College Admissions Counseling

At CA, we provide college counseling to students seeking admission to Ivy League colleges as well as other highly selective universities. Whether it’s through Skype, FaceTime, phone conversations, or email, we are able to work with students from across the United States and around the world.

To get into a highly selective college, applicants must stand out from the tens of thousands of applications that colleges receive each year. It’s no wonder so many parents have been seeking assistance from educational consultants. 

  • Overall admission rates for the Class of 2024 at the Ivy League schools ranged from 4.5% (Harvard) to 10.6% (Cornell)
  • High SAT / ACT scores and grades alone don’t suffice
  • Well-rounded students who excel in sports, music, community service, and more are not what highly selective colleges are seeking

30 Minute Consultation

We offer a 30-minute consultation to parents and students by telephone (or Skype / FaceTime if the parents and students are outside of the United States). This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about our counseling services and how Ivy Coach can help you navigate the highly selective college admissions process. Email us at Once we receive it, we will email you our fees and ask you to respond with some dates and times that are convenient for you for our free consultation. Based upon the consultation, we will recommend to you how we can proceed.

One-Hour Evaluation

For students who first come to us as middle schoolers or as ninth, tenth, or eleventh graders, we begin with a one-hour evaluation. In advance of this evaluation, we request a student’s transcript, any testing they’ve completed, a list of extracurriculars, etc. During this evaluation, we put together a plan so that your child is sure to max out on his or her school’s courses, fill in any gaps he or she may have (that you may not know about), take courses outside of his or her school (if necessary), know which exams to take and when to take them, and — if the student is in eleventh grade — come up with an appropriate list of colleges. In so doing, we would also develop an academic and extracurricular strategy that will make your child as competitive as can be to the colleges to which he or she will eventually apply. Whether you proceed with our assistance with the college application process or not, you will come away from this one-hour evaluation with invaluable insight into the process. One very common comment we hear subsequent to this one-hour evaluation is: “Everything I thought I knew was wrong.”

Assistance with College Applications

The vast majority of applicants to highly selective colleges submit applications that not only don’t help their case for admission but indeed significantly hurt their chances. They submit cliché essays about sports, about community service, about deceased grandparents. And then some. They submit supplemental essays that don’t convey why they want to attend a specific university. Maybe the premise of their Why I Want To Go To A Specific College Essay focuses on that university’s great liberal arts education. Well, they’re not fooling anyone. Just about every highly selective college offers a great liberal arts education. Our students do their homework. They show rather than tell admissions officers how much they want to attend a specific university and why.Read More

Other College Admissions Assistance

  • Letters of Enthusiasm after Early Decision / Early Action deferral or Regular Decision waitlist
  • Postmortem Evaluation after Early Decision / Early Action deferral or denial
  • College interview prep

Maybe a student is first coming to CA after being deferred or waitlisted. CA can help this student stand out from other deferred or waitlisted candidates by helping craft a powerful and compelling Letter of Enthusiasm. Or maybe a student is seeking assistance with only prep for an alumni interview. Many students come to us for assistance with bits and pieces of the admissions process and CA can sometimes accommodate these students as well. Or maybe a student needs help once he or she has earned admission to college in order to improve their writing in college papers. A parent once criticized us, “You helped our daughter get into Yale. But we never heard from you once she got there. We’ve missed your guidance.” While this is a high class problem, it’s one we’ve taken to heart.

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