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August 1, 2013
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CollegeStartOnline provides one-on-one university and college admissions assistance including personal and supplemental essay writing, college search & strategy, interview coaching, resume building, counseling, guidance with independent research projects, and much, much, more. Plus, CollegeStartOnline has extensive experience helping homeschooled students!

With CollegeStartOnline students (and their parents) choose the desired level of assistance--the Common Application Package plus Additional Services as necessary. CollegeStartOnline's two eBooks, How to Jumpstart the College Application Process and Writing the Common Application with Consistency, Initiative, Passion are provided to each student regardless of the level of assistance chosen--

Common Application Package

1. Activity List

Well-crafted descriptions of your student's high school accomplishments - short, succinct, and powerful.

2. Personal Essay

A 650 word essay that conveys both your student's personality and intellectual capabilities. This essay is strategic; bringing out the story in your student that will wake up the admissions committee.

3. Additional Information Page

With the new Common Application 4, this page is even more important than in past years. Add additional awards or explain why your student's grades fell in one particular year.

4. eBook

How to Jumpstart the College Application Process

A step-by-step approach explaining how to write the Common Application, prepare for an interview, and choose a college.

5. Another eBook!

Writing the Common Application with Consistency, Initiative, Passion

A more focused look at the Common Application for 2013-14.

6. Resume

A professional document of your student's academic and extracurricular activities - have your student take it to interviews and college fairs. Bonus - use resume for getting after-school and summer jobs!

Additional Services

1. College Search & Strategy

A matching and strategy process to put your student into the college of his/her choice! We create a checklist with a time table to keep your student focused - and so s/he does the right thing at the right time. This may be the most important part of the application process.

2. Supplement Questions

A further statement into what defines and distinguishes your student from every other person applying to college and what matches your student's goals to the strengths of the individual college. Very important.

3. Interview Coaching

Mock interviews and an in-depth analysis of your student's strengths and opportunities for improvement. The first interview is with one coach who helps crafts your student's answers; the second interview ( if needed) is with a different coach who gives your student a very formal interview, no stopping, just 25 minutes of straight questioning.

4. Independent Research Projects - Key to Success

If your student is applying to Ivies or on the bubble at any college, your research project puts your student into the "let's take another look at this student". Many colleges have now included a section in the supplement to elaborate on independent research.

CollegeStartOnline Helps Homeschool Students with the College Admissions Process


Having worked with a number of homeschooled students over the last several years, CollegeStartOnline has found that there are some important additions to the Common Application that must be made. Homeschooled students apply in the same way that traditional high school students apply, but their applications should sparkle above and beyond.

The admissions committees place greater emphasis on your SAT/ACT scores to compare you to the traditional student and then very closely analyze your written documents to determine your ability to function and thrive in a college environment.

You will no longer be "at home" learning, but you must be "at home" living in a dormitory and participating in class discussions. Admissions committees will look for those traits in your application that have been seen in past homeschooled students who have been successful at their colleges.

Based on experience, CollegeStartOnline knows what those traits are.
Student Testimonies

"I wrote a Personal Essay prior to working with Joan and CollegeStartOnline. After Joan's analysis, I ripped it up and started over. I totally got what she was saying. Joan suggested a different topic to bring out different traits in my personality. We worked together for about an hour, she checked in every 20 minutes to make sure I was on the right path, and then it was like magic, a great essay was completed."

Sarah, Providence

"ED to Columbia! We can't thank Joan enough for guiding my son through the Common Application and Supplement Questions. She explained how to apply as a homeschooled student in detail. The stress that we felt as parents diminished as soon as she took over. We really had no idea what we doing. Thanks again, forever grateful."

Julia and Sam, Ojai

CollegeStartOnline had a GRAND SLAM of ALL Ivy League colleges this year!

Please call or e-mail to set up a free consultation. CollegeStartOnline can help your student sparkle!



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