How we help high school seniors get into choice colleges

By Rajkamal Rao  




We will be glad to help your rising 12th grader through every step of the college admissions process.

We are honored to have helped hundreds of student clients in the United States and from around the world win admission to top colleges and universities in the U.S. This year alone, our students entered such reputed institutions as the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, the University of Michigan, Rice, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, UT Austin, Texas A & M, the University of  Utah, the University of Minnesota, USC, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

For new clients only, we ask that you please schedule a complimentary 20 minute call (disregard references to fees for this first call) so that we can answer your questions about how we can help. The call defaults to an hour but we will change it to 20 minutes on our end when we receive your appointment request. We will also add Zoom call information to the invite. Please have your student be present at the video-conference. So that we can best answer your questions, please review information on this page prior to our meeting.

One area where we are unique is that we place all of our expertise online. There's a good chance that our advice and answers to many of your questions are already available for free. We also conduct numerous free webinars to educate parents and children about all things college. We publish event details on our Facebook page so, please follow us on Facebook.

But we recognize that the college admissions process is complex and parents need professional advice tailored to the needs of their 12th grader. Here are the various value chain elements of our service:
  1. College selection and finalization, including evaluation of ED/EA strategies.

  2. Advice for H-1B families with children on H-4 visas.

  3. Understanding the step-by-step task plan to successfully complete a college application.

  4. Essay reviews for platforms such as the Common App, the Coalition App, ApplyTex, and UC Apply. [Our founder and lead counselor, Rajkamal Rao, continues to serve as a professional U.S. based columnist for the Hindu Group. Clients find his writing/editing experience to be valuable during essay reviews].

  5. Supplemental essay reviews.

  6. Financial Aid and scholarship planning.

  7. Assistance in successfully completing college applications. Most students can follow self-help video instructions - such as for ApplyTex and the Common App - but we can help if you encounter any issues.

  8. Assistance in petitioning high school or college administrations to handle extraordinary situations, such as requesting in-state classification for tuition, credit transfer, visa issues, or other exceptions.

  9. Mock interview practice.

  10. Deciding on which offer of admission is the best.

  11. Any additional support.

Bonus: At the end of every one-on-one counseling session, we will provide you with a summary of discussion points and a clear set of action items for future conversations. Such a summary may include links to our proprietary tools, templates or posts. This is a free service and is extremely popular. 


But, we also recognize that not all students need help in all the above areas. They may need assistance only for essays, or some combination of elements in the value-chain list. 
 
When it comes to pricing, we do not want to constrain parents with burdensome fixed-price all-in-one contracts.This is why we follow a simple pay-by-the-drink model wherein you're always in control of what specific area of college admissions you want help with, how much engagement you wish to have, and how much you wish to spend.

All of our pricing is by the hour. Please review our fees section. Our Tier-B rates of $109/hr will apply (unless you're an existing client of ours and you first engaged with us when your child was in grade 10 or younger).

Please check out client reviews on Google.


A Note About Rao Advisors Premium Services
Our promise is to empower you with high-quality, ethical and free advice via this website.  But parents and students often ask us if they can engage with us for individual counseling sessions. We are indebted and privileged to have earned their trust in matters which are so important to them. Please check out our public Google reviews to see what they say about us.

Individual counseling is part of the Premium Offering of Rao Advisors and involves a fee.  Please  contact us for more information.




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