About IvyWise

IvyWise By The Numbers

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At IvyWise, success is ensuring our students reach their personal and academic goals. Success isn’t about getting into the most selective college – it’s about helping students get into the right college for them, where they’ll be successful and happy.

IvyWise has proven results: In 2017, 91% of IvyWise students were accepted into one or more of their three top-choice schools.

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than 1%

In our 19 years of counseling thousands of students, only four – less than 1% – have ever transferred (compared to the national estimated transfer rate of 33%).

Over
half

IvyWise families are thrilled with their student’s success and share the great news: Over half were referred by previous clients or are relatives of previous clients

31%
International

IvyWise students are not just in New York City: 74% are outside of the New York metro area and 31% of our students are international.

Our students are at the heart of everything we do.

We help students find the schools that will be a good fit for them academically and socially, where they will be happy and thrive.

Average Acceptance Rates

2013-17

Our History of Success

Students accepted to one or more
of their top three choice schools

Testimonials

From Parents…

It was an amazing process, especially with the advice on what to do, what classes to take and then the essays. The essays were the most amazing part. Having [our counselor] and the round table to work with my daughter was the best.

Having a counselor who was experienced in selective college admissions gave our family such a great perspective during the college admissions process. We entered my daughter's senior year with fear and intimidation. Our counselor helped us gain confidence and helped my daughter to narrow her list, choose schools that fit her best and gave so much guidance on the essays. Not only was our counselor a guide to my daughter, she took the pressure off of me as a parent. I hadn't navigated the college process since my own experience 30 years ago, so any knowledge I had was not applicable for my daughter. It helped my daughter so much to have someone outside of our family work with her with her essays. Teenagers are not always thrilled to take constructive criticism from their parents, but when her counselor made suggestions on improving her essays, she understood that she was being given expert advice intended to help her and improve her writing. We are so grateful for our amazing counselor and to IvyWise for helping our daughter successfully navigate the college admissions process. The result: she got into the school of her dreams!

I wanted to thank you for your incredible support of [our daughter]. She was unbelievably excited yesterday, and I know that she was particularly happy to share her news with you. You've played an important role in her success, and helped her to become better in everything she does. Thank you so much.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done for my kids. Your guidance has been a really amazing influence in their lives, and you have truly changed the course of their lives in helping them prepare their college applications. I remember a little pep talk that you gave [my daughter] in one of your first sessions with her about how she has to ask for what she wants and needs and realize that her competition was doing just that. I saw a shift in her after this, and slowly but surely she blossomed into this confident leader who was no longer shy to reach out and get stuff done. I don't know if she shared with you that the school has named her valedictorian. The school doesn't select this honor based on GPA or rank alone. One of the determining factors is that they wait to see where the girls will be matriculating for college. I know that her acceptance to Yale played a part in their decision. Your influence in her opportunities have really been far reaching and wonderful. I can't thank you enough!

From Students…

Dr. Kat and her team were incredibly helpful in all aspects of the college admissions process. They helped with my college list, standardized testing, essays (with dozens of revisions), and more. With IvyWise, I was admitted into many excellent institutions, including UC Berkeley…Thank you, IvyWise!

I have so much to say about the IvyWise experience, but if I had to sum it up in one word, I would cry: WOW. Unlike most IvyWise clients, I learned about this program/organization pretty late in the application process. I started in December with no clue what to write about for my personal statement, no idea what were my universities’ requirements, and unbearable stress....Thanks to the availability and dedication of my counselor, I gathered all necessary materials on time. I felt like I exactly knew what I was doing for once. The college process, which has always seemed like an unsolvable puzzle, was now becoming more and more clear to me. In my university choices, I was given useful advice and liked the fact that I always had the last word. I never felt like I was pushed to select a university I didn’t appreciate...my wants and needs were put ahead in order to choose universities that perfectly matched my person, in terms of size, location, programs etc. Thanks to IvyWise, I will be spending the next four yours of my life in New York City (NYU). I also got into most of my other choices, which are also really prestigious universities: GW, Northeastern, BU, University of Miami and University of California San Diego! The outcome of this experience clearly exceeded my expectations.

I would just like to thank you again for all the help you've given me to get me here but also to [my client relations specialist] and the whole IvyWise team for all their suggestions and support. I think the whole process was very thorough and well designed from the Initial Consultation to the organizing of the school choices to submitting the applications. I didn't really know what to expect before coming in contact with [my counselor] but it soon became clear that [my counselor] was very knowledgeable, professional and can give me a lot of assistance and advice during the difficult process of applying for colleges. Additionally, the round-table feature with other counselors was also a highlight for me because I thought it was a practical way of simulating the reactions of admission officers to my application material so it was really helpful. Overall, I owe a lot of my successes in receiving offers from schools to the help of [my counselor] and the whole IvyWise team.

I just wanted to take the time again to thank you for all your help in guiding me through the admissions process. All the time and hard work has finally paid off with the acceptance, and I only have you to thank for it. After advising me on all the extracurricular activities, course selection essays, and more, I understand how much you contributed to the strength of my application. It is a huge relief getting in, and I look forward to relaxing a bit and enjoying my senior year.

Success Stories

Student C

Background

Student C and her mother did not know how to approach the college admissions process when they first came to IvyWise. Her mother was not from the United States and was unaware of all of the steps in the application process. Furthermore, Student C did not know how to demonstrate her talents and interests in the sciences.

Details

  • Domestic student with international parents
  • Unaware of how to navigate the US college admissions process
  • Interested in science, but wasn't sure how to demonstrate STEM interest to colleges
  • Began working with IvyWise prior to entering high school

IvyWise Services

  • 8th Grade Initial Consultation
  • 40 Hour Freshman Program
  • Tutoring

Top-Choice Schools

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • Princeton University

How IvyWise Helped

Student C's IvyWise counselor explained all aspects of the college admissions process to Student C and her mother. Through her program with IvyWise, Student C worked with her counselor and tutors to:
  • Choose rigorous high school courses that matched her interests in the sciences and humanities.
  • Create a testing schedule consisting of relevant standardized tests. Student C took four SAT Subject Tests: Biology, Math II, Chemistry, and Spanish with Listening.
  • Take IvyWise's SAT/ACT diagnostic. By doing this, Student C learned that the SAT was a better fit for her than the ACT.
  • Increase her SAT score by 260 points through her work with IvyWise tutors.
  • Understand how she could make an impact outside of the classroom, using her interest in science. For example, Student C's school did not provide research opportunities for students, so IvyWise helped Student C find summer programs that matched her interests and allowed her to showcase her talents.
  • Research, select, and apply to 12 schools, a range of great-fits that included reach, target, and safety schools.
  • Craft a personal statement about Student C's independent science research and how spending summers across the country immersed her in a new culture and allowed her to gain independence.

Accepted

Student C was accepted to Harvard University, Class of 2014.

Student J

Background

Student J came to IvyWise upon the recommendation of a family friend. He had participated in his high school’s “Boot Camp” program, but his parents were concerned because they did not think his essay reflected his unique character and personality. Student J’s SAT scores and high school course load also failed to match his artistic and academic capabilities. Additionally, Student J had done minimal research to find the schools that would fit him best academically and socially.

Details

  • Previously participated in his high school's college app "Boot Camp"
  • Interested in the arts and humanities, but had trouble developing his interests in high school
  • SAT scores did not match his academic capabilities
  • Needed help identifying schools that fit his specific interests in philosophy

IvyWise Services

  • 12th Grade Initial Consultation
  • 12 Hour Senior Program
  • Tutoring

Top-Choice Schools

  • Bard College
  • Brown University
  • Rhode Island School of Design

How IvyWise Helped

Student J came to IvyWise upon the recommendation of a family friend. He had participated in his high school's "Boot Camp" program, but his parents were concerned because they did not think his essay reflected his unique character and personality. Student J's SAT scores and high school course load also failed to match his artistic and academic capabilities. Additionally, Student J had done minimal research to find the schools that would fit him best academically and socially. Through his program with his IvyWise counselor, Student J was able to:
  • Define his interests in art and Buddhism, allowing him to express himself properly in his extracurriculars and college essays.
  • Create an independent philosophy curriculum that led to his decision to pursue a philosophy major in college.
  • Utilize test prep and test-taking strategies that helped Student J raise his SAT score by 170 points in just one month of tutoring.
  • Brainstorm essay topics that suited his personality. He settled on an essay on how Buddhism affected his perception of the world.
  • Work with his counselor to improve his interpersonal and interview skills for meetings with college deans, instructors, admissions officers, and alumni.
  • Develop a suitable list of reach, target, and likely schools through careful research and an appropriate application timeline in order to maximize his chances of admission. This allowed Student J to apply to his top-choice school in the early round.

Accepted

Student C was accepted Early Action to Bard College, Class of 2014.

Student M

Background

When Student M first came to IvyWise, her main concern was writing “The Essay.” In her Initial Consultation, Student M’s counselor explained the US process at length, and how the application essays were just one part of her applicant profile.

Details

  • International student studying in the US
  • Bilingual (spoke Spanish in the home)
  • Interested in science and chemistry
  • Wanted to improve her SAT and ACT scores
  • Needed guidance writing college essays
  • Needed help identifying extracurricular activities to showcase her interest in STEM

IvyWise Services

  • 11th Grade Initial Consultation
  • 18 Hour Junior Program
  • Research Services

Top-Choice Schools

  • Georgetown University
  • Tufts University
  • Barnard College

How IvyWise Helped

When Student M first came to IvyWise, her main concern was writing "The Essay." In her Initial Consultation, Student M's counselor explained the US process at length, and how the application essays were just one part of her applicant profile. Through her program with her IvyWise counselor, Student M was able to:
  • Identify ways to present her best self and write personal, compelling supplements without sacrificing the quality of her personal statement.
  • Plan a challenging course load with her counselor, focusing on classes that matched her interests, such as AP Physics C.
  • Set grade and test score goals that would help her stand out in the application process, particularly in her challenging STEM courses.
  • Develop a realistic testing schedule, and identify studying and test prep methods that would help improve her grades and test scores.
  • Make a habit of weekly teacher visits to identify which teachers would be the best to approach for recommendation letters.
  • Identify different extracurricular activities, such as the Chemistry Olympiad, she could participate in as a way to showcase her interest in science and chemistry.
  • Establish a plan of action for her applications in order to maximize her chances of admission, leading her to apply Early Decision to her top-choice school.

Accepted

Student M was accepted Early Decision to Barnard, Class of 2018.

Student V

Background

As an international student, Student V needed assistance understanding the US admissions process. Her extracurricular activities also lacked focus, and she needed help selecting the right courses that aligned with her interests in business and history

Details

  • International Student
  • English-learning Student
  • Interested in business and history, as well as international studies
  • Needed help developing her extra-curricular activities
  • Needed help with SAT and ACT prep, a well as TOEFL
  • Unsure about where she wanted to apply

IvyWise Services

  • 11th Grade Initial Consultation
  • 35 Hour Junior Program
  • Tutoring

Top-Choice Schools

  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • UCLA

How IvyWise Helped

As an international student, Student V needed assistance understanding the US admissions process. Her extracurricular activities also lacked focus, and she needed help selecting the right courses that aligned with her interests in business and history. In her program with her IvyWise counselor, Student V was able to:
  • Plan a challenging course load and develop a standardized testing schedule.
  • Work with IvyWise's expert tutors to identify which standardized test best suited her needs and establish realistic score goals and a comprehensive tutoring plan.
  • Identify new extracurricular activities, like Model UN and National Honor Society, to help her develop her interests and stand out. Student V also became involved in non-profit work and international activities.
  • Identify a summer program at Georgetown University that helped her expand her interest in business.
  • Created grade goals for her courses and a plan to achieve those goals.
  • Write detailed, compelling essays for her college application that drew on her personal experiences as a multiracial international student.
  • Gain insightful feedback on her progress and her application essays during the Roundtable Review process.
  • Develop a strategic application plan in order to maximize her chances of admission.

Accepted

Student V was accepted to New York University, Class of 2018.