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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Independent College Counselors

When searching for an independent college counselor, don’t be mesmerized by a firm’s touted success rate in getting kids into the Ivy League. High-profile counselors aren’t turning “B” students into kids that Princeton will drool over. These advisors help academic overachievers who could get into excellent schools without anyone’s help. The aim of these admissions power brokers is arguably to take these top students and turn them into the collegiate version of Stepford Wives to boost their chances even more. Under the circumstances, the success rate is meaningless.

Frankly, you should think twice about hiring any counselor who doesn’t want to work with a variety of kids whether they are “C” students or future Rhodes ...

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