The college application process can be an intimidating for anyone, even with prior experience. 


With such a competitive environment as in today's college application process, you will need every advantage at your disposal if you're going to successfully navigate the process from start to finish.  


But how can you be sure that you've done everything needed to apply and to stick out from the crowd? 

Introducing the Self-Paced

How to Apply to College Academy


Developed and taught by National Board certified Master Teacher, Dr. Kay Van Der Burg


Counterpoint's self-paced How to Apply to College Academy was created to as a one-of-a-kind online course, revealing:

  • The 15 most critical questions to answer before you apply to any college.
  • The answer to what colleges consider the most important admission factors.
  • What environmental, physical and social factors every student should avoid. 
  • How to figure out your chances for admission and deal with the costs of college.


What's Covered in Counterpoint's How to Apply to College Academy


Dr. Kay walks you through exactly what you need to do to give yourself the BEST chance at getting into the school of your DREAMS!


How It Works

This proprietary College Application course comes from more than 20 years helping students apply for and get into all kinds of colleges and universities, from liberal to technical and everything in between. 


Part I

In the first section of the course, we'll address how to select the right college for you.  We explore what questions you should be asking to be sure the college not only fits you academically, but socially and culturally as well.  Upon completing this section of the course, you'll know how to narrow down your list to those schools you will actually apply to.


 Part 2

 In the next section of the course, we will explore the types of college application forms. I'll also the address the college essay requirement, how to get your grades (a transcript) sent to the admissions office, and getting your ACT/SAT scores sent. Having been an English teacher, I will also share with you how you should ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers. I'll even talk about how to access financial aid.


 Part 3

In this final section of the course, I'll clarify the deadline process and how to best plan for them. We will close out the course saving the best for last by looking at what colleges consider to be the most important admission factors. 


See All That's Included

"Thank you for all your help in preparing me throughout the college process.  Your lessons have been invaluable!  You are also so funny and make college prep fun!  I was thrilled when I received my decisions.  Thank you so much for getting me to this point!"  

-Madeline W.

Get Started with Counterpoint's Self-Paced College Application Academy Right Now!


How to Apply to College course addresses how to select the right college for you and specifically, what to do to give you the best chance at getting admitted into the school of your dreams.

With our commitment to education and a history of enabling successful students, students can feel confident that their scores will improve after using our comprehensive courses. 

Take advantage of  everything we offer!

How to Apply to College Academy


Stand-out Features

Expert self-paced videos

  • 15 critical application questions  
  • Key admission factors
  • What to avoid
  • Calculating admission chances   
  • Types of college applications
  • Demystifying letters of rec
  • Financial aid access
  •  Unlimited 6 month access
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Counterpoint's Application Advantage


College Application & Essay Academies

  • Everything included in the How to Apply to College Academy, plus:
  • How to Write the College Essay Academy 
  • $25 credit towards private tutoring with Dr. K

"ACE" the College Application with Essay Review by Dr. Kay Van Der Burg


Application Advantage + College Essay Evaluation

  • Everything included in the Application Advantage, plus:
  • Submit 3 versions of a single prompt for your College Essay prompts for feedback from Dr. Kay
  • $100 credit towards private tutoring with Dr. K

Satisfaction Guarantee

All of Counterpoint courses and tutoring comes with an iron-clad 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied, I'm not satisfied.  After going through the lessons and finding that you aren't totally thrilled, simply contact me, and I'll make it right. If not, I will happily refund your investment 100%. 

"You have helped me get into CAL Berkeley, and I do not know if I would be where I am today without your preparation.  I have so much to thank you for and there are not enough words to show my appreciation."  

-Jenifer M.

"There cannot possibly be enough thank you in the world to thank you for preparing me so well.  You have truly been a blessing in my life.  So thank you (x infinity) because I would be nowhere without you!"  

-Karin F.

"It’s a miracle I got into Stanford and I couldn’t have done it without your lessons."  

-Sarah C.

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