High School Students

Service Area #1 – Exploring Majors & Careers and College Search

  • Identify and explore career interests.
  • Review job outlooks and earnings potential.
  • Connect career interests to college majors, minors, licenses and certificates.
  • Planning for careers which require masters and doctoral degrees.
  • Search for 3 + 3, 3 + 2, and 4 + 1 packages that allow you to complete both the bachelors and master’s degrees.
  • Identify features, benefits, and outcomes that you desire in the college or university you attend.
  • Creation of a customized college list of recommended “best fit” colleges.
  • Research and investigate possible colleges and universities.  Review their strengths, weaknesses, and third-party rankings.     
  • Create a set of questions to ask of colleges and universities.
  • Making the most of campus visits – the who, what, when, where, and how…this is a scouting mission and the more prepared you are, the more you will learn about each school you are considering. 

Service Area #2 – Getting Admitted and Selecting the “Right” College

    • Classify colleges of interest
      • Challenging colleges (less than 50% chance)
      • Just right colleges (better than 50% chance)
      • No problem colleges (90% or better chance)
    • Create an application strategy, considering such components as:
    • GPA and Class Rank
    • ACT or SAT
    • Essays – help with topic selection and editing
    • Letters of Recommendations – assistance in selecting your recommenders. 
    • Interviews – prep including mock interviews
    • Assessment of how your qualifications stack up to the selection criteria of colleges.    
    • Decide on what entrance test is best for you and how best to prepare.  If needed, strategize around retaking the ACT or SAT.
    • Continuous support in completing and submitting applications.    
    • Create a college score card to compare and rate colleges that admit you.
    • Plan 2nd and possibly 3rd visits to colleges that remain a possibly. 
    • Discussion and strategy around next steps after receiving notification of acceptance, wait list, or denial .

Service Area #3 – Paying for College

  • Completion of the FAFSA and explanation of the resulting student aid report.  Determine if any appeal is warranted based on change in financial circumstances.
  • Research and complete applications for outside scholarships.
  • Line up financial aid packages for true apples to apples comparison.
  • Reduce cost by figuring out how to finish in four years or less.       
  • Consider the 4-year cost implications of your decision.  We will not just look at one year at a time.  Your coach will help you and your family to plan for covering the total cost what you have started. 
  • Search for total price guarantees so that you avoid being at the mercy of yearly tuition increases. 
  • Review of any gap that exists between the award, expected family contribution and the cost of attendance.
  • Identify and analyze options available to fill in the financial gap.
  • Strategize and plan for any student and/or parent borrowing that is needed. 
  • Students and families are coached about how best to approach colleges for better aid packages.

Extended Service Area – Preparing for and Making the Most of the First Year


  • After the decision is made…
    • Plan for orientation and registration
    • Living with roommates
    • Maximizing the On-campus Experience
    • Getting Involved On-campus
    • Excelling in the Classroom – Understanding What Professors Expect
    • Time Management Skills
    • Getting the Most from Academic Advising
    • Understanding Campus Resources
    • Campus & Relationship Safety
    • Proactive contact at the beginning, middle and end of your first year of college. Staying in contact to hear how things are going – helping trouble-shoot issues that arise.
    • Access to your coach via phone, email, and in person meetings.

Free 30-minute review of coaching services.  This can be arranged either in person, on the phone, or through Skype.

There are many ways that college coaching can save you time and money.  Finding the right college experience to transform you is priceless.     

Headquartered in the Quad Cities while Serving Students Worldwide.
Phone: 937-618-0487
Email: John@CooperCrossroads.com
Office: 2550 Middle Road, Suite 300. Bettendorf, Iowa 52722