Collegiate Gateway: Our Philosophy

Collegiate Gateway is founded on the belief that college is a significant life experience that benefits from knowledgeable, individualized planning. As college and career counselors, we are dedicated to providing each student with personalized, dedicated and expert guidance to help them realize their educational potential and achieve their professional goals.

An Individualized Approach 

We begin working with students and their parents as early as 8th or 9th grade to develop a knowledgeable, in-depth relationship. By working with a student throughout their high school career, we gain a true understanding of each student’s individual strengths, talents, interests and preferences. We use this foundational knowledge to help guide and inform families, and help students to discover and explore new passions. As certified Master Practitioners of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, we can help students not only to identify innate personality, strengths and interests, but to become aware of their own preferred styles of learning, decision-making, communication, teamwork and leadership. We design an individualized college plan for each student – from choosing “best-fit” colleges to developing personal essay topics to representing themselves effectively in the interview process – that is uniquely suited to helping him or her to succeed.

Integrated Services, Holistic Perspective

We take an integrated and holistic approach, offering a full array of college consulting services specially designed to help you make the most informed college decisions possible. Our services begin with high school planning, which includes identifying the most appropriate courses and activities to enable each student to reach his or her full potential. From there, we guide students through every step of the process, from determining the most appropriate colleges to visit, to overseeing the essay and application process, to making the final college choice! Every aspect of the application is optimized and coordinated – including supplementary materials and recommendations – to strengthen each student’s candidacy for admission. We also provide additional specialty services, and have a wealth of experience consulting high school students on math, science and social science research projects and national competitions, such as the Intel Science Talent Search. We often continue to work with students throughout college as well, providing guidance on majors, internships, employment, and study abroad programs. We also advise on graduate and professional school admissions, as well as career paths.

Expert Knowledge

We believe that expert guidance requires expert knowledge!  We attend national conferences of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counselors), where we share information with colleagues and admissions officers. Additionally, we travel throughout the country to visit (and re-visit) colleges and graduate school programs. We meet with admissions officers, students and faculty in order to maintain up-to-date knowledge of higher education institutions’ admissions priorities, campus culture and academic programs. As a result, we can present students and parents with an informed selection of colleges and grad schools that meet their needs and preferences, and can advise on all aspects of the admissions process.

 Accessibility

In order to provide truly personalized services, accessibility and responsiveness throughout the process is essential. We work through ongoing in-person, videochat, phone and email consultations with students and parents. To that end, we use the latest technology to provide clients with access to valuable information, and to make our collaboration as efficient as possible. Current clients can login to their own Student Portal, which enables students to keep track of action plans, college lists and standardized testing; and to explore a multitude of college information resources. In addition, clients can schedule appointments online. Collegiate Gateway also has an established social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow us and check out our blog and newsletter, Collegiate Courier, for the latest news about college, graduate school and careers.

To find out more about our services, or to schedule an initial phone call or appointment, please visit www.collegiategateway.com.

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