Our Comprehensive Package
We guide high school students through every step of the college application process. Often students and parents are shocked at the complexity of today’s application requirements, and feel unsure of the necessary strategies and timing of submitting applications.
Beginning with an in-depth process of discovering each student’s individual desires for their college journey, we guide students in planning and preparing for admission exams (SAT and ACT), writing their best essay(s), and completing all college applications with the overarching goal of presenting each student to colleges in the strongest light.
Steps to a successful college application:
- SAT and ACT preparation – A strong admissions test score may open a variety of possibilities for a student, including significantly increasing scholarship opportunities and expanding a student’s potential college list. Preparation starts early; our expert analysis and development of an individualized study plan for either the SAT or ACT provides the student with the opportunity to achieve their highest score. Study materials, at least 2 proctored practice tests, and a individualized testing plan are included. Whether we have 6 months or 6 weeks before the test, we put together a plan that works for the student.
- Building the perfect college list – This is a process that we spend a great deal of time on, for good reason. Based on the needs/desires of our students, we consider academic, social and financial fit, matching students with a definitive list that students and parents appreciate. Using our extensive experience and knowledge of colleges throughout the country, along with our many well-proven resources, our students are ready to apply to great colleges, selected for them. Additionally, we advise students about Early Decision and Early Application choices. Students will write their strongest resume and get expert advice on college visits, scholarship opportunities, teacher recommendations, and interview prep. Students will receive a Monumental Beginnings College Application Binder with resource materials on all topics. Students will also have unlimited access to Guided Path, a proprietary college application tracking software program. Our consultant will assist student in completing all applications, including the Common Application, Coalition Application or college-specific application.
- Writing your best essay – Whether applying to one college or ten, our expert essay writing coach guides each student in crafting the their best personal application essay. This very personal, introspective essay unlike any of the papers they have written in high school. Using face-to-face meetings as well as electronic feedback on shared documents, our coach guides students through brainstorming ideas, drafting and editing, and finalizing each essay. Our essay coach will help students every step of the way until they have written their personal best!
- Unlimited Q and A with your consultants – Every student is different, and every situation is unique: feel confident that every question will be answered as you navigate the process. We’re here with you from start to finish!
Senior Cram Package
This package is designed for students who desire expert guidance on the college application process only. This package includes building the college list, writing the resume, and initiating all applications. Consultant will advise student on college visits, scholarship opportunities, and teacher recommendations. (See detailed descriptions under Comprehensive Package and Specific Services Provided).
This package includes up to 10 individual meetings (approximately 90 -120 minutes each). The meetings include an initial meeting with both student and parents to discuss goals, desires and college affordability. Students will receive the Monumental Beginnings College Application Binder, and have unlimited access to Guided Path while enrolled in the package. Students typically enroll in this package during the summer before senior year.
Optional: Students desiring essay coaching can arrange for this service for an additional fee of 500.00 for a maximum of three essays. Additional packages can be purchased as needed. Because of the potential importance of the college essay to the student’s overall application strength, in most cases we strongly recommend that student opt for essay coaching with our expert. Some students may also want to get expert coaching for scholarship essays, honors program essays or supplemental application essays.
Our consultants can provide any of the above services, including SAT/ACT test prep, essay coaching, or college application assistance on an hourly basis. There is a minimum hourly fee for some services. Hourly fee is $100/hour.
Essay Coaching Package
Working with students one-on-one and virtually on shared electronic documents, our coach will guide students through the entire writing process from brainstorming to essay submission for a maximum of three essays.
Our SAT/ACT test prep tutors assess students’ learning styles, areas for review, and reinforce skills necessary for success. Our one-on-one tutoring includes materials, a testing plan, and continued support and encouragement. Includes one proctored practice test.
(Maximum of 15 hours)
We require that all students and parents schedule an initial consultation with our consultants. During this meeting, students and parents will learn more about Monumental Beginnings’ package offerings to determine which package will be the right fit for their needs. This one-hour meeting is $60, and will be applied to any selected package.
Specific services provided:
Student Profile Analysis – We analyze current transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, personal history, along with results of proprietary surveys and questionnaires. This gives us insight to the student’s personal interests and match potential for specific colleges
College Admission Plan – We evaluate the student’s overall admission application strength, and advise on potential admissibility to specific colleges. We prepare timelines for all applications and basic financial aid forms.
Academic Guidance – We assist freshmen, sophomores and juniors in making decisions on high school schedules based on the student’s college goals, potential majors, or areas of interest and past performance.
Standardized Test Preparation – After a thorough analysis of the student’s test taking skills, either through previous testing or practice testing given by Monumental Beginnings, we teach and prepare students how to tackle either the SAT or ACT exam. We give recommendations on which tests to take and when to take them. We continue to work with the student until the student, parent, and consultant agree that testing has been maximized.
College List Development – We build the initial college list (usually 10-12 colleges), based on all the collected information, ensuring each college is a “match” (strong potential for acceptance) and a good “fit” (meets the student’s and parent’s needs/desires, including academic, social and financial fit). If requested, will include “reach” colleges. We assist the student in continually refining this list, until the final college list is achieved. All material required for each college is outlined (including all required essays), all deadlines are tracked and reviewed, and students are given timely feedback.
Resume/Activity Sheet Guidance – Our students will prepare a strongly written resume, based on their extracurricular activities. Resumes will be used for some applications and potential scholarships. We assist students to decide which activities to include in the application, and the best way to rank order and explain them.
Application Completion – Multiple college application platforms, including Common Application, Coalition Application, state-specific applications (California, Texas, Florida, etc.), and specific high school requirements make the application process extremely complex. We keep students organized and on task throughout the entire process. Through Guided Path, we create the student’s unique admissions planning timeline and calendar. We guide each student on the best type of application for each college, include Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision or other options.
Application Essay – As we get to know students, their lives and their activities, we are able to coach them in writing their best college admission essays. From the initial idea to the final, polished and professional written pieces, our essay coach works with students individually.
Interview Preparation – Although few colleges require interviews, many offer the optional interview, either on campus or with alumni. Some scholarships, including service academies and ROTC, also require interviews. We assist the student with a mock interview, teaching how to answer questions effectively and ask insightful questions.
Teacher Recommendation Guidance – We advise students on how to strategically select the appropriate recommenders, and how to effectively request written recommendations.
Monumental Beginnings Application Binder – Students receive an individualized binder containing valuable written source material that support each of the separate processes involved in the college application process.
Access to Guided Path – Students and parents receive personal access to our proprietary College Admission and Application software program. This program provides a powerful college search engine, accurate application timelines and deadlines, valuable data regarding acceptance rates, financial requirements, graduation rates and other critical data necessary for the application process.