Services

At Shining Applicants, you are the rising star, and we want you to shine brightly.  We work with clients across the United States and abroad, providing customized individual consulting services tailored to your needs.

 

We offer hourly consultations, comprehensive and customized consulting packages. We invite you to create your own consulting package by selecting any combination of our services that you feel best meet your needs. As we get to know you, we will also make recommendations for the services that would support your success goals.

At Shining Applicants, your success is our success.

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Undergraduate University Admissions

  • Early planning for university admissions application and advising for strategic engagement in extracurricular activities that matter.

  • Coaching for test taking strategies.

  • Career assessment and academic advice for choosing the “best fit” programs of study.

  • Research, analysis, and guidance on applying to the “best fit” colleges and universities.

  • Early planning and guidance for selecting appropriate recommenders.

  • Coaching for your recommenders and writing assistance.

  • Guidance on “Common Essay” topic choice, review, and writing assistance.

  • Review of “Supplemental Essay” and writing assistance.

  • Review of “Why Us Essay” and writing assistance.

  • Financial aid research, advice, and assistance with preparing applications for scholarship awards.

  • Comprehensive review of Common Application.

  • Assistance with getting your high school credentials evaluated.

  • Interviewing coaching and practice.

  • Coaching for effective communication strategies and writing assistance.

  • Guidance on seeking accommodations for physical and/or learning disabilities.

  • Coaching strategies for marketing your special talents.

  • Guidance on making your decision which admissions offers to accept and communication strategies.

  • Advice on F-1 student visa application requirements, process, embassy interview preparation, benefits, and limitations.

  • Assistance with pre-departure and pre-arrival preparation.

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Masters and Ph.D. Admissions

  • Career assessment and academic advice for choosing the “best fit” program of study.

  • Coaching for test taking strategies.

  • Research, analysis, and guidance on applying to the “best fit” colleges and universities.

  • Financial aid research, advice, and assistance with preparing applications for graduate assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships.

  • Review of your Personal Statement and writing assistance.

  • Guidance for selecting appropriate recommenders.

  • Coaching for your recommenders and writing assistance.

  • Resume guidance, review, and writing assistance.

  • Assistance with getting your undergraduate credentials evaluated.

  • Interviewing coaching and practice.

  • Coaching for effective communication strategies and writing assistance.

  • Comprehensive review of admissions application.

  • Consulting on seeking accommodations for physical and/or learning disabilities.

  • Coaching strategies for marketing your special talents.

  • Advice on F-1 or J-1 student visas: application requirements, process, embassy interview preparation, benefits, and limitations.

  • Guidance on making your decision which admissions offers to accept and communication strategies.

  • Preparation and assistance for registering dependent children in US schools.

  • Assistance with pre-departure and pre-arrival preparation.

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Financial Aid

  • Advice on understanding college costs.

  • Guidance on developing a comprehensive budget and strategies for identifying potential resources. 

  • Research, analysis report, and guidance in selecting the “best fit” scholarships, fellowships, and grant awards.

  • Comprehensive review of funding application packet and writing assistance.

  • Coaching for effective networking and communication strategies with funding organizations and decision makers.

  • Coaching for interviewing strategies and interview practice.

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Visiting Scholars 

  • Research, analysis report, and guidance on applying to the "best fit" colleges and universities.

  • Guidance and writing assistance for developing your research and/or teaching  proposals.

  • Curriculum vitae (or resume) guidance, review, and writing assistance.

  • Financial aid research, advice, and assistance with preparing applications for assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and grant awards.

  • Guidance for selecting appropriate recommenders.

  • Coaching for your recommenders and writing assistance.

  • Interviewing coaching and practice.

  • Coaching strategies for marketing your special talents.

  • Comprehensive review of your entire application packet.

  • Advice on J-1 visiting scholar visa application  requirements, process, embassy interview preparation, benefits, and limitations.

  • Advice and assistance with registering your dependent children in schools abroad.

  • Assistance with pre-departure and pre-arrival preparations. 

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