Anyone can market a student or “craft” a profile. That’s the easy part. Building a self-sufficient, independent student who is ready for college is the real work—and it takes time, skill, and experienced educational professionals, not admissions experts.
The real issue is that we’re giving unprepared and unsupported teenagers access to $150,000-$250,000 educational opportunities and crossing our fingers, hoping that everything turns out ok.
Unfortunately, for most students, it’s not ok. Nearly 40% of all undergrads who attend college aren’t graduating. A lot of students lack the maturity to take on this kind of financial risk. They’ve never learned how to be independent, ask for help, or balance their school work and social lives. Others don’t have a supportive network to lean on. Some are missing both.