Summer Boot Camps

Our Summer Boot Camp workshops help rising high school seniors embark upon the college admissions process in a relaxed, small-group setting with the support of our college counselors. Students, make the most of your summer and get a jumpstart on your college essay and applications!

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One-Day College Essay Boot Camp

In this One day four-hour workshop, our college counselors guide rising high school seniors as they begin the college essay process. Students will:

  • Review successful college admission essays
  • Learn what colleges are looking for in a college essay
  • Hear directly from College Admission Counselors
  • Participate in writing activities leading to essay topic choice or starting first draft essay
  • Get follow-up time to discuss topic choice and review first draft essay with College Counselors

Dates Offered (all workshops run 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) – Choose one

  • Tues July 13th
  • Thurs July 15th
  • Wed July 21st
  • Tues July 27th
  • Thurs July 29th
  • Wed August 4th

Parents/Students Webinar Series - Summer Boot Camp

This summer to complement our college boot camp workshops for rising high school seniors, we have created companion webinars for students and their support system. By providing the same information to student’s and those who support them, we hope to empower everyone to tackle the college application process with ease. Here are this summer’s offerings:

Selecting colleges and applying for admission can be overwhelming. This session is intended to educate the family of a college-bound student about the college admission process, including topics like: narrowing your list, considering a campus tour, completing applications, being aware of deadlines, the senior year timeline, and the basics of financial aid.

Community colleges are a viable alternative for students who choose a two-year credential / Associates degree as a substitute for a 4 year/Bachelor’s degree, or want to use their time there as a stepping stone to a 4-year bachelor’s degree. This session will compare and contrast 2 year schools with 4 year schools, covering topics like the application/admission process, degrees/majors offered, class schedules, cost, financial aid/scholarships, and academic support.

The college essay can be one of the more daunting aspects of the college admissions process. This session will help families and their student get better insight into how a college essay can make a student stand out. We will cover what colleges are looking for in an essay, choosing a topic (and what to avoid), how to let the student’s voice shine, why critical thinking matters, and more!

Over 900 colleges and universities use a ‘universal’ admissions application called the Common App. There are multiple components to the Common App, and students need to gather all required information before it can be submitted. This webinar will go over the aspects of the application like parental background information, letters of recommendation, the essay (or essays, if certain schools require more than one) as well as school supplied information like GPA, transcripts, deadlines, and the overall time it can take to get this done. Starting the process early can ensure it is completed accurately and on time!

There are many moving parts in both the college admission and financial aid application process but it does not have to be as complicated as it may seem. This webinar will focus on the timeline for both of these processes and will help you to map out a plan for senior year and give some tips and tricks for staying on a schedule, meeting deadlines (and maintaining sanity in your household!) along the way.

The college financial aid process is one of the most bewildering and misunderstood aspects of applying to college. In this webinar, we break down the process so your family can be prepared when it is time to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We will tell you what financial information/documents to have ready, what financial aid is and isn’t, and familiarize you with terms related to financial aid, so the process makes sense!

College Boot Camp Summer Series: Ongoing Collaborative Writing Groups on the College Essay

Over the course of three, one-hour sessions, college bound high school seniors will join a college counselor to collaborate on the college essay. Sessions will be facilitated like a college writing seminar which will prepare students for typical classroom experiences in college. At the end of the four week program, students will leave with a revised draft of their essay.

Together with their classmates, students will:

  • Work closely with peers in a small group setting
  • Participate in writing activities to inspire creativity
  • Draft their essay
  • Complete weekly writing activities at home between sessions
  • Engage in a peer review to get and provide feedback
  • Meet privately with a college counselor in a 30 minute coaching session to discuss essay

Program requirements:

  • Attend a College Essay Boot Camp prior to joining the Writing Group
  • Participate actively with peers and counselor
  • Be respectful of other’s writing, life experiences, and opinions

Dates Offered:

Group One – August 18, August 25, and September 1
Group Two – August 19, August 26, and September 2
Both groups from 4 – 5 PM on Zoom


College Essay Collaborative Writing Groups are full, registration is closed.