We understand how, where and why students lose track.

Please contact us for more information.

I’m interested, what’s the application process?

First, we recommend reaching out to us. You can do this either through email, phone or by completing the online form. We want to get to know more about you and your situation – and we are sure you want to know more about us.

The second step will be scheduling a meeting with a member of our group, which we can do in person or over zoom if more convenient.

How long is the program?

Each programming cycle represents 14 weeks of programming over a 15-week period. Each week includes approximately 20 hours of programming over three week days. We leave Tuesdays and Thursdays open to allow time for you to pursue other interests or needs.

How are you dealing with COVID-19?

In accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and public health guidance we are maintaining appropriate health measures designed to prevent, control, and mitigate the presence of COVID-19 at Ascent Decisions.

All Members of the Ascent community are required to be fully vaccinated according to the New York City Department of Health. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to enrollment.

Members of the Ascent community must comply with all posted requirements regarding the wearing of face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE) within Ascent facilities.

All members of the Ascent community are responsible for supporting and protecting the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and others.

Our Policy is not intended to replace or supersede applicable laws and regulations. Members of Ascent Decisions are required to always comply with applicable laws and regulations in addition to complying with this Policy.

Can I join in the middle of a cycle after it has already started?

Unfortunately, no. The Ascent Decisions curriculum is purposely designed to be a comprehensive enrichment program with a progressive arc. Missing early components of the curriculum will, in most cases, impact the effectiveness of the latter programming components and the overall success of the program.

Are there any restrictions?

The Ascent Decisions curriculum is specifically designed for undergraduate college students aged 18-24 years.

Because a component of Ascent Decisions programming involves physical fitness training, all enrollees will need prior physician approval.

Because the safety of our participants and our staff is paramount, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ascent Decisions requires full vaccination to participate.

Do you offer financial aid?

Ascent Decisions may be able to offer a reduced rate for a limited number of students each cycle. We would be happy to discuss these details with you during the admissions process.

Do you offer mental health services?

Ascent Decisions is an intensive enrichment program and does not provide treatment for mental illness. However, as several Ascent Decisions faculty are licensed mental healthcare providers we may be able to help identify any concerns and communicate with an individual’s private healthcare provider in the effort of attempting to optimize outcomes.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Diagnoses and treats mental illnessDoes not diagnose or treat mental illness
Coping orientedAction oriented
Oriented towards relieving mental sufferingGeared towards goal achievement
Insight orientedDirective and Specialized
Why is the program only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday?

Many Ascent Decisions participants have other interests and needs. Some use the free days to volunteer, intern, recover, see specialists, or work.

How are parents involved in the program?

While parents are not directly involved in Ascent Decisions programming, it’s been our experience that parents often feel numerous conflicting emotions when their child takes a pause from their studies. Because of this we do offer group meetings for parents to learn more about what their children are doing at Ascent Decisions, discuss challenges, and share strategies. Parents are also assigned a contact person at Ascent Decisions should the need arise or if the parent has additional questions.

Do you help students matriculate back into their original college or a better fit school?

The matriculation process back into college can be a challenge to navigate as many schools have conflicting and sometimes problematic requirements for return. Depending on the individual circumstance we may be of help. In addition, research conducted by Ascent Decisions on a nationally based sample demonstrates that 40% of students chose a better fit institution. Ascent Decisions can be of assistance in helping to identify better fit schools.

Do you offer any continuing services?

We do! Even when a student is fully prepared to return to school, apprehension is normal and navigating the transition back to school can be a challenge. Ascent Decisions offers continued coaching services for those who are interested.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any questions about Ascent Decisions, please do not hesitate to contact us at HELLO@ascentdecisions.com or calling 212-988-0313.

We help college students make changes to lead a more productive,
healthier, and successful and scholastic experience.


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