Admissions Coaching

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Do You Need Guidance Applying to College?

Work with academic coaches who know the ins and outs of the university admissions process to put together an application strategy and ultimately the best application to the best colleges in the country. Your personal college coach will help you increase your SAT scores and ACT scores, work with you on various essay topics, and take you through the steps to apply for college. We also have remote tutors that are able to work with international students.

Your Ivy Scholars mentor will provide information like:

  • HOW TO PLAN EARLY DECISION & RESTRICTIVE EARLY ACTION, EARLY DECISION II, AND REGULAR DECISION APPLICATION CYCLES
  • BUILD A SCHOOL LIST THAT MAXIMIZES YOUR ADMISSIBILITY AND MINIMIZES RISK
  • SPECIALIZATION PROGRAMS FITTING YOUR UNIQUE INTERESTS
  • HELPING TEACHERS WRITE YOU GREAT REC LETTERS
  • INTRIGUING ADMISSIONS OFFICES WITH YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT
  • ESTABLISHING FIT WITH YOUR TARGET SCHOOLS IN YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS

Putting Target Universities In Reach

Ivy Scholars helps students gain admission to the universities of their dreams. We use our inside perspective to coach your child through the application process.

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Coursework planning:
It's important to know what courses to sign up for, and what courses those will lead to. Deciding between IPC and Biology or picking between taking a social science or a natural science AP course can be challenging. Ivy Scholars helps pick courses that will appeal to admissions offices while still giving high schoolers time to enjoy themselves.
Activities planning:
It's daunting for freshmen to pick between the varieties of clubs, volunteer groups, and honors societies available to them. Ivy Scholars matches organizations to students interests, and help students understand how to manage their time commitments so they don't overload. On a strategic level, we help our students move into prominent positions in their organizations to ensure that their efforts come across on application materials, making sure their contribution isn't lost in the crowd. Even more importantly, Ivy Scholars helps students find intellectual or leadership opportunities that aren't available at their high schools. Whether that means working in a lab at MD Anderson, interning with a professor at Rice University, or serving on the youth advisory board of a volunteering nonprofit or political action group, Ivy Scholars makes sure students stand out.
Summer planning:
Summers have huge potential. Three months of (relative) freedom can make an enormous impact if well-managed. We help our students make the best choices on which summer courses will augment their coursework plans, which volunteering opportunities will boost their profile, and which camps are worth their time and money.
SAT/ACT prep:
I'm always happy when I hear how much my students look forward to our group SAT classes - they tell me I'm an engaging teacher. No student finished below a 1350 SAT score last year, and that's a trend I plan to continue. I attribute their success to clear goals and weekly engagement; by keeping students involved and on-track with our online homework system, Ivy Scholars helps students use their time productively. Plenty of our students reach their target scores before the end of junior year, letting them focus on other important activities.
Candidacy building:
Every student tells a story when they apply to university, composed of their grades, test scores, activities, interests, and aspirations. Ivy Scholars helps students get control of this story, providing an admissions officer's perspective to eliminate weak points in their profiles and leave them with stellar resumes.
College selection guidance:
Plenty of parents start with a ranking of universities on US News and World Report. That's not a bad place to start, but the writers of the publication are listing universities based on numbers, not individual fit. At Ivy Scholars, we look at each student's aspirations and build an application strategy to ensure they can meet them. In-state applicants build a strategy for 4-6 universities; out of state applicants build a strategy for 15-25 universities.
Admissions consulting:
Students who come to Ivy Scholars get into great universities. I was honored by the review that often pops up first on our Yelp - that student is a fantastic writer and is having a great time at Columbia. We cover 100% of the application process, starting with a strategy that makes sure students understand every commitment in the process and never miss a deadline. We help students write for the Common App, Apply Texas, and supplemental materials. Every student's essays frame them in the best light possible for admissions offices. Interview coaching and practice interviews are held August-December.
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
This year, our students earned a $23,000/year Founders Scholarship to Tulane University, $17,000/year Exceptional Merit scholarship to Santa Clara, a $15,000/year combined scholarship to Texas A&M and $12,500 Merit scholarship to Brandeis. Each scholarship lasts for a full four years of university. In addition to promoting the excellence that leads to merit scholarships, we work with parents to maximize their need-based scholarships via tax planning and asset management for federal aid (FAFSA), non-federal aid (CSS), and institutional aid (school-specific).
Time management and organizational coaching:
I see so many intelligent students struggle to succeed in their transition to high school because they don't build the organizational skills they need to manage their increased workload. All Ivy Scholars students get comfortable with using calendars and planners as tools to organize their efforts so they don't find time disappearing from their days. Strong fundamentals mean nothing holds them back.
Graduate program and vocational planning:
Medical school admissions is more competitive than ever before. Law school admissions is a world away from its status a decade ago. Other careers require specialized training, and internet research isn't always the best guide. Ivy Scholars' network of contacts ranges across the nation's top-tier schools; we'll always know someone who can help you find your way.

Coursework planning:

It's important to know what courses to sign up for, and what courses those will lead to. Deciding between IPC and Biology or picking between taking a social science or a natural science AP course can be challenging. Ivy Scholars helps pick courses that will appeal to admissions offices while still giving high schoolers time to enjoy themselves.

Activities planning:

It's daunting for freshmen to pick between the varieties of clubs, volunteer groups, and honors societies available to them. Ivy Scholars matches organizations to students interests, and help students understand how to manage their time commitments so they don't overload. On a strategic level, we help our students move into prominent positions in their organizations to ensure that their efforts come across on application materials, making sure their contribution isn't lost in the crowd. Even more importantly, Ivy Scholars helps students find intellectual or leadership opportunities that aren't available at their high schools. Whether that means working in a lab at MD Anderson, interning with a professor at Rice University, or serving on the youth advisory board of a volunteering nonprofit or political action group, Ivy Scholars makes sure students stand out.

Summer planning:

Summers have huge potential. Three months of (relative) freedom can make an enormous impact if well-managed. We help our students make the best choices on which summer courses will augment their coursework plans, which volunteering opportunities will boost their profile, and which camps are worth their time and money.

SAT/ACT prep:

I'm always happy when I hear how much my students look forward to our group SAT classes - they tell me I'm an engaging teacher. No student finished below a 1350 SAT score last year, and that's a trend I plan to continue. I attribute their success to clear goals and weekly engagement; by keeping students involved and on-track with our online homework system, Ivy Scholars helps students use their time productively. Plenty of our students reach their target scores before the end of junior year, letting them focus on other important activities.

Candidacy building:

Every student tells a story when they apply to university, composed of their grades, test scores, activities, interests, and aspirations. Ivy Scholars helps students get control of this story, providing an admissions officer's perspective to eliminate weak points in their profiles and leave them with stellar resumes.

College selection guidance:

Plenty of parents start with a ranking of universities on US News and World Report. That's not a bad place to start, but the writers of the publication are listing universities based on numbers, not individual fit. At Ivy Scholars, we look at each student's aspirations and build an application strategy to ensure they can meet them. In-state applicants build a strategy for 4-6 universities; out of state applicants build a strategy for 15-25 universities.

Admissions consulting:

Students who come to Ivy Scholars get into great universities. I was honored by the review that often pops up first on our Yelp - that student is a fantastic writer and is having a great time at Columbia. We cover 100% of the application process, starting with a strategy that makes sure students understand every commitment in the process and never miss a deadline. We help students write for the Common App, Apply Texas, and supplemental materials. Every student's essays frame them in the best light possible for admissions offices. Interview coaching and practice interviews are held August-December.

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

This year, our students earned a $23,000/year Founders Scholarship to Tulane University, $17,000/year Exceptional Merit scholarship to Santa Clara, a $15,000/year combined scholarship to Texas A&M and $12,500 Merit scholarship to Brandeis. Each scholarship lasts for a full four years of university. In addition to promoting the excellence that leads to merit scholarships, we work with parents to maximize their need-based scholarships via tax planning and asset management for federal aid (FAFSA), non-federal aid (CSS), and institutional aid (school-specific).

Time management and organizational coaching:

I see so many intelligent students struggle to succeed in their transition to high school because they don't build the organizational skills they need to manage their increased workload. All Ivy Scholars students get comfortable with using calendars and planners as tools to organize their efforts so they don't find time disappearing from their days. Strong fundamentals mean nothing holds them back.

Graduate program and vocational planning:

Medical school admissions is more competitive than ever before. Law school admissions is a world away from its status a decade ago. Other careers require specialized training, and internet research isn't always the best guide. Ivy Scholars' network of contacts ranges across the nation's top-tier schools; we'll always know someone who can help you find your way.

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Wendy Y.
Parent
Below is my son's review. He was accepted to his dream Ivy League school!

From an admitted student's perspective, I am incredibly grateful to have met Sasha - he has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational dreams (Ivy League), all while being an absolute joy (he's a walking encyclopedia, only funnier!) to work with.

Many people are dissuaded from seeking a college counselor because they think they can get into their desired college(s) either way. Honestly, going that route is a bit short-sighted and can jeopardize your odds of acceptances after years of hard work. The sad truth is, the American education system (even if you attend a fancy private school and ESPECIALLY if you go to a public school) doesn't really tell students how to write a compelling and authentic application. Going into the admissions process alone, without speaking with an advisor, is like going to court without a lawyer - you put yourself at a significant disadvantage because you don't have all the facts in front of you, or the help you need to negotiate the system.

That said, you need a good lawyer just like you need a good college counselor. And that's where Sasha distinguishes himself from the crowd of people claiming they'll get you into Harvard. I came to Sasha worried about and frankly dumbfounded by the college admissions process. I was unsure what to write about and how to go about drafting the essay that perfectly captured my passion, interests, and self. And I was highly skeptical that anyone could really help me. But, damn, did Sasha prove me wrong. From the beginning, Sasha amazed me with his understanding of the process, and ability to lend clarity and direction to me when I desperate needed it. After interviewing me about my background, experiences, activities, outlook, and vision, he helped me see qualities about myself I had not previously considered 'unique' or 'stand-out.' This process of understanding myself was so incredibly important in laying the groundwork for the essays I eventually wrote, and I'm certain I would've drafted boring, inauthentic essays without it.

Looking back, Sasha's talent is that he can see where your strengths lie, even when you don't see them. The truth is, although we don't always realize it, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sasha helped me see mine, and with his big-picture insight I was able to write the application that truly encapsulated my life and vision. He inspired me to dig deeper and write better, challenging me to revise and revise until my essays were the most passionate and authentic work I had ever written. As clichéd as that sounds, that's really what universities are looking for. In retrospect, it makes sense - in the real world passionate (not simply intelligent) individuals are the ones who make a difference in the world, and those are the individuals colleges would like to have associated with their brand.

In the end, I was accepted to the college of my dreams, a feat I could not have achieved without the direction Sasha lent to me. Essays (and the personal narrative you develop through your application) matter so much, and can literally make or break your application. I have seen so many of my 'qualified' friends receive rejections because they wrote contrived essays that didn't truly represent who they were; conversely, I have also seen so many friends with shorter resumes accepted because they were able to articulate their story in a genuinely passionate and authentic way - I fall into the latter category.

As a former admissions officer at Johns Hopkins, Sasha knows what types of essays jibe well with universities, an invaluable asset to have in the admissions process. He is responsive, flexible, creative, positive, and witty. For anyone who is serious about going into the college admissions process informed and prepared, I highly recommend Sasha.
5/5
Arda E.
Student
I used Ivy Scholars to mainly help me with college applications. Within weeks of using this service, Sasha was able to simplify the already complex process. When it came to writing the Common App essay, Sasha didn’t just help with grammar and syntax, he brought my essays to life. Sasha also worked tirelessly to help solidify my extracurricular activities, including research and internship opportunities. Without his help, I would have never had an impressive resume.

Sasha is not only an extremely knowledgeable tutor, but also a genuine brother figure. His guidance, throughout my last two years of high school, was everything I needed to get me an acceptance letter from my dream schools (UC Berkeley, Tufts, Emory).

When it came to testing, Ivy Scholars worked like a charm. Sasha offered a very comprehensive plan when it came to completely acing my standardized tests. Without his test taking strategies I would have never gotten straight 5s on my AP tests and a 35 on the ACT.

Working with Sasha, I didn’t just become a good student, I became a genuine scholar.
5/5
Samson S.
Parent
We worked with Ivy Scholars during my son's senior year. I was concerned that we may be too late to take advantage of college advising but the Ivy Scholars team quickly and confidently directed us through the steps to ensure no deadlines were missed. Sasha's knowledge about schools, what they looked for in candidates, and how to maneuver the application process was invaluable. Mateo and Ryan worked with my son to help him create an essay that would get noticed and I am so appreciative he had their guidance.

Prior to securing Ivy Scholars, we tried using a less-expensive online service which was a terrible experience. As a parent, Ivy Scholars brought peace of mind to an area that was frankly overwhelming. This service was invaluable in the knowledge that we gained throughout the process. He has also met with my freshman daughter to provide guidance for her high school courses, career paths, extracurricular activities, and more.

Prior to signing with Ivy Scholars, I tried a less expensive online service and was very disappointed.

As a result of our work with Ivy Scholars, I am pleased to say that my son will be attending Stern Business School at New York University this fall! I highly recommend Ivy Scholars. Highly recommend!