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- California has worst counselor to student ratio in the nation
September 23, 2009, San Francisco, CA….. As college admission becomes increasingly competitive, receiving personal application advice can mean the difference between acceptance and denial for many students. To compound the problem, high school counseling resources are severely stretched. According to the independent, non-profit organization EdSource (http://www.edsource.org/iss_fin_FAQ_cacompares.html), California has just one counselor for every 1,000 students, and the national average is only one for every five hundred.
Private college admissions consultants have become popular in recent years, with Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons pointing out in The New York Times on September 15th that some students have consulted with private counselors since middle school. Yet with prices as high as hundreds of dollars per hour, such mentoring has been accessible to only the wealthiest of students, giving them a relative advantage in the application process.
This is why an experienced group of former college admissions officers from Stanford, Harvard, Brown and other top universities have come together to offer affordable on-line advising services at www.iAdmissions.com.
“Every student deserves an equal chance to tell their story. Expensive private counselors and essay writers give some an unfair advantage,” said former Stanford University Senior Associate Director of Admission and iAdmissions Board Advisor Dr. Jon Reider. “iAdmissions is making that privilege available to everyone. Internet technologies are really changing the face of college admissions.”
Founded this year, iAdmissions is a unique network of former college admissions officers that use online technology to provide personalized and affordable guidance on the college admissions process. In addition to hosting a series of free webinars accessible to all, iAdmissions opens doors by offering affordable counseling services to every student, regardless of income level.
“The college application essay can be the scariest part of the whole process. Will my essay make a difference? Will it catch the eye of the admissions committee? Will it honestly portray ‘who I am?’ In iAdmissions’ ExpertCoaching, an experienced admissions officer will guide you through the process and ease the anxiety too,” said Kit Muller, iAdmissions Counselor and a former admissions counselor at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.
The ExpertReview and ExpertCoaching programs help students strengthen essays, differentiate themselves, and tell their story. iAdmissions services are available for both incoming freshman and transfer students.
For more information to help relieve the stress and cost of the college application process, including free tip sheets and live webinars, visit www.iAdmissions.com.
Dr. Jon Reider and Kit Muller are experienced commentators on national admissions issues and are available for both live and recorded interviews through the above media contact.