College Planning Questions
Why do I need a Milestone college advisor if I have a guidance counselor at school?
Milestone advisors do not replace high school guidance counselors; we work cooperatively to augment the services that in-school counselors provide. However, guidance counselors have significant responsibilities and are tasked with helping many students. According to an article published in the New York Times, the average counselor to student ratio in public high schools across the country is approximately 500:1.
Milestone advisors are able to get to know students and develop an individualized college plan that meets the needs of the student and the family as a whole. In addition, Milestone advisors visit college campuses, attend conferences and workshops, and participate in ongoing continuing education to provide the highest level of expertise and service, enabling us to help our students meet their unique academic and personal goals.
When should my student begin meeting with a Milestone college advisor?
Some students begin meeting with Milestone advisors as early as eighth grade to begin the planning process. Other students meet with an advisor at different points during high school, depending on their unique needs. We offer a range of services which include course selection, resume building, summer activity recommendations, standardized test preparation, college essay writing support, application assistance, and financial aid/scholarship guidance and career counseling. As such, students from eighth grade to post-college graduation can benefit from meeting with Milestone advisors to address individual needs.
What if I do not need all of the college counseling services? Do you offer flexible packages and pricing?
Our flexible pricing model is part of what makes Milestone unique. We realize that every student has different needs. For those families who want the full array of college advising services, we do offer packages, but many of our families choose to work on an hourly basis, selecting some (or all) of our services without having to commit to large up-front costs.
I see that the founder of Milestone, Jen McKenzie, is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Is this important?
Membership in IECA not only provides extensive opportunities for continuing counselor education, it also requires its members to a maintain the highest standard of professional practices and ethics. The IECA philosophy, which focuses on helping students find their “best fit” college, aligns closely with the Milestone mission.