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Ivy Scholars guides 
students to craft stand-out applications to their dream schools.

With our help, you'll be ready to tell colleges your story with pride and confidence.

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Sasha Chada, Founder and CEO of Ivy Scholars

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Candidacy Building

We help 8th-11th graders grow as leaders, scholars, and entrepreneurs. Our students demonstrate the intellectual vitality and desire to improve the world that elite universities look for in top applicants.

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Andy, Columbia class of 2024, and Sasha Chada

College Apps

We know what top universities look for in applications. We’ll teach you to craft essays that fit each college’s student recruitment priorities, putting you above similar (or even more qualified) candidates.

Saahil, NYU Class of 2023

It's a different era in college admissions.

College admissions is more competitive than ever before. We build bespoke strategic plans for every student to improve their admissions chances, craft compelling college essays, and produce standout applications.

How We Help

We’re unapologetically obsessed with college admissions. What does Stanford want to see in their supplemental essays? How to decide between Restrictive Early Action and Early Decision? Which universities will forgive subpar scores? We know the answers!

We assist students through every stage of their scholarly development, from freshmen seeking fulfilling and challenging extracurricular activities, to sophomores struggling to prep for SATs, to seniors striving to write the perfect college essay.

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College Coaching

Expert guidance through college selection, application portals, and supplemental essays. We’ll help you show your best self to craft appealing applications. 

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Test Prep

SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests make a huge difference in admissibility. Alex Nelson, our test prep guru, will guide you through the tactics that have led our students to an average 230 (SAT) and 7 (ACT) point increase. 

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Candidacy Building

Personalized, growth-focused mentorship to develop impactful extracurricular activities, research, nonprofit work, and internships to make you a star applicant.

Our approach makes the difference.

Admissions offices at top schools crave passionate intellectuals ready to lead in their field. Meet with us for a Complimentary Consultation to learn what it’ll take to become a stronger candidate.

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Admissions Calculator

We teach our students how universities will judge applications, and help write college apps that stand out. See Ivy Scholars admissions chance multiplier for all universities.

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Quick FAQ

No, we work with students seeking admission to a variety of schools. 60% of our students apply to top tier schools, and 40% apply to schools like Rice, the University of Texas at AustinSMU, Texas A&M, and Baylor.

The best time to start planning is 8th or 9th grade. Students are rarely self-motivated at this age, so parents have to take responsibility for helping their children to plan. Ideal students walk into their first day of high school with a list of extracurricular activities to explore and specialize in 1-2 activities by 10th grade. By 11th grade, a student’s college candidacy is mostly set, but quick intervention can still help juniors qualify for higher-tier admissions than they otherwise would.

A college admissions coach serves as an intermediary between parents and students, provides clear expert advice, structure,  and understands what universities want in an applicant. A student from Ivy Scholars class of 2018 (Wharton class of 2022) put it best, “going into the admissions process alone 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 navigate the system.”

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Ivy Scholars Blogs

Don’t risk a red-flag application! Our strategy database will help you avoid common red flags that can sink your app.

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Ivy Scholars in the Media

Feedback From Our Students & Parents

Sharad
Sharad
2020-12-21
A big thank you to Sasha and his team (Charly, Mateo and others) at Ivy Scholars who were helpful in preparing my daughter for her college admissions. She got admitted to the school of her choice. My daughter’s junior year when she started thinking about colleges we were skeptical about any outside help. Nevertheless we met Sasha and he was extremely helpful and detailed in laying out the process involved in getting prepared for college admissions. I was impressed by his thoroughness, thoughtfulness and insights. Over the time that my daughter has worked with Ivy Scholars, I have noticed that they follow a structured rigorous process, be it helping the student articulate their own strengths/interests, to helping them with standardized tests and other aspects of polishing themselves, allowing the student to put their best foot forward for the college admission officers. Thank you Ivy Scholars.
Ayush Krishnamoorti
Ayush Krishnamoorti
2020-08-14
Ivy Scholars was instrumental in helping me understand more about myself, and improving my ability to describe myself to a new person. While the workload featured many hours of development, coming back to the drawing board a couple times, and slowly finishing every college supplemental, Ivy Scholars was great at navigating the process for a family that was applying to US colleges for the first time. I would extend my recommendation to anyone who needs help with the writing process as well, as I was able to make my essays captivating and they are testaments of my accomplishments thus far. I am glad to be reaping the results of such a process, getting my first-choice school, and that is thanks to Mateo and Sasha.
Quazi Rahman Shomu
Quazi Rahman Shomu
2020-08-11
It’s a true pleasure for me to write about Ivy Scholars who helped my son get into some top-tier universities. After early admission failure in mid-December, Faizan was scared and we contacted Sasha to ask for his help with personal essays. He had only two weeks to apply without much preparation. Sasha and his staff immediately jumped in to help Faizan. Charlie, Mateo and Nick were all phenomenal to work with Faizan to make sure every parts of the essays were taken of. What makes IvyScholars better than others is their layered approach of supporting and reviewing process by multiple staff members. Every essay that Faizan composed was revised and edited by ALL of them. That helped him to get different perspectives and and come up with amazing set up write ups. Faizan got his admission to Stanford, Rice and UT to name a few. A big shout out to Charlie especially, who challenged Faizan with many thought provoking ideas till the final day of his applications. I highly recommend ambitious kids to call Sasha if they dream about great schools. Good luck Sasha and team!
Nika Filippov
Nika Filippov
2020-07-14
This process - from the day I first met with Ivy scholars in 10th grade to reminiscing with my mentors today as I graduate high school - has been a whirlwind of progress and self realization. I knew nothing about the college application process before starting with Ivy Scholars and never dreamed I would be accepted to an Ivy. I was a good student with all As and participated in a few extracurricular activities, but I lacked vision for my future and the doubted my abilities nonetheless. Two years after starting with Ivy Scholars, I got into my #1 dream school (Columbia University) and developed a new set of skills, including self confidence, great time management and organization, and an open mind to the world’s opportunities. Ivy Scholars has taught me more about myself than I ever expected and through the process I have made valuable connections with my mentors, whom I now consider my friends. Thank you all so much for this experience, team. You guys rock 😊
Filippov Law
Filippov Law
2020-07-03
We have worked with Ivy Scholars to develop a plan for our daughter's college admission. Sasha and his team worked with her on SAT/ACT prep, SAT subject tests, and college admissions essays. In addition to college preparation, Sasha was instrumental in helping her adjust to transfer to a new school mid junior year. Sasha's dedication to our daughter's goals, positive encouragement, deep knowledge of the college testing and admissions process, and experience in working closely with children and families, all greatly contributed to her admission into an Ivy League university. Charly and Mateo are also incredible coaches who know how to relate to young people much better than any school counselor or college advisor I've ever met. It has been a real pleasure working with them. We are now starting to work with Ivy Scholars again to help develop a plan for our son's high school education and ultimate college major. We highly recommend the Ivy Scholars to anyone who has a child in High School who is planning on applying to college. Sasha and his team are very easy to talk to, know how to approach children and young adults and understand complicated family dynamics. Every member of Ivy Scholars is a talented and outstanding individual who is not only a pleasure to work with but is also a privilege to know.

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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.
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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!