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  • Three Steps College-Bound Underclassmen Should Take This Summer

    The spring and summer months are a great time for students in their freshman, sophomore or junior years to start planning to apply to college. Follow these three steps to get ahead and increase your chances of acceptance.

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  • Ivy League Witnesses Unprecedented Rise in Early Applications

    The Ivy League schools witnessed a dramatic spike in early applicants this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the Class of 2025’s early acceptance rates and our theories for the record-high number of applications.

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  • Changes to College Admissions Due to COVID-19

    The college admissions process is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what students need to know about applying to college this year.

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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 […]

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  • Applied to College Early? Don’t Stop Now

    No matter how strong your application, and no matter how much you want to attend a particular school, the best approach is to keep your options open by continuing to apply during the regular admissions cycle.

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  • Winter Break Can Help Juniors Get Into College

    If you are a high school junior, winter break is an ideal time to catch up on your college preparations or get an extra edge ahead of the competition. As a junior in high school, there are only a few months remaining before you apply to college. Therefore, how you spend your remaining time can […]

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  • The (Dis)advantage of Being First to Submit A College Application

    When should you submit your college application? Is it more advantageous to be the first or last student to apply? The answer: It often does not matter. Many seniors and their families believe a student should submit their application as soon as possible—giving the college more time to review the application to increase the likeliness […]

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  • The Only Formula for College Success

    Not all information about college admissions is true. When applying to top, selective colleges, such as those among the Ivy League, every detail must be correctly completed, as the competition leaves little room for mistakes. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of false, inaccurate, and even contradicting information available. This has caused a “frenzy” throughout the college […]

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  • How to Get Off A College’s Waitlist

    Did you get waitlisted from your dream college? While it may be disappointing and even frustrating, you should not feel discouraged. As I report in a recent Huffington Post article, there are a few key steps to “dramatically increase your likeliness of an acceptance.” By being waitlisted, the admissions office believes you are a strong […]

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  • The Future of College Admissions

    The field of admissions is constantly changing—leading to extensive confusion and inaccurate information. The Ivy Dean is up to date on these trends and brings truthful, accurate information to my students and families. Recently, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education released a report encouraging even greater changes in the field. Read my recent article on the […]

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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