Frequently Asked Questions

Why hire a college consultant?


The benefits of working with a college consultant include: * personalized support * first-hand knowledge of a wide variety of university campuses * professional insight into the application process and admission trends * impartial advice with emphasis on academic, social, and financial fit, including merit and financial aid * reduced anxiety and stress for families and students As a member of the IECA and NEACAC, Sharon adheres to best practices in the industry and attends regional and national workshops and conferences to stay up-to-date on changes in the field. She also tours over 20 college campuses each year to continuously expand her professional knowledge and better serve her clients.




When is the best time to get started on college planning?


We work with students as early as 8th and 9th grade, helping them choose their high school courses, extra-curricular activities, and summer programs. It's also a good idea to get an early start on strategies for financing the high cost of college. In sophomore year we begin planning for standardized testing and exploring potential majors and careers. The bulk of our work in junior year involves crafting and revising the student's college list. The summer after junior year we start working on an application strategy (where to apply and whether to apply early decision or early action) as well as essays, and that process continues through the fall of senior year. We'll work with you whether you begin college planning in 8th or 12th grade, or anywhere in between, but we believe that starting earlier makes the process less stressful as you have more time to consider a variety of options.




Do you work with students with learning differences?


Yes! We work with a variety of students, including those with learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, and executive functioning issues.




Which colleges have you visited?


We're proud to say we've toured A LOT of campuses (over 120 and counting!), from small liberal arts colleges to large state universities, from Catholic schools to all-women's colleges, and even universities abroad. Please visit our Facebook page for regular updates and pictures from our most recent campus tours.




How much do you charge?


We offer a comprehensive flat-fee package as well as consultations at an hourly rate. Gateway Educational Consulting is commited to working with you to find the most cost-effective solution for your needs.




What if my child has no idea what to study?


We help students explore majors and careers by administering a series of assessments to determine their interests and skill set. These evaluations yield very thorough reports, which we then use to research various majors and careers through academic programs, internships, and job shadowing opportunities.




Do you work with high-achieving students aiming for elite universities?


Yes! We work with a variety of students, including applicants to Ivy League universities, National Merit Semifinalists, and high-achieving students seeking large merit scholarships.




Do you work with students applying to universities outside the U.S.?


Yes! With the high cost of college in the U.S., more and more students are looking for cheaper options abroad. We have spent a lot of time researching colleges in Europe and Canada and visiting campuses overseas. Besides significantly lower tuition, other benefits to earning your degree abroad include: 1) potentially saving a year or more as many bachelor's programs in Europe take only 3 years and there are some combination bachelor's/master's degrees possible in as little as 4 years; 2) learning another language through total immersion while still studying in English; 3) gaining greater independence; and 4) enjoying opportunities to travel widely. We'll be happy to work with you to explore options for earning your degree abroad.