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A Tale of 2 Students
I want to share with you a story, a story about two students in their freshman year. It’s a true story about my niece Allie and her roommate. Their first year started off as most freshman years do. They arrived on campus, went through orientation and things were going well.
Then at Thanksgiving my niece had come home and we were having Thanksgiving dinner, and I was asking her about college and she was gushing about how much she loved it. And then I asked her about her roommate. Well, her roommate Jill had a very different experience and was feeling out of place and depressed about her college experience. In fact, she was already talking about transferring out at the end of the first semester, and going to the local community college near her high school.
Now let me ask you: How is it that you can talk to two students who were roommates, both with such different experiences and opinions all about the same institution?
Well, here’s the truth. This happens all the time.
In fact, 40% of students will not return to their college after their freshman year.
That’s Not Me
Now you might be thinking, “not me” or “not my kid.” I get it… but the research says different.
20% of college freshmen will not return for their sophomore year, but when you adjust for the elite colleges that number’s actually 40%. So only 60% are going to return for that sophomore year, and it’s referred to a the freshman flop, and you want to do everything you can to avoid that.
The problem is most students say they learn the problems too late in the process.
FACT: 70% say that finding a good fit college is their biggest concern.
And you can understand why. With over 4,000 colleges to choose from, how are you supposed to get that list down to something manageable? The problem is most students and parents can only name about six colleges outside of their home state, and outside of the large football colleges. And why is that?
Well, because there’s a lot of money that goes into college sports, and the challenge of course is filtering out all of those schools that just don’t make any sense for your student. It’s about finding the good fit colleges, and identifying which ones you should be looking at, and which ones you should completely ignore and not waste any time with.
You Are Missing the Big Picture
Another fact, most families focus on the annual cost of college and completely miss the total cost of graduation. Let’s take a look. If small private colleges on average are graduating 61% of their students in four years, and the large public universities are only graduating on average 33%, then you need to take that into account. So let’s use this example.
If the net cost per year for a private college is $24,000 and only $15,000 for public, when then the winner is clear, right?
Most liberal arts students graduate in four years while others take five or more years. The total annual cost at the liberal arts college is $96,000, and $75,000 at the public universities, but you have to take into account the lost wages in year five, the average grad’s making about $45,000.
When you take that into account, the Total Cost of Graduation still $96,000 for the small private and $120,000 for the student going to the public university on average.
So how do you build your short list of true fit colleges that are going to allow students to graduate in four years and move on to the next step in their career?
Colleges are Marketing Machines
Finding information can be difficult because the colleges, they have their own marketing machine. You need to look beyond the brochures, beyond the shiny pages and the beautiful pictures of the happy students, and look beyond the mass mailings that the colleges are doing because they bought your SAT or your ACT registration information.
What we know is that 27% of first year students, so these are enrolled students in college, they felt misled by the admissions and recruitment materials that they received from their college when they were going through the college selection process.
High School Counselors Are Overwhelmed
And of course high school counselors can’t really help. The average high school counselor in the U.S. has responsibility for 482 students. So, no knock against them, but how can they possibly spend in-depth time working with you to develop your college short list? They simply can’t.
The “Golden Mile”
And of course the golden mile. That’s what campus tours are called on the inside of the industry, and the reason they’re called the golden mile is because it’s a well orchestrated sales pitch. They follow the script and show the best of the best in the college.
Why do they do that? Because they have a business to run. They have beds to fill, and campus tour road trips are expensive. Really expenseive.
A Road Trip Example
Just seeing four colleges over three days by flying in, a three day road trip easily you’ll spend $300 for two nights in a hotel. You’ll spend a couple hundred dollars in food, breakfast, lunch and dinner for two people. You’ll spend on average about $700 for two plane tickets, and about $150 for three days of rental car.
That’s $1,360 in expense to see just FOUR colleges.
And here’s the problem with that. You might be mapping out your college road trip and all these great schools that you want to see, when in fact maybe they are a couple schools that you shouldn’t even step foot on those campuses because they’re simply not a fit. So not only are you wasting time, you’re wasting money too.
There IS a Better Way
So, what if, what if you could quickly get a more intelligent short list of colleges before you ever visit or apply to any of these schools? And what if you could cut through the marketing hype that the colleges put out? And what if you could avoid making a big mistake that might just lead to the freshman flop?
Well, now you can.
It’s called Campus Compass, and it helps you quickly discover your college short list. You can give yourself an advantage in the college selection process by letting us do that research for you, and we’ll develop a personalized list of colleges just for you.
The Campus Compass research will cut through the college marketing hype by filtering out colleges who simply are not a good fit. You’ll avoid wasted time doing research on these misfit colleges, and it saves you money because you only have to travel to the colleges that are a good potential fit. So what’s involved?
Well, step one is to complete the personalized assessment. We want to understand your goals, where you’ve been successful, where you’ve experienced challenges up to this point, any special interests and needs that you may have. We want to complete a financial assessment, and we want to identify opportunities to maybe get you to venture outside your comfort zone.
Then our team gets to work and we filter out thousands of misfit colleges.
We start by identifying a long list of schools that are potential fits, and then we develop a tighter short list for you of just 16 colleges. Then we’ll share your short list with you, so in just one week you’ll have a one-on-one Skype session where we go through each of those colleges on the short list, and talk to you about why they made the cut. And we answer your questions and any concerns that you might have.
So what’s the cost for this?
It’s just $295, and that’s 78% less than the cost of a single college road trip. Now you know you can quickly focus your college search efforts on the fits and not the flops. So click here to get started right away.
Bonus 1: Campus Tour Guide & Checklist
And when you order today, as a free bonus, we’re going to include our guide on the smarter campus tour. After participating in dozens of campus tours on campuses both large and small across the U.S., from California to Maine, we’ve developed this guide to share seven valuable lessons to help you get the most from your campus tour.
In this guide, we share how to plan your campus tours to optimize your time and save your money. Campus tours can be expensive, and those costs of plane tickets and hotels and rental cars really start to add up, but planning your tours the right way, you’ll save both time and money.
We’ll give you the four questions that uncover the truth about colleges, including the one magic question that you should be asking on every tour that reveals some of the core issues on each one of those campuses.
And finally, we’ll give you three things that you can do to dig further into the real truth about any campus experience. And we’re also going to include the smarter tour checklist. This is a hugely valuable tool for parents and children during the campus visits. Print off copies for each one of your campus visits, and then you’ll have an apples-to-apples comparison to talk about, and really objectively evaluate each of those college visits.
Bonus 2: Big vs. Small School – Which is the Better Option?
And as another bonus, we’re going to include the analysis of the large universities versus the small liberal arts colleges.
With input from nearly 2,000 Big 10 students and over 8,000 liberal arts college students, you’re going to understand the advantages and the disadvantages of both the big schools and the small schools. We’re going to dig deep into the campus safety issue. You won’t believe what we discovered there.
And finally, we’ll uncover for you the three categories where one type of school absolutely dominates the other. So here’s everything you’ll get. You’ll get you Campus Compass research. This is the ultimate short list tailored specific to your needs. Only the colleges that are a good fit, and none of the flops.
You’ll get bonus number one, the smarter campus tour guide along with the campus tour checklist, so you can go through each one of your campus visits and look at them objectively. And bonus number two, the analysis of the big colleges versus the small liberal arts colleges, so you have a true understanding of the difference in those two experiences.
And It’s Guaranteed
And with our smarter choice guarantee, you can try it before you decide. Sign up today and put it through the test. We provide the quickest focused, no-nonsense college short list service available anywhere.
You’re either fully satisfied, absolutely thrilled with your true fit college list, or just send us a message telling us why within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price. And, you get to keep the smarter campus tour bonus guide as our gift.
Imagine if just two months from now you had your short list of colleges, and you were only working on those colleges that were truly a good fit. Then you shorten that list and only went on the campus tours for those colleges that were a really good it. And finally, you sent in your applications only to those colleges that were a good fit both on paper and from the campus experience.
Let’s Get Started on Your Short List
To get started with your Campus Compass and get instant access to the bonuses I shared with you, simply click the button below, then complete your contact and payment information. Then in just one week you will have your personalized list of college fits and avoid the flops. Go ahead and click the button below, and we’ll see you on the other side.