International Clients


Your kind and warm guidance along with times of strictness has been a tremendous benefit for [our daughter]. We definitely could not have done it without your cooperation, along with the support of [our counselor].

— Anonymous Parents, Japan
Daughter accepted Early Decision to Barnard College, Class of 2017


I truly wish every child and family could have the benefit of your great wisdom and centered approach to college admission...from the very start you understood her idiosyncratic qualities and appreciated them. Thank you again for helping [our daughter] achieve her dream to attend one of the world's greatest universities.

— Anonymous Parent, New York
Daughter accepted Early Decision to Columbia University, Class of 2017


In an admissions world where 2400's and stellar letters of recommendation do not guarantee acceptance to a student's first choice school...IvyWise helped me set my best foot forward in the college process, for which I am eternally grateful.

— Anonymous Student, New York, NY, USA
Accepted to Harvard College, Class of 2014


I was accepted to both Yale College and Georgetown School of Foreign Service today! I am in a state of utter shock. I couldn't have done it without you. Again, thanks. I owe you my future.

— Anonymous Student, New Jersey, USA
Accepted as a Transfer Student for the Class of 2011

Jon Reider, Ph.D.

Member, IvyWise Board of Advisors
Areas of expertise: Students seeking admission to highly selective institutions.

Jon ReiderJon Reider is the Director of College Counseling at San Francisco University High School, a leading academic independent school in California. Previously, he was a senior admission officer at Stanford, where he had a number of special responsibilities, including identifying students with high intellectual potential.

He is the co-author of the recently published third edition of Admission Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2013), the best overall guide to college admissions, which we recommend to our clients, and was the first book listed in the NY Times recommended summer reading list on education. He is a widely known commentator and speaker on college admission issues.

Jon was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Sussex and has two degrees from Stanford, a BA and a Ph.D. in history. He also taught for many years in Stanford's renowned "Great Books" program Structured Liberal Education.


"We have no doubt that without the aid of Dr. Cohen, Scott Clarke and the rest of the IvyWise team, our son wouldn't have gotten into Harvard."

Parent, Boston, MA
Son accepted to Harvard University, Class of 2015

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