The Complete College Admissions Adventure

Everything about applying to college - applications, SATs/ACTs, essays, recommendations, financial aid, & scholarships.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

From the author of, Accepted! A Monthly Guide to College Applications and Admission to Any School, the Complete Admissions Adventure is everything you need to know about college applications and the admission process. The course provides complete college admissions counseling, and all of the advice that a private coach could give, at a fraction of the cost. At the end of this course, you will be able to build and manage your college applications as if you had an expensive private college counselor.

You will master:

  • Choosing colleges - Build a list of schools to apply to that are good fits
  • Applications - Fill out the Common Application and manage outside submissions
  • Standardized testing – SAT/ACT - Test preparation, scores, and timing
  • Essays - Write college essays, personal statements, and short answers
  • Recommendation letters - Choose recommenders and set them up to write great letters
  • Resumes - Write a resume perfect for a college application
  • Interviews - Prepare and practice for a college interview
  • Financial aid & the FAFSA - Apply for financial aid and understand your award
  • Scholarships - search and apply for scholarships
  • Decisions and Waitlists - Early action, early decision, deferral, waitlists, and decisions


Each Section in the course focuses on a single topic within the college admission process. Units are built around video lectures with a college coach and then provide all the resources that students and parents need. No technical expertise is required, but students will be encouraged to learn Excel spreadsheets (a skill that will pay you back big time later!) to organize themselves. Some of the skills taught are skills that students will build on for the rest of their lives - writing resumes and personal statements, interviewing, and making big financial decisions.

Students will be guided through the entire college admissions process and given the resources to find and win admission to the best possible schools for them.

What are the requirements?

  • Be ready to take notes and build your own plan to get admitted to the best possible school for you!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply to colleges, get accepted, navigate financial decisions, and make the best choice for you.

What is the target audience?

  • This college admissions course teaches the entire college admission process from choosing the right school to applications, standardized tests, essays, letters of recommendation, resumes, interviews, financial aid, scholarships, and decision-making. It is designed to provide all of the information a college coach or counselor could provide 24/7 at a fraction of the cost.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
06:47

Get oriented with the course and find out what we'll cover in the Complete College Admissions Adventure.

Section 2: The College Search - Choosing which schools to apply to
13:36
  • Explore the factors that should go into your college search.
  • Organize your search to keep track of details
  • Learn where to find information on colleges
  • Consider ways to narrow your list
  • Pick which schools you're going to apply to
Section 3: The College Application
06:05
  • Learn the parts of the college application
  • Organize applications and their many parts
  • Keep track of deadlines
  • Manage outside contributions--transcripts, letter of recommendation, & test scores
11:58
  • Finish the Applications lecture
  • Explore the linked resources - especially The Common Application
Section 4: Standardized Testing - The SAT & ACT
14:55
  • Learn about the different standardized tests often required by colleges
  • Understand the differences between tests
  • Be able to plan which ones to take and when
  • Consider test preparation options
  • Evaluate your scores
  • Send your scores to schools
Section 5: The College Essay
12:34
  • Create a list of all the essays needed for your applications
  • Brainstorm topic ideas
  • Build a strategy and write the fewest essays possible to maximize quality
  • Understand how essays should flow
  • Outline essays
  • Convince colleges you're serious about their school
  • Edit and polish
14:39
  • Finish the Essays lecture
  • Explore the linked resources
Section 6: Recommendation Letters
15:36
  • Understand the purpose of a recommendation letter and what makes a good one
  • Be able to choose your recommenders wisely
  • Set your recommenders up to write the best possible letters
  • Manage submission procedures and deadlines
  • Avoid common pitfalls
Section 7: Resumes for College Applications
13:26
  • Understand why you write a resume
  • Learn the parts of a resume
  • Consider how to organize your accomplishments and activities
  • Review different formatting options
  • Edit and polish
Section 8: College Admissions Interviews
09:39
  • Find out what to expect in a college admissions interview
  • Put together a practice mock interview
  • Practice sample questions to prepare
  • Learn some do's and don'ts to keep you on track
06:16
  • Finish the Interviews lecture
  • Explore the linked resources
Section 9: Financial Aid and the FAFSA
11:54
  • Learn the parts of the financial aid application
  • Understand how to fill our common aid application forms
  • Consider deadlines and timing
  • Understand an award letter
  • Appealing financial aid decisions
Section 10: Applying for Scholarships
10:30
  • Find out where to search for scholarship opportunities
  • Organize your search and applications
  • Learn how to apply for scholarships
  • Understand the impact outside scholarships can have on your financial aid package
06:13
  • Finish the Scholarships lecture
  • Explore the linked resources
Section 11: Make Your Decision!
09:53
  • Understand Early Action and Early Decision rules
  • Learn about Waitlists and what you can do
  • Visit and research your top choices
  • Make your decision
  • Go to college :)

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Instructor Biography

Alpha Academia harnesses expertise--advice and tools--to give its students everything they need to be successful at gaining admission to their best school.

Sarah Ballard founded Alpha Academia to make top college admissions advice accessible to all. The company launched its inaugural course, The Complete College Admissions Adventure in 2015 and just published its book, Accepted! A Monthly Guide to College Applications and Admission to Any School.

Sarah is a Georgetown University and Law Center alumna. After college, she was endorsed to compete for the Rhodes Scholarship and won the George Mitchell Scholarship. She has her Masters and her Juris Doctor. She was never rejected from a single school to which she applied. This includes the Ivy League, graduate school, and law school. She has also won more than $150,000 in competitive, merit scholarships. She has read and reviewed applications for the Mitchell and Fulbright scholarships and has volunteered to do admission interviews at the undergraduate level.

Sarah knows what it is like to navigate the applications process on her own and has assembled a suite of videos and tools that she wishes she had when she was applying--just for you!

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