Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How is Road to College™ different from other college counseling services?
A. Road to College’s services are unique in two distinct ways: they are more
affordable and more accessible than any other service in the market. Because
the services are offered online through our website, costs to families are
substantially lower than they would be with a private consultant. However, the
quality of service is still top-notch as Road to College employs a network of
former admissions counselors from schools such as Harvard and Boston College to
provide the expert advice that parents and students need to navigate the
college admissions process.
Q. Isn’t private college counseling more for students who are trying to get
into the top schools?
A. With more and more students attending college and being better prepared for
the admissions process, college counseling service is valuable for students at
all levels. And because Road to College’s services are affordable even for
families on a budget, all students have access to quality counseling services.
President and Founder Chuck Hughes is the author of What it Really Takes to Get
Into the Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges, and a former
admissions officer from Harvard. The principals outlined in his book although
designed to help students interested in the top schools, are applicable to all
students through Road to College’s services, regardless of what type of school
they are interested in attending.
Q. What does college counseling involve?
A. Road to College offers a tiered approach to college counseling, allowing
parents and students to determine what level of counseling is appropriate for
them. Admissions Revue™ is a comprehensive solution that assesses students’
skills, interests, academic performance and admissions potential and provides a
long-term plan for the college application process. Other services include
private counseling, career pathing, application preparation, essay editing and
mock interviews, all designed to provide an admissions officer’s perspective on
a student’s credentials.
Q. What are schools really looking for when they review applications? Isn’t
college admissions primarily a numbers game?
A. When schools review an admissions application, they are essentially building
a class. They want to ensure that your individual talents, skills, and academic
prowess, combined with those of your fellow classmates, will combine to create
a successful class that the school can be proud of. Therefore, schools are
searching for students who can offer “the whole package,” or who posses a
combination of good grades, extracurricular activates, and personal traits that
will allow them to contribute fully to their classes. Road to College can help
put together a long-term plan for students early in their high school years to
ensure that they round out their profiles. In addition, its network of former
admissions counselors can provide expert advice to junior and seniors on how to
present their activities and accomplishments in the college application to
allow them to get noticed by school admissions offices.