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Top US colleges are looking for students with a unique gift –

Someone who is dedicated to their chosen field. Our mentoring service helps high school students unify their achievements and goals to find their one true passion and, ultimately, get them into the school of their choice.

IvyZen is returning to the Bay Area!

Is your child a high-achieving student but you’re still worried about the increasingly competitive college admissions process?

Do you want a second opinion on the advice that your son/daughter’s college counselors are providing?

Or maybe you’re just generally lost in the flood of online information claiming to know how to gain admittance to top schools.

We invite you to join us for one of our free college admissions information seminar on May 29th, 2018 at 7:30PM in the Mitchell Park Community Center Matadero Room in Palo Alto or on May 30th, 2018 at 7:30PM at the Almaden Community Center in San Jose.  Mark your calendars and register below as seating will be limited. We hope to see you there!

IvyZen is Coming to Palo Alto

Is your child a high-achieving student but you’re still worried about the increasingly competitive college admissions process?

Do you want a second opinion on the advice that your son/daughter’s college counselors are providing?

Or maybe you’re just generally lost in the flood of online information claiming to know how to gain admittance to top schools.

We invite you to join us for a free college admissions information seminar on April 25th, 2018 in the Mitchell Park Community Center Matadero Room.  Mark your calendars and register below as seating will be limited. We hope to see you there!

College Applications: Why Top Students Fail

The college application process is undoubtedly a daunting one. Students spend all their pre-college years preparing themselves to go through unpredictable admissions processes with the hopes of getting into a top college. Indeed, it is likely the first time a student confronts uncertainty. It can be stressful, time-consuming and a lot of students and parents get lost in the process.

IvyZen’s Complete Ivy League Application Checklist

The college admissions process was always a stressful one; now, it’s both stressful and complicated! Applying to the top 10-15 colleges is even worse. There are so many options now within common application and slideroom and so many more essays than before. Completing a high-quality application on time has become a significant project that requires advanced planning a full year to six months ahead and a lot of thinking, strategizing, decision-making and writing. One thing that can be of immense help is to have a thorough checklist formatted as a schedule to help you stay on track. As the adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Use the checklist as a to-do list and post it on your door or on a project management platform (IvyZen uses basecamp to manage this list for our students).

The 8 Biggest Myths about
Ivy League Admissions

Applying for college can be a complicated task. Students and parents alike may find themselves bombarded with conflicting information while wondering what to do. Truthfully, though, getting admitted to a top school does not need to be painful or confusing. In this article, we explore the 9 Biggest Myths of Ivy League Admissions. We hope that this information can help clear some of the confusion that accompanies seeking admission to an Ivy League college.

How to Get into an Ivy League Using the Hedgehog Concept

High achieving students are always looking to improve their chances of getting into Ivy League colleges. While there are plenty of people to give you advice on the perfect college essay, the perfect test score, and the perfect extracurricular activities to gain admission to top colleges, few offer a comprehensive plan for how to present the most effective college application. This article discusses The Hedgehog Concept, which consists of crafting unique and compelling Themes to make your college application stand out from the rest.

How to Create a Creative Writing Theme for Your College Application:A Columbia Success Story

Charles came to us a gifted student who was doing well at school. Starting his 10th grade at an academically rigorous boarding school, Charles was a good student with a 3.7 GPA (unweighted) and working towards strong SAT scores. Activity-wise he was spread out among lots of different activities. When asked which one he liked the most, he replied the newspaper. When asked why, he replied simply, “I love to write.”

Why being Well-Balanced is a Negative Approach: A University of Pennsylvania Success Story

Many consultants, high school teachers, counselors and parents think that because happiness in life requires a well-balanced approach, so success in college admissions does as well. Not so. This philosophy has been around for a long time but died years ago as admissions applications increased and admissions committees permanently changed the way they approached applications. The idea behind creating a well-balanced application is to show that the student has no glaring weaknesses—that he can do everything and is good at everything. That he is a balanced individual and a good citizen. It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t work.

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