The Ivy League consists of the eight most selective colleges in America. Known for their academic excellence and favourable career opportunities following graduation, Ivy League schools are both very prestigious and very competitive. They admit only a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of students who apply each year, and have grown even more selective over time. It can be difficult for a student to stand out in such a large applicant pool – unless they have dedicated support.
Our team is highly experienced in Ivy League admissions consulting and we provide expert advice to the families we work with. As the former Dean of Admissions at Harvard University and Columbia University, President Drusilla Blackman is a leading colleges admissions consultant. She created The Ivy Dean to help students fulfill their dreams of getting accepted into top colleges, especially those in the Ivy League.
The schools in the Ivy League are as follows:
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Dartmouth College
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Yale University
We are pleased to provide these comprehensive services to students in their senior year of high school, who are applying to one or more schools in the Ivy League:
We will determine which of your achievements will make you stand out in a competitive applicant pool.
We will routinely assess academic performance to strengthen your academic profile.
We will help you select classes to emphasize your strengths and overcome any weaknesses.
We will guide you on the best presentation of your test scores to your top colleges.
We will offer strategies to offset lower test scores.
We will guide you in selecting interesting and unique school-year activities.
We will develop a custom approach to community service that will be attractive to top colleges.
We will provide advice for how to spend school breaks to maximize your chances of acceptance.
We will help you to identify, and get accepted to, impressive summer programs that build your profile.
We will advise you on strategic professional activities that demonstrate your diverse abilities and potential.
We will help you create a list of reach, target, and safety colleges that align with your interests and academic profile.
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.
We will assist with writing college-specific supplemental essays with strong, unique and compelling content.
We will offer extensive guidance for writing well-written and captivating student essays of all types.
We will provide insights to present your awards, honors, and distinctions in the most meaningful way.
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.
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.
We will ensure that your unique Application Positioning™ is reflected throughout your application.
We will review each of your college applications before submission to identify areas for improvement.
We have helped hundreds of students gain acceptance into their preferred colleges. Click here to read testimonials from some of the students we have supported since The Ivy Dean launched in 2009.
Not in senior year? We also work with freshmen, sophomores and juniors. To learn more about The Ivy Dean’s services for underclassmen, please click here.
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.
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.”