Welcome to College Search Navigators
The college search and application process can seem daunting, with the increasing competitiveness of admissions, pressure to find “the right college,” and layers of deadlines and submissions requirements.
Did you know?
- Applications being submitted to colleges continue to break all-time records
- Recruiting by elite colleges results in more applications being submitted
- The recession has resulted in a substantial increase in applications to public colleges, making admission to these schools more difficult than in the past
Whether this is your family’s first voyage, or you are a seasoned veteran of the journey, we at College Search Navigators are here to help you find your way to a successful and fulfilling college destination!
The College Bound Journey – let us guide your way
With thousands of four-year accredited colleges and universities in the United States alone, the search for the right school can seem like finding the needle in a haystack! It is not just about “getting into college.” It is about making smart choices to help ensure a best match between student and school – academically and socially.
Colleges receive thousands of applications per year, making it a challenge for a student to stand out in the crowd. It is therefore critical for a student to “jump off the page” and demonstrate his or her own individuality, in a voice that is his or her own.
Many students now apply to an average of 10 colleges, most using online applications. Keeping track of deadlines alone can be difficult, in an already confusing and stressful process.
At College Search Navigators, our mission is to help students and parents search intelligently for a continuum of “great fit” schools, to maximize a student’s potential through personalized guidance in developing the student profile, applications and essays – while at the same time de-stressing the overall process.
Wherever you are on the college admissions path, we are there to guide you.
The journey to college begins when high school begins. In addition to our College Bound Package for juniors and seniors, our Pre-Collegiate Packages for freshmen and sophomores provide guidance tailored to the issues of these formative grade levels; thereby helping students to make the most of their high school experience, and face the college admissions process with confidence.
College Transfer Assistance
Need to change your college path? Our services include guidance throughout the challenging transfer application process. Whether you are moving to the next level (such as from a community college to a four-year college), or looking for a better fit at another four-year school, we can assist you in making that important transition.
Our customized one-on-one counseling sessions can be conducted through in-person meetings at locations most convenient for the student, or via e-distance webcam meetings (allowing us to work with students across town – or across the country).
We offer a wide range of resources, including research on educational and placement trends, current reference materials (including our archives from personal campus visits), as well as a professional network of referrals and resources available through the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).
Affordable and convenient payment plans are available Flexible appointment scheduling
Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!
While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.
In Memory of Diane Gallo
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.
Did You Know?
With the number of applicants now using the Common App and the ease of submitting an online application (in the 2010-11 cycle, 1.8 million applications were submitted as of January 1, 2011), admissions officers are looking for more than just an application to make admissions decisions - you need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the school. The best ways to do this include visiting the campus, having a campus interview if offered, attending college fairs and completing the intake form for schools you are really interested in, attending any local events in your area sponsored by the college, and emailing the admissions counselors with specific questions about programs that interest you. These steps can help to differentiate you from the herd of "stealth applicants" who use the Common App as their sole contact with the school.
"Your help with my college and law school applications was fantastic. Picking which schools to apply to, which activities to emphasize in my applications, and how to present myself in my personal statements were all easier because of you. I cannot thank you enough for your warm encouragement and always knowledgeable advice. "Ivana D., Class of 2007,
Johns Hopkins University; Class of 2011, Harvard Law School