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How to Get Into Engineering School

So You Want to be an Engineer… In a previous article, we discussed how to get into medical school, and now we’ll do the same for students who want to pursue a degree in engineering. The popularity of engineering as both major and profession has remained high, and many students are justifiably nervous about applying, as this same popularity has made engineering schools increasingly competitive. In this article, we’ll discuss how and why engineering programs are competitive, what they’re looking for in students, and how you can prepare yourself for them as a high school student. While these programs are competitive,

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Admissions Strategy

Does Your Major Affect Admission?

Students often wonder whether or not the major they choose when applying to colleges will impact their chances of admission. While it will, this isn’t as straightforward as many students believe, and many schools have their own idiosyncrasies in the admissions process. We will give some general guidance here, but if you want to know more about a specific school, check our university guides. Generally, students interested in highly selective majors, such as business or computer science, will have a harder time gaining admission than students applying for less selective majors like anthropology, women’s studies, or art history. Some universities will

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Top Colleges for a Career

Which College is Right For You?

As high school students begin their process of looking at schools to apply to, they are confronted by the question: “Which college is right for me?” This is often a difficult question to answer, as what makes a college suited for one student may make it terrible for another. Frequently asked alongside this, and a question we will be striving to answer in this article is: “How good of a school can I get into?” Many students wonder what schools they should apply to, but don’t know how to approach analyzing school’s admissions statistics and profiles to know what their

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Admissions Strategy

Rice University Admissions Strategy

Understanding Rice University Admissions From 2013 to 2020, Rice University cut its admissions rate in half, dropping from 17% to 8%. During that same time, 58% of Ivy Scholars students gained admission to Rice. We made the difference for them through expert coaching on every aspect of the application process, based on extensive research on Rice University’s evolving admissions policies. In this article, we’ll pop the hood on how we save students from the hidden pitfalls of college admissions, specifically, the mistakes students make when applying to Rice University. Then, we’ll explain what Rice looks for in students, how we

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Record Numbers of Applications Submitted to Top Colleges

There have been stories circulating about record highs in college application numbers. Harvard received 42% more applications this year than last year and has pushed the release of admissions decisions to April 6th. This is not limited to the Ivy League; the UC system, home to UCLA and Berkeley, saw a 16% rise in the total number of applications over last year. NYU, meanwhile, topped 100,000 applications, a 20% jump since last year. Why is this happening? What does this spike in application numbers mean for your applications, and your chances of admissions? In this article, we’ll explore why admissions

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The SAT II’s Were Canceled – What Does That Mean For You?

Just this week, College Board announced major changes to their offerings and that they will no longer be offering SAT II Subject Tests or the essay portion of the regular SAT. This announcement feels sudden and jarring and has left many students and parents wondering why the change was made and how it will affect their college application planes. In this article, we’ll first explore why College Board made the decision, and then discuss how these changes will impact future college applicants. The good news, however, is that this looks like a net positive for students looking to apply to

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Should I Hire a College Consultant?

How to Find a Good Admissions Coach In the world of college admissions, there is a lot of noise, but very little signal. A quick Google search will reveal myriad options for an ‘admissions coach’ without offering much clarity on who is providing genuinely useful services. So how do you determine who to hire to help your child? If you’re reading this article, you’ll know we’re one of the companies offering college admissions coaching services. Our purpose here is to lay all our cards on the table and explain our business as we see it. We’ll cover why you may

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College Applications

When Do Admissions Decisions Come Out?

You’ve finalized your applications, completed the last edits to your essays, and made sure your recommendations and test scores have been sent in. As you click the button to submit, your college application journey has been completed. Now the long wait begins. January 1st, the deadline for many schools to submit the Regular Decision application, is seen as a terminus, the last step in a student’s college application journey. It is, however, a midpoint, with more to come. While the student’s work is complete, the application process itself has just begun, and now the work done by admissions officers kicks

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Candidacy Building

What Do Colleges Want in High School Grades?

Your grades in high school are important, and a big deal is made about them when you enter high school. “These grades matter, and will determine your future” is an oft-repeated phrase. How true is this phrase though? How much do grades matter? A great deal, as it happens. The majority of colleges consider success in high school as the most important trait when deciding on applications. But what grades look best, and how can you make up for weak performances in your grades? Improvement vs. Constancy The best kind of academic performance is continual success in the most challenging

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College Applications

Discrimination Against Asian Americans in College Admission: Myths, Truths, and Paths to Success

Asian American parents and students often come to us with concerns about the admissions process. There is a common perception that being Asian hurts a student’s chances of being accepted into a top school, one not helped by lawsuits against Harvard and Yale which allege the same thing. Students and parents should not despair, however. Around 6% of America’s population is Asian, and around 20% of students at top colleges are Asian. It is clearly possible for Asian students to succeed, and in this guide we’ll break down myths about their paths to success, and some truths about how the

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Wendy Y.
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.
Arda E.
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.
Samson S.
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!