Our Services

With a team that has over 30 years combined experience, CollegeThoughts is taking a new look at the complexity of applying to college. With our deep knowledge of moving to, through, and beyond college, we extend this partnership into career exploration and development. Our student-minded team is dedicated to demystifying the process, making it more of a personal exploration. And with team members hailing from places like Princeton, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Stanford and Columbia, we know the world of elite schools intimately. We aid students using the following a la carte services:

Test Preparation

What Are Your Challenges?

No two students need the same amount of assistance to prepare for college standardized testing. We will create a testing plan that addresses your needs. We help students prepare for the SAT or ACT through virtual sessions with a tutor, online practice tests, and mock testing. On a limited basis, we can even provide one-on-one assistance in your home in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware).

College Application Assistance

Tell a Strong Story

Using the new counselor feature of the Common Application, our counselors can gain access to your profile so that we can review your application, proofread for simple errors and make suggestions for adjustments that may make a stronger presentation of your story. Students are encouraged to consider how each individual answer – every activity, short answer question or additional item – contributes to the overall story that the application is attempting to tell.

Private School Application Assistance

Make Yourself Memorable

We can help you to strategize for a successful application process to private schools that best match what your family is looking for, helping you write effective essays for your application, answer interview questions in memorable ways, and set yourself apart from other applicants in the pool.

College Planning

Plan to Succeed

Keith, our founder, was told not to apply to Princeton because no one from his high school matriculated there in 20 years. Students are often illogically dissuaded from applying to elite schools, but we help students to take calculated risks and find the best college fit. Instead of starting from the perspective of what colleges are looking for, we concentrate on what you are thinking and help you to create a college list that will be a good fit for you and your goals. We can be a sounding board for a list that have already started to develop or help you to build a list if you just aren’t sure where to begin.

College Essay Writing

Stand Out From the Pack

One of our students was admitted to Yale by writing about her first kiss and another to the University of Pennsylvania by writing about her favorite ice cream flavors. Students are often seeking to write the most unique essay possible, but we believe that the easiest way to do that is to tell your own story. Using our unique brainstorming exercise, we will find out the pieces of your story that colleges will be most interested in learning more about and help you to construct essays that will stand out from the pack.

Career Exploration

What's Next?

Through their out-of-class experiences, students test and stretch their skills, interests, and values. Many wonder how all this “fits” into the world beyond campus. We guide them in exploring a wide range of options, some as yet unfamiliar, that seem to offer a good “fit.” Tailored programs and coaching with assessments, research, and experimentation help students work smarter, not harder, through this four-year-long process. Our Next Steps Advisor supports students through making decisions and applying for majors, internships, and moving into their first jobs or further education.

The Price of Success

Costs vary according to the level of experience of the coach. CollegeThoughts has a team of very qualified educators. You can learn more about them on our About Page. Our Associate College Advisors work with students at $100/hr. Our college advisors are educators with years of experience who love helping students reach their full potential for which we charge $150/hr. Our Lead Advisor, who is responsible for training the advising team, charges $200/hr. And working with Keith, our founder, costs $250/hr.

Let Us Help You Today!

CollegeThoughts is the partner that you need to provide your high-achieving student with the tools that they need to increase access to top caliber colleges. Click on the button below and fill out the form to get started on the path to better schools and options.