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A daily College Counseling Workshop helps seniors identify, target, and ultimately achieve entrance to the college or university best suited for them. So what defines "best"? Working with the College Counselor together they identify the student's passions in life, the type of career or professional endeavor to satisfy those passions, and each day use those passions to establish college goals.

We not only look at the various career paths each institution offers, we also project down the road to the careers themselves. Can the student afford to begin their professional life in debt, as so many find they undertake these days? Or can we identify both their best academic path combined with a realistic look at 'return on investment'?

Counselors spend a great deal of time with students and become familiar with each students' strengths and weaknesses. With this individual attention, compellingly personal letters of recommendation, and quality-control checks on all applications, it is no wonder that each year more elite universities' student-recruiting teams are adding BASIS Curriculum Schools to their visit list.

The 148 graduates of BASIS Curriculum Schools Class of 2014 boast nearly 650 acceptances to 172 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Combined, they earned $22,273,400 in merit scholarships over four years' matriculation. Of those 172 colleges, 42 were among the US News top 50 National Universities; another 18 were among the top 50 National Colleges; and several others were at renowned international institutions, like the University of Oxford and McGill University.

Look at this staggering indicator: Every BASIS Curriculum student applying to American University, Boston College, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Barbara, Cornell College, Goucher College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lehigh University, Marquette University, Mills College, St. John's College, Temple University, Wellesley College, and Willamette University was accepted! Or, looking at Stanford University's 2014 incoming freshman class, BASIS Curriculum student applicants were two-and-a-half times more likely to achieve acceptance compared with student applicants nationwide.

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