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Take the Guesswork out of

Applying for College

Applying for College

Don’t let confusing high school course prerequisites, lengthy applications, and missed deadlines keep you or your child from achieving their college goals. The college admissions process starts with 9th grade course selection, and with the proper tools, planning and guidance, it can be completed early in the senior year – avoiding unnecessary stress and anxiety.

At College in 3-2-1 we’ll help you navigate the ever-changing college application process and help you start early so you can be ready to stand out from other applicants.

The Facts About College Admissions:

Counselor to Student ratio
In the 2013/2014 school year, the national average High School Counselor to Student ratio was 491:1 (American School Counselor Association)
College applications
The most popular US colleges are now receiving over 50,000 applications per year. (US News and World Report)
Acceptance rate
Highly Selective US universities have an acceptance rate as low as 5% (US News and World Report)

Did you know…

Having a 4-year college degree is necessary for most career paths in today’s job market, but colleges are becoming more and more competitive every year. It’s important to stand out among fellow applicants, but you shouldn’t have to change yourself to fit your idea of an admissions officer’s ideal student.

I’ll show you how to showcase your skills and ambitions so you can find a university that wants you for who you are!

Independent Education Counselor

I’m an Independant Education Counselor, or in other words, a college admissions consultant, who works closely with students to take the guesswork and stress out of college admissions and preparation. I’m here to help you plan your path to your higher education, whether you’re a high school freshman who wants an early start, you’re a sophomore, junior, or senior unsure of where to apply, or you need help with applications, essays, and financial aid.

Wherever you are in your college prep process, I’m here to guide you!

I understand that college preparation is a confusing and intimidating process, both for students and parents. I’ve been there myself. I also understand every student is unique, and there’s a right way for everyone when it comes to choosing and applying for colleges. Together we’ll develop a personalized plan that fits your needs.

I’m here to guide you!

The transition from high school to college presents many challenges which can lead to added stress on young adults.

That’s why my mission is to create joy and peace of mind for each student I guide into the institution of higher education which holds the most promise for them.

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Why work with us? The answer: 491:1

Most high schools have counselors to help students with college preparation, so why hire an IEC? With College in 3-2-1, you’ll work with an experienced college admissions consultant for a much more personalized experience than students might find with a high school counselor.

Here’s why a College in 3-2-1 IEC should be part of your student’s college admissions team.

  • Nationally, there are 491 high school students for every 1 counselor.
  • Students, on average, receive only 38 minutes of college counseling from their high school counselor.
  • School counselors have many important jobs, but are too overwhelmed with other duties to give college admission counseling their full attention.
  • IEC’s dedicate their time to being informed and educated on the latest in college admissions trends, technology requirements and information to adequately advise all students to the level that meets their needs.
  • Most IEC’s personally visit dozens of colleges and universities throughout the country each year to meet the admissions team and bring their students an understanding of the college’s culture and academic offerings, as well as the local community environment. This information is critical for advising students about schools that are a good fit for each individual.  

At College in 3-2-1, you are the priority, and we are the specialists.  Through the use of technology such as Skype, Google Docs and customized IEC online tools, we work with students throughout the country at very competitive prices.

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About College in 3-2-1

Kathy de Jong is the President/Owner of College in 3-2-1 located in Clemmons, NC.

Kathy experienced the frustration of learning too late that her stepson was not adequately prepared for or coached through the college preparation process, despite going to a private high school. She could only watch and console as rejection letters rolled in from his top choice schools. Poor decisions made throughout high school, and inadequate school guidance, are a real possibility for every student. And there are very few “do-overs”.

Kathy was determined not to let that happen again. She started educating herself in preparation for her daughter to enter high school. Kathy was overwhelmed by the shear volume of information and steps required to successfully navigate the college admissions process, particularly when a student is interested in a selective to very selective college, but within a reasonable cost.

Kathy’s goal is to help students enjoy their high school years. Taking the guesswork out of the college admission process is key. She provides the students with knowledge, a plan and encouragement so students can tackle their high school coursework and extra-curriculars without that burden. 

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Testimonials

See what our colleagues and clients are saying about us.

I’ve known Kathy for over 20 years and worked with her in a professional capacity. She is an excellent resource for students and families that are looking for an individual that will work one-on-one with a student on his/her educational goals from start to finish. I’ve seen first hand how she can create a plan to make a process simple to follow while obtaining the desired results! She is dedicated to her professional integrity, and works tirelessly on behalf of her clients. Kathy truly considers her job as a partnership with the family, designed with the student’s desires and best interests in mind.

Debora Owens

Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2017-10-04T13:26:47+00:00

Debora Owens

Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

I’ve known Kathy for over 20 years and worked with her in a professional capacity. She is an excellent resource for students and families that are looking for an individual that will work one-on-one with a student on his/her educational goals from start to finish. 

If it wasn't for Kathy and her unbelievable knowledge, I truly do not know what we would have done.  The application essay was a huge concern for us because we knew how much emphasis is placed on the essay with the university's decision.  Kathy worked with my son each week to develop his thoughts and skills in creative writing.  Kathy went above and beyond.  There are really no words to express my gratitude and thankfulness.  I would highly recommend Kathy and all of her services on your college journey.

K. Weaver

Parent, Kernersville, NC

2017-12-04T17:46:27+00:00

K. Weaver

Parent, Kernersville, NC

If it wasn’t for Kathy and her unbelievable knowledge, I truly do not know what we would have done.  The application essay was a huge concern for us because we knew how much emphasis is placed on the essay with the university’s decision.  Kathy worked 

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