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College Admissions Support for Schools: Family Webinars and Events

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By Belinda Southgate on February, 27 2024 | 6 minute read
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Are you a school counselor, educator, principal, or superintendent looking for ways to empower and educate families on the college admissions process? When it comes to preparing middle and high school students for college and careers, the most obvious place to start is with the students themselves. Improving the curriculum and support that students receive and providing faculty with more resources and training so they have all the tools to guide their students, are both logical and necessary steps. However, one often overlooked part of the puzzle is parents and guardians. Providing families with timely, accurate college admissions information is essential to ensuring students get the support they need on their journey to college. Read on to learn more about the range of resources and events that Collegewise provides to schools to support parents and guardians.

The Problem- Too Much College Admissions Misinformation is Overwhelming for Families

As educational professionals, we are all too aware of the misinformation swirling around college admissions. From the overblown headlines on the increasingly competitive nature of going to college to misguided gossip about surefire ways to crack the system, all of this noise can be overwhelming for parents and guardians. Unfortunately, and completely unintentionally, this sense of panic can sometimes transfer to students. On top of the typical pressures of high school, anxiety surrounding college can be detrimental to students’ decision-making ability and strip the joy out of their application experience. 

There are many reasons why families may not have all the tools they need to help their children with the college application process. Perhaps a student is the first in their family to go to college, or they’re new to the US education system, or things have just changed a lot since their parents went through the process themselves. More importantly, college admission is complex, so it’s unrealistic to expect parents and guardians to understand all the many nuances. That’s why we have professionals, like school counselors and Collegewise admissions counselors, dedicating their careers to understanding the ins and outs of the process! 

Ultimately, parents want to do everything they can to ensure that their child is happy, healthy, and able to realize their potential. As educators, the more we can do to funnel the correct information their way, the better the outcomes for parents, students, and school counselors.



The Solution - Workshops and Webinars to Engage, Educate, and Empower your School Community.  

School counselors are notoriously busy, often juggling caseloads above 400:1. If you’re in that boat, even with the best of intentions, it can be challenging to find enough time for each of your students, let alone reach their families too. That’s where Collegewise comes in. 

We design targeted workshops and webinars to engage, educate, and empower your community with essential college admissions and career readiness information. We bust common misconceptions and set families up for success early in their student’s middle or high school journey.

At Collegewise, we work with thousands of families every year, so we know that applying to college is often stressful for parents, too. We work closely with each school to understand your specific challenges and goals. We then bring a compassionate, common-sense approach to sharing knowledge, dispelling myths, and meeting parents’ unique needs with a thoughtfully curated selection of webinars, in-person events, and resources that will take some of the guesswork (and a lot of the anxiety!) out of college applications.




A Deeper Dive into Webinar and Workshop Content

Collegewise offers 40+ webinars and in-person events that can address virtually every topic related to the college admissions process. We’ve hosted 500+ webinars, school talks, and events and have 85+ speakers and local experts available to impart their knowledge. Depending upon the needs of the school, events can be designed specifically for parents and guardians, or a combination of students and their families.

Popular webinar topics include:
  • Admissions 101
  • Applying to STEM majors
  • Showcasing leadership and impact in extracurriculars
  • Course selection and academic engagement
  • Making the most of summers 
  • How to explore academic interests and potential majors
  • Building a college list and finding the right fit for you
  • How to approach essays
  • Financial Aid, FAFSA, and merit- and need-based scholarships

Topical webinars in 2024 may include: 
  • How the SCOTUS decision impacted admissions in the 23-24 cycle & what to expect next
  • How AI is impacting admissions
  • The current admissions landscape & trends

Webinars and workshops are available for a la carte purchase or in bulk. The above list is a small sample of our available webinars. Collegewise will work with your school or district to identify the topics that will have the most impact.



Interested in Learning More?

If you’d like to get a sense of our presentations, speakers, and content, we welcome you to register for an upcoming public webinar, peruse our on-demand webinars, or visit our YouTube channel to view some of our recent public events. 

If you’d like to learn more about how your school could benefit from Collegewise’s curated family webinars and events, student Application Accelerator Course, 1-1 hourly counseling packages, or our school counselor professional development, please contact Collegewise Partnerships Director and former school counselor, Joe Korfmacher, for more information.


About Collegewise:

With more than twenty-five years of experience, Collegewise counselors and tutors are at the forefront of the ever-evolving admissions landscape. Our work has always centered on the student. And just like we’ve always done, we look for ways for each student to be their best self - whether in the classroom, the applications, or in the right-fit college environment. Our range of counselingtest prepacademic tutoring, and essay management, all with the support of our proprietary platform, lead to 4x higher than average admissions rates. 


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