US College Counseling Program

Curio’s counseling program makes students more compelling
to admissions officers.

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Counselling Advantages

Curio students are provided with:

  • 1 Holistic support from an experienced multicultural team including structured college guidance from elite foreign counselors and personal development from trained mentors
  • 2 Overseas team of former college admission officers and their vast information network
  • 3 Individualized attention from counselors, who work with a limited number of students, and really get to know their students
  • 4 Ability to communicate with our counselors via zoom, skype, wechat and in person (China-Based)
  • 5 Access to the most powerful university database in the United States (CPP)
  • 6 Guidance to individualize their stories and demonstrate their strengths
  • 7 Parent Counselor Conferences, (PCC) 1 every four months to keep parents up-to-date
  • 8 TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and ACT test timeline planning and mock standardized test
  • 9 Access to 100's of programs or internships in the Curio Extracurricular Activity Database
  • 10 Guided university and major research
  • 11 Application strategy planning for Reach, Target, and Likely universities
  • 12 Guidance and management of application systems (Common App/Coalition App/UC App
  • 13 Pre-departure cultural integration counseling
  • 14 Strict adherence to the guidelines of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
Counseling journey

Counseling Journey (Grade 11-12)

Phase 1 Phase 1
January:
January:
  • Parent Counselor Conference #1 (assessment and discussion about expectations and goals)
  • Explain the admission process
  • Create a Spring timeline
  • Develop a standardized testing strategy for TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, and SAT
  • Research Summer extra-curricular activities
  • Register for the AP Exam
  • Mock Standardized Test Assessment #1
 
February:
  • Create the online application management system (College Planner Pro)
  • Apply for Summer programs
  • Research potential colleges and majors
  • School Research & Tour
  • Adjust testing strategy
 
March:
  • Continue summer application process
  • Intensify focused college and major research
  • Mock Standardized Test Assessment #2
 
April:
  • School Grades midterm check-in
  • Last chance to apply for summer programs
  • Adjust testing strategy
  • Plan summer timeline
Phase 2 Phase 2
 
May:
  • Parent Counselor Conference #2 (discuss timeline)
  • Focused university research and list refinement
  • Strategies for letter of recommendation
  • Finalize Summer timeline
  • Mock Standardized Test Assessment #3
 
June:
  • Brainstorm for personal statement
  • Adjust testing strategy
  • Finalize college list
 
July:
  • Parent Counselor Conference #3 (discuss and confirm college list with parents)
  • Brainstorm UC Application essay (special case)
  • Begin writing personal statement
  • Collect all remaining school transcripts
  • Mock Standardized Test Assessment #4
 
August:
  • Discuss and submit all personal statements
  • All relevant information uploaded to application systems
Phase 3 Phase 3
 
September:
  • Discuss and write all supplemental essays
  • Final deadline for letters of recommendation
 
October:
  • Final review of applications and submission of test scores for Early Decision (ED)
  • Recommended deadline for all standardized test submissions
  • Recommended deadline to complete and submit personal statements and supplementary essays
 
November:
  • Final deadline to complete and submit personal statements and supplementary essays
  • Gather any outstanding materials
 
December:
  • Submit all outstanding materials
  • Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) results released
  • Strategy meeting based on EA and ED results
Phase 4 Phase 4
 
January-March:
  • Individual college portal management assistance
  • Follow-up communication with schools that have shown interest in your application
  • Submit further materials as required
 
April:
  • All Regular Decisions (RD) are released
  • SWOT analysis of acceptances
  • School selection meeting
Phase 5 Phase 5
 
May:
  • Housing and meal plan decision meeting
 
June-July:
  • Advise on class selection
  • Culture Shock discussion
  • Submit final semester transcript
 
August:
  • Stop. Breathe. You are on your way to college!
In their own words

In their own words

In their own words

Bill GUO

 

Claire LI

 

Eric CAO

 

Bill GUO

Bill GUO

First of all, my mentor and counselor helped me with all aspects of the application, which supported me a lot. My mentor arranged a practical timetable. If I did it myself, it would be a mess. My mentor would give me a c...

Claire LI

Claire LI

Curio not only helped me with my application but also to improve my English and integrate into an international environment and culture. I enjoyed coming to Curio's office on the weekends. Not only has my English improve...

Eric CAO

Eric CAO

Curio offers more than guidance in college applications: it helps students to grow. Applying to college abroad is unlike applying through China’s college entrance examination, where students are evaluated on their scores...

Bill GUO

 

Claire LI

 

Eric CAO

 

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