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Admissions Consulting Services

No matter where a student is from, what their grades are, or which school they are applying to, navigating the college application process from start to finish can be a difficult and stressful experience. The more competitive a school is, the harder the process becomes for students and their families – unless they have dedicated support. 

The Ivy Dean are leaders in college admissions counseling. We provide students with step-by-step application assistance from former Ivy League admissions officers. Our students work directly with Drusilla Blackman, the former Dean of Admissions at Harvard University, Columbia University and New Jersey State University with more than 30 years of Ivy League experience to help students across the United States and internationally get accepted to the nation’s top colleges.

Since 2009, The Ivy Dean has helped hundreds of students apply to, and gain acceptance at, their top colleges. Nearly 100% of our students have been very satisfied while working with one of our experienced admissions advisors, thanks to the comprehensive, expert advice that we provide. Our team is especially experienced in Ivy League admissions consulting, helping students to stand out in a very large and competitive applicant pool.

We are pleased to provide the following services to students in their senior year of high school, whether they are applying to an Ivy League school (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, or Yale University) or elsewhere:

Application Positioning™

We will determine which of your achievements will make you stand out in a competitive applicant pool.

Academic Assessment

We will routinely assess academic performance to strengthen your academic profile.

Class Selection

We will help you select classes to emphasize your strengths and overcome any weaknesses.

Testing Presentation

We will guide you on the best presentation of your test scores to your top colleges.

Testing Guidance

We will offer strategies to offset lower test scores.

Activity Recommendations

We will guide you in selecting interesting and unique school-year activities.

Community Engagements

We will develop a custom approach to community service that will be attractive to top colleges.

School Breaks

We will provide advice for how to spend school breaks to maximize your chances of acceptance.

Summer Plans

We will help you to identify, and get accepted to, impressive summer programs that build your profile.

Professional Experience

We will advise you on strategic professional activities that demonstrate your diverse abilities and potential.

College List

We will help you create a list of reach, target, and safety colleges that align with your interests and academic profile.

Main Essay(s)

We will guide you through the process of writing a main essay that is creative, powerful, and will capture the attention of an admissions office.

Supplemental Essays

We will assist with writing college-specific supplemental essays with strong, unique and compelling content.

Essay Transformations

We will offer extensive guidance for writing well-written and captivating student essays of all types.

Honors List

We will provide insights to present your awards, honors, and distinctions in the most meaningful way.

Activity List

We will assist you in selecting and describing your activities to capture the attention of top colleges.

Letters of Recommendation

We will share tools and tips to help you receive strong letters of recommendation.

Teacher Relationships

We will offer advice for developing relationships with the teachers who will write your recommendations.


We will provide you with tools, resources, and practice that replicate a real college interview.

Application Guidance

We will ensure that your unique Application Positioning™ is reflected throughout your application.

Application Review

We will review each of your college applications before submission to identify areas for improvement.

Not a senior? We also work with freshmen, sophomores and juniors. To learn more about The Ivy Dean’s services for underclassmen, please click here.

You can also click here to read our most frequently asked questions about The Ivy Dean’s college admissions services.


On paper, I am by no means a perfect student. However, thanks to my Application Positioning, I was able to maximize the strengths that I bring to a college to compensate for other factors. Thanks to The Ivy Dean Team, I will be attending Princeton University, my dream school, in the fall.

Douglas R. – Princeton University

Dee provided excellent advice and guidance throughout the application process. Her overall expertise in admissions, professionalism and warmth made the experience a great one. I was thrilled that I was accepted to several of the most selective colleges in the country and will be attending Stanford in the fall.”

Laurel P. – Stanford University
It's my pleasure to inform you that I've been admitted to my first choice college: the University of Southern California. My dream is becoming reality! I am thrilled to get the chance to belong to the USC and to start a new adventure there. It is also thanks to your great help that I've been accepted, I'm very grateful! Thank you so much for everything.
Sonia G. – From Switzerland
Our son and daughter wanted to go to colleges in the same city but they had different interests and different strengths. She matched them each with their ideal college, one Columbia University and the other NYU, and worked to get them admitted. We couldn't have been more pleased.
Niki and Roger S.
I was a serious student but also wanted a university where I could continue competitive cycling. There weren't many schools that met my needs and fit my personality. From her experience, she was able to hone right in on what became my first choice school. I graduated last year and the entire college experience was awesome.
Colin J.
My parents and I didn't know how helpful it could be to have someone who understood things from the inside working with us. Ms. Blackman was able to identify just what would make me the most attractive candidate to colleges.
Bob M. – Harvard University