Introducing….

On our most recent college trip, visiting beautiful Pepperdine University!

On a college trip in 2013, visiting beautiful Pepperdine University!

Hello Everyone!

We would like to re-introduce ourselves and our business to you. It has been about a few years since we’ve done this and there has been plenty of changes.

We are now known as KaMi College Consulting, Inc. Educational Consultants, and would like to help you find the best match as far as selecting a college is concerned. We work one-on-one with students [and their families], helping to identify colleges and universities that offer the best opportunities for connecting student learning and student needs, while keeping the student on track through every phase of the college search and application process. We are not employed by any school; we work for you!

KaMi College Consulting is co-owned by Kate Spear and Michelle Choi, both residents of Eastvale, CA. Kate spent over 16 years in the classroom teaching 2nd and 6th grades where she excelled at motivating and working with her students.  Michelle brings over 21 years of experience as a Language Arts teacher both at the intermediate and high school level; however, the last 15 years have been working with high school juniors and seniors. She brings a level of expertise preparing students for collegiate level writing and assisting their clients through the college essay process. Together we offer personalized, professional services to address the unique needs of the student on their college search and throughout the college admissions process.

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5 Things You Might Know About TCU…and 5 Things You Might Not!

College Visits are a great way to check out a college for yourself, and see how you feel on the campus. Summer visits don’t give you the usual hustle and bustle feel, but there will usually be some students there, and a quiet, subdued visit is better than no visit at all!

If you are a sophomore or junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  Seniors might choose to make a visit before they send off their applications, or wait until they have been accepted instead.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Texas Christian University, located in Fort Worth, TX.    The pictures are from our visit there in June of 2015.

5 Things You Might Know:

• A campus filled with an infinite amount of school spirit. Their mascot, the Horned Frog, can be found everywhere on campus.

• Division I, and part of the Big 12 Conference.

• Enrollment for 2014 was approximately 10,033 students.

• Cost to attend (2015-2016) is  $53,480 a year.

• The student to faculty ratio is 13:1, with an average class size of 27.

5 Things You Might Not Know About TCU:

• TCU has active and involved students…there are over 200 clubs and organizations and 35 fraternities and sororities to choose from.

• There is a two year on-campus living requirement.

• Besides the many places to eat on campus, a student’s Frog Bucks are accepted at 30 locations around town.

• Students are required to take one class of Religious Traditions, but there isn’t a chapel requirement.

• TCU offers 8 colleges and schools with over 100 majors from Actuarial Science to Writing. Students take a core curriculum that stays with them if they change their major.

TCU offers big-time athletics, opportunities, and experiences in Ft. Worth, the 17th largest city in the U.S. (and where “cowboy meets culture”). If you get to visit here, you will have lots to do and see!

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King Hall- one of twenty residence halls.

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Frog Fountain

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We peeked into one of the classrooms, notice the purple here?

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A common area in one of the dorms.

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Student Rec. Center.

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Head football coach Gary Patterson                                                                           (who used to coach Kate’s husband, John, at Sonoma State).

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A trophy case dedicated to a former San Diego Chargers’ player and former alum LaDainian Tomlinson.

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It’s not everyday that you get to check out the head coach’s office and trophies!

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The view from Coach Patterson’s office…amazing!

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Coach Patterson’s secretary was too kind- she let us take a picture of a championship ring AND her own pendant!

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TCU students get to sit right behind the bench (of the opposing team!).

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The Horned Frog.

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5 Things You Might Know About Baylor University…and 5 Things You Might Not!

College Visits are a great way to check out a college for yourself, and see how you feel on the campus. Summer visits don’t give you the usual hustle and bustle feel, but there will usually be some students there, and a quiet, subdued visit is better than no visit at all!

If you are a sophomore or junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  Seniors might choose to make a visit before they send off their applications, or wait until they have been accepted instead.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Baylor University, located in Waco, Texas. The pictures are from our visit there in June of 2015.

5 Things You Might Know:

• A 1,000 acre campus steeped in traditions that go back to 1909.

• NCAA Division 1, Bears, and part of the Big 12 Conference that offers 19 sports.

• Enrollment for 2015-2016 was approximately 16,787 students (undergrad and graduate).

• Cost to attend (2016-2017)  is $59,252 a year.

• The student to faculty ratio is 14:1, with an average class size of 27, though the largest class size is around 150.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Baylor:

• The Moody Memorial Library has a stoplight system inside for noise (with zones like Red=No talking allowed.) The largest collegiate Starbucks in the nation can be found inside.

• Students can choose to live in traditional halls or apartments, or can choose to be a part of the Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) that are organized by academic disciplines or programs. (Some choices are Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, Outdoor Adventure, or Global Community.)

• Baylor University was founded in Independence, TX in 1845, but moved to the current location in Waco in 1886.

•Each student is required to complete two semesters of Chapel, along with two religion courses.

• The Bear was established as the mascot in 1914, and you will hear students call out “Sic ’em!” as you walk around campus. Your tour guide will probably teach you the proper way to act this out too!

Baylor University is highly ranked for both the school and many of its departments. If you ever find yourself in Texas, make sure to check it out!

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What a great spot to study!

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Baylor claims this 53′ rock wall tops TCU’s.

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So many beautiful brick buildings on this campus.

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5 Things You Might Know about Sonoma State…and 5 Things You Might Not!

College Visits are a great way to check out a college for yourself, and see how you feel on the campus. Summer visits don’t give you the usual hustle and bustle feel, but there will usually be some students there, and a quiet, subdued visit is better than no visit at all!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  Seniors might choose to make a visit before they send off their applications, or wait until they have been accepted instead.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Sonoma State University, located in Rohnert Park, CA.

 


 

5 Things You Might Know:

• A 269 acre campus, in the wine country of Sonoma County.

• Division 2, Sea Wolves, and part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (for 10 of their sports).

• Enrollment for 2013-2014 was approximately 9,000 students.

• Cost to attend (2014-2015) for a California resident is $23,665 a year.

• The student to faculty ratio is 23:1, with an average class size of 25, but “101” classes (general ed.), which students take about 4 of, average 150 students.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Sonoma State (SSU):

• The Jean and Charles Shultz Information Center houses the 3-story library, where students can get free coffee at the Charlie Brown Cafe during finals.

• There are pools by 2 of the dorm buildings and an Olympic-sized pool for athletics.

• A student’s ID card lets them fish at either of the 2 stocked lakes on campus.

• The Green Music Center, only 2 years old,  seats 1,500 inside.  Upcoming performers for Fall of ’14 include Frankie Valli, Bill Maher, Diana Ross, Trace Adkins, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

• If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher in high school, you are eligible to apply for one of the 150 SSU scholarships.

Sonoma State is considered a “hidden gem” of the Cal State system, go see why for yourself!

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Kate visiting her Alma Mater!

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The beautiful, new library.

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Stevenson Hall

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Brand new recreation center

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Indoor track in the Recreation Center

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Indoor basketball courts

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Rock-climbing wall

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Zinfandel Village, one of the many housing options on campus

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Two rooms (2 students in each room) that share one bathroom and a living room

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Living room

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One of the pools at the dorms, next to Zinfandel Dining Room

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One of the lakes on campus, and also where graduation ceremonies are held

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Tennis courts

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Baseball field

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The door was open, so we snuck a peek into the indoor baseball facility!

5 Things You Might Know About The University of Hawaii at Manoa… and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on The University of Hawaii at Manoa, located on the beautiful island of Oahu.

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5 Things You Might Know:

• A 320 acre tropical campus located in Honolulu, HI.

• Division 1, Rainbow Warriors, and part of the Western Athletic Conference.

• Enrollment for 2013-2014 is approximately 20,000 students, which includes close to 6,000 graduate students.

• Cost of tuition (2014-2015) for a Non-Resident is $28,632 a year.  However, U of H at Manoa participates in the WUE Program which could bring down the tuition costs to $14,760.

• The student to faculty ratio is 14:1.

5 Things You Might Not Know About U of H at Manoa:

• All students take an Intro to Hawaii Pacific class to learn cultural information.

• Currently finishing construction of a new student recreation center, to open in Spring of 2014.

• Known for their Biology and Marine Biology programs.

• About 70% of the students are residents of Hawaii.

• Class sizes can range from 6- 250, but average 25-35.  Honors classes are capped at 30 students.

This school is very diverse, and while on the larger size, has a very friendly feel!

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Welcome!

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The odds of a freshman getting a parking pass are very slim…good thing these buses take you wherever you need to go on the island!

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The Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services- and where you will begin your tour of the campus.

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The view out the window of the main dining area.

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Murakami Stadium, on the lower end of campus.

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Tennis courts, parking structure, and Stan Sheriff Center.

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These round buildings are the freshman dorms.

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These towers are upper division housing.

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5-story Hamilton Library.

IECA Conference 2013- New Friends

We spent November 13-16 in San Diego, CA for a conference of Independent Educational Consultants, hosted by the IECA. It was a great opportunity for us to learn new things (everything from what the Admissions counselors at local colleges are looking for in the applications from transfer students, to building and growing our business through seminars and many other topics in between!) AND a way for us to meet new people who are successfully building or have built their own businesses as IEC’s. Here is a picture of Kate and one of our new friends! 

This is Nicole Campbell from AIM Educational Services.  

Her company specializes in SAT / ACT / SSAT / GRE / GMAT Prep as well as College and
Grad School Placement.
Her website is www.aimeduservices.com
You can also find AIM on Instagram @aimeduservices or Facebook at www.facebook.com/aimcollegeplacement

AIM Educational Services is based in Kingston, Jamaica but serves students all over the
Caribbean. 

5 Things You Might Know About Claremont McKenna College….and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up below to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Claremont McKenna College (CMC).

5 Things You Might Know:

• Claremont McKenna College, one of the 5 Claremont Colleges, is a private Liberal Studies college of approximately 1,300 students.

• Cost to attend with room and board is approximately $60,000 a year, but CMC meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.  [Check out the FAFSA 4caster at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and to determine your own financial need.]

• A Division 3 school with 21 sports (combined with Harvey Mudd and Scripps College and known as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps CMS)

• About 95% of the students live on campus.

• CMC shares a Health Center, Library, and Campus Safety System with the 4 other Claremont colleges, the 2 Claremont Graduate Universities, and the Claremont University Consortium.

5 Things You Might Not Know:

•The Kravis Center holds 5 research institutes- providing hands-on work experience to students.

• If you were to poll the students, you would probably find that CMC is the most politically balanced of the colleges. (Pitzer is probably the most Liberal.)

•The Athenaeum frequently hosts guest speakers during lunch and dinner time.  Parents are even welcome to attend if there is space available.

• The residential halls have lounge areas and laundry rooms; rooms are cleaned every 2 weeks.

• There are 7 dining halls amongst the Claremont Colleges; your meal plan allows you to eat at any school!

Claremont McKenna college has a very small-college feel, with big-college amenities and opportunities.

Inside the Athenaeum.

CMS (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) Athletics.

“Ponding” (getting thrown into a pond) is a tradition at CMC that goes way back! Once used to celebrate engagements, it’s now used for birthdays.

One of the biggest, grassy quads that we have seen!

This is the view you are met with to start your tour! The cube in the picture is a study center, open 24 hours.

5 Things You Might Know About Azusa Pacific University…and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up below to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Azusa Pacific University (APU).   IMG_1840

5 Things You Might Know:

• APU is a small, private Christian college divided into a West and East  campus in Azusa, CA. The average class size is 19 students.

• Cost to attend with room and board is approximately $40,000 a year.

• Enrollment for 2012-2013 was around 5,500 undergrad students and approximately 10,000 total students.

• Will be in its 3rd year of transitioning to NCAA Div.2, with full membership anticipated for 2014-2015. (7 men’s sports and 10 women’s.)

• The second largest Christian University in the U.S., 1st largest on the West Coast.

5 Things You Might Not Know About APU:

•Approximately 2,300 students have an on-campus job, working 10-15 hours a week, around their class schedule.

• A trolley runs every 7 minutes, taking you back and forth between the East Campus and the West.

•Chapel is required 3x a week, along with 18 units of Biblical Studies.

• When you arrive at APU you will be given a Strengths Assessment that will help you in choosing a major (or help in confirming your choice- based on your results.)

• There is a greenhouse on the roof of the Segerstrom Science building.  A BBQ is held monthly on the patio for the Science professors and students.

Azusa Pacific focuses on its 4 cornerstones of Christ, Scholarship, Service, and Community.  It offers many opportunities to develop oneself in these ways.  APU also is very clear on its beliefs: make sure to do your research at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe/ to decide if APU might be the right fit for you!

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A classroom at APU.

Turtles can be found in the courtyard of the Segerstrom Science Center.

One of the 4 dorms on campus.

This is an inside, hangout area in one of the dorms.

An example of a dorm room on campus.

A sneak peek of a class in session!

The Rose Garden is located in the only original building remaining on campus.

5 Things You Might Know About Chapman University…….and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up below to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Chapman University, located in Orange, CA.

5 Things You Might Know:

• Chapman is a small, private college nestled right in the middle of a quaint residential area.  Many of the houses surrounding the campus are owned by the University, and are home to Professors and their families.

• Cost to attend with room and board is approximately $60,000 a year.

• Enrollment for 2012-2013 was around 5,000 undergrad students and approximately 7,000 total students.

• A NCAA Division 3 school in the SCIA Conference consisting of 12 Southern California private schools.

• The average class size is 20-25 students, and the most popular programs are Business, Communications, Psychology, and Film Production.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Chapman:

•The 4-story Library is actually 9 libraries in one, with 50 study rooms, and a Holocaust Memorial Library on the top floor.

• About 33% of the students participate in Greek Life, with 16 different Greek organizations, but there are no Greek houses on campus.

•Chapman displays the 2nd largest piece of the Berlin Wall (owned by an American university) in Liberty Plaza.

• Included in the cost of tuition is Interterm, an opportunity to take a course or study abroad during the month of January (between semesters).  If you participate in Interterm all 4 years this equals a “free”, extra semester of college, and gives you a chance to experiment with classes outside of your major.

• 92% of freshmen live on campus, usually 3 to a room, and there is a gym and an outdoor pool just for students living in the dorms.

Chapman is a beautiful school filled with opportunities for advancement, education, and real world experience.  We enjoyed our tour (AND the free lunch they provided at the end!)

Leatherby Libraries

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Global Citizens Plaza, where each flag represents a student's country, or a country where a Chapman student can go to study abroad.

Global Citizens Plaza, where each flag represents a student’s country, or a country where a Chapman student can go to study abroad.

We thought this was clever...a station to fix your bike!

We thought this was clever…a station to fix your bike!

Sand volleyball court right near the dorms!

Sand volleyball court right near the dorms!

The 4 pillars of Chapman – Spiritual, Social, Physical and Intellectual.

Attallah Piazza Center- a student hangout spot!

A piece of the Berlin Wall

Chapman’s Athletic Field

The Importance of College Visits

As a kid growing up, going to college was never discussed because it was an expectation, a requirement, and a mandate. Which college was I going to go to? Well, that was easy as well. I was going to apply and attend wherever I was accepted. That was it. The schools I applied to were the ones where everyone else was applying to–all the in-state schools and where it was most popular to attend. Looking at it in hindsight, it was not the best way of picking a school. The main and probably one of the most practical things that I did not do was go on some college/campus tours to see whether I would like the school or not. More so, was that school going to be the right “fit” for me?

There really is no other feeling like that of walking onto a campus and experiencing first hand what it is like to be a college student there. Whether you’re walking onto the quad or into the student union or bookstore, there is an initial sense of excitement that you can’t help feel and just smile. Most colleges provide a campus tour throughout the calendar year. You just need to schedule one and go! They can last anywhere from one hour to  two and a half hours, depending on the size of the group. The way to make the most of the time that you are on a tour is to have questions ready to ask that you could not find the answers to online. Study a little bit about the campus so that way you are a little informed about the school. For the tours, they are usually given by student ambassadors-those students who are currently enrolled there and can tell you first hand what their experience has been like for their first year and on. Because these tours will show you the highlights of the school and campus, it is best advised to spend some time either before or after the tour just meandering around the campus to see what else there is. Take a camera and record your tour, or use some of the wonderful apps out there to journal your trip, such as Vine. Opportunities are also available to attend a class or two for the intended major. In addition, some schools even invite prospective students to stay overnight to experience what it would be like to be a student there: dorm life, social activities, cafeteria, athletics, etc. Be sure to ask and research for these availabilities.

When should you start taking college tours? NOW. Honestly, if college is an option, you should start taking tours after the start of your freshman year. Once one year of high school has been experienced, a student’s level of maturity grows and begins to understand the seriousness and importance of what it takes to go to college. The preparation that is involved in researching and learning about the different kinds of schools that are available to them are somewhat overwhelming. However, by taking some tours in small increments, you’re able to see what the possibilities are.

There is so much more to offer about the importance of college visits that this post can go on and on. Check out the following link at collegboard.com (one of our favorites) and read up on what you can do to help prepare for your first trip out.

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