COLLEGE ADMISSIONS  RESULTS

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS  RESULTS AND CASE STUDIES

Some of the colleges our students have gained acceptance

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Learn more about how we helped our students get into their dream schools.

REAL STUDENTS.

REAL RESULTS.

Students come to us with different types of challenges, but what they all have in common is a desire to put forth the effort and work to get into their best-fit schools. Learn more about their unique situations and how our team worked to help them stand out in our case studies below. 

What if I don't have a lot on my resume?

MEET JANE

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

English

Less popular major

Light resume

TEST SCORE

1520

DARTMOUTH

COLLEGE

When we met Jane, we recognized that she had a strong GPA, decent SAT score, and was passionate about her interest in writing. However, we also realized that she had few extracurricular activities and community service involvement outside of writing, because they didn’t interest her and she didn’t want to “just do it for college.” 

 

We wanted to help Jane stay true to her passions, so we didn't push additional activities that she didn't have a genuine interest in. Instead, she continued to focus on her independent writing project. Despite being a very strong creative writer, Jane had difficulty writing about herself. 

 

We empowered Jane to share her vulnerabilities and real-life challenges of defying her family's wishes to pursue her passion for writing. We also encouraged her to build relationships with admissions representatives at her schools.

 

​Jane will be attending Dartmouth College.

MEET MICHAEL

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Computer Science

Strong GPA, scores, rank

Light resume

TEST SCORE

1570

NORTHEASTERN

UNIVERSITY

Michael was the top student at his high school with a perfect 4.0 unweighted GPA. He also had strong scores, but acknowledged readily as a junior when we met him that he had little interest in extracurricular activities, as he preferred to spend his time at home instead. Michael wanted to study computer science, but he also needed a school to offer him a large merit scholarship since his family would qualify for little financial aid, but really couldn’t afford to pay full price. 

 

Since Michael did not want to participate in extracurricular activities, we encouraged him to really work on building relationships with his teachers and counselor as well as his regional representatives from the colleges he was interested in. We also helped him pick schools that would value his academic achievements. Michael also took the opportunity to include an additional information statement that discussed his role in taking on family responsibilities at home as a reason for his “light” resume, since he knew he could always participate in activities in college and that family was very important to him. 

 

Michael ended up attending Northeastern with a sizable merit scholarship that made his family happy too.

MEET ARIA

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

English

Gov School, Awards

Light resume

TEST SCORE

36

VANDERBILT

UNIVERSITY

Aria came to us as a senior who had spent all summer struggling on her personal essay. Aria had strong grades and scores, but had a light resume, because she had moved during high school and taken some time to adjust to leaving her old life behind. Aria also struggled with a lack of confidence although she had strong scores and had won a few competitions before. 

 

While Aria originally thought of writing about her one main activity, we encouraged Aria to save that for supplemental essays since that is a common topic. Instead, we encouraged Aria to use her quirky personality in her writing as much as possible as she wrote a liberating essay in which she realized that her parents' desires of her weren’t expectations so much as they were expressing their love. We also worked with Aria to balance out her list of schools to select appropriate targets and find her schools that had strong programs for her major and would offer her merit scholarships, since money was a large concern for them. 

 

Aria will be attending Vanderbilt University.

 
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What if my grades/scores are "bad"?

MEET CATHERINE

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Nutritional Sciences

Media mention

Low GPA and scores

TEST SCORE

1070

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Catherine came to us as a senior for help in developing a balanced list with the hope of helping her get into her dream school, a large public university. Through reviewing Catherine’s transcript, we noticed that she had taken mostly AP and Honors classes in high school, but had really struggled through them. Unfortunately, due to her school’s scheduling, she wasn’t able to step down a level in her rigorous classes, which is why she ended up with C’s and D’s on her transcript. However, Catherine also had her own cooking blog and had appeared on a talk show to share a recipe as a result of it.

 

We worked with Catherine to create a balanced list of schools which included her dream school. Since most public universities place a greater emphasis on grades and scores, we encouraged her to address it head-on through an additional information statement that explained how she had learned from the experience and knew how to handle challenging situations in college. We also advised Catherine to connect with the admissions representative at her dream school. Through which, she was able to highlight her passion for cooking and nutrition. 

 

Despite having below-average scores for the school, Catherine received an acceptance within a week of submitting her application and now attends Colorado State University.

MEET HARRISON

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Finance

Worked half his life

 

Low GPA

TEST SCORE

1410

INDIANA UNIVERSITY - KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

When we met Harrison as a senior, we loved how straightforward he was in admitting that he had “messed up” his freshman year, because he didn’t understand how GPAs worked. As a result, he recognized that he didn’t meet the minimum requirements for his dream school - a large public university with a top business program. His GPA was 0.4 points shy of the requirement. Harrison also struggled to come up with ideas to write about for his essays. 

 

With our guidance, Harrison was able to connect with representatives from the colleges he was applying to. He took campus tours and met in-person with admissions representatives. He also followed up and stayed in touch via email throughout the application process. We also helped Harrison share an anecdote that inspired his love of business while highlighting his grit and dedication to helping those in his community. Lastly, we helped Harrison craft an honest additional information statement and proactively submitted an appeal for his top-choice school. 

 

Harrison was directly admitted, even thought his GPA was shy of the requirement, and now attends Indiana University-Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business. 

 
 

What if I’m just like everyone else?

MEET MADISON

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Chemistry

Perfect ACT, strong GPA

stereotype background

TEST SCORE

36

VANDERBILT

UNIVERSITY

When we met Madison, we recognized that she had a strong GPA, perfect ACT score, and amazing resume. However, we also realized that as an Asian American student who played violin and wanted to major in Chemistry, that she needed help making her admissions profile pop.

 

We worked with Madison to re-prioritize her time so that she highlighted her personal project of speaking with random strangers and learning from those experiences. This passion project ended up being used in her supplemental essays as well to demonstrate her ability to relate with others.

 

After getting to know Madison for almost two years, we also got to know her personality. After trying a few different topics, we urged Madison to share a side that most people don't know about her. Through writing about her identity, we were able to show admissions that Madison is strong, resourceful, and compassionate.

 

​Madison is now at Vanderbilt University.

MEET EVA

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Chemistry

Strong GPA

stereotype background

TEST SCORE

34

NEW YORK

UNIVERSITY

Eva started working with us as a junior. Eva was a swimmer with a strong GPA and test scores. Her resume consisted of other environmentalism activities she was passionate about, but that was about it. As an Asian American student interested in STEM from a competitive high school, she shared a profile with many other students. 

 

We worked with Eva to identify how she wanted to stretch herself personally, since she was already pursuing an internship to deepen her interests in science. Upon realizing that her fears were holding her back from living her ideal life, she decided to create an independent project around conquering her fears. Through her project, admissions was able to relate with many of her challenges. 

 

Eva is now at New York University.

MEET LYDIA

MAJOR

STRENGTHS:

CHALLENGES:

Art History, Economics

Major, Creative

stereotypical activities

TEST SCORE

35

CORNELL
UNIVERSITY

Lydia was just like any other high school junior, just a little lost on what she wanted to study and with a typical case of procrastination. Lydia had strong test scores and was mostly an A/B student that was slightly light on extracurricular activities. However, Lydia was great at researching her list of colleges and felt strongly about attending her dream school. 

 

Lydia loved art and piano. We agreed that an Asian American student who plays piano was pretty common though, and decided to focus on her art. She ended up developing and submitting an art portfolio and choosing an art and history major for the Ivy she was applying to. Lydia struggled with a topic for her essay, and we ended up focusing on her biggest challenge of feeling uncomfortable when talking to strangers or being in front of a group of people. Although it is a common challenge, we focused on getting creative with the format of her essay. Through dedicating a lot of time to researching her colleges and connecting with her representatives, she was able to write strong supplemental essays that really demonstrated why she belonged at each of the colleges she applied to. 

 

Lydia ended up at her dream school, Cornell University. 

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