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We call it The Way There,
your passport to the future.


our 3 phase approach

arrow Our Vision

We help our students be who they are on their best days so that they can live in the realm of hopes and dreams.

We give people back their spirit and freedom by showing them that they do not need to compromise – we stick to Plan A.

arrow Our Mission

Options for College helps students and families get into and get the most out of college. We are different because we use a proven program, The Way There, with a three-phase, ten-step curriculum that sets the standard for what college guidance is supposed to be.

Our success is measured by student acceptance rates that are higher than those of other students with the same SAT scores and grades, and better grades and outcomes once students are in college. Getting in is wonderful, but knowing what college is and how to navigate it ultimately leads to making the most of the college experience. Our students are assets to their respective colleges and bring measurable passion and goals to school with them.

In short, Options for College sets a real standard for “college preparation,” where students know what college is and how to get in.

x10 sessions that guide you through the 3 phases of the college admissions process as outlined in our manual The Way There

xPrivate online tracking for all activities, documents, and application materials

xWeekly clients-only insider emails and reminders, and handouts and recommendations after each session

xFull phone & email support throughout

xMembership in Sic Itur Ad Astra, our lifelong professional development network

x For high school students: Full Service | Plus Years | OFC INCREASE

x Beyond high school: Full Service, Transfer | MBA, Master's, Ph.D. Counseling

Get started with an Initial Consultation, in person or online. Call 877-OFC-INTL or visit our contact page to schedule yours.

The Options for College three-phase approach

1. Collection

Getting the five key groups of stakeholders on the same page with you in terms of who you are and who you want to be. This stage includes outreach, resume writing and interview prep.  

2. Selection

Putting together a list of 10-12 schools, 1-3 high priority schools, and using decision-making analysis to determine where to apply early. Your counselor and you will work to select colleges and universities that will help you reach your academic/professional aspirations, that match your strengths, and give you a community in which you can best grow. We make sure you love where you are going.

3. Application

Going through every essay and form, adhering to the standard of the best application possible. Your counselor and you now know what your strengths are, what experiences have been significant for you, and where you are interested in applying.  This is the phase in which these ideas are put onto paper and told to the world.

Collection: Taking Self-Inventory

Reaching out to colleges
Practice interviews
Collecting transcripts/scores
Creating resumes and activity sheets

Selection: The perfect college list

Discussing what to expect from the college experience
Understanding safety/scholarship, realistic and reach schools
Early application strategy
Creating connections on campus

Application: The best materials possible

The Common App and beyond
Standard (and not-so-standard) supplements
Comprehensive essay editing and advising
Scores, recs, and all the admissions factors

Services for high school students

Full service

Comprehensive guidance through the college selection and application process, based on our three-phase, ten session approach called The Way There. This is the service that helps you get into and get the most out of college. Full Service students get in at much higher rates, are happier and do better in college, and graduate into a world of possibilities.

For students in their application year (begins in January of the junior year of high school)

 

Highlights

10 60-minute counseling sessions (in-person or remote)
Session-specific handouts and materials after each session
Free phone and e-mail support from your counselor
Your own account on our private application tracking system
Resume building and practice college interviews
Summer activity recommendations and research
Help with building the perfect college list and connecting with colleges and faculty
Weekly clients-only e-mail reminders and recommendations
Help with college recommendations and necessary school paperwork

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Plus years

For students who are not in their application year (which begins in January of the junior year), the Full Service is extended to “Plus Years” to cover four main themes: course choice, resume building, summer planning, and test selection.

This service is appropriate for students in ninth or tenth grades, or in the fall of their junior year.

 

Highlights

5 60-minute counseling sessions (in-person or remote) in each non-application year
Notes after each session
Free phone and e-mail support from your counselor
Your own account on our private application tracking system
Resume building and practice interviews
Summer activity recommendations and research
Advice on course selection and standardized tests
Weekly clients-only e-mail reminders and recommendations

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Beyond high school

Full service, transfer

Options for College Undergraduate Full Service, adjusted to the timeline and context of a college transfer.

Appropriate for current college students looking to move on to a new, better college setting.

Transfer admissions is very different from freshman admissions in terms of how to apply effectively. Specifically tailored to the transfer process, this plan helps students address time off, making new connections, and all the reasons that students decide to leave their current college situations.

 

Highlights

10 60-minute counseling sessions (in-person or remote)
Session-specific handouts and materials after each session
Comprehensive phone and e-mail support from your counselor
Your own account on our private application tracking system
Resume building and practice college interviews
Summer activity recommendations and research
Help with building the perfect college list and connecting with colleges and faculty
Weekly clients-only e-mail reminders and recommendations
Help with college recommendations and necessary school paperwork

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Full service, Master's, MBA, and Ph.D candidates

Full service for prospective graduate students. Similar to our standard full service, but more application- and professionally-focused, as befits clients who are further along in their careers.

Prospective graduate students often approach the graduate school admissions process in an identical way to the college application process. Especially for pre-professional and doctoral programs, this is a tremendous error.  The graduate school admissions process has completely unique standards, goals, and procedures. Qualified graduate students should approach the process in anticipation of being the best candidate for all admissions and merit awards.

Though we typically work with business and academic program applicants, we have also helped law and medical school applicants gain entry to their first choices.

 

Highlights

10 60-minute counseling sessions (in-person or remote)
Session-specific handouts and materials after each session
Comprehensive phone and e-mail support from your counselor
Your own account on our private application tracking system
Resume building and practice college interviews
Summer activity recommendations and research
Help with building the college list and connecting with colleges and faculty
Weekly clients-only e-mail reminders and recommendations
Help with recommendations and necessary school paperwork

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22 E. 41st St, 3rd Floor | New York NY 10017

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