We welcome the opportunity to work with all students and their families and we work on a first-come, first-served basis. We typically sell out of our comprehensive consulting packages including our annual August Boot Camp® programs for rising high school seniors and our one-on-one direct consulting packages. Our students represent many different academic, extracurricular, and cultural backgrounds. Each student has unique goals and we focus on finding the college or graduate school that will be the best academic match and social fit for each individual student. Our objective is to maximize students’ college and graduate school choices.
We have varying schedules so that we can be as accommodating as possible. Our office hours are officially Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). However, we often arrange evening and weekend appointments as well. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and we are often available during major holiday and school breaks.
Do Dr. Michele Hernandez, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, and Maria Laskaris work directly with students?
Yes, Dr. Michele Hernandez, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, and Maria Laskaris work with middle school and high school students; however, they take on only a limited number of students each year through their one-on-one packages. They also work with all rising seniors in our summer four-day Application Boot Camp program. Dr. Kristen Willmott also works directly with graduate school applicants (law school, MBA, PhD, Master’s). Please contact us to enquire about availability for your student. Regardless of whether Michele, Mimi, Kristen, or Maria works personally with your student, we can assure you that all of our staff members, including our Senior Counselors, undergo rigorous and regular admissions training and preparation. Our clients receive personalized one-on-one guidance, and also benefit from the collective knowledge of our entire team.
Why is it important that I look for a consulting firm with staff members who have actual admissions office experience?
Recent United States Department of Education statistics indicate that U.S. public high school students receive an average of 38 minutes of personal advising on college admission and there is an average ratio of 476 students to every 1 high school college counselor. Also, over 40% of U.S. public and private high school students hire a college consultant to assist with at least one aspect of their admissions applications. We feel that personalized one-on-one admissions consulting has become a necessity when it comes to top college or graduate school admissions and acceptance because there are so few spots at the most competitive programs.
Top Tier Admissions® does indeed offer some packages that are expensive. However, we urge parents to consider our admissions consulting packages as an educational and career investment for their children. The modern reality is that four years of private college can exceed $200,000 and four years of public college averages $80,000. We feel it’s “worth it” to ensure that a student gains acceptance to a college or graduate school program that is the best fit for his/her academic interests, aptitudes, educational goals, and career track.
How does Top Tier Admissions® match Senior Counselors with students for Essay Packages and Personal Boot Camp?
An independent counselor can supplement your school counselor’s efforts by providing additional personalized guidance throughout the college admissions process. This can include working with you to develop a balanced college list, helping you create your activity list, preparing you for interviews and college visits, explaining the admissions process to you, and helping you with brainstorming and editing components of the application. We guide students and their families through every step of the college admissions process so they can identify the colleges (or graduate school programs) that will be the best academic and social fit for them. We then work with each student to help him or her portray the most comprehensive representation of who they are to the admissions committees of their chosen colleges. An independent counselor will not contact an admissions office on behalf of the student, nor can an independent counselor “get” a student admitted. Be wary of anyone who promises to get you into an Ivy League college – no one can guarantee admission and this premise violates the ethics of the profession.
I just have a few questions about my student. Can I talk to you about his odds at College X and College Y if I give you his GPA and test scores?
Our admissions guidance depends upon factors and information unique to your student and his/her academic and personal history and goals. Therefore, we need to perform a thorough review of your student’s history in order to provide advice and accurate, comprehensive answers to questions. Hence, we do not provide advice or guidance on college or graduate school admissions odds to students for whom we have not written a personalized student report –and we cannot write this report for students who are not our clients.
My student only needs help with some aspects of the application or admissions process. Do you offer less comprehensive services?
We can customize a program to provide as much or as little help as your student needs or wants. Our comprehensive consulting programs include college counseling, application preparation guidance and academic support. Students can work with us to solidify the college list, create a resume, prepare for interviews and campus visits, and/or brainstorm and receive feedback on their application essays. Students can also work with our tutors through our tutoring packages for standardized test preparation. Additionally, we offer several smaller packages including our Essay Guidance Package and Common App 911 for families who would prefer to focus on a specific component of the application process.
In recent years we have partnered with several nonprofit organizations in New York and Massachusetts, including the Reach NYC program, Tenacity in Boston, and the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation in Framingham, MA working to bring college admissions guidance to underprivileged students and first-generation college applicants. Please contact us if you are a nonprofit U.S. organization focused on underprivileged college student access and seeking to partner with Top Tier Admissions.