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Welcome to Ivy Ready

Get Personalized College Admission Support by Former Admission Officers

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Ivy Ready offers one-on-one college application coaching by matching prospective applicants with former admission officers.

We specialize in providing a personalized admission strategy for each student by capitalizing on their strengths, background, interest, and aspirations. Coaching is available in-person, via Skype, by email, and phone.

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Meet a Few Members of Our Team and Their Admission Background

Our team is comprised of former admission officers and graduates of highly selective schools. Contact us if you are looking for a coach with a particular background and experience. We are dedicated to finding the perfect match for you.

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Ivy Ready Application Support Options

Personalized college admission support is available via Essays-only Support, Comprehensive Support, and Comprehensive Support with Logistics. There is no time limit with any one of these options.

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Process Overview

Our admission support process begins by matching each applicant with a coach. (Most students sign up halfway through their junior year.) Since the college application process is a lengthy and stressful endeavor, it is important for the applicant and their coach to build rapport. Thus, we recommend starting this process as soon as possible to find the right match and work on crafting a roadmap for the application season. Matching is conducted through an introductory Skype or FaceTime session with a potential coach, the applicant and parent(s). Once the family has selected their coach, the coach will work directly with them from the planning phase through submission. (The admission support process is a half to a full-year long process. Throughout this time, the applicant will have direct access to the coach to request discussions, review essay drafts, and ask for guidance with any aspect of the application process.)

Summary of Packages

    • Essays-only Support is available for applicants looking to self-manage the application process and are seeking guidance with essays. After an initial discussion of prompts, the applicant will move through a structured process to write compelling essays. Essays-only Support does not include support with other  aspects of the application.
    • Comprehensive Support offers expanded application coaching beyond what is offered in Essays-only Support.  It includes support with school selection, guidance with identifying teachers for letters of recommendation, packaging the applicant, and access to the consultant with any questions that arise throughout the process. 
    • Comprehensive Support with Logistics, in addition to what is offered in Comprehensive Support, gives families the option of offloading the logistical aspect of the process to the consultant.  With this option, the consultant will take the lead and all logistical aspects of the process to allow the applicant to focus on the actual application. For example, the consultant will put together a document with requirements, deadlines, links to submission portals, etc. Furthermore, the applicant will be provided with prompts for each school, a timeline for prompt discussion and draft reviews, and will receive follow up reminders. Consequently, with Comprehensive Support with Logistics, the consultant will be intrinsically involved with not only lending their expertise, but will also ensure that the applicant is on track at every stage of the process to ensure smooth and timely submission of applications. 

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    Comprehensive Support

    1. Support with creating and refining list of target schools
      • Essays-only Support is accessible once the applicant selects schools, sets their own timeline, and reaches out to Ivy Ready for help with essays. However, in Comprehensive Support, we play a pivotal role in helping the applicant pick schools, ensure the schools match the applicant's competitivenes, and provide guidance understand the requirements.
    2. Extracurricular activities list review/markup
      • Admission officers look closely at the extracurricular activities of each applicant to evaluate how the stated academic and extracurricular interests are aligned with their long-term goals. The admission committee will also look for key traits of leadership, commitment, impact, and degree of influence as well as self-initiated projects as indication of the applicant's passion and trajectory. During our support process, the coach will play a pivotal role to refine the extracurricular activities list and the way these activities are interwoven throughout the applicant to help the applicant meet admission standards.
    3. Family background presentation editing
      • Since applicants are critiqued within their family context, it's imperative to present family background information in a manner that will to help them stand out. Contrary to popular belief, this is aspect of the process is not about making the applicant fit one particular demography. It is about accentuating certain traits in essays and extracurricular activities to craft a compelling profile that is both unique and compelling based on the applicant's background.
    4. Setting the application narrative from the start and building it from the ground up at every stage of the process
      • Comprehensive Support allows the applicant to work closely with a consultant holistically instead of one essay at a time. The consultant will not only guide the applicant in every aspect of the process, they will keep in mind the applicant's strengths and areas of improvement in answering every essay prompt, short-answer questions, etc., to present the applicant in the best light. Since Comprehensive Support is designed to provide the support needed to achieve this for every school, it will require extensive collaboration between the applicant and the consultant. This is level of support is provided for each school—not in a sweeping manner.
    5. Determining the overarching narrative
      • While supporting applicants on an essay-by-essay basis is useful, creating a compelling narrative will require evaluating all aspects of the applicant to put forward a strong, polished submission. Since the application angle and narrative are an essential component of competitive applicants, and highly refined amongst admitted students, this will require early planning and considerable attention throughout the process.
    6. Support with addressing special circumstances
      • Based on each school and the applicant strategy, including a special circumstances essay might be beneficial. We will help the applicant take advantage of this essay to address any potential points of concern from the perspective of the admission committee.
    7. Guidance with what information to disclose (or suppress)
      • A college application should be a well-thought-out persuasive document hat presents the applicant in the best light from every angle. To develop a unique voice and a compelling application, it will require keen awareness of how to present the applicant in a manner that enhances their achievements and hides their flaws. Whether this is achieved in essays or another part of the application, our admission experts will be able to help applicants catch details they would otherwise miss. This will make a profound difference during committee review, when the applicant will go through close examination.
      • Available for the unexpected
        • addition to the aforementioned benefits of Comprehensive Support, the coach will be available to answer questions and help the applicant navigate unique challenges that may arise during this process. We are dedicated to every applicant!

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      Comprehensive Support with Logistics

      1. This option includes all support provided in  Comprehensive Support in addition to extensive timeline and logistical support. This enables the applicant to dedicate their time to other obligations and let the coach oversee the logistical aspect of the application process.  
      2. The coach will create online accounts for the student, enter their basic data, and even compile essay prompts with their deadlines in a document to save the applicant time.
      3. Furthermore, the coach will be involved with developing a sound timeline and helping the applicant meet deadlines. Historically, we have found that families and applicants benefited greatly from not having to devote the considerable time required with the logistical aspects of the application process. For example, visiting different school websites to gather essay prompts, identifying deadlines, and compiling other requirements  can take several days.  With Comprehensive Support with Logistics, the coach manages these steps and ensures that every application is polished and submitted on a timely basis. Given that the applicant is devoted to many academic and extracurricular activities, managing the college admission process can an overwhelming undertaking. This may result in essay being left for the last minute or, worse, the applicant completely missing out on a deadline. Through Comprehensive Support with Logistics, the coach is there to make everythign goes smoothly.

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      Summary of the Writing Process 

      Support with writing will consume a significant portion of the application support process process. Please find below an estimation of the number of writing pieces required to apply to a set number of schools. 

      10 schools: ~78 writing pieces, each will need to go through prompt discussion, outline critique, 4-5 draft reviews

      • ~3-4 unique personal statements
      • ~30 supplemental essays
      • ~40 short answer questions
      • ~3-4 special circumstances essays (if applicable)

      15 schools: ~121 writing pieces, each will need to go through prompt discussion, outline critique, 4-5 draft reviews

      • ~6-8 unique personal statements
      • ~45 supplemental essays
      • ~60 short answer questions
      • ~6-8 special circumstances essays (if applicable)

      20 schools: 164 writing pieces, each will need to go through prompt discussion, outline critique, 4-5 draft reviews

      • ~9-12 unique personal statements
      • ~60 supplemental essays
      • ~80 short answer questions
      • ~9-12 special circumstances (if applicable)

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      Detailed Comparison of Options

        Essays-only Support is an excellent option for applicants who have personalized admission support at their high school, but are looking for feedback on their essays. However, the college application process is no easy feat especially given the time commitment required from the applicants in one of the busiest year of high school. In addition, Essays-only Support puts the responsibility of determining the application angle, setting the narrative, understanding how different pieces of the application support each other, etc., on the applicant. This will invariably require an understanding of how all parts of the application, including the extracurricular activities list and family background, work together with essays to help the applicant stand out. Ensuring the applicant is able to submit not only their best work but also the most compelling application to each school will require extensive planning, preparation, and oversight—included as a part of Comprehensive Support and Comprehensive Support with Logistics.

        Comprehensive Support with Logistics is best for applicants looking for complete support from the planning stage through application submission. On the other hand, Comprehensive Support is the most common option and covers support outside of the Essays-only package.

        The writing portion of the application will be the most time-intensive component of this process. The bulk of our coaching will revolve around crafting and honing a compelling narrative and developing the voice of the applicant. This will require considerable work before and during the writing process. For example, if the applicant intends to apply to ten schools, this will require submitting up to thirty supplemental essays. (On average, each school requires three supplemental essays in addition to the personal statement.) Each essay will need to go through at least 4-5 drafts. And since supplemental essays have a limited word count, this will require extensive planning and follow-through from early summer through submission.

        In addition, supplemental essays represent each school's unique evaluation criteria. Schools will be looking closely at these essays to further gauge the applicant's interest and commitment to their respective schools. Every supplemental essay, in addition to the personal statement, must be top notch. Ill prepared essays cannot be submitted, as inadequate essays will give the admission staff an easy justification for not considering the applicant further. If essays are too short or are not well written, the admission staff may believe that the applicant procrastinated, may not be a great fit for the school because key elements are missing, or is simply not committed to entry into their institution.

        If the applicant is able to manage every step of this process, Essays-only Support will be the right option. Otherwise, we recommend Comprehensive Support in which we take the leading role in the whole process. Comprehensive Support, as a more personalized option, will relieve the applicant of the responsibility and stress that accompanies the logistical aspect of the application process. The burden of this on the applicant cannot be underestimated, as our role in alleviating this stress through Comprehensive Support cannot be overstated. By ensuring the applicant is on track from the start, we make sure there is enough time to refine every essay and submission. With Comprehensive Support, we take charge of the process on our end by notifying the applicant of due dates for drafts, providing the support needed to ensure all documents are submitted on time, and by being there when anything comes up at the last minute, etc.

        When it comes to personal statements, while the same essay may be used as a template for multiple submission, we recommend writing an essay tailored to each school and program. In instances where admission is granted for a specific college, instead of the university as a whole, tailoring the personal statement to each school will be critical in demonstrating the applicant's interest and increasing their likelihood of admission. Especially at highly selective institutions, which based on the 2016 acceptance report is an ever-growing list of schools, every aspect of the applicant (not only what is in the application but also their background, school and family context) will be closely examined. Hence, whether the applicant wants to apply to one, five, ten, fifteen or twenty schools, every submission must be completed with the utmost attention to detail—one application at a time. Crafting every application in a manner that showcases the applicant in the best light will require considerable time, engagement and effort from both the applicant and the consultant. In other words, since every school's admission committee is making a decision on every applicant independently, each submission must be prepared in a same manner that ensures maximum potential for the best outcome. This is not a bulk-work operation.

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