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Learning Differences and College Admissions

Admissions strategy tailored to your child’s learning style

We know students learn in different ways. But when it comes to college admissions, it’s not always obvious how different learning styles can—and should—affect a family’s approach.

Spark Admissions college consultants have years of experience providing thoughtful, knowledgeable guidance on navigating college admissions with a nontraditional learning style. In fact, a significant percentage of our students have learning differences. We are expert academic advisors who provide comprehensive counsel to students with ADHD, dyslexia, executive functioning challenges, test anxiety, and more.

Whether your child would benefit from structured, consistent meetings to accomplish college-related goals, or may be best served by attending a college or university with outstanding student support services, we are here to help serve your family’s needs.

College Consulting for Students with Learning Differences

We work with students on all aspects of the college preparation, application, and admissions process to provide them the best possible opportunities.

Our consulting services for students with learning differences include:

  • Providing personalized, high-touch guidance and support in every aspect of navigating high school to help students meet their academic, social, and personal goals;
  • Developing a strategy for successfully applying and gaining admission to their best-fit colleges;
  • Creating personalized standardized testing strategies for students, including deciding which test(s) to take, when, how to prepare, and how to get necessary accommodations;
  • Developing college lists and information on the resources schools offer to students with particular learning differences;
  • Working closely with students and families to identify academic challenges and improve grades through study skills, learning strategies, and external support;
  • Helping students gain confidence in and out of classrooms to grow their leadership profiles;
  • Guiding students and families through the application timeline, paying close attention to deadlines and ensuring the process is stress-free;
  • Helping students produce stellar application materials, prepare for college interviews, develop early decision strategies, and create compelling applications.
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The Spark Advantage

Our services are tailored to the needs of every student. Spark has deep experience working with students with learning differences, helping them in the following areas:

  • Clear goals and a plan for getting into their top-choice colleges with consideration of their learning profile;
  • An individualized, multi-year strategy for maximizing their admissions results;
  • Assistance honing an academic narrative and developing extracurricular strengths;
  • Guidance on intellectual enrichment, study skills, and academic improvement;
  • Support on application and essay development to ultimately submit the best college applications;
  • A long-term, invested relationship with a college counselor who is supportive, passionate, and committed to helping students meet their fullest potential.
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Flexible pricing to fit your needs

We offer four comprehensive college preparation and application packages for families of students with learning differences. We’ll suggest the package that’s the best fit for you during our initial complimentary consultation, and then together we will determine how to best use your hours to help your child achieve their college goals.

Success Stories

We’ve helped countless students find, apply to, and gain admission at colleges and universities that are the right fit for their learning styles.


Nina came to Spark Admissions as a high school junior who had recently been diagnosed with dyslexia—a learning difference typically identified much earlier in life.

The diagnosis explained why, despite being an exceptionally smart student with a stellar profile, Nina struggled with her test scores and the extensive reading in her advanced placement classes.

Not defeated, Nina had high aspirations for both college and her career. Her parents turned to Spark Admissions for a personalized plan to help her achieve her admissions goals.

What We Did

Nina’s Spark Admissions counselor:

  • Worked with her to tailor an application strategy that fit her personality, academic strengths, and passion for gender and women’s studies;
  • Pivoted to a new standardized testing plan through which Nina improved her test results;
  • Suggested classes to help Nina round out her academic profile during senior year;
  • Provided guidance as she identified and secured an internship and college-level coursework that helped her deepen and further develop her interest areas;
  • Worked with Nina to evaluate and prioritize her college list based on her learning style and academic goals;
  • Helped her contextualize her late diagnosis on college applications and use it to demonstrate her perseverance, positive attitude and desire to inspire other women.

Admissions Result

Nina was accepted to Tufts University, her top-choice school, as well as Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut.

*Student’s name changed for privacy


Matthew was a student with ADHD and dyslexia who began working with Spark Admissions at the end of his sophomore year.

His family sought our team’s guidance to help Matthew identify and hone his interests, create compelling college applications that highlighted his strengths, and ultimately identify—and earn admission to—the colleges that were the best fit for his academic goals and learning style.

What We Did

Matthew’s Spark Admissions counselor:

  • Assisted him in exploring, identifying, and building upon his academic and extracurricular interests;
  • Developed a standardized testing plan that would position Matthew to achieve his best possible scores;
  • Helped him find and secure a nonprofit internship in his area of academic interest;
  • Helped create a college list reflective of his learning style and academic and personal goals;
  • Provided expert guidance and detailed feedback on Matthew’s admissions essays and application materials to ensure their flawless completion.

Admissions Result

Matthew was accepted Early Decision to Tulane University, his top-choice school.

*Student’s name changed for privacy

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