FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  Why do I need to enlist a service like Indy College Mentors? 

A:  The college admission process is only getting more complex with time.  Colleges and universities are getting more and more competitive for a variety of reasons.  There are more applicants.  There are better applicants.  As a result, schools have a greater number of applications and can be more selective.  A moderately selective school that was five years ago relatively selective and would accept a student with a 3.5 GPA and average test scores might well not admit that student today.  Plus, you are special!  You deserve to be treated liked you’re special!  We provide personalized, tailored service that is specific to your very unique skillset, interests and goals!  At Indy College Mentors, it’s all about you.  Isn’t that the way it should be?

 

Q:  How much will this service cost?

A:  As we already mentioned, you are special – and you’re unique.  No two students are alike.  Therefore, we won’t be doing the exact same services the same for any two clients.  We can talk with you, discuss your objectives and goals, and try to create a tailored plan that will meet your needs and not break the bank!  Previous clients have found that we provide affordable, cost-effective service that will prove to be well worth it in the long run.

 

Q:  Can I get admitted to my “reach” school?

A:  Quite possibly.  At Indy College Mentors, we believe anything is possible.  We advise students holistically, which is to say that we hold to a philosophy that you should have a well-rounded approach, creating a breadth of options for you.  Having said that, we believe you should shoot for the stars!  If your dream is to attend an Ivy-League school, we will do everything we possibly can do to help you achieve that dream.

 

Q:  “How” will we conduct our meetings and planning sessions?

A:  If you’re located in the central Indiana area, we’ll be pleased to meet you wherever you like.  We have counseled with students quite often in public libraries, or in neutral, fun locations like a Starbucks.  If you are outside of the area, as many of our clients have been, we can work together by telephone or Skype (whichever you may prefer).

MYTH BUSTING

Myth:  Getting into an Ivy League School is a “lottery”

Reality:  Getting into an Ivy League School is anything but a lottery.  Admissions people are professionals with a difficult charge.  This year’s application pool to Harvard included 3,800 students who were ranked first in their high school classes (blogs.nytimes.com).  For this reason, Admissions officers must look holistically at applicants.  How active have you been?  How compelling and creative is your essay? (that’s a biggie!) Do you have some particular areas of strength like music or other performing arts, athletics or have you exhibited special strengths in entrepreneurship or creative writing or mathematics?  In other words, what do you bring to the table and how will you contribute to the overall life of the campus?  It is NOT a lottery.

 

Myth:  Admissions people probably aren’t “on my side”

Reality:  Admissions people are, generally, seasoned professionals who are NOT used car salesman.  They are interested in your well-being and, typically, if a person is not admitted to an institution, they believe that it’s ultimately because that person is not a good fit for the institution.  It’s not because of anything personal.  It’s been our experience, through the years, that most all admissions officers are extremely professional and extremely committed to students.

 

Myth:  It probably doesn’t make any difference whether I visit a campus

Reality:  It makes all the difference in the world if you visit campus and exhibit other signs of interest.  “Demonstrated interest” is an increasingly important variable in a college application consideration.  It is important to visit campus (multiple times), stay in touch with your admissions counselor and, in general, let them know you’re interested.

 

Myth:  If I go to a school nobody’s heard of, I won’t be able to get a job

Reality:  Our nation’s leaders (in medicine, law, civic service, teaching and in virtually every other field) is chalk full of folks who went to schools you’ve never heard of.  Don’t disqualify a school from consideration because you’ve never heard of it.