College planning made so simple, a college organizer made so easy, it's magic. Take the stress out of the high stakes college application process.

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The College Application Wizard is the brainchild of Lynell Engelmyer and Kelly Herrington. Between Lynell and Kelly, they have over four decades of experience in college admissions, college counseling, and college financial aid.  Lynell, a former Director of Financial Aid, owns a successful college counseling practice in upstate New York, and frequently writes and speaks to groups about all aspects of applying to and paying for college.  Kelly serves as the Director of College Counseling at a high school in the Pacific Northwest and is the former Associate Dean of Admissions at Union College.  Lynell and Kelly worked with a team of graphic designers, programmers and writers to create the first online personalized college organizer – The College Application Wizard.

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Time and time again, you are told to “stay organized” throughout the college application process, but no one really tells you how to do that.  Here is that tool.  The College Application Wizard is the most personalized, comprehensive, and anxiety-reducing way for students and parents to navigate college admission and financial aid applications.  By ensuring that students know exactly what is required from each school and by what deadlines; they will stay organized and put their best foot forward in this important process.  No nagging, no headaches, just helpful tips and a custom tailored plan.  It’s online and it’s free.

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If you’re a college-bound student (or the parent of one), you know how stressful the college application process can be. Dozens of forms, different deadlines for each school, tests to take, essays to write,  and much more…it’s difficult  to keep track of everything  you need to know and do. The College Application Wizard makes sense out of the college application maze by providing each user with highly customized guidance on the items they need to complete and the deadlines they need to know for the colleges of their choice.  This tool allows students to eliminate the worry and stress from the process and put that time and effort into checking tasks off of a customized to-do list.

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Gone are the days when every high school student had access to college counselors with sufficient time to help them through this process.   Today, one counselor is often assigned to hundreds of students.  At the same time, the process itself has become more complex and the competition increased.  In the past, students applied to two or three colleges.  Today, students often apply to 7 to 10 colleges or more.  Students who used to take either the SAT or ACT now take both tests and may also need to take SAT Subject Tests as well.  Arts majors may  need to submit a portfolio. Athletes might need to  prepare an athletic resume and/or submit game film to schools.  Students need to request teacher recommendations and follow-up to make sure they were submitted by the deadline.  Families applying for financial aid face another important set of requirements and deadlines with very high stakes attached.   It’s the rare person who can seamlessly navigate and organize every step of this process.  For many applicants, this process is a  confusing maze.

The College Application Wizard is like your own 24/7 college counselor.  The College Application Wizard takes the confusion out of the process and straightens out the maze to organize, guide and support students along the path to college.  It helps students understand the steps they need to take and take those steps in the right order and at the right time.  It relieves anxiety and takes the stress out of the process for students and parents.  In the words of a parent who saw the prototype of the College Application Wizard, “This is a parent’s dream come true!”

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After creating an account, students begin the college application process by supplying information about themselves including their graduation month and year.  Next, they can search the College Application Wizard’s database of four-year colleges  with over 1,500 undergraduate students and select those to which they want to apply.

The College App Wizard organizes all of the information you need for your selected schools. It creates a personal calendar for you, and provides automated reminders to help you keep on schedule.  It offers information on the tests you need to take, essays you need to write, and transcripts, recommendation letters and other materials you may need to gather as part of your application process.

Think of the college application process like a path of stepping stones leading to the front doors of a college.  When students first approach the path, the stones are in a jumble, and there’s no clear pathway from where they’re standing now to the front doors of the college.  The College App Wizard takes that jumble of stones marked “tests”  “transcripts”  “essays” “applications” “financial aid” and more and sets them in a nice, neat, orderly path.  It’s like having your very own personal guidance counselor to help you through the process, but completely automated and web-based.