Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
We guide students bound for boarding school, college, and graduate school and in addition have consultants with expertise in athletic recruiting and in programs for students with special needs.
We offer a range of services from a single session consultation to our comprehensive guidance service, which will take the student through the entire admissions process. Depending on individual needs, Dunbar consultants will provide guidance on a student’s academic program, an appropriate list of schools or colleges, a standardized test schedule, advice on extra-curricular and summer activities, essay guidance and interview preparation.
What differentiates Dunbar from other educational consultants?
Formed in 1984 and now with nineteen consultants in the US and Hong Kong, we have significant experience guiding students with widely differing backgrounds, abilities and interests. Our consultants collaborate closely with one another so each student benefits from our team approach and collective experience. We regularly visit schools and colleges around the country and share our findings on admission trends and what is happening on campuses with our colleagues.
When is the best time to begin working with a college-bound student?
While many families come to us when their children are in 11th or 12th grades, it is helpful to begin our relationship with the student as early as the 8th or 9th grade so that we can develop a four year high school plan encompassing curriculum, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities that will maximize their potential. The high school curriculum is one of the most important factors in college admissions.
When is it the best time to begin applying to boarding school?
Since most boarding schools have application deadlines in January, it is best to start the process in the preceding spring. For those who decide to apply to schools later in the Admission’s calendar, contact our consultants to discuss your situation. Many schools will consider applications after their published deadlines.
I have a college counselor at my high school; can I benefit from working with an independent consultant?
Some families come to us because their children attend schools where the student/counselor ratio is very high and they seek more personalized guidance. Because each Dunbar consultant works with relatively few students and is not burdened with additional responsibilities beyond college counseling, we can provide a highly individualized service throughout the year, including the summer.
Others may choose to work with us because they want an additional and impartial perspective that will benefit their child. And some families in locations outside the US work with us because their school has little or no prior experience with admissions to US colleges.
Whatever the reason, our focus is entirely on the student (vs. a particular school or college) and what is in his or her best interests. We do not replace the school counselor; in fact, we encourage our students to work closely with their school counselors and we teach them how to fully utilize their school’s guidance resources.
What if we don’t live near one of your offices?
Dunbar consultants work with students located throughout the US and the world. While many will meet with us in person at some point in the process, today’s technology enables us to have “virtual” face-to-face conversations with students whether they live in Istanbul, Los Angeles or Manila.
How much does it cost?
To learn more about our service and fee options, please call our office at (203) 972-0730 or contact one of our consultants directly.