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How to Continue Preparing for College During the Coronavirus

In light of the recent developments in the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, many colleges are taking steps to protect their students, visitors and their families. These important measures include suspending classes during the spring and summer terms, and cancelling events, summer camps, and other academic programs.

At The Ivy Dean, we are keenly aware of the limitations this may place on students, especially those planning to begin college in the fall. To minimize disruptions during this difficult time, I encourage students to follow these three pieces of advice:

First, you should closely monitor the status of your programs by routinely checking in with your school. There may be program changes and/or cancellations at your college or university, as well as travel limitations throughout the U.S. and abroad that could impact your ability to go to school.

Second, if you are in the process of applying to college, it is important that you continue to build your profile to increase the competitiveness of your application. Despite the limitations and reduction in the number of extra-curricular activity options, there are still ways to be active with your Application PositioningTM and maximize your chances of admission.

Finally, please consider reaching out to The Ivy Dean. As highly-experienced college admissions counselors, we can help you and your family understand the impact of these changes, and the steps that students can take to continue preparing for college. In fact, we have a database of local and online opportunities that can help you further build up your profile, even while summer camps and programs are being cancelled.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with my team, please call (845) 826-5310 or fill out the contact form on our website. Dee Blackman, President, will be more than happy to speak with you.

Please look after yourself, and stay healthy.


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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.
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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.
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