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IvySelect Services

Generally:

  • Flexible hours
  • Local & distance counseling
  • Process-oriented approach to meet deadlines
  • Goal-oriented approach to achieve superior admissions results
  • Philosophical approach to secure admission to best match colleges
  • Set a standardized testing schedule
  • Tutor referral for course work & standardized tests

Preliminary Steps:

  • Client & family intake conference: interests, goals, dreams
  • Analyzing school record & background
  • Strategic planning to boost credentials, improve high school record & ameliorate weaknesses
  • Positioning based on specific philosophies, needs and approaches used at top schools
  • Defining "stand out" academic, extracurricular & summer activities
  • Identifying and maximizing "hooks" that differentiate the student from other applicants
  • Facilitating internships that are thematically consistent with interests & abilities

Career Counseling:

  • Structured interview
  • Values & interests assessments
  • Career exploration
  • Refine activities & academics based on assessments

The College Search:

  • College major search
  • College selection criteria surveys/conference
  • Guidance on combined college/graduate programs (e.g., B.A./M.D., B.A./J.D)
  • College list emphasizing best fit (multiple sessions — preliminary to final list)
  • Conferencing on best financial fit in developing college list

Campus Visitation Preparation:

  • "Virtual" tour sources
  • Assistance planning visits
  • Visitation tips & questions to ask
  • Ratings sheets

The College Application:

  • Decisions Options & Strategies, including EA, ED, SCEA, Rolling & Regular
  • Develop a specific plan of action to meet deadlines
  • Fine tune strategic plan to maximize credentials
  • Tips on filling out the Common Application & individual college applications
  • Brag sheet development & design
  • Resume assistance
  • Managing applications & deadlines
  • Tracking supporting documentation

Essays:

  • Brainstorming ideas to develop the "unique" voice
  • Writing & editing sessions that avoid packaging, that reveal life themes & that break through
  • Expert guidance from an award-winning writer and professional editor
  • See our essay page for more details

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Input on how to get the best letters of recommendation
  • Appropriate methods to emphasize "defining moments" to recommender
  • Timing & follow through

Interviews:

  • Mock interviews, using actual interview questions
  • Develop a specific question list for each college, to ask the interviewer
  • Videotaping of interviews to improve techniques and raise comfort & confidence

Demonstrated Interest:

  • Strategies that maximize "demonstrated interest," where relevant
  • Avoidance of common pitfalls, which will separate the student from the pack

Athletes:

  • Guidance on leveraging athletic talent in the admissions process at elite schools
  • Programs at top colleges
  • NCAA rules and regulations regarding recruiting
  • Counseling on what to and what not to include in videos
  • Counseling on appropriate student contact with coaches
  • Resume preparation
  • Strategies for athletic letters of recommendation
  • Program evaluation, based on acceptances
  • Scholarship evaluation

Application Submission:

  • Application components (including essays & brag sheets) readied for maximum impact
  • Thorough review of applications prior to submission

Financial Considerations

  • Strategic merit scholarship planning
  • Overview of financial aid & college funding process — programs, methodology, & the importance of applying regardless of family income level
  • Review aid awards

College Selection Advisement:

  • In depth college selection advising, based on acceptances
  • Final comparison of academic programs
  • Emotional fit
  • Financial considerations



Services Tailored By Academic Year

Generally
  • High school year-by-year planning
  • Emphasize importance of Early Strategic Planning Methodology
  • Long-term development of passion, goals & interests
  • Step-by-step building blocks toward elite state and national recognition in fields of interest
  • Explore internship & job opportunities

Freshmen

  • Detail crucial information about the college admissions process & timeline
  • A head start for students seeking admission to highly competitive colleges
  • Review academic record for weaknesses, strengths, interests & strategic planning
  • Comprehensive course advisement — both within the context of the high school as well as pursuing outside academic & college programs
  • "Talented youth" and summer college program guidance
  • Standardized testing advisement
  • Referrals to tutors
  • College visitation advisement
  • Summer activities advisement — multi-year summer planning
  • Guidance in developing distinct profiles — accentuating extracurricular interests, increasing responsibilities & broadening horizons
  • Progressive academic & extracurricular activities advisement

Sophomores

  • Continuation of freshmen program: ongoing advisement
  • For new clients: introduction to the process
  • Detail crucial information about the college admissions process & timeline
  • Review academic record for weaknesses, strengths, interests & strategic planning
  • Review critical aspects of the college admissions process
  • Comprehensive course advisement — both within the context of the high school as well as pursuing outside academic & college programs
  • Testing advisement: PSAT, SAT, SAT II, PLAN, ACT, AP
  • Referrals to tutors for academics and standardized testing
  • College visitation recommendations
  • Summer activities advisement — multi-year summer planning
  • College coursework and college program guidance
  • Guidance in developing distinct profiles — accentuating extracurricular interests, increasing responsibilities & broadening horizons

Juniors

  • Provide motivation for the most critical year for academic performance
  • Comprehensive services enumerated, leading up to applications
  • Strategic planning for boosting academic & extracurricular profile throughout the last two years of high school
  • Referrals to tutors for academics and standardized testing
  • Development of preliminary college list
  • Campus visit preparation to refine college list
  • Standardized testing schedule & strategies
  • Develop strategy for letters of recommendation
  • Explore essay concepts
  • Summer activities addressed
  • Summer application & essay work

Seniors

  • Final college list
  • Emphasis on application process — strategy, setting deadlines & getting things done
  • Decisions Options & Strategies utilized: EA, ED, SCEA, Priority, Rolling & Regular
  • "Nuts & Bolts" — the college application, essays, letters of recommendation, interviews
  • Nuanced positioning based on credentials
  • Interview preparation
  • Maximize demonstrated interest, where appropriate
  • Financial considerations
  • College selection advisement



Fees For Services

Package Options:

  • Comprehensive admissions package for juniors & seniors

A la carte Options:

  • Initial prepaid four-hour block for any service requested
  • Renewable blocks available in two-hour increments

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