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presented by Amanda Miller

This one-day seminar will guide students through the college application process, covering the most important information and most common pitfalls students face.

This seminar is specifically timed to be exactly one month prior to the earliest admission deadline of October 15th.  Students will leave with the tools they need to complete applications successfully and in a timely manner.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


presented by Amanda Miller 


The college process can be overwhelming to seniors and their parents.  The Davidson Center College Application Course is designed to break up the process into manageable pieces to keep seniors on track and confident.     This  class will guide seniors through the college application process in a way that emphasizes personal accountability and long-term planning.  It’s a collaborative, low-stress environment for students which meets every other week.

Space is limited.

Saturdays from 9 a.m - 3 p.m.

  • August 25th
  • September 8th
  • September 22nd
  • October 6th:  Essay Finalization with Resident Specialist
  • October 13th






Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich)


Colleges where The Davidson Center Seniors were accepted

  • University of Alabama
  • American University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Elon University
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Furman University
  • George Washington University
  • Guilford colelge
  • High Point University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Meredith College
  • Northeastern University
  • NC State
  • Notre Dame University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Sewanee
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest
  • Wentworth College
  • Wofford


  • Appalachian State
  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Chapel Hill
  • Eastern Carolina
  • Greensboro
  • Wilmington

*BOLD is student’s choice to attend

Published Articles of Interest for High School Students and Their Parents

Why is it so hard to Calculate?  What you’ll pay for College.


College’s first test:  How to pay for it.

Official Publications from the Independent Educational Consultants Association for Students and Parents


10 Important ways IECA members are unlike other Independent Educational Consultants


Principles of Good Practice


How to Find the Right College


10 Tips for College Visits


What Colleges Look for in High School Students


Common College Myths

How to Pay for College


Differences Between High School and College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities


Common College Accommodations/Services


Seniors only space to talk about college and get college applications done.  Participating seniors should come prepared to apply to at least one college.

Topics include:  Brief self-assessment, Brief assessment of college list, College application essays:  advance brainstorming and short responses, Resume generation, Digging deep into the college application process, Scholarship training, and Letters of recommendation and auditions/interviews

Students will walk away with:  A completed college application with completed short responses and solid ideas for primary essays, A powerful resume and the skills to keep it sharp, A better comprehension of the college admissions process and how to tackle it, A skill set to search and apply for scholarships successfully, An action plan for senior year including application comments, timelines, financial aid deadlines and more…..

Parents BONUS Financial Aid Information Session, Thursday, 7/12 from 3pm-5pm  and/or Thursday, 8/9 from 3pm-5pm


Session 1:  July 9 – July 13

Session 2:  August 6 – August 10

Time:  9am – 2pm

Cost:  $800 Before June 15 ; After June 15th $900

Discovering Your Path ATTENTION: Rising Freshman-Juniors!

The Davidson Center’s unique opportunity for underclassmen (rising freshmen-juniors) to unpack their goals, research aligned opportunities, complete high school must-do’s, and map out a path for the rest of high school.  Too many students stress too much (or sometimes too little) about post-secondary plans.  This week-long session enables students to calmly, yet efficiently explore their trajectory in a no-pressure, engaging environment.  Both students who have no ideas for life beyond high school and those who think they know exactly what they want  are suited for this workshop.

Topics Include:  Basic and advanced self assessments, major/career exploration, resume generation, finding the right college fit, college application basics, and introduction to summer programs

Students will walk away with the following:  a well-fitted, academically matched list of colleges to explore this school year, a powerful resume and the skills to keep it sharp, a completed practice college application & brainstormed essay topics, a better comprehension of the college admissions process and how to tackle it, a skill set to search & apply for scholarships successfully, and an action plan through junior year.

Parents BONUS Financial Aid Information Session

Dates:  July 23 –  July 27, from 9am – 2pm (30 minute working lunch)

Cost:  $850





College Essay Writing Workshop


This package is composed of 2 hours with our Essay Specialist, Larina Pierce, in a workshop at The Davidson Center, plus 30 additional minutes of her time (via Google Drive) devoted to reading and commenting on your specific admission and/or scholarship essays.


During the workshop, students will read examples of successful college essays, learn what to do and what not to do,m consider what they most want to communicate to prospective colleges, brainstorm appropriate topics, begin writing responses to actual essay prompts, and offer guided feedback to peers.




College Essay Writing Workshop

Presented by Larina Pierce, M.A., J.D.

Learn the skills and techniques to write your essay for college applications!

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Cost:  $200

Call for reservations! Space is limited. 704.892.4533

Taking the 2018 SAT in October/November/December? Get a “boost” from our SAT Boot Camp!

SAT Boot Camp

  • September 29th, October 27th, November 17th (5 hours total instruction)
  • All of our boot camps are taught by our highly qualified instructors! Check out learn more about our talented staff!
  • $285 for 5 hours of SAT prep! Call today to register! 704.892.4533