RESOURCES TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

RESOURCES

THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS CAN BE OVERWHELMING TO SAY THE LEAST.  AT IMAGINE COLLEGE COACHING, WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING THE PROCESS AS EASY AS WE CAN.  WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF OUR FAVORITE RESOURCES TO GIVE YOU A HEAD START!  WWW.IMAGINECOLLEGECOACHING.COM

 

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

COMMON APPLICATION

THE COMMON APPLICATION IS THE MOST WELL KNOWN COLLEGE APPLICATION.  THE COMMON APPLICATION IS THE PREFERRED APPLICATION FOR OVER 600 UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.  

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION

THE UNIVERSAL APPLICATION IS THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK BUT HAS 46 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ON BOARD ALREADY.  

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATION

IF YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON A CALIFORNIA SCHOOL, IT IS LIKELY YOU WILL NEED THIS APP. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO APPLY TO UC CAMPUSES.  

APPLY TEXAS

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A COLLEGE IN THE LONE STAR STATE OF TEXAS, THIS IS THE APP THAT IS ACCEPTED BY MOST TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  

 

GENERAL COLLEGE HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

COLLEGE BOARD

COLLEGE BOARD IS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE.  THIS IS THE GOLD MINE OF COLLEGE INFO.  THIS IS ALSO THE PLACE TO REGISTER FOR THE SAT. 

 

COLLEGE NAVIGATOR

THIS WEBSITE IS HOSTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.  ALL THE INFORMATION IS DIRECTLY FORM THE DATA THAT IS SUBMITTED BY COLLEGES.  

 

IMAGINE COLLEGE COACHING LIBRARY

A LIBRARY OF ENGAGING VIDEOS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADES 9-12 AND COLLEGE FRESHMEN.  THESE VIDEOS ARE HELPFUL IN HELPING TEENS GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS AND HOW THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.  THE FEE IS $15.00 PER MONTH AND YOU CAN CANCEL ANYTIME.  WELL WORTH THE MONEY.  THE BEST RESOURCE AROUND FOR A LOW MONTHLY FEE.  

 

COLLEGE RAPTOR

COLLEGE RAPTOR IS NEW TO THIS FIELD BUT I LIKE THE USER FRIENDLY SITE THEY HAVE.  THEY ALSO INCLUDE AN ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE AND MATCHING OPTION.  THIS IS A VERY STUDENT FRIENDLY SITE. 

 

BLOG

THIS BLOG OFFERS HELPFUL ADVICE TO NAVIGATE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.

 

TESTS

SAT

SAT IS ADMINISTERED BY COLLEGE BOARD. YOU CAN USE THIS SITE TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING TESTS AS WELL AS VIEW YOUR SCORES AND HAVE SCORES SENT TO COLLEGES OF YOUR CHOICE.  

ACT

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ACT TEST.  YOU CAN REGISTER FOR UPCOMING TESTS AS WELL AS VIEW YOUR SCORES.

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS

YOU CAN LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AP TESTS HERE.  SOME COLLEGES GIVE CLASS CREDIT FOR PASSING THESE TESTS.  

KHAN ACADEMY

IN MY OPINION, THE BEST SAT TESTS TUTORING IS OFFERED FREE BY KHAN ACADEMY AS WELL AS TUTORING FOR MANY OTHER SUBJECTS.  I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS SITE ENOUGH.  

 

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

FAFSA

FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID. THE FAFSA IS USED TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH MONEY A STUDENT WILL RECEIVE FROM A SCHOOL BASED ON FAMILY INCOME.  THEY HAVE EXCELLENT VIDEOS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS.  

 

 

# ASK FAFSA OFFICE HOURS ON TWITTER.  

FAFSA HAS AN OFFICE HOUR TO ALLOW ANYONE TO ASK QUESTIONS.  A VALUABLE RESOURCE INDEED!

 

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

THIS IS THE "GO TO" SOURCE FOR ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AID.  THEY GIVE INFORMATION ON PELL GRANTS, WORK STUDY PROGRAMS AND MANY LOAN OPTIONS.  

 

FASTWEB

A RELIABLE PLACE TO SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.

UNIGO

UNIGO IS ANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AS WELL AS COLLEGE MATCHES.

ROOMSURF

A WEBSITE THAT IS GOOD AT MATCHING STUDENTS WITH LIKE INTERESTS.  A GREAT WAY TO FIND A ROOMMATE.

 

FINAID

A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHO HELPS GUIDE THE WAY THROUGH FINANCIAL AID.

 

COLLEGE FAIRS

NACAC

WACAC

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIRS

 

ATHLETIC RECRUITING

NCAA

THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association

GAP YEAR OPTIONS

AMERICAN GAP ASSOCIATION

CARPE DIEM EDUCATION

THE CENTER FOR INTERIM PROGRAMS, LLC

USA GAP YEAR FAIRS

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

HILLSONG INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COLLEGE

COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS  Does not charge students tuition for college

 

 

 

YOUR FUTURE IS WAITING!  CALL US TODAY TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU!  WE HELP WITH IDENTIFYING BEST COLLEGE OPTIONS, SELECTING A MAJOR, APPLICATIONS, ESSAYS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE!  

IMAGINE COLLEGE COACHES LOVE HEARING FROM OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!

 

  2015 Graduate  

 

2015 Graduate

 

When I first began the college application process, I had no idea what I was actually getting myself into. The process quickly became difficult and frustrating; that is, until Ms. Sherri stepped in. From the first time we sat down to work on essays, Ms. Sherri has been a constant encouragement. She provides professional advice, and, at the same time, makes the sessions fun and personal. Ms. Sherri takes the time to get to know her students, which is a tremendous blessing because she really is there for you. She is a joy to be around; her fun, encouraging spirit makes this process much more enjoyable and reassuring. I highly recommend working with Sherri and taking advantage of the incredible services she offers!

~Nicole 2014-2015

2014 Graduate

2014 Graduate

"Mrs. Graf helped me get through one of the most stressful tasks in a teenagers life, applying to college! She is very energetic, fun, and organized making the stressful process a million times easier.  She was a great guide in not only applying to college but also deciding which one is right for you.  I would strongly recommend her, she is amazing at what she does!"

Alicia

Sherri is a lifesaver!  Applying to a variety of schools can be a daunting task - each has its own process and requirements.  We had underestimated the time and effort it would take to write the well-crafted essays that competitive universities expect.  Sherri was persistent in encouraging and challenging my daughter to think outside of the box and "dig deep" and she re-wrote her essays. With the invaluable input and edits from Sherri, and a lot of hard work, she was able to submit essays that she is very proud of. 

Sherri's knowledge of each college's admissions process and expectations was extremely helpful.  This expertise combined with her ability to bring out the best in kids makes her coaching priceless.  In an encouraging way, she challenges them to work hard until they produce the best that they can.  Another HUGE benefit for the parents (and students) is that Sherri sets the timelines and due dates for the applications and essays!  Especially if you start early, this can reduce an enormous amount of stress and tension between parents and their students.  Our only regret is that we did not start working with Sherri a year earlier. 

Diane Prinz


"Mrs. Graf….love this lady!  She is so easy to understand with her fun energetic personality and is very organized when it comes to college scholarships.  She knows about every scholarship out there, even up to the tiniest one about writing about your favorite flavor of ice cream.  She has a very organized, neat system that will help you  with keeping up with deadlines and will answer in detail any questions you have. She is extremely helpful and you will leave knowing so much more.”

- Lauren

Stephen F. Austin State University
2015 Graduate

2015 Graduate

“I couldn’t possibly list all the ways Sherri helped me navigate this college application process!  She provided SAT test date information and recommended prep classes, pointed me to online applications for the colleges my daughter was interested in, alerted me to dozens of potential scholarships, and reminded me when their application deadlines were approaching.  Her enthusiasm and encouragement kept us motivated when the road seemed long ~ I’m so glad I had her by my side!”

- Wendy

(Her daughter attends Liberty University!)

“I’ve known Sherri for many years. She is such a great person with a wide-open heart. When our first children graduated, she was the one who helped me step into and navigate the wide world of college grants and scholarships. It was so overwhelming to me, but Sherri gave me practical pointers and first-steps. She helped me break out of my procrastination because she made me see that it was doable! Sherri was a great sounding board and always full of creative tips that I hadn’t thought about. We both have large families so its a MUST that they get scholarship assistance in order to afford college. Thankfully, through hard work and determination, the scholarships have been coming in! Sherri is a fabulous resource, and I freely recommend her to everyone I know!”

- Marisa R.


(Her son is an Aggie!)
2015 Graduate

2015 Graduate

"Hiring Mrs. Graf as our College Coach is one of the best resources our family has ever invested in."

Mrs. Graf was an EXCELLENT source of inspiration and optimism!  She proved to me that the only real things you need to apply to college is CONFIDENCE and OPTIMISM, both of which were at a constant supply with Mrs. Graf as both my personal guide and friend!

Calvin R.

On my son's 16th birthday, I asked him what he wanted?  He said "a session with Mrs. Graf."  He was in the middle of his TAMS application process and needed her optimism and guidance to get him through to the end.  I recommend her to whom ever is in the "college stage" of life.  If my sixteen year old believe in her, I have no doubt that Mrs. Graf is an important part of the college equation! 

HE GOT INTO TAMS!

Thank you!

LR
 

2014 Graduate

2014 Graduate

Mrs. Graf was a tremendous help on my college application journey.  Not only did she help me write my essays, she helped me create a school resume filled with extra curricular activities and volunteer opportunities.  She was always looking for and sending me scholarships that I could apply for, which I greatly appreciated.  She is focused and will always help you find what you need.  I'm so glad that I got to meet and work with her.  

We are so glad we found you, Mrs. Graf.  Your knowledge and experience helped guide us through the difficult college application process with ease.  You were always available for us and your positive attitude and energy actually made it a fun and exciting time.   We couldn't have managed without you!


Sandy Russell-  

(Her daughter attends The University of Texas at Austin)
 

2015 Graduate

2015 Graduate

Sherri has spent lots of time learning about scholarships and the whole process of obtaining financial aid for college and is quite knowledgeable about scholarships as well as ACT and SAT testing. She is very punctual and is mindful of deadlines for having college related tasks completed. Sherri is very pleasant and easy to work with and has a great rapport with high school and college age students. I appreciate the fact that she is interested in not only finding the right college for her clients, but also in helping the students explore their career options. Dana P.
 
Mrs. Graf's encouragement to write an essay and organizational techniques for knowing when to apply for scholarships helped me to be successful in obtaining money to attend my University of choice; Abilene Christian University!

Tori
2016 Graduate

2016 Graduate

Mrs. Graf is an amazing person, friend, and coach.  She has helped me find scholarships that fit my personality and abilities so I can be ready for college.  I have never had a college coach before, but she is helping me through the process.  

She is a great role model and I appreciate all the time she spends helping me.  Mrs. Graf is very dedicated to all her students and she is very organized.  I am so glad I have her on my side! I would definitely recommend Mrs. Graf to help everyone.

Kimberly

2014

 

2016 Graduate

2016 Graduate

2013 Graduate

2013 Graduate

Thank you. First, Thank you for just generally seeing what I hope everyone sees in me, an adult who thinks and cares so deeply that he sometimes forgets how to be one, and not what was apparent, a child who couldn't figure out how to grow up into one. Second, thank you for connecting me to the coolest group of friends I've come to know. I've never felt so "included" in such a big network of friends before. Its a really nice feeling, thank you for that. The connections you've shown me, the cool websites I can use to fix my scatter brained thoughts, and the advice on what to keep in mind when I am applying to schools and in school, are all of which i am thankful for.

 

"Worth every penny!"

"I can't recommend Imagine College Coaching highly enough.  They allowed us as parents to step back in the process while they worked directly with our student, helping build much needed skills and confidence.  The results were astounding."

My favorite thing about My Personal College Coach was....how approachable, caring, and non judgmental she is to the core. I could see right away that she wants everyone to know that they belong-whether to a family, or to a community, or to a special craft or career--she saw what I had to contribute and how that came directly out of who i am.

Mrs. Graf was a guiding light in the confusing process of applying and preparing for college.  Not only did she help me get into my dream college and major, but opened my eyes to countless scholarships that catered to my unique situation.  She is a wonderful college coach and more importantly, a wonderful person.  I had a most pleasant experience with Mrs.Graf as my college coach!

 

2013 Graduate

2013 Graduate

Hey Ms. Sherri !!  I have some good news for you!  UT accepted me off their wait list, so I am officially a longhorn and will be majoring in CSD for Speech-Lang. Pathology!!!!!!!  Thank you again for all your help!

2015 Graduate

2015 Graduate

"Mrs. Graf was a mentor and a friend.She made the transition from high school to college a smooth transition.She helped me become the adult and student I always knew I could be.I am so thankful to have had her in my life."
2013 Graduate

2013 Graduate

 

"One of the greatest gifts a parent can give to a their college bound teenager is a package with IMAGINE COLLEGE COACHING!"

 

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE 2016 GRADUATES!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE 2016 GRADUATES!

IN THE PRESS!