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College Application Coaching

Over the past six years, Ivy Scholars has guided more than 300 students through the gambit of the college application process. Approaching each student as a unique case, we help high schoolers craft applications that balance personality with strategy. As an Ivy Scholars student, you’ll stand out in the sea of applicants.
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Where to Begin

College admissions is one of the most confusing, competitive, and consequential processes a high schooler will go through. Yet, as admissions rates plummet and applicant pools swell, many qualified students struggle to differentiate themselves.

At Ivy Scholars, you’re in good hands. Our experts empower students to craft standout material while simultaneously guiding them through the complex college admissions process. When our students hit submit, you know they’ve done their best.

Read on to learn how we deliver success.

The Ivy Scholars Way

"Unique approaches for unique applicants."

Ivy Scholars takes a client-centric approach to college admissions consulting. After compiling an academic profile, we craft a strategic application plan that optimizes your student’s admissions results. Paired with colleges that match their unique personal and academic goals, our students are set up for success before they even submit their first application. 

“Taking the stress out of college applications with experience.”

We pair students with one of our mentors, who walk them through the college admissions process from beginning to end. As graduates of top-tier institutions like Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins, we know what it takes to get into some of the most competitive colleges in the country.

“Position yourself for success.”

Rather than turning our students into someone they aren’t, we help them showcase their best qualities in a way that appeals to admissions officers. Our approach produces exceptional results: on average, Ivy Scholars students are 3x times more likely to be admitted to top-tier universities during the 2019-2020 admissions season. Our admit rate for UT Austin alone was 83%!

“Crafting great personal statements.”

The Personal Statement is the heart of the college application. Yet, most applicants struggle to effectively convey their unique personalities and abilities within the strict word count. Ivy Scholars’ writing experts work with applicants to craft essays that don’t just tell their stories but highlight their skills, values, and achievements – all within 650 words.

“Strategic supplementals.”

Why that Major? Why Us, specifically? Tell us about your ‘Leadership’ experience. Huh? 

Institutions use college-specific supplemental essays to find unique students for their incoming class. Ivy Scholars reduces student workload by focusing time on essays that are applicable to multiple institutions. We help our students craft supplemental essays that show admissions officers how they will add to their new college environment.

"Support from start to finish."

At Ivy Scholars, we understand that the smallest details can make the biggest difference. That’s why we review every application prior to submission in order to ensure everything is just right. You’ll submit your application with peace of mind knowing it’s the best it could have been. However, our help doesn’t end after you press submit. We also prepare our students for admissions interviews, advise them on financial aid, and assist in college course selection.

The Ivy Scholars Competitive Advantage

Our results speak for themselves. Last year, our personalized approach, attention to detail, and college admissions expertise led our students to be 3x times* more likely to get into their top-choice school.

Ivy Scholars college coaching will help get you in.

Case Studies

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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!