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2101, 2020

Thinking of Transferring to an Ivy League College? (It’s easier than you think!)

By |January 21st, 2020|Categories: Brown, College Admissions, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Yale|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Though most of my Ivy League college admissions blog posts center around high school seniors applying to the most competitive and elite US universities, every year I also work with students who are already in college, and are thinking about transferring (or thinking about trying to transfer) into an Ivy League school. Did you hear that correctly? YES, YOU CAN GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE, like Harvard, Princeton, or Yale...by transferring. And, I'll tell you another secret:  it's easier to get in. Each year, I get students into some of the top colleges in the country as transfers.  Now, don't get me wrong, you need to have done really well your first semester at whatever school you did decide to attend, but I have had students who got completely rejected from Harvard (for example) -- as in, not even deferred if they applied Early Decision -- not even waitlisted, who ended up going to not another Ivy League school, but say some "easier" or mid-ranked college that is not even in the Ivy League (someplace like NYU, Boston College, Emory University, "Seven Sister" schools, or even state schools like Georgia Tech) who end up applying as transfers to Harvard

1901, 2020

Your Harvard College Admissions Interview (+ other Ivy League Schools)!

By |January 19th, 2020|Categories: College Admissions, Harvard, Ivy League, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hello 2020 Ivy League college applicants! This is my first Ivy League college admissions blog post of the new year, and we're going to touch on everything!  First things first, your college interviews, and specifically, your Ivy League college interviews -- as if you applied to college this year, your interviews should be quickly approaching! The question now is:  how to best prepare? You spent so much time on your college applications, not to mention all the years and years of your life trying to do well in high school, and amassing extracurriculars, and trying to get your SAT and ACT test scores up, and doing interesting and unique things with your outside school time, and your summers, and your mind, and your personality, just so you can GET INTO A GREAT IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE. In other words: don't blow it now. There is too much at stake. Educate yourself.  Know what to EXPECT from the interview process, and you'll be so way ahead of the game! To help out the students who worked with me on their essays this year, as well as help out those students just finding my blog now, I've put together an extensive "Ivy League

1612, 2019

Rejected Early Decision? Ivy League College Admission Help

By |December 16th, 2019|Categories: Brown, College Admissions, Columbia, Common App, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Yale|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A lot of students this week got rejected from their early decision (ED) schools, and the heartbreak is horrible. Maybe it was a "reach" school, maybe it was Princeton or Harvard or Brown University, or maybe you just really, really wanted to go there from the time you were 8. Getting rejected from your first choice college though, doesn't mean you can't still get in to a really good school -- it does mean however, that you want to take a serious look (or have someone like me) take a serious look at your previous application and essays, to make sure you don't make the same mistake TWICE. Often, the essays are the reason people get rejected from their Early Decision schools, when everything else in their application (their stats, SAT scores, grades, extracurriculars, rec letters, etc) are stellar and up to par.  It comes down to the writing, and more specifically, usually your topic choice for the Common App essay, or way it is written. This is good news and bad news.  The good news is, you can change or revise your essay now, before you submit to your other schools and make the same mistake twice.  The bad

212, 2019

The Ivy League College Admissions Essay That Will Get You Into Harvard

By |December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Brown, College Admissions, Columbia, Common App, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Yale|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

This is one of the best examples of a successful Ivy League college admissions essay that I have ever read, in my many years of working with the best high school students in the country, to help them gain admissions to the Ivy League. The essay was written by a student named Calvin Heiman, to give credit where credit is due, and he now attends Columbia University.  However, as a former Harvard admissions interviewer, had this come across my desk (and if everything else in his application was super strong) he would have gotten in. Here is the essay in its entirety. It has everything I was trained by Harvard admissions to look for: originality, heart, serious challenge, adversity, and yet his positive outlook comes through, and he creates a great, thoughtful conclusion at the end that ties everything together. He paints a great picture with words. Furthermore, this Common App essay really gives us a sense of who this person is: what he values, the tastes and flavors of his world, and once again, his positive outlook, despite real hardship going on in his family. And now for the essay, so you too can see a prime example of

2911, 2019

Things You Can Do to Boost Your Ivy League Application!

By |November 29th, 2019|Categories: Brown, College Admissions, Columbia, Common App, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Uncategorized, 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 dedicated

2311, 2019

Your Ivy League College Admissions Interview: How to Prepare!

By |November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Brown, College Admissions, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Ivy League, Yale|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Your Ivy League College Admissions Interview: How to Prepare, What to Expect! 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 interviews. Even if you’re not applying to the Ivy League, this will work for any other competitive top to mid-tier college, too. So, whether you’re applying to Harvard and Princeton, or Boston University and 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, because nothing will take you by surprise. As an overview though, college admissions officers want to know that you have the maturity to speak clearly, that you can be comfortable even in a nerve-wracking

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