What We Do

The 2007-2008 admissions was a nerve-wracking one for many applicants, with schools like Harvard, the University of Chicago, Amherst, Northwestern, and Dartmouth seeing a double-digit increase in applications in that admissions season alone. The 2008-2009 season is expected to be even more brutal, if only for reasons of simple demographics: 2009 will see the largest number of high school seniors in United States history, according to the New York Times. If you and your family are feeling overwhelmed by the college application process, you are not alone.

While we can't wave a magic wand and take away all the anxiety and stress of applying to college, our goal is to help you prepare for the application process as far in advance as possible so that you can apply in peak form, maximize your opportunities, find the schools where you'll flourish and learn and grow, all while keeping perspective... and peace in the family... and your sanity.

We help you figure out what your strengths and weakness are, develop an action plan, and cut through all the static and white noise and conflicting advice and mind-bending anxiety as you prepare for this big step. If you want to put your best foot forward and you're willing to roll up your sleeves, we are here to support you every step of the way and help you reach your goals.

We tailor all our work to each applicant, but our services typically include the following:

  • helping you choose an appropriate list of schools based on your educational and life goals and your admissions chances
  • helping you decide what classes, extracurricular activities, and jobs to pursue in preparation for applying
  • helping you determine which standardized tests to take and when
  • helping you identify your strengths and weaknesses as an applicant and formulate a strategy to best show off those assets and neutralize those weaknesses
  • helping you ensure that all the parts of your application fit together seamlessly: that you communicate your core messages in the right places and leverage your limited word count to maximum effect
  • helping you choose the most advantageous essay topics and recommenders and teaching you how to develop your writing skills in the editing process (you should emerge from the process a better writer than when you started)
  • helping you prepare for admissions interviews
  • helping you with waitlist management and
  • helping you decide which offer to accept and whether to defer matriculation.

We work with future applicants as early as ninth grade in high school and as late as senior year, and we also enjoy working with applicants from secondary schools outside the United States. We encourage you to start the planning process as early as possible to give yourself the most options when it comes time to apply.

College is a life-altering experience, and it is our privilege to work with applicants and their families at this important and exciting juncture in their lives. Welcome!

Meet our college admissions team here.

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