Why should I work with an admissions consultant? How will I benefit?
Though the college application process has become more complicated over the years, high school guidance counselors continue to be overloaded with students. In fact, the average guidance counselor works with 475 students each year! This massive workload makes it difficult to provide the detailed and strategic counseling necessary to help students gain entry into top schools.
To address the need for more guidance, Blue Stars admissions strategists provide you extensive access to your own personal project manager.
Can an admissions consultant really help my chances?
Universities look beyond grades and test scores when screening candidates; they seek students who stand out from the crowd based on unique passions, experiences and drive. Think of Blue Stars as your bridge between high school and college. Our sole mission is to empower you to express your individuality in ways that will capture the attention of even the most discerning admissions official.
Working with a Blue Stars admissions strategist you will boost your application through:
- Becoming a more self-reflective writer and thinker
- Crafting compelling, distinctive essays that showcase you
- Strategizing on the right courses of study that best represent your experience, background, talents and interests
- Creating a school list that will provide ample options to chose from
How many schools should I apply to?
Generally a list of 10 schools is recommended, although some students apply to more. The goal is to many choices. You want a good mix of reach (schools you aspire to gain admission to), target (schools you are likely to gain admission to) and safety (schools you are confident you will gain admission to) options. Read more about school selection here.
Should I apply through Early Admission or Early Decision?
Curious if applying through Early Admission/Decision will help your chances of success? Learn more here.
Will offbeat hobbies help my application?
Hobbies (offbeat and otherwise) are a great supplement to an already strong application. Learn more about how off-beat hobbies can help you get into your dream school here.
Why are admissions essays so important?
Admissions essays are prime application real estate! Applying for college is an area of stiff competition where a GPA and test scores only take you so far. When an admissions officer wants to get an idea of who you really are they look to your admissions essay.We will let you in on a little secret: an admissions officer can spot a compelling personal statement in 5 seconds, or less. You’ve got to make a great first impression and keep your reader with you all the way through, cheering (or crying) for you in the end, looking forward to your arrival in the fall. Your essay needs to accomplish a lot.
If crafted well, the application essay offers you the opportunity to make a direct connection with your audience, an admissions official. To assist you in honing your writing and thinking skills as you embark on your writing journey, your Blue Stars partner will empower you to discover what makes you different. You will work with our team of highly successful writing professionals to develop admissions essays that dynamically communicate your unique voice and perspective. And you will be really proud of what you wrote.
Where have Blue Stars students been accepted?
Blue stars students are admitted to top schools every single year. We attribute our success to the individualized, transformative experience we offer our students. We empower you to let your unique brilliance shine! You can find specific results here.
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