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Bennett is not a typical college consultancy. OUR EXPERT COLLEGE CONSULTANTS HELP STUDENTS ARTICULATE THEIR TRUE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL GOALS AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE BEST SCHOOLS FOR THEIR PRESENT AND FUTURE. 
Bennett is not a typical college consultancy.

 

We DON’T JUST PROMISE TO GET YOUR CHILD INTO AN ELITE INSTITUTION. INSTEAD, OUR EXPERT COLLEGE CONSULTANTS HELP STUDENTS ARTICULATE THEIR TRUE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL GOALS AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE BEST SCHOOLS FOR THEIR PRESENT AND FUTURE.

A welcome message from Elizabeth Sawyer, CEO of Bennett International Education Consultancy.

 

WHO WE ARE
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e understand education because we’re educators and we’ve been doing this since 1991. Our admissions experts have spent decades as teachers and college counselors, investing their lives in helping their students succeed. As a branch of Bennett International Education Consultancy, Bennett College Consulting is dedicated to supporting students with college and university applications. With offices in Philadelphia and New York, and a team of consultants around the world, we have served hundreds of students interested in attending college in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Unlike many college consulting firms, Bennett also offers an understanding of the curricula and culture of education systems around the world, and this enables us to support students from all kinds of backgrounds.

WHO WE SUPPORT

We honor the respect and the trust that our student clients and their families place in us, and we’re dedicated to helping them identify and gain admission to institutions that will be the best fit for them academically, socially, and culturally. We believe in the uniqueness of each student and are committed to providing professional and personalized guidance to each one we serve.

U.S. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO U.S. COLLEGES

So, you’ve been dreading that college essay for years, and you don’t really know where to start? Or maybe you know of three schools where you’re going to apply, but you can’t think of anywhere else and don’t know how to lengthen your list and get going on the process? Yes, we can help.

U.S. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO NON-U.S. UNIVERSITIES

Maybe you’ve started thinking, “I’d like to apply to a school overseas,” but you’re not sure where or how. Perhaps you’ll apply to U.S. colleges, but you’d like to also apply to a university in England, or France, or Australia, or Canada, just for fun? Not sure what kind of programs they offer, but you’d like to explore the possibilities? Let’s talk!

NON-U.S. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO U.S. COLLEGES

Maybe you’ve always wanted to come to the U.S. for college, or maybe you’re thinking that you’ll apply to university at home and to U.S. colleges and see where you get the best offer. In terms of U.S. options, you’ve heard of the “Ivies”, of course, but do you know where else you might want to apply?  Not sure how a U.S. college will evaluate your A-levels or IB or other national exams?  Would you like to speak with someone about how a U.S. “liberal arts” education is different from the program you might follow at home? Yes, you should definitely contact us!

EXPERTS WHO REALLY LISTEN

We take the time to get to know each of the students we support – their interests, their aspirations and their goals. Then we guide them in developing that unique voice and spotlighting it in their applications. Because we guide students to apply to programs that are a good match for them, they gain admission to their top schools of choice, places where they’ll not only succeed, but thrive.

Wondering about financial aid? We can help with that, too. Our support continues throughout the entire process, including with decision-making after admissions offers have been received.

OUR CONSULTANTS

We have a deep love of helping young people bring out their best work. Working alongside students to support them every step of the way, our consultants quickly become trusted partners, and applying for college goes from a stressful process to an exciting adventure.

 

IT’S YOUR NEXT CHAPTER.
LET’S WRITE AN EPIC.

OUR SERVICES

Our college services are designed to meet a range of needs, from essay feedback to support through the entire application process.
They are provided remotely by our team of expert college consultants.

We also offer comprehensive and extended support, providing expert guidance for one full admission cycle. We’ll typically start working together after the first marking period in the junior year of high school. The student is supported by their Bennett consultant all the way through to the acceptance of an offer of college admission. The service includes:

•  Discussion of overall education goals.

•  Review of the student’s candidacy for multiple programs through assessment of academic records and standardized testing results.

•  Explanation and recommendation of further standardized testing options.

•  Discussion and recommendation of specific college and university programs.

•  Explanation of the financial aid process and deadlines, including merit versus need-based options.

•  Guidance on selecting the right courses for the remainder of high school that will make a compelling college application.

•  Preparation for campus visits and interviews whether in person or virtual.

•  Discussion after campus visits and interviews and formulation of next steps.

•  Support in the creation of a final lineup of programs to which the student will apply, (typically organized into “Reach,” “Target” and “Safety” categories).

•  Advice regarding early decision, early action, and rolling admissions options.

•  Essay writing guidance.

•  Decision counseling after offers of admission have been received.

College Consultation Service

Our College Consultation is useful if you’re planning to manage your own college search and application process and would like the assurance of an expert that your list of colleges is appropriate and that you fully understand all aspects of the application process. It best serves students who work well independently or respond well to parental assistance and is not the best service for those of you who would enjoy more ongoing support as you write your personal statement and complete applications. This service includes:

•  A two-hour meeting (typically online); discussion usually includes topics such as application timelines, testing, financial aid, recommendation letters, student “resumé,” extracurriculars, interviews, and the role of long and short essays.

•  An assessment of your academic record and standardized testing.

•  A written summary report of the meeting, including a “to-do” list.

•  A testing strategy.

•  A customized list of recommended colleges & universities, organized as “reach,” “target” and “likely” options.

•  An explanation of deadlines (e.g. ED, EA, Regular), including those for financial aid.

•  A follow-up discussion of our suggestions and an opportunity to address questions generated by the report.

The personal essay is a key piece of the college application – it’s where you tell the world about yourself. Not always an easy task, right? We understand. So we take the stress out of the process and turn it into a powerful opportunity for self-reflection and expression. The results won’t just show who you are, they’ll communicate the unique value you bring as an individual.

Our decades of experience take the mystery out of the process. Here’s how it works:

•  Together, we’ll discuss possible topics to write about and help you hone your ideas

•  We’ll guide you on how to begin the writing process

•  Then, we’ll stay by your side all the way through: helping you as you organize your thoughts, choose your tone and vocabulary, and create working drafts on which to build

•  By the time you’ve finished, you will have conveyed clearly and powerfully what you wanted to say.

Want to get an early start? Let’s do it! Our College Application Workshop is for students who’d like to complete as much of their college application as possible before their last year of high school begins.

Whether you attend the workshop in person or virtually, we’ll guide you through completion of the Common Application based on your personal goals and preferences. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have written a reflective college essay, created a focused list of your activities, and completed the personal and academic information the application requires.

And of course, we’ll give you (just a little bit) of homework! You’ll get a detailed “to do” list that will guide you through the remainder of the application submission process.

TESTIMONIALS
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College Application Workshop

“My son loved the College Application Workshop! It helped him understand and gain confidence in the college application process and enabled him to pretty much complete his common application. He came home after the first day and thanked my husband and me for signing him up! All of it was helpful – guidance with the personal statement, direction on filling out the common application, and strategies to applying to colleges.”

person
College Comprehensive Service

“Thank you again to our Bennett college consultants for their continuous support, advice, and encouragement during this quite stressful process! You made it so much easier to get through and in the end, our son got some really great university choices. It was all worth it – from guiding us on how to fill in the Common App, how to write the personal essay and additional essays requested by various universities, the recommendations of universities to apply to based on student personality and study objectives, the follow up with admission officers and additional requirements – to keeping track of deadlines and making sure all requirements were met and fulfilled ahead of deadlines.”

person
College Application Workshop

“Very helpful with our first child going through the SATs and college application process. The individual coaching helped to boost our daughter’s self-confidence with the college prep and application process. Also, your consultants provided my wife and me with a sense of relief as a result of your guidance.”

person
College Comprehensive Service

“Our consultant’s knowledge and flexibility were extremely helpful, and have given me complete confidence in my college application. She did a really good job with overall management, her guidance of the process, and help with the common application essay.”

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OUR CONSULTANTS
Julie Bickings
JULIE BICKINGS

Grant Calder
GRANT CALDER

Gabriella D'Amico
GABRIELLA D’AMICO

Jayne Gandy
JAYNE GANDY

Jon Harris
JON HARRIS

Seth Hedderick
SETH HEDDERICK

Emma Hoffman
EMMA HOFFMAN

Christian Shull
CHRISTIAN SHULL

Jack Shull
JACK SHULL

Brent Spicer
BRENT SPICER

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