When it comes to comparing colleges (and, really, the entire college admissions process), everything must center around your particular hopes and vision for your future and your family's needs.

The College Comparison Data Dive is March Consulting’s unique way of ensuring that every student and every family can begin their journey to college with the full view of the college experience in mind. 

Because the truth is, there is no such thing as one perfect school. There are many colleges that can provide you incredible educational and social opportunities at a price point that fits your family's budget.

But you don't know what you don't know. And expert guidance as you build your college list and compare colleges to one another is invaluable.

You provide the dreams. We provide the roadmap.  

By leveraging what we learn about who you are and your vision for your future and data we've collected over more than a decade in the college admissions world, we can create a realistic game plan to help you:

  1. Get admitted to colleges that are your perfect fit. 
  2. Fund your tuition without soul-crushing, long-term debt.  
  3. Set you up for success both in college and in your career beyond graduation.

To date, we've served more than 600 clients with a 100% success rate of admission. And we've helped our clients earn an average of $45,000 in merit aid and scholarships.

Whether you are struggling to see what the future holds, or you know exactly what you want and are seeking the best guidance on how to get there, Kat and her team of private college counselors here at March Consulting can help you.

Here's how the College Comparison Data Dive works...

Everything You Need To Know About The

College Comparison Data Dive

We Compare Colleges Differently

Here at March Consulting, our College Comparison Data Dive is the first and most important facet of helping our students create the future of their dreams. 

Finding your perfect fit college requires extensive knowledge of the more than 2,500 college and universities available to you throughout the United States.  

We have relationships with schools across the country and are experts at finding hidden gem college programs you’ve never heard of that are designed to catapult you toward your unique dream life in college and beyond.

The other reason that it's critical to have expert guidance as you compare colleges is the exorbitant cost of college these days.

No matter your financial means, college tuition is a heavy burden. And, while private scholarships can be helpful, we know from over a decade in the college admissions space that the very best way to fund your college education is to find the merit aid scholarships that come from the colleges themselves.

To date, our clients have earned over $34,000,000 in scholarships....and counting...

We know how to help you curate a college list full of schools that you love and that will also provide you merit aid to offset the cost of tuition. 

Together we will curate a stellar list of colleges for you to apply to - comparing and contrasting schools you are considering as well as programs you might not know about - with your family’s financial considerations and your personal academic and social priorities at the center of every step.

The College Comparison Data Dive Deliverables

In addition to two private, one-on-one Zoom meetings led by your dedicated and experienced college counselor, you will walk away from your College Comparison Data Dive with the following assets. 

Seriously Spruced-Up College Comparison Spreadsheet

You'll have a well-organized college list overflowing with useful information. Not only will you have a clearer picture of the schools you originally had your eye on, but you will also have a treasure trove of additional hidden gems in the form of colleges and programs suggested by your private college counselor.

Custom-Fit Plan for Next Best College Admissions Steps

Whether you need further support finding scholarships, ACT or SAT tutoring, personal essay feedback, or private college counseling support, we've got you covered. We can provide a list of reliable college admissions resources to get your application to your dream school completed on time and with less stress.

Access to Premium College Comparison Software

Your investment in the College Admissions Data Dive includes 3 months of access to 2 incredibly powerful college list building resources: Counselmore and College Aid Pro. You can continue researching on your own or explore additional opportunities to move forward with ongoing, expert college admissions guidance.

5 Steps To College Comparison Success

The very best college experience begins with a clear, complete look at the data.

These are the steps of our tried-and-true process for curating a list of colleges that meets your and your family's needs in every way and then developing a road map to your ideal vision of the future...

Step 1: Schedule Your First Meeting

Reserving time with your private college counselor is easy. Just click here to register

Once you've scheduled your first meeting and paid for your sessions, you'll be all set to meet on Zoom at a time that's perfect for you and your family.

Step 2: Meet Your Private College Counselor

During your first Zoom meeting, you, your family, and your college counselor will explore your exceptional vision for your college experience and your dreams beyond school. 

You'll discuss priorities and goals if you have them. Or talk about the options if you don’t.

You can have your burning college admissions questions answered by an expert.

Your counselor will get an idea of what your family has- or, perhaps, hasn't yet- investigated in the college admissions space.

Lastly, you'll chat about the various possibilities for funding your college dreams. 

Step 3: Schedule Your Second Meeting

After your first meeting, your college counselor will get to work putting together a college comparison spreadsheet for you to review together at your second meeting.

Once the spreadsheet is ready (typically one week after your first meeting), you'll receive a link to schedule your second meeting and be on your way towards even greater clarity and a deeper understanding of the enormous potential your future holds.

Step 4: Complete Your Second Meeting

At your second meeting, you'll have a chance to review your personalized college comparison spreadsheet that your counselor compiled for you. (It's yours to keep!)

In addition to digging into the hard facts (i.e. tuition details, financial aid availability, and scholarship opportunities), you'll also talk through the incredible, hidden gem opportunities available at each institution on your list as well as a few additionally suggested colleges your counselor believes are a great fit for you.

We will show you how to compare colleges from every angle to ensure that you've found schools that are not only your perfect fit academically and socially, but who will provide you ample merit aid and scholarship awards to attend. 

You can ask any questions that came up for you and your family after the first meeting and develop options regarding your next right steps on your college admissions journey.

Step 5: Explore Next Steps

If you'd like to continue your journey with your college admissions counselor, they will provide you with a list of next-step options that are based on the whole menu of March Consulting offerings and tailored directly to your wants and needs.

If you'd prefer to continue your college admissions work and research on your own, you'll still have a solid understanding of how to traverse the sometimes-treacherous landscape and the knowledge that if anything comes up that you need help with, March Consulting will still be here for you. 

At the end of the College Comparison Data Dive, you will have a greater sense of organization, direction, and clarity in terms of what you need to work on to turn your collegiate aspirations into your reality!

Frequently Asked Questions About The College Comparison Data Dive

Who are the College Comparison Data Dive sessions for - parents, students, or both?

The entire college admissions process is undeniably a family affair, so both parents and students are welcome. 

Plus, parents and students naturally have different concerns and perspective regarding the process. Therefore, ideally, students and at least one parent or guardian should attend the two sessions together.

How do you generate your college comparison spreadsheet?

After the initial meeting, we compile a list of your top college choices plus 1-3 additionally researched colleges that we also think might be a good fit for you.

Then we utilize Counselmore and College Aid Pro to build your spreadsheet comparing essential college data, saving you the countless hours it would take to generate this information on your own.

With our College Comparison Data Dive, students and parents both get all the confidence the data offers, along with the expert guidance our college counselors provide for all your questions, every step of the way.

What specific data is explored in the college comparison spreadsheet?

Isn't it too soon to consider the cost of college? Our family is just now starting to think about college admissions.

We know that some people are nervous to look at the money and the numbers, which is entirely normal.

It can feel stressful and scary. It can also feel like it might make sense to focus on paying for college once you've been admitted.

But the reality is, college cost comparisons need to be done hand-in-hand with your college search process- so it's never too soon to start looking at the costs.

Ignoring the facts of the situation or avoiding candid conversations about the cost of college can lead to tremendous disappointment for students or overwhelming debt for families.

The only way to take the sting out of the overwhelming parts of the college admissions process is to shine a light in those dark, detailed places.

So don't be afraid of the data. It can only help. And by having us look at it with you, the numbers may even turn out to be a relieving surprise.

We were going to do a college comparison ourselves. What's the advantage to working with you?

The simple answer is that you don't know what you don't know. Meanwhile, we have built our careers out of finding all the best ways to navigate this incredibly complex process.

By working with March Consulting, you can save yourself both time and money.

We will handle the intensive research and generate your college comparison spreadsheet, freeing up that time in your already busy schedule.

Additionally, it's not only about finding the raw data. It's about being aware of all the academic and scholarship opportunities hiding behind the big numbers and allowing this to be a positive experience rather than a soul-crushing one.

Even if your student has access to this (or other) software through their school, the software is still just a tool. And like any tool, it is best wielded with expert hands. (To put it another way, would you rather get in a truck with someone experienced or a first-time driver?)

Our experienced college counselors will help you interpret the data and creatively problem-solve so that you aren't stuck with having debt as your only way forward.

If you want to join 100% of our clients in getting into most (if not all) of your college list, let our extensive knowledge be your secret weapon.

What's the cost of the College Comparison Data Dive?

For your investment of $697, you receive:

  • 2 private sessions with your dedicated, experienced college admissions officer,
  • an invaluable spreadsheet of comparison data to find your best-fit colleges,
  • 3 months of access to the same robust college admissions and financial aid software private college advisors like us leverage every day, and
  • priceless peace of mind in crafting a pathway to getting into and paying for college. 

Consider this: the majority of our clients are average students from middle class families who have big dreams but aren't necessarily aiming for the Ivy League. They end up getting roughly 7 out of 10 acceptances and are offered tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars from the schools they get into. So the typical student who works with us pays a few hundred and gets at least few thousand as a return on that investment. 

Are those the kind of odds that you'd be able to walk away from in Vegas?

Perhaps a better question is: what's the cost of NOT doing the College Comparison Data Dive with March Consulting?

What other college admissions services do you offer?

We offer a wide array of services to help our clients prepare for college. From comprehensive private college consulting packages to standalone college essay consulting offerings, we're here to support you however you need.

If you'd like us to get to know you and then guide you through the offerings that would be the best fit for you, simply give us a call at (661) 747-4514 or book a complimentary consulting call with one of our college admissions experts by clicking the button below. 

Have a question? Ask away!

Curious and want to learn more about the College Comparison Data Dive? Have a question specific to your student's situation?

Give us a call at (661) 747-4514 or send us a message using the form below. We're happy to help!