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College Advising is about Fit

We learn what is important to you by getting to know your hopes and dreams. Then, we help you find a college/university environment where you can both get an excellent education and feel at home. Taking you on road trips helps you put your feet on campuses to expand your imagination and envision what can be the best four years of your life. Dream. What kind of experience do you want? Our career assessment, interest surveys college advising, scholarship searches offer suggestions and ideas to follow your heart to explore and pursue your ideal activities, majors, and careers.

Our Unique Process

How can you be unique, when you follow the same paths as other students? We do not give you the same information, design the same resume, or "package" you in the same way as someone else. You are not packaged. You are unique. Some counseling systems offer the same lists to you as they do someone else. That does not serve you. Colleges seek innovative thinkers, diverse belief systems, and eclectic skills. We find out how you are different, special, and interesting based solely on you. Thus, college advising is, in part, assisting you in creating a list of schools, but it is so much more. We are great coaches.

We Deliver Exceptional Service

We are not free, but we are not even close to the cost of some very expensive advisors. Yet, we are just as successful or more successful. We deliver quality, responsiveness, and a deep sense of commitment to you. We do this through sage advice, superior services, and inspiration. Our students attend the top universities and, through our support, are accepted to enough schools so that they can choose where they want to attend after months of discovery about what is really important to them.

We Provide Value and Inspiration

Students must want to come back. Our advice/service must be worth more to you than your other commitments, passions, or pursuits. Otherwise, you will not spend the money or return for more information. At Lizard, we do not bind our students and their parents to expensive contracts that they cannot break. With expensive packages, once you pay and sign a contract, you lose your money. If the person you hire does not deliver, you are stuck. Our belief is that we must deliver each time you come, because you can choose not to return.

We Are Experts 

Sure, you can do research, but with decades of experience, you can save time and uncover what you may not find. Since you are only a senior in high school once or are a college graduate who wants to get going with graduate school rather than wait, you want expertise. Just like most people do not do their own taxes, you should not prepare for college and apply without an advisor. Why? Tax laws change from year to year and most people do not read tax law on a daily basis. Similarly, admissions rules, college opportunities, and scholarships change each year. We stay abreast of the field so that you can get the latest information.

We Save You Time

With advising and support, you save time. We believe students should focus on academics, activities, and leadership – not reading pages and pages of instructions and rules for each scholarship, program, or college application. We read, explore, and investigate programs every day. This is what we do. You can go on road trips, but we have visited hundreds of campuses and do this for a living. We have a team to help students envision, script, and edit student videos, essays, articles, and research. We speak at schools and conferences and know the organizations you join.

A Final Note

As you choose the counselor with whom you entrust your future, make sure it is a person who is wise, intellectual, experienced, responsible, and can provide the comprehensive services you need. It would be an honor for us, at Lizard, go on this college planning journey with you.

What We Do

Our expertise is in getting students accepted to undergraduate, dual degree, and graduate schools....and pay for school. We are not therapists. We are not strong in treatment programs. We are not experts in boarding schools. We know colleges. We do have extensive experience in international, athletic admissions, and art/music/theater/film portfolios.

Services

  • Educational Counseling

  • Career Planning

  • “Best Fit” College Selection

  • Athletic Recruiting

  • Test Preparation

  • College Application Assistance

  • Resumes and Supplementals

  • Winning College Entrance Essays

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • Graduate/Professional School (Med School, Law, MBA, Psychology, Ed Schools)

  • Life/Leadership Coaching