College Counseling is a supportive one-on-one experience that provides students with expert guidance while navigating education plans and applying to college.
Individualized Counseling Sessions
Our individualized program is tailored to meet the unique needs of each student through every step of the college application process.
Whether a freshman struggling to select the best classes and extracurricular activities to prepare for college or a senior curious about how to stand out from the crowd with an incredible college application essay, professional counseling can help make college dreams a reality.
Fierce Competition is What We Do
College admissions is incredible competitive, particularly in California. The chart below shows the average GPA for incoming freshman at UC Berkeley.
Students effectively have to make an “A” in every single class in high school. The same is true of UCLA, and only to a slightly lesser extent at other UC schools.
Even the smartest students have trouble making perfect grades, so at Alpha College Prep we give them the extra help they need to make that difference.
The Three Pillars of College Admissions
Of course, when everyone has all-A’s, it’s what happens outside the classroom that becomes a major differentiator between applicants.
There are three aspects to college admissions: your transcript, your tests and your extracurricular activities.
Alpha College Prep addresses all three of those aspects to help our students get a leg up on the competition, and the best possible chance they can get to go to the school of their dreams.
The Expertise to Get You a Head Start
Alpha College Prep offers a comprehensive “Three Pillar” solution for students, including test prep to help with the SAT/ACT testing, academic tutoring to help boost GPAs, and college counseling to help students with extracurricular and test planning.
Our college counseling service also helps student target their top schools and develop positioning strategies to increase the odds of getting accepted.
We recommend starting this process in the ninth grade, as academic course planning, extracurricular activities, and test prep should all start as early as possible to increase the opportunities for successful outcomes.
Choose the Right Extracurriculars
Many understandably focus so much energy on grades that they neglect—or fail to think strategically about—the extracurricular activities that play a crucial role differentiating them from the competition.
A student’s extracurricular profile is critical because colleges are overloaded with students who meet GPA and test score requirements.
This is where extracurricular activities come into play, yet sometimes students fail to realize that not all extracurricular activities are created equal.
Extracurriculars That Reflect a “Bigger Picture”
If a student is considering applying to a particularly competitive school, preparation is key. Students need to think beyond just tacking on extracurricular activities. More than ever, extracurriculars should reflect the “bigger picture” of the student’s long-term goals.
Does the student have a major in mind, as part of a particular program? Schools are looking for students that can really contribute and bring something to the table.
Planning out and dedicating years to relevant extracurricular activities shows this sort of commitment.
Through our College Counseling services, Alpha College Prep helps students explore their interests, identify what extracurriculars will be a good fit in the long run, and overall make them a stronger applicant.
A Record of Success
Here is a sample of some of the schools our students were accepted to after participating in our College Counseling program:
UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Barbara
For pricing details and more information about college counseling and/or our innovative college counseling services, please contact us today! Or you can get started with a personalized FREE ASSESSMENT.
What You Can Expect
Get the Edge You Need
There’s much more to getting in the university you want than just grades.
Let us help plan your application strategy, both in and out of the classroom.
A Record of Success
We’ve done it before, and we’ll achieve results for your child too.
“We used Alpha College Prep for college counseling, ACT prep and private tutoring for my two daughters. Jennifer is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable, patient, excellent tutor and works well with teenagers. The college application process can be confusing and overwhelming. She assisted my daughter with the entire college process from helping her to figure out what colleges she might want to apply to, navigating the application process to making sure the applications where submitted on time. She was great at making the process less confusing and overwhelming. My other daughter used Robert for private tutoring. I was very pleased with the services my daughter’s received. I would highly recommend Alpha College Prep.” – Kim B.