Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
Is a college admissions counselor valuable only to students seeking highly selective colleges?
I am a strong B-plus student, and have participated in few extracurricular activities. Would you be able to help me, too?
Answer:
Of course! Given the competitive environment of college admissions, it is important that you pursue your goals with the correct information that will enable you to enhance your special talents. You can benefit greatly from someone assisting you through this process to make you stand out from others of equal academic achievement levels.

Question:
Sometimes school counselors tell students that it is not necessary to engage the services of a college admissions advisor. What does a college admission advisor offer that a school counselor cannot or does not offer?
Answer:
Be aware that your high-school counselor is a critical component of the college admissions process and you should carefully listen to his/her advice.   However, school counselors generally deal with a multitude of issues, such as class scheduling and behavioral/family issues, and may be required to deal with a large school student population. Your college admission/application process is the single duty of the Independent College Admissions Counselor.  
Be certain that you select a College Admission Counselor who adheres to the ethical standards and practices set forth by membership in the following organizations:

  • The National Association of College Admission Counseling
  • Western Association of College Admission Counseling

Margie is a member of both organizations and enthusiastically supports and adheres to the ethics and principles that membership requires.

When choosing a College Admission Counselor, ask about credentials including degrees, certifications, and licenses. How often and extensively do they visit college campuses? When a counselor suggests a college for your child, you should ask “Have you been there?” How does the counselor stay current? Does the counselor regularly attend meetings of professional groups and attend major conferences?  
You might ask your high school counselor about his/her experience with the College Admission Counselor you are considering. 

Question:
Do you take students who are not in the Sacramento area?
Answer:
YES!  Although there are some minor disadvantages, Margie has established successful counseling relationships with students from the following high schools: Lodi, Tokay, Davis, Bear River, Granite Bay, and Oakridge. 

Question:
How many college applications do you think students should complete?
Answer:  
It is not the number of applications but the appropriateness of the selection and the quality of your actual applications that are the important issues. Based upon your questionnaire responses, our discussions, and my research, I will present a written list of schools for you to consider. There will be a range of colleges based upon your interests, needs, and qualifications. I will guide you throughout the process.

Question:
I have significant financial needs that must be met if I am accepted by certain colleges. Should I even bother to apply to these colleges if my family cannot afford the tuition?
Answer:
Initially, cost should not be a factor in selecting the colleges to which you wish to apply. Remember, Margie has a CPA license and an MBA degree. She can help you through the financial aid and scholarship process. 

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