools, and as a result, I was accepted to almost every school I applied to -- even if I wasn't quite in their "range."
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!

Explore our various College Planning packages and Founder’s Circle packages to determine which is best for you!

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