Our Philosophy

We consider it a true privilege to help college applicants and their parents navigate the college admissions process.  

We know that applying to college is a significant rite of passage to adulthood, and we believe that education is key to a productive and satisfying future. We take pride in being able to help you minimize your stress and maximize your success through this exciting time of opportunity and growth. 

We are strategic in our approach. 

The college admissions process is a multi-year, multi-phase process that can quickly become overwhelming and unmanageable if it is not approached strategically. We help you strategize first, so that you know what to do when, and you don’t waste time doing things that don’t matter. 

We provide coaching that is holistic, personalized, and one-on-one. 

Selective U.S. colleges use a holistic approach when making their admissions decisions, so we feel it is important that our coaching align to that approach. We personalize the coaching you get and address all of the factors that admissions officers will consider when deciding whether to admit you. In order to do this, your Ivey College Coach will work with you one-on-one and take the time to get to know you and your particular strengths, interests, and dreams. 

We are honest, ethical, and practical.

We don’t think anyone is well-served by half-truths, empty promises, or abstract advice when it comes to the college admissions process. So we tell it like it is, promise only what we can deliver, and are focused on helping you in concrete, practical ways. 

Anna Ivey and Alison Cooper Chisolm, the principals of Ivey College Consulting, have chosen our team of college admissions coaches with great care and we believe the excellence of our coaches distinguishes us from other educational consulting firms. 

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our coaches


All of our coaches are... 


...admissions insiders. 

Everyone on our team is a seasoned college admissions professional and can offer a true insider’s point of view. You get the benefit of working with someone who knows how admissions decisions are really made and what can tip the balance in your favor. 


...passionate about helping applicants and their families.

Everyone on our team has chosen to work as a coach because he or she truly enjoys helping applicants and their families. Our coaches are genuinely excited to work with you and take great pleasure in helping you get into college.


...backed up and supported by a team of colleagues.

Although you will work with your Ivey College Coach exclusively, behind the scenes your Coach will consult with other members of the team. That way you get the benefit of our collective expertise, but you won’t have to deal with anyone but your Coach.

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Explore our college admissions services.

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Coach Bios

Read the bios of our individual admissions coaches.

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Read the testimonials from our previous clients.

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Find answers to frequently asked questions.

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To get started, please send us a message below to schedule a brief, free pre-engagement consultation by telephone or Skype to answer any questions you have about our services and working with an Ivey Coach. We typically reply within two business days.

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