Uni admissions consultant Collegewise offers university preparation services that aim to help students through the whole application process. Here, the team tells us about its offerings and provides some tips.
How can Collegewise help?
We offer a full range of university preparation services, from activity guidance and essay brainstorming to admission counselling across the world. Over the last 20 years, our team of more than 60 experts have helped over 12,000 students gain admission into over 1000 different colleges and universities.
The consultancy offers two main admissions programmes – the US Complete Admissions Programme and UK Complete Admissions Programme. These assist students with undergraduate admissions to top universities including Stanford University, NYU, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
What can parents and students expect from these services?
Both programmes allow you and your child to work one-on-one with a dedicated counsellor throughout the applications process and offers access to Collegewise’s college application management platform. Amongst other things, your counsellor will be able to guide your child to create a university shortlist, work out potential scholarship or financial aid opportunities and plan projects and internships that are beneficial for college applications. They can also help with interview preparation and even offer specialised assistance with law and medicine applications for UK universities. Most important, they’ll ensure that your child completes their application and essays thoughtfully, effectively and early.
Besides your counsellor, you can also get advice from Collegewise’s admissions experts, many of whom have worked in admissions offices at universities like Stanford, Colorado College, Harvard, USC and Yale.
What would you say universities are looking for in students today?
#1 Passion for the chosen course
So, if your child is interested in computer engineering, encourage them to take up online or local courses to learn more about the topic. Or you can sign them up for pre-college summer programmes like Summer Discovery that gives students a glimpse of the major that they are interested in.
What does your child enjoy doing? Is he or she the type of student that looks for opportunities or waits for them to come to him or her? Universities want to see students who make the most of what’s available to them and then seek for more.
#3 Work experience
Encourage your child to take on summer jobs and internships. Discovery Internships offers opportunities for students (Grades 10 to 12) to live abroad and gain work experience. Internships available in New York City, Boston and London across many fields: entrepreneurship, law, fashion, journalism, marketing, medicine, event planning, computer technology and theatre. Visit the Summer Discovery website for more details.
Universities love seeing that their students are giving back to the community. They hope to witness long-term commitment to a cause, and not a once-off initiative.
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