Services
Shown below are outlines of the two primary plans that we offer, designed to meet the needs of most students and their families; however, we would be happy to discuss other options.


SUPPORT AT EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY

Comprehensive Program

This is a high-level outline of the Comprehensive Program, in which you will receive all the help you need to succeed in the college admission process. The program typically includes additional steps that vary based on your needs and circumstances; steps that might include research into certain college programs or policies, gathering additional data, generating custom comparisons or providing advice with regard to special circumstances such as athletic recruiting or music/arts.

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Assessment

  • Family or parent interview to learn about goals, confirm understanding of the current college admissions landscape, identify potential limitations and review financial considerations

  • Student interview and review of transcript, test scores, etc. to gain a thorough understanding of the student’s goals, talents, interests, learning style, and potential strengths as an applicant to selective colleges

  • Student survey (through a second interview) to identify initial preferences and priorities for selecting a college: location, academic environment, size, culture, etc.

College Search

  • Research and preparation of an initial list of colleges that warrant consideration, including data and commentary
  • Recommendations for how the student should explore further
  • Discussion with family regarding best targets from a financial perspective (as needed)
  • Follow up on student’s exploration; advice regarding good fit colleges and goals for ‘apply list’
  • Planning and tools for productive campus visits; debrief calls following visits
  • Student interview and development of a college ‘short list’

Application Strategy & Preparation

  • Consideration of early action / early decision choices
  • Advice regarding approach to standardized tests and timing
  • Identification of individual strengths and advantages
  • Development of application strategy and list of colleges (‘apply list’)
  • Review of requirements and deadlines; organization and planning tools
  • Assistance constructing an effective resume or achievements chart
  • Discussion of mistakes to avoid; review of a completed common app and supplements

Essay Strategy & Review

  • Coaching – how to write an effective personal statement
  • Brainstorming – development of potential essay topics and approach
  • Review and feedback – outline or first draft
  • Review and feedback – final draft
  • Coaching – development of strategy for supplemental essays, as needed

Decisions

  • Responses to questions and guidance offered throughout the admissions process
  • Facilitation of family discussions; help in evaluation of college choices
  • Assistance in preparation for interviews and follow-up campus visits, as needed
  • Discussion regarding wait-list strategies, as needed
  • Research and fact-checking to support decisions

 

FOCUS ON GOALS, CHOICES AND YOUR PLAN

College Search & Strategy

Appropriate for a student needing only limited assistance: identifying his or her priorities for college and family financial considerations; researching good choices; developing college lists with a strategy in mind; and providing advice with regard to Early Decision and other admission plans.

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Assessment

  • Family or parent interview to learn about goals, confirm understanding of the current college admissions landscape, identify potential limitations and review financial considerations
  • Student interview and review of transcript, test scores, etc. to gain a thorough understanding of the student’s goals, talents, interests, learning style, and potential strengths as an applicant to selective colleges
  • Student survey (through a second interview) to identify initial preferences and priorities for selecting a college: location, academic environment, size, culture, etc.

College Search

  • Research and preparation of an initial list of colleges that warrant consideration, including data and commentary
  • Recommendations for how the student should explore further
  • Discussion with family regarding best targets from a financial perspective (as needed)
  • Follow up on student’s exploration; advice regarding good fit colleges and goals for ‘apply list’
  • Planning and tools for productive campus visits; debrief calls following visits
  • Development of a college ‘short list’

Establish 'Apply List' & Plan for Applications

  • Discussion of admission plans: Rolling, Early Action, Early Decision
  • Consideration of student strengths and advantages
  • Development of final list of colleges (‘apply list’)
  • Advice regarding timing of application submissions

Why Choose Your Way To College

  • PHILOSOPHY

    We are here to help students and families achieve their objectives and that is how we measure our success; we don’t set limits on the time we spend on your behalf or view our client relationships in terms of profits and losses.

  • RESPONSIVENESS

    We work with a limited number of students each year, so we can respond quickly to questions and be available for calls or meetings on relatively short notice.

  • SERVICE

    For us, meeting client expectations is paramount; “no surprises” is our commitment with regard to fees or any other part of our relationship.

  • COMMUNICATION

    With each new client, we start with interviews, giving us a chance to listen and learn about your objectives, concerns and any specific issues. We will also check in frequently to make sure we are on track.

  • DEPENDABILITY

    Jim Obernesser will be your coach, adviser, researcher and facilitator; we never delegate functions to a staff or outsource any services to other firms.

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