Admissions Consulting Questions

Thank you for your interest in The Ivy Dean. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. However, if you have additional questions, you may contact us at (845) 826-5310 or at any time by filling out this form.



Can you work with students from anywhere in the country?

Yes. Each year, we work with students across the country (and even around the world). Whether you are in California, Florida, Montana, or New York, we will meet with you one-on-one by Skype to guide you through each step of the admissions process.

Do you only help with Ivy League colleges?

No. We help with any college or university. Our name, The Ivy Dean, comes from our many years of admissions experience at the Ivy League. Therefore, you will submit strong applications and maximize your chance of acceptance to any college of interest! To see our past college success stories, click here.

Who will I be working with?

All students work directly with the expert – Drusilla Blackman. You will never meet with other assistants or counselors!

What is your experience with college admissions?

We have worked directly in college admissions for over 40 years at colleges such as Harvard, Columbia and Penn. After reviewing thousands of applications and essays, we know what stands out in a competitive applicant pool! As the former Dean of Admissions at Columbia, Drusilla Blackman made the final admissions decisions for thousands of students. You can learn more about our experiences here.

If I am an average student, can you help me?

Of course! We help all students achieve their college goals. Even if you are a B student with average test scores, we will maximize the strength of your applications through your Positioning and essays to ensure you get accepted to the best possible college.

How are you different from other admission consultants?

We are the only consulting group with a former Ivy League Dean of Admissions. As a former admissions dean, Drusilla Blackman made the final decision for hundreds of thousands of applications, and she is aware of all the factors that impact a decision—many of which are unknown to other admissions staff members. This can make the difference between an acceptance or denial. With over 40 years of admissions experience, we provide accurate answers to your questions, which eliminates the guesswork.

What is your success rate?

100% of our students get accepted to a top college, and over 90% of our students get accepted to their first choice, including colleges within the Ivy League.

Is it too early (or too late) to start?

It is never too early (or too late) to start. Your ambition to succeed brought you to this page, so you are at the perfect point to start working on your college strategy and/or applications. Help—at any point—can dramatically increase your likeliness of acceptance. Whether you are an underclassman or senior, we have services just for you!

Do you work with middle school students?

Each year, we work with a few highly talented and ambitious middle school students. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at (845) 826-5310 or by completing this form.

How does the process work for seniors?

We remove the mystery from college admissions. We will work with you in a personal, customized manner. Immediately upon signing up, we will review all of your academic and extracurricular information with the same rigor as a selective college. Then, we will create your unique Positioning. Once you have your college strategy, we will meet with you weekly to develop your essays, obtain strong letters of recommendation, complete your activity and honors lists, and complete any supplemental materials. Furthermore, we will review all of your application materials from beginning to end before you click submit!

How does the process work for underclassman?

Similar to seniors, we will closely evaluate your profile to determine your unique Positioning. Then, we will guide you step-by-step through the selection of courses, extracurriculars, and programs to support your strategy and maximize your chances of acceptance to top colleges during your senior year. To learn more about our process for underclassman, click here.

What are your services?

You can learn more about our services by going to our underclassman and senior pages.

Do you help with essays?

Yes. Essays are the focus of our approach. Many students applying to selective colleges have the grades and test scores to get accepted. Thus, colleges rely on the essays to distinguish students. We will help you develop the topics and content for each of your essays, along with provide edits and revisions to improve their strength and increase your chances of acceptance.

How many students do you work with?

We only work with a small group of students at any given time. This ensures all students meet often and directly with Drusilla Blackman and Chase Staub. As space is limited, we fill up each year, so we recommend contacting us as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

Do you have any testimonials?

Yes. Please go to our Success Page to review our testimonials and references. We are often considered the leading experts in the field—frequently being featured in the Huffington Post and interviewed at conferences and tutoring centers across the country.



For more information, call us at (845) 826-5310 or click here to contact Ms. Blackman.