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Mel P.

Mel Independent College Admission Counselor

Napa, CA (94559)

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The College Application Process can be frustrating and overwhelming.
As an Independent College Counselor I help student to "MAP" (master the college admission process).
My years of experience as an Associate Director of Admission at the University of Southern California followed by my role as a high school college counselor and membership in professional college admission organizations help me to provide students with the most current and effective ways to apply for college admission. I am able to guide students in the areas of:

The Creation of an appropriate college list
Brainstorming and editing college essays
Assist in crafting a personal profile/resume
Creating application organization and timelines

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I am a graduate of the University of Southern California. I entered the field of College Admission in the mid-eighties and have witnessed the ever changing landscape and increased competitiveness of the admission process.

In my role in higher education my experience includes having worked on what the college admission profession refers to as “both sides of the desk”. At a local private school, I served as a college counselor where I advised students and their parents about the college search and application process, wrote letters of recommendation and presented to students and parents during evening programs. I taught college counseling courses, maintained and tracked data in Naviance, met and worked with college admission officers, kept updated on college admission criteria/trends, administered standardized tests, and helped students to navigate through the maze known as the application process.

As an Associate Director of Admission at the University of Southern California, my primary duties included coordinating student athletic admission, designing the recruitment and retention plan for underrepresented and first-generation college going students, planning large scale events for these populations and designing workshops, outreach events, and managing a file review load of approximately 600-1,000 during each admission cycle. I have had the opportunity to work with various colleges bound community organizations on both a local and national level. I also established relationships with a number of schools in the charter, public and private arena helping their students to prepare for the college admission process, identifying the potential fit to USC, and advocating on their applicant’s behalf with my colleagues on the admission committee. Working with campus stakeholders developing workshops for students and their families highlighting the college application and admission process and have given presentations at College Board and Western Association of College Admission Counselors Conferences.

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

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Mel will travel within 35 miles of Napa, CA 94559.

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