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2311, 2019

Your Ivy League College Admissions Interview

By |November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Admissions Interview, Ivy League, Ivy League Advice, Ivy League College, The Harvard Admissions Interview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Your Ivy League College Admissions Interview How to Prepare What to Expect So, you've been offered your first Ivy League college admissions interview.  Congratulations! Though, of course, now you actually have to do it. It’s incredibly nerve-wracking to have to go into a room and have a stranger decide your future.  If you’re also a top student, it’s even more nerve-wracking to not know if you’re really going to get to go to a top-tier, super-competitive school like Harvard, Princeton, MIT or Yale and have your future and career laid out for you, or if you really even have the slightest chance of even getting in at all. That’s why I’ve laid out the top questions students often hear during their Ivy League college interview. Even if you’re not applying to the Ivy League, this will work for any other competitive top to mid-tier colleges, too. So, whether you’re applying to Harvard and Princeton, Penn or NYU, studying these questions will help you be more prepared in terms of what to expect from your college interview, and how to be more confident during the interview itself, so nothing -- and I mean nothing -- will take you by surprise! As

1811, 2019

Ivy League Interview Tips

By |November 18th, 2019|Categories: The Harvard Admissions Interview|0 Comments

Ivy League Interview Tips College admissions interview advice from a former Harvard Interviewer Applying to college this year and looking for college interview tips?  Are you shooting for the Ivy League? Already have your first, or maybe second, interview scheduled? Do you need advice? Do you feel like you're maybe in over your head? I'm a former Harvard admissions interviewer + Harvard grad.  Let me tell you (the students) and you (the parents), that if you're a regular reader of my Ivy League college admissions blog, you will come to understand EXACTLY what will give you the best chance at getting in. Overall, Ivy League universities want to see that you are solid in yourself. That you know who you are. They also want to see that you are able to carry on a calm, confident, and interesting adult-level conversation.  They want to see that you know what you want, and know what your goals are (even if they change once you get into college). In other words, just start out with something! The admissions committee wants to know that you are driven, ambitious, competitive, and looking to intellectually and academically become the most successful person you can be! Conveying

204, 2019

How to Apply to an Ivy League College, and Get Accepted!

By |April 2nd, 2019|Categories: College Admissions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

College Applications and Essay Tips: Be Prepared! It’s getting to be that time of year again! College application time for high school seniors: or at least the time of year to start thinking about where you might apply for college. After all, where you go to school is IMPORTANT, as it does set the stage for the rest of your life (no pressure).  That doesn’t mean you can’t do great things if you don’t get into the school of your dreams, as you certainly CAN, and many people do. What it does mean however, is that achieving your dreams will be EASIER if you go to a top-notch school. This especially true if you’re interested in going to an #IvyLeague college, like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., or what I like to call “Ivy League Equivalent” such as Stanford, MIT, Duke or UCLA.  As a graduate of Harvard myself, and a former Harvard admissions interviewer, I speak from experience when I say that the college you go will help you in life — for years and years after you graduate, not only in terms of job opportunities, but friends, referrals to all kinds of other things you can’t even imagine, and a social circle you

105, 2017

Applying To An Ivy League College? The Top 5 Books I Recommend!

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Brown, college, College Admissions, Columbia, Common App, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Ivy League College, Princeton, Stanford, UPenn, Yale|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Applying To An Ivy League College? The Top 5 Books I Recommend! Applying to an Ivy League college this year?  Good.  Now let's actually see if you're competitive for the schools you're targeting. Did well in high school?  Check.  Strongly involved in your extracurriculars?  Check. Aced your AP exams, and scored pretty high on your SAT / ACT  and are in an IB program (if your school offers one)? Triple check. More than likely if you fit the above, then you probably have at least some aspirations to get in to an Ivy League college.  Maybe you're not sure you'll get in, but you definitely have the hope.  The dream.  If only you could MAXIMIZE your chances.  If you only knew what you could possibly do to just push your Ivy League college application and essays just a little bit more, so you can secure that acceptance. But where is this secret knowledge???   Who has this secret insider information?! How can you find out EXACTLY what else you can possibly do, sit down this year to apply to your list of schools? Read.  That's my answer, to parents and students alike.  Read the right books. Find out all you can

906, 2016

How to Improve Your Ivy League College Application

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Berkeley, Brown, College Admissions, Common App, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Ivy League, Ivy League Advice, Ivy League College, Michigan, MIT, NYU, Princeton, UCLA, UPenn, Yale|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

If you're applying to an Ivy League college you already know that high grades, tons of AP classes, stellar SAT scores, unique extracurriculars, and fantastic teacher recs can all play a role in your application and acceptance to some of the most prestigious colleges in America. The following are top ten tips though that you may not have thought of that when, combined with the standard qualifications above (i.e. stellar GPA, etc), can actually serve to help you get in! Social Media:  Schools check.  So, that said, you want to make sure that there is nothing crude or lewd on your facebook page and you're not making extreme non-pc comments all over twitter.  It's okay to show yourself having fun with your friends, and you certainly don't have to show yourself as 100% scholarly and serious (it is a social outlet, after all), and you're even allowed to have an opinion that maybe other people don't necessarily agree with, but just keep in mind that the college admission officers are trying to get a sneak peak and quick overview of who you might be online. If you think your fb page shows you as an all around great person with

805, 2016

How Do Prep Schools Groom Students for the Ivy League?

By |May 8th, 2016|Categories: College Admissions, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Ivy League, Ivy League College, Princeton, UPenn, Yale|Tags: |0 Comments

Applying to college and ever asked yourself this question?  Let me provide an answer: Since the prep schools are usually extremely well financially endowed they, first of all, have a very large assortment of AP classes available to their students (more than usually offered at a public school).  The more AP classes you take, the more qualified the Ivy League schools see your candidacy. The prep schools also have teachers and guidance counselors who, more than likely, are Ivy League graduates themselves and so know what is required in terms of achievements and classes, and try to guide and mentor their students accordingly. Prep  schools also usually have MUCH smaller classes, which means the teachers really get to know their six students, for example.  Think about the difference that could make when writing a recommendation letter = having SIX students you know well who are applying to college, versus 30 in a class.  That's part of the difference. Furthermore, the schools themselves, especially if you're talking about the elite prep boarding schools in New England, or the top private schools in NYC, have intense admissions criteria themselves, that ensure that only the top students who apply are even offered this

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