Our Services

Private College CounselingWhether you are looking to make the most of your high school experience, compile the perfect list of colleges, score big on standardized tests or draft standout application essays, Mosaic College Prep can help! Our tutors and counselors have a breadth of experience working in college admissions and can help take the stress out the application process. Working one-on-one with students, we personalize our approach to the meet the particular needs of each family.

Test Prep
Applying to College
Applying to a Conservatory or Specialized Program
Applying to Graduate School

 

Mosaic College Prep currently works in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas with their 1-on-1 college counseling and test prep services. Remote counseling is available to families who live outside Los Angeles County. Please contact us for more information.

  • mission

    Simply put, our mission is to stop the stress of the college admissions process. With all of the responsibilities on today's students, we aim to lift the burden of finding and gaining acceptance to the right college. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to test preparation or college applications; instead we seek both strategies and colleges that organically fit our students' needs.

    While we strive to help each applicant shine on paper, we believe in supporting the person over the "package". We succeed by building on the strengths and passions already unique to students, and by empowering them to develop a strong and focused voice.
  • about college admissions

    “I’ve heard that it’s harder to get into college now than ever before. Is that true?”
    The college admission landscape has changed substantially over the past few decades. Almost every college has reported a surge in applications. While the application pool has become deeper, most colleges have not dramatically changed the number of students they accept, resulting in a much more selective admission process.

    So why are colleges getting so many more applications than twenty years ago? You could say that we hit a “perfect storm” in the world of college applications. For one, the number of high school graduates blew up over the past decade as we grew to a demographic peak for that age group. According to the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), in 2008-2009 the number of high school graduates soared to 3.33 million. While that number decreased to 3.29 million for the 2009-10 year, the number of high school graduates is expected to rise through 2018.

    Beyond the surge in high school graduates, many more of these graduates are being encouraged to apply to college compared with that of 20 years ago. Historically, high schools tracked students for different post-graduation outcomes, segmenting certain students for a vocational path that did not require a college degree. In the mid-1980s this began to change as many began to question the equity and efficacy of the tracking system. By 1997, 45% of public high schools reported integrating traditional academics into their vocational requirements with the intention of giving many more students access to a bachelor’s degree.

    It’s not a difficult jump to see how more college-bound students would lead to more applications to college. But these effects are significantly amplified by the fact that the individual student applies to more colleges than ever before. NACAC attributes this trend to “real and perceived increases in competition and the increased ease of applying online.” Additionally, with over 400 colleges now accepting the common application, submitting to multiple colleges does not even require logging on to unique websites.
  • independent counseling

    I didn’t work with an independent counselor when I applied to college. Why are so many students working with independent counselors now?”

    As applying to college becomes increasingly competitive, the application can be the one element that sets a student apart. This attention to detail takes time, a limited commodity for most in-house high school counselors. According to NACAC, the typical secondary school counselor is only able to dedicate about 26% of her time to college counseling. And this limited time is split amongst many students. Even college counselors at private schools are challenged to meet any given student’s day-to-day needs.

    At Mosaic College Prep, we believe that an independent counselor’s job is not to replace the work of an in-house high school counselor, but to supplement it. Limited volume and narrower work responsibilities means that the independent counselor can often give more focused counsel to a student than his high school counselor is able to give.
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