About IvyWise

The IvyWise Difference

Why IvyWise?

IvyWise provides students around the world with unparalleled admissions counseling services. Our counselors are experts in their field and their knowledge is supplemented by our unique methodology and team approach to counseling.

The results speak for themselves. In 2017, 91% of IvyWise students gained admission into one or more of their three top-choice schools. We are proud to say that over the last 19 years, 99.8% of IvyWise alumni graduated from the colleges they selected and were admitted to with the support of IvyWise counseling.

The IvyWise Difference sets us apart from any other educational consultancy in the world.

History of Success

IvyWise has been in business for over 19 years and our team has over 150 years of combined experience. We have worked with thousands of students. In 2017, 91% of our students got into one or more of their three top choice schools and, in our entire 19 year history, less than 1% of our students have ever transferred from their original school.

Team-Based Counseling

Every student receives the benefit of our entire team’s expertise, working together at our weekly IvyWise Roundtable to review components of each student’s application. The team is comprised of recent deans and directors of admissions as well as application readers from highly selective colleges, including Princeton, Yale, MIT, UChicago, Georgetown, NYU and others. This team-based approach simulates the actual admissions process, giving students the advantage of a mock admissions committee.

Quality Service and Individual Attention

Not only are our counselors knowledgeable and effective, they truly care about their students. Our counselors, who only work with a limited number of seniors at a time, truly get to know their students and provide personalized attention and guidance. They serve as mentors and motivators who nurture a student’s development and confidence, while simultaneously demystifying the university application process for the entire family.

Unique Methodology

Admissions is about more than just test scores and grades. The IvyWise methodology empowers students to identify and utilize their strengths and interests to make an impact in their community. IvyWise takes a holistic approach to counseling, taking into account the whole student and his or her goals.

Concierge-Level Service

Our students are our top priority, and we strive to provide concierge-level service to every family, working to accommodate almost any request. Whether it’s immediate access to a specialty tutor for an upcoming exam, or flying counselors halfway around the world for a meeting with a student, we’re willing to do what we can to make sure families are supported in every aspect of the college counseling process.


We work in person (in New York or anywhere in the world), by phone, and by Internet video. Our online portal, myIvyWise, allows the student, counselor, and parents to follow the student’s progress together, communicate, and collaborate 24/7.

Flexibility and Choice

We offer many services, a variety of counselors, and multiple price points based on program length and counselor experience. We will design a program to fit your particular needs and budget.

Full Range of Services

In addition to admissions counseling, IvyWise has a team of master tutors to provide the most efficient and effective standardized test prep and academic subject tutoring. We can also pair you with athletic counselors, post-graduate counselors (gap-year counselors), learning disabilities specialists, and more. Our expert research team can provide your student with customized, in-depth research on academic opportunities, summer programs, extracurricular activities, school campus life and programs, reading lists, online courses, internships, and more.

Empowering Students Beyond Applications

We help students with more than just admissions. The IvyWise process helps students identify and achieve their academic and personal goals, guiding them throughout their time in high school. We help students develop academic tools for lifelong success that will serve them in college and in the professional world.

Professional Development and Highest Standards of Ethics and Good Practice

Our counselors regularly tour colleges, attend and speak at industry conferences, and keep up with the latest developments in admissions. We keep our fingers on the pulse of college admissions. IvyWise also strictly adheres to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Statement of Principles of Good Practice and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Principles of Good Practice. Dr. Cohen is a Professional Member of IECA and a full member of NACAC. All of our college counselors are members of NACAC and/or IECA.