IvySelect’s Services Are Customized to Every Student

For high school juniors and seniors, we offer comprehensive packages that help you along every step of the application process.

We also offer a la carte options in prepaid four hour blocks for a specific service. This is not available to high school juniors and seniors. Additional time is available as needed at the hourly rate.

Contact us using the form on the right to discuss your options and get started!

Generally, our services include:

  • 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

Specific Focus Areas

Our college consulting expertise covers every area of the college application and admissions process. You can read more about each area of expertise by clicking an option below, or by navigating to a specific service page in the main menu at the top of this page.

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

  • More information on our college list page
  • College major search
  • College selection criteria surveys/conference
  • Guidance on combined college/graduate programs (e.g., B.S./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

  • More information on our college application page
  • 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

  • More information on our essay page
  • 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

Letters of Recommendation

  • More information on our letters of recommendation page
  • Input on how to get the best letters of recommendation
  • Appropriate methods to emphasize “defining moments” to recommender
  • Timing & follow through

Interviews

  • More information on our interview prep page
  • 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

  • See our student-athletes page for more details
  • 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 Subject Tests, 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
 


Contact us today for your free 30 minute consultation!