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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.


Ivy Ready Application Support Options

We provide personalized support through Essay-only Support, Comprehensive Support, and Comprehensive Support with Logistics to meet the needs of each applicant. There is no limit to the number of hours, as we are dedicated to each applicant from beginning to end.

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    • Essay-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. Essay-only Support does not include support with other  aspects of the application.
    • Comprehensive Support offers expanded application coaching beyond what is offered in Essay-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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    Comparison Overview

    As mentioned above, writing support is provided with all options. Please find below further distinction between Comprehensive Support and Comprehensive Support with Logistics. 

    Comprehensive Support

    1. Support with creating and refining list of target schools
      • Essay-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 fit, and understand the requirements.
    2. Extracurricular activities list review/markup
      • Every admission office will look closely at the extracurricular activities list to evaluate how the applicant's stated academic and extracurricular interests are aligned with their activities. In addition, the admission committee will look for key elements like leadership, commitment, impact, degree of influence, and specific roles that reflect the applicant's passion when reviewing this portion of the application. Our role will be to refine this list in such a way that it helps the applicant meet and exceed 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 way that will to help them stand out. Contrary to popular belief, this is not about making the applicant fit one particular demography. It is about accentuating certain traits in essays and extracurricular activities list to craft a profile that is both unique and compelling based on the background of the applicant.
    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 weaknesses in answering every essay prompt, short-answer question, etc., to present the applicant in the most effective manner. 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 done for each school not in a blanket manner.
    5. Determining the overarching narrative
      • While supporting applicants on an essay-by-essay basis is useful, creating a compelling narrative will require the utilization of all aspects of the application to present a polished submission. Since the application angle and narrative are an essential component of competitive applicants, and common trait amongst admitted students, this will require extensive work.
    6. Support with addressing special circumstances
      • Based on each school and the application 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 highly selective institutions.
    7. Guidance with what information to disclose (or suppress)
      • The application should be a well thought out presentation of the applicant from every angle. From developing a unique voice to crafting a compelling narrative, each step will require a keen awareness of presenting information in a way that will enhance the applicant's achievements and potential. Whether this is achieved in essays or another part of the application, our admission experts will be pivotal in catching details that are generally missed by applicants. This will make a profound difference during committee review, when applicants go through close scrutiny.
    8. Support with financial aid
      • Our support with financial aid is much more than simply showing the applicant which resources to use for submission. In addition to sending reminders about deadlines for financial aid submission, we have financial aid experts who can inform families on estimated college costs and possible ways they can reduce the financial burden of college.
    9. Available for the unexpected
      • Questions and need for personalized guidance always come up during the application process from both families and applicants. In addition to the aforementioned benefits of Comprehensive Support, we will be available to answer questions and help applicants with unexpected challenges. These may not necessarily be directly related to essays or even the application.

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    Comprehensive Support with Logistics

    1. All options available in Essay-Only Support and Comprehensive Support are included in addition to extensive timeline and logistical support. This enables the applicant to dedicate their time to other responsibilities and not worry about the logistical aspect of the application process—the coach manages the details.  
    2. This option includes the creation of college application online accounts for each school and entering of basic data to save the applicant time.
    3. The coach will compile all essay prompts in a document to save the applicant considerable time with the application process.
    4. Application timeline and guidance: Historically, we have found that families and applicants benefited greatly from not having to worry about the logistical aspects of this process. With this option, we provide management of logistics throughout the process by providing reminders to applicants on essays draft due dates, etc. Ensuring that every application is polished and submitted on time will require setting a deadline for every draft, for requesting letters of recommendation, ensuring required documents and test scores are sent to schools, etc. While this may seem like a fairly straightforward process, alongside juggling school and extracurricular activities, managing everything can be an overwhelming task for the applicant. This may result in tasks being left for the last minute or, worse, the applicant missing out on admission opportunities. Comprehensive Support is designed to make sure this does not happen.

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    Summary of the Writing Process 

    The essay writing portion will consume a significant part of the college application 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 evaluations

    • ~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 evaluations

    • ~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 evaluations

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

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    Detailed Comparison

    Qiuck Summary:

    • Select Essay-only Support if you want to focus solely on essays.
    • Select Comprehensive Support without Logistics to benefit from the expanded support beyond what is offered in Essay-only Support. Please review this chart for what is included.
    • Select Comprehensive Support with Logistics if you want the consultant to manage the logistics of the application process, including creating a timeline, tracking submission of required components, and sending reminders to the applicant with pertinent deadlines. 
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    Comprehensive Support with Logistics is best for applicants looking for complete support from planning through submission. Essay-only Support is an excellent option if the applicant has the capacity to create a timeline, keep themselves on track, and provide drafts of essays to their consultant for feedback. However, this will be no small task in terms of the time commitment and planning required from the applicant, especially since senior year will be the most stressful year yet. In addition, Essay-only Support will put the responsibility of determining the application angle, setting the narrative, understanding how different pieces of the application support each other, etc., on the applicant. 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. 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. This level of support is available with Comprehensive Support.

    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, Essay-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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