Editor’s Note: Mark A. Montgomery, Ph.D. is an independent college consultant and the principal at Montgomery Educational Consulting. Mark is kind to share his quick take on the benefits of professional college application advice. We appreciate his contribution. Visit Great College Advice to learn more about Mark and educational consulting as part of the collegiate admission process.

Why should you hire an educational consultant to help navigate the college search and admissions process? Here are the Top 5 Reasons families turn to Montgomery Educational Consulting.

FIND THE RIGHT FIT
With over 3,000 colleges and universities in the US, how does one know which will be the best match? With our first-hand knowledge of colleges and understanding of the admission profession, we provide in-depth, personalized advice that no guidebook or website can. We get to know our clients so we can pick colleges that are right for each individual student.

SPEND EDUCATIONAL DOLLARS WISELY
Aside from a home, a college education is the biggest investment that most families will ever make. Yet most would never think of selling their home without the advice of a professional real estate agent. When you consider that the cost of a private 4-year college can be as much as $250,000, it makes sense to hire a professional to help your family make a sound investment.

PLAY THE ADMISSION GAME LIKE A PRO
Colleges and universities compete for students. And then they deny admission to apparently strong applicants. Colleges can manipulate the admissions game in a way that favors their national rankings–and not individual students. With our expertise in the field, we shed light on what can be a very confusing process. At the same time, we maintain a sharp focus on student needs and aspirations.

GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
On average, the percentage of students who enroll in a college who actually graduate from that same college is under 50%. This means that the many drop out or transfer after having made the wrong choice. By guiding students toward colleges that fit them best, students have a much better chance of matriculating and graduating from a school that suits their needs from start to finish.

MAINTAIN DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY
The college admissions process can be stressful for everyone involved. The process is confusing. The tasks seem endless: choosing appropriate courses, registering and studying for standardized tests, researching colleges, completing applications, writing essays, filling out financial aid forms…the list goes on and on. Professional advice can help relieve the tension. We won’t let the process get you down; in fact, we’ll help you enjoy the discoveries along the way.