College Admissions Seminars and Events

Great College Advice® offers college admissions presentations that entertain and inform.

Our presentations and seminars focus on the admissions process, preparation for highly selective universities, including the Ivy League, choosing the best fit college, and how to win scholarships at top universities.

To book a presentation with a college admissions expert, please call +1.720.279.7577 or fill out this quick form and we’ll get back to you right away.

Save! Discounts apply to organizations offering two or more college admissions presentations in the same day. For example, book a student assembly during the day, and a parent information session in the evening, or a professional development seminar in the afternoon, and a student and family presentation in the evening. Our expert college consultants look forward to informing and entertaining your clients and constituents.

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College Admission Presentation Topics

What Selective Colleges Want:  Decoding the College Applications  (*Most Popular*)

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An interactive presentation to help parents and students understand how admissions officers “read between the lines” on the application to uncover a student’s academic, extracurricular, and personal strengths—and weaknesses. Participants will look at the Common Application and Coalition Application to understand how information is presented, and then discuss ways in which students can use the application format to present themselves in the best possible light.

60-90 minutes
Suggested audiences:  parent groups, private organizations, alumni clubs,

Behind Closed Doors:    How an Admissions Committee Makes Decisions

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This interactive workshop allows participants to review actual applications to Utopia U.  Participants take on the role of admissions committee members to review completed Common Applications.  We discuss, nitpick, argue, and gossip about candidates—just as admissions officers do.   You’ll begin to see the difficulty admissions officers face—especially at selective colleges—as they compare unlike things, weigh competing factors, consider the budgetary bottom line, and decide the fate of hundreds and thousands of 18 year-olds every year.

2-3 hours with a break
Suggested Audiences:  college information events, professional development for educators, parent organizations

Rankings, Ratings, and Reputation:  How to Measure Educational Quality

What characterizes a “good” college?   Is our current obsession with the rankings warranted? This presentation gives parents and students new ways to evaluate the quality of the education delivered at various colleges and universities.  We also offer ideas for how to select top-flight schools that offer outstanding educational value at an affordable price.

45-60 minutes
Suggested audiences:  school college nights, school presentations

Early College Planning

Many parents perceive the importance of preparing for college, but don’t know what they can do before their kids enter high school.  This one-hour presentation provides helpful advice to parents as they anticipate the transition to high school and begin making good decisions that set their kids up for future success.  Emphasis is on choosing the most appropriate high school classes, developing strong study skills, time management, and understanding the relative importance of good grades and test scores.

60 minutes plus Q&A period
Suggested Audiences:  middle school parent groups and PTOs, private clubs, civic organizations

Campus Visits:  The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

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The “grand tour” is a staple of the college selection process; learn to extract maximum benefit from these all-important visits. Participants learn the basic “dos and don’ts” of campus tours, information sessions, and interviews.

45-60 minutes
Suggested audiences:  school college nights, school presentations

Nailing the Admissions Interview

This interactive presentation provides opportunities for students to practice answering interview questions, and to begin developing their strategy for communicating their strengths to others.

60 minutes
Suggested audiences:  school college nights, school presentations

Athletic Scholarships:  Fact and Fiction

In a culture that is mad about sports, many parents and students place great faith in athletic scholarships as a way to pay for college.  While it is true that there are billions of dollars in sports scholarships available to talented players, the vast majority of high school athletes never receive a dime to fund their education.  In part, this is because of common misunderstandings about how scholarships are awarded, how college coaches recruit, and how financial aid works in general.  This one-hour presentation offers tips on how students and families can take control of the recruiting process.  It provides step-by-step instructions about how to identify which schools offer the best chance of a scholarship, how to present your athletic abilities in the best possible light, and how to effectively communicate with college coaches.

60 minutes, plus Q&A period
Suggested Audiences:  Sports clubs, private clubs, parent booster clubs

Financial Aid:  Mysteries Revealed

Higher education in America is costly.  How can families reduce the cost?  Who qualifies for financial aid, and how much can you get?  Which kids get the best scholarships?  Are public universities really the best bargain?  This fast-paced presentation gives you the tools necessary to decipher the seemingly secret world of merit-based and need-based financial aid.

60 minutes, plus Q&A period
Suggested audiences:  parent organizations, college information nights, civic groups


Mark and his team of expert college consultants have shared their expertise with a wide variety of audiences.

College Information Nights

  • Shenzhen Middle School International Section
  • International Christian School, Hong Kong
  • Burlington Massachusetts High School
  • International Baccalaureate Program, Thornton High School
  • Keynote Address for College Fairs
  • International Christian School

Civic Groups

Corporate VIP or Client Cultivation Events

  • Charles Schwab in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen
  • Fidelity Investments
  • First Command Financial Services
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Private Clubs including country clubs, golf clubs, & social clubs
  • Aberdeen Marina Club
  • Kowloon Tong Club

Parent Teacher Organizations

  • Denver Academy
  • NanSha College Preparatory Academy
  • Colorado Crossroads Volleyball Tournament
  • Challenge IB Middle School
  • Centre International de Valbonne (Cannes, France)
  • Liceo del Valle (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Student Assemblies

  • PingHe Bilingual International Baccalaureate School, Shanghai
  • French International School
  • Alcanta International College

Alumni Groups

  • Dartmouth Alumni Clubs
  • All-Ivy Alumni Clubs

Professional Development for Educators

  • English Schools Foundation Hong Kong
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association

Our team of expert college consultants will inform and entertain your audiences with jam-packed, fact-filled, stress-alleviating presentations to help parents and students get the most out of high school and the entire college preparation process.