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A Complete Approach To College Planning & IES College Acceptance List

IESolutions provides GuidedPath software to our college admission clients. GuidedPath provides a vast amount of data tailored to each student’s academic and personal profile. Students and parents access this software via the student portal on the home page of our website. Communication between IESolutions and each student and parent is facilitated through GuidedPath, which also provides access to detailed college profiles, links,“My Chances” analysis of academic credentials, college videos, links to SAT, CommonApp, ACT etc. along with many other features. Students may review prompts and work on their essays on GuidedPath, and develop their college lists along with their IESolutions consultant. Parents may access the College Affordability Shaper, which prepares them to understand what the costs for educating their child will actually be. The IESolutions consultant provides experienced insight, suggestions, and guidance as each student researches options and explores all that is available in American higher education today.

Selecting a college or university is one of the most significant personal decisions and financial investment you and your family will make.

At Informed Educatuional Solutions we work closely with each student to identify the best possible college or university for that student, considering the following factors:

  • Academic program
  • Climate/location
  • Career/major potential major
  • Social life
  • Personality fit
  • Learning style needs
  • Financial aid/affordability/merit scholarships
  • Athletic/special interests
  • Learning disabilities and other special needs

With extensive experience and training in the American and United Kingdom’s educational systems, as well as in admissions and financial aid policies and practices, along with the innovative GuidedPath software, IESolutions works individually with each student on every aspect of the college planning process.

About Our Complete College Counseling Process:

Who are you?

Part of the college process is discovering who you are. This is essential to finding a college where you will thrive. At IESolutions, we use many tools to discover what makes you unique.

  1. The Find My Spark Survey uncovers your personality type and learning style.
  2. The College Match Survey uncovers your preferred school environment and what you hope to gain from higher education.
  3. The College Affordability Shaper places you in one of three categories relating to financial aid. Based upon your category, we provide strategies for applying to schools and applying for aid.
  4. The Competitive Student Quotient is a visual graphic that shows where you are in comparison to students who have been admitted to the school of your choice.
  5. Through one-on-one meetings, in person or via Skype, FaceTime or WeChat, we discover what makes you unique. For example, do you have any "hooks," (developed special interests or abilities) or special needs?
    Hooks are outstanding ability in athletics, acting, music, art, theater, entrepreneurship, etc.
    Needs include services related to learning differences, health concerns, etc.

What options exist in higher education? What are the pros, cons, requirements, and characteristics of each?

The options in American higher education are unmatched in any other country in the world.

For example, higher education in America is categorized in many different ways.

  • By name (college, community college, university)
  • By type (regional, research, masters, liberal arts)
  • By size (small, medium, large)
  • By funding (public or private)
  • By selectivity (most selective, highly selective...)

Your IESolutions consultant researches and applies his or her extensive background knowledge on American higher education statistics, admissions facts and procedures and campus cultures to guide you, assisted by our GuidedPath software.

Your IESolutions consultant will educate you on what the higher education categories listed above mean, and the pros and cons for you of each college type.

Next, your counselor will assist you in answering the many questions relating to higher education in general and each school in particular. Some questions include:

  • How is your GPA’s calculated? What courses are included? Weighted or unweighted?
  • Which testing is required for each college?
  • What high school courses are recommended for each college?
  • Is this a fair test college? What does that mean? What more do I need to provide?
  • What is the school’s endowment? Why does that matter?
  • What percentage of financial aid does the school meet? Is it need-blind or need-aware?
  • What is the Net Price Calculator? What is the College Score Card?
  • What are the admissions requirements and deadlines?
  • Should I think about early decision/early action?
  • What is demonstrated interest? Does it matter?
  • Who should write your recommendations?
  • Do you need additional testing for this school?
  • What are strategic enrollment strategies appropriate for you?
  • How is merit aid determined?
  • Who is teaching most of the classes? (Professors or graduate students?)
  • How much personal attention are you likely to get at this school?
  • What is the average class size?
  • What is the college’s campus culture?
  • Is there a support system on campus for learning needs? Mental health needs?
  • What are the safety precautions in place at the school?
  • How is housing determined? Are there options?
  • What if you want to play a sport in college? What are the NCAA guidelines and requirements?
  • What is the value of a liberal arts degree?
  • What percentage of students lives on campus? Is it a commuter school?
  • What is the “Return On Investment” for this school?
  • What is the Transfer Rate at this school?
  • What percentage of students return after freshman year?
  • What is the 4 year-6 year graduation rate at this college?
  • What percentage of students leave with jobs right after graduation?

While your counselor is researching and answering your many questions, you and your parents can do your own research on GuidedPath, using these features:

You can also conduct your own research using these GuidedPath features:

Your college list is interactive and allows you to read about any institution of higher learning in the USA.
Once you click and expand on a specific college, you can scroll down and learn a great deal about that institution: size, male/female breakdown, most popular departments, admission details, transfers information, etc.
Under the "Tours" tab, you will find videos for many of the colleges and universities in the USA, which will allow you to know more about a college in order to decide to visit or apply.

During this school research stage we also encourage you to:

  • Tour colleges and universities
  • Ask friends and recent graduates about schools
  • Read the Fiske description for many colleges on GuidedPath

All of the research you and your consultant complete can be shared by text and stored.

We move colleges from the "Schools to Consider" list to the “My Schools” section as we work with you. You are able to re-rank the schools by preference at any time.

The "My Chances" tab allows you to see where your current SAT or ACT scores place you in relation to last year’s admitted students at each college on your list.

We establish a tailored plan with you, with priorities and deadlines.

Once your college list is established, you will need to decide with us whether you should apply under Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision to the colleges on your list. This requires our explanation of the pros and cons of each application option as it pertains to you.

Your essays are managed under GuidedPath and its Edswell's Essay Organizer showing each college’s required essay topics and word limits:

This GuidedPath feature also offers detailed information from "The College Essay Guy" on writing your personal statement and answering the supplemental questions for each college. You IESolutions consultant will work closely with you on every aspect of your essay preparation.

What About Applying for Financial Aid?

Your IESolutions consultant will provide detailed focused information on completing the FAFSA, applying for merit scholarships, comparing aid packages, understanding loans and other key financial items.

The College Affordability Shaper allows parents to enter data from their tax return and receive a preliminary Estimated Family Contribution figure, and therefore understand what amount colleges may be expected them to pay for the first year of college.

The fun part: Review admission decisions and financial aid packages. Decide on your college!

  • Visit final colleges again, if needed
  • Discuss priorities/impressions with your IESolutions consultant
  • Contact financial aid/admissions as needed with specific questions
  • Pick you college!
  • In late summer, your IESolutions consultant may have suggestions on first year courses to take, and can answer any other questions.
  • Start packing!

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