AppliPak® College Preparation Guide and Organizer Helps Students Stay on Track

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Four Million Students Entering High School!

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Spring and fall bring not only a change in the seasons but also change for students who are either leaving or entering high school. One of the most important aspects of high school is to prepare for college both academically and personally. Many parents find themselves wondering what needs to happen and at what time to insure they are on top of helping their student plan for one of the most important decisions in life. The AppliPak College Preparation Guide and Organizer takes out all of the guesswork for parents and keeps students on track to prepare for college every year of high school.

The US Census Bureau shows that approximately four million students will be entering high school as freshmen in the fall. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, 68 percent of high school graduates went on to enroll in colleges or universities. Although the actual application for admissions doesn’t typically happen until the senior year, college planning is a four-year process. AppliPak not only provides a roadmap for each year of high school, but also provides worksheets and checklists to guide students through the many aspects of college planning. The information is contained in a durable plastic case binder that helps students keep all of their college planning information organized.

“I saw a need for the do-it-yourselfer parents and students who feel they can get through the college planning maze without hiring a consultant,” said Mitch Clark, owner of College Sherpa, an independent college planning consultant and author of AppliPak. “There are many questions and levels of anxiety about the process people have that I’ve addressed in AppliPak. I’ve also taken the experiences of my clients and incorporated them into the design of AppliPak. Organization is usually a big problem; even with all of the online resources, the process is still paper-heavy and families find having one place to store college planning materials very helpful. Every student, even siblings in a family, approaches college preparation and planning differently and AppliPak allows each student to use it however it fits their needs.”

AppliPak is the perfect companion for every student to use in conjunction with their high school guidance counselor to insure they are on top of their college planning. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends an ideal counselor-to-student ratio of 1:250. However, the U.S. Department of Education reports that the national average is 1:457. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) also reported that in 2009-10 school year, 80 percent of secondary schools had counseling department staff numbers frozen and public schools reported an average increase of more than 50 students per counselor. Counselor’s can be time-constrained with other responsibilities and unable to provide personalized college planning assistance to students. AppliPak gives students the tools and resources to follow and manage the process themselves and make counselor meetings more productive.

About AppliPak®

AppliPak is the all-in-one resource and organizer designed to be used every year of high school for college preparation, SAT/ACT testing, college choice decisions, applications, financial aid and scholarships. Stay organized with one place to keep all your information regarding college planning; you’ll know where to find it when you need it! Checklists, roadmaps and worksheets help you plan and stay on track with college preparation. AppliPak saves you time by providing the best resources on the web for testing, college applications, financial aid and scholarships.


  •     Roadmaps, checklists and worksheets for every year of high school: 9, 10, 11, 12
  •     Durable plastic pocket tabs to store college planning information and materials
  •     Six school-specific pockets and application/financial aid tracking worksheets
  •     Oversized durable 3-ring organizer with locking tabs

AppliPak is available online at and at for $79.99.

Mitch Clark
Executive Director
College Sherpa LLC    
Phone: 262-389-9343

AppliPak is published by College Sherpa LLC. If you’d like more information about AppliPak, or to schedule and interview with Mitch Clark, please call him at 262-389-9343 or email at him at mitch.clark at

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