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Personalized College List Evaluation

Carissa Hoitenga, College Consultant & Mentor
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(63)
Apply to college with confidence! Get a detailed, data-based college list evaluation from a college consultant & learn the 'why' so you can make corrections if needed! (Fee includes 2 hours of work by teacher outside class per student.)

Class experience

US Grade 11 - 12
This class is taught in English.
I own and run a college consulting business, and I hold an Independent Education Consultant Certificate, an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a B.A. in Sociology (with minors in English and Spanish). 

I've worked with students making education transitions (from a foreign high school to an American high school, from high school to college, and from college in home country to college in foreign country) since 2010 through both my professional career and through volunteering at two non-profit organizations. I have been assisting students specifically with applying to and starting college since 2014. I have worked as an advisor at a university for over five years as well as taught general education English courses at a university for one year. In addition, I have been a reviewer for two different Department of State competitive scholarship programs.

I regularly take classes and attend professional conferences and workshops to improve my skills in helping students evaluate, select, and apply to colleges.  As an independent college counselor, I visit college campuses (both in-person and virtually) to learn as much as possible about various colleges and universities. I am also an Associate Member of IECA, the professional organization for independent education consultants. 
Homework Offered
IMPORTANT: Students must submit the requested information detailed in the description/Welcome Message/first class. This information MUST be sent to the teacher at least 4 days prior to the 2nd class. If all items are not sent by this deadline, the teacher cannot guarantee the student's personalized evaluation will be ready by the 2nd class. It is the student's responsibility to provide all requested items. If even one requested item is missing, I cannot provide an evaluation. Students should reserve up to two hours of time to enter the requested data. I take this seriously; students are expected to as well and thoroughly answer all items.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students must have their transcript/grades so they can copy their grades into a google sheet.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
My role is to provide personalized guidance based on my professional knowledge, experience, and data; my role is not to make decisions for students or parents nor to create a student's list for them. 

***It is possible that my evaluation of a student's college list may upset or frustrate them if it's not what they want to hear. Many colleges have become extremely competitive in the past few years, and acceptance rates are not what they were when parents were in college. As a result, many students overestimate their acceptance chances at many colleges. My goal is to be as realistic as possible so students can plan as best as they can. The good news is that there are also so many excellent colleges out there, and one does not need to attend an Ivy League or "top 50/100" college to receive a great education.***

*I cannot make any guarantees that students will be accepted at the schools on their college list (regardless of how I categorize them as Likely, Target, Reach, or Lottery) or at any schools I may recommend they check into, as that decision is solely determined by the institution and based on each student's unique qualifications. In evaluating lists, I am making a future prediction based on past data that may not be accurate for the student's admission year. This is simply how admissions works. However, I can offer you that data to help you and your student make the best decisions that you can for their college applications. The world of Admissions can sometimes result in unexplained surprises of acceptances or rejections, which is another reason why having a balanced list is important to maximize college opportunities.

Many colleges in the USA are affiliated with a religious organization. If one of these colleges is discussed in class because it is on a student's list, we will focus strictly on the admissions and academic aspects.
For this course, I pull college data from a minimum of two proprietary systems that I utilize within my college consulting business to evaluate lists.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(63)
MY SCHEDULE: My 'weekend' is usually Tuesday - Wednesday, but can vary based on my college visit/travel schedule. I typically am available only afternoons and evenings. Therefore I may not respond to messages received beginning Monday evening... 
Group Class


for 2 classes
1x per week, 2 weeks
40 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 15-18
1-3 learners per class

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