College Application Boot Camp

You found the original Application Boot Camp®; helping students prepare the best possible applications for the last 14 years.

Work with Dr. Michele Hernandez, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, Maria Laskaris and the Application Boot Camp team to prepare a suite of essays and to develop an application strategy to increase your college acceptance odds. Seats are limited so sign up today and receive your Personalized Admissions Report.

Prior to the 4-day
Application Boot Camp®
students will receive:

  • Personalized Admissions Report:
    A detailed assessment of academic credentials, road map for targeted colleges, ways to hone your academic niche, advice on class selection, and standardized testing
  • Personal Consultation:
    Meet with Dr. Michele Hernandez or Mimi Doe via phone to discuss your Admissions Report and review next steps
  • e-Copies Of:
    The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Summer Programs, The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Contests and Awards, Enrichment Guide, Resource Guide, our exclusive Mysteries of the Common App PDF, Activity Sheet Tips and Samples, Activity Sheet Template, practice ACT and SAT exams
  • Access To:
    Application Boot Camp Student Membership Site with resources, tools, and updates including access to all recorded virtual workshops from Mimi and Michele

During the 4 days of
Application Boot Camp®
students will:

  • Complete Common Application:
    Work one on one and in small groups to complete the entire Common Application
  • Prepare Multiple Essays:
    Leave with essays that can be adapted for supplements
  • Develop Acceptance Strategy:
    Customized application plan to maximize early acceptances
  • Create Activity and Achievements Inventory:
    Sum up high school awards, activities and extras in an Activity Sheet
  • Ace the Interviews:
    Learn interview techniques

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BOOT CAMP 2018

We are also booking registration for current sophomores for Application Boot Camp 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions about Application Boot Camp

What happens during Application Boot Camp?

During the four days of Application Boot Camp students will work one-on-one and in small groups to review and finalize their text entries for the Common Application; prepare multiple essays including all required essays and extra essays using the Application Boot Camp strategy; develop an application strategy to increase college acceptance possibilities; receive advice on their odds at targeted colleges; complete an edited condensed activity sheet to submit with the Common Application; and take part in interview training. Also, the Application Boot Camp program includes access to our members-only ABC Membership Site, the ABC personalized student report, follow-up phone call, and four days of in-person admissions consulting at Boot Camp. Within the included guides on the Welcome Kit tab on the ABC Membership Site and in the report, we provide very thorough answers and instructions for guidance throughout the program. This is not an unlimited-time program, so we are not able to answer multiple additional questions beyond the personalized student report and follow-up phone call.

When is Application Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is 9am to 5pm for 4 days in a row in August.

Note: We have a 9:30-10am coffee meet-and-greet on day 1 for parents and students and a closing parent meeting on day 4 from 3:30-4pm. If you are coming in from out of town, we recommend you arrive the night before day 1 and leave the evening of day 4 (the last day) or the morning after.

Who is Application Boot Camp for?

  • Students who will be rising college seniors in August 2017 (for ABC 2017 students) OR students who will be rising seniors in August 2018 (for ABC 2018 students), including U.S. and international students.
  • College students seeking to transfer.
  • Non-traditional applicants (home-school or community college students).
  • Re-applicants: applicants who were previously rejected and intend to reapply.
  • Students interested in working in small groups and one-on-one consultations with our ABC staff including senior counselors.

What is the report that comes with Application Boot Camp?

The report is a chance to receive input from Mimi and Michele on what you can do NOW to improve your admissions results. It’s full to the brim with specific advice on a personalized testing schedule, summer options, ways to sharpen your scholarly focus and gives insight into the schools you are interested in from an admissions prospective. They make the nontransparent admissions process clearer and give specific ways you can rise above the rest by taking action as well as ideas for an application strategy.

What else is included in the Application Boot Camp Package?

  • Follow-up phone call with Mimi or Michele: Once you receive your report you will schedule a conference call with Mimi or Michele to review the plan.
  • Access to our ABC Student Membership Site.
  • ALL of our content e-products including: The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Summer Programs, The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Contests and Awards, the Enrichment Guide, the Resource Guide, Virtual Workshops and our exclusive Mysteries of the Common Application PDF.

What do I do between the phone call and Boot Camp?

The time between the phone call and Boot Camp is when you put the suggestions put forth in the report into action.

What is the student to senior counselor/staff ratio?

Including Dr. Michele Hernandez, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, & Maria Laskaris we have a student to Senior Counselor ratio of 3:1.

What will students complete during the ABC session?

You will leave Boot Camp with four or more essays that highlight your strengths, fit the criteria for the Common Application, and can be morphed into supplemental essays for schools that do not use the Common Application. You will have created a detailed Activity Sheet as well as other shorter writings to customize each college application. You will have a one on one meeting to finalize your application strategy and solidify a game plan that launches off the written report and you will understand how to put all application components together.

High Praise From Past Clients:

“We would like to personally thank you for your help in preparing P. and S. in the college admissions process. Boot Camp provided invaluable guidance. Those four days were a very productive and extremely worthwhile time. We are thrilled they are starting senior year stress-free in terms of the college application process. Finally, thank you a ton for helping them both from the very beginning and we feel extremely fortunate to have worked with you.” –A.R., Parents of two Application Boot Camp Students
“I am amazed at how much S. got done this week AND he was even smiling when we left!” –P.N., Parent of Application Boot Camp Student
“What a duo you are! Thanks again for your support, patience, and understanding this past week. C. is confident and rejuvenated but realistic. He will consider all that you have said when reaching his strategic decisions.” –T.A., Parent of Application Boot Camp Student
“My wife just texted me that R’s essays are fantastic! Thank you for all the great advice.” –A.F., parent of Application Boot Camp Student
“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help before and during Bootcamp. The experience was amazing and I learned so much, while also getting so much done.” –A.I., Application Boot Camp Student
“Thank you so much for all the team’s help at Application Bootcamp! With your help, I was able to produce an application strategy and multiple essays that I am very confident about." –C.Z., Application Boot Camp Student
"M. and M., your insight and advice about the application process is invaluable. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with you! K., thank you so much for helping me construct an application strategy and work through the common app. I greatly appreciate your straightforward advice." –E.K., Application Boot Camp Student
"Ultimately, Bootcamp, although grueling at times, was an incredible experience, and it was only made possible by all your efforts. Thank you for everything, and I will be sure to update you in the coming months!” –F.J., Application Boot Camp Student
“Thank you SO much for all you and your staff did to support P. this week. She is thrilled with the work she has accomplished!” –L.J., parent of Application Boot Camp student
“Thank you!! We are thrilled that C. got into his dream school!! He is super excited! We feel that his thoughtful application and essays put him above other competitive applicants. I can't thank you all enough. Kudos to all of you! Senior counselors, especially, were amazing. C. really enjoyed working with his mentor.” –S.P., parent of Application Boot Camp student
"M., you changed my life in ways I had no idea when we met all those years ago when I was a scared sophomore at my big public high school.  You got me to expand my vision and think outside the box with my interests and, honestly, now that I'm wrapping up my PhD at Harvard, I have to say I still use some of what you taught me about presenting myself and standing out.  Tell your students I'm living proof that getting into Harvard for undergrad and graduate school IS possible." --P.L., Application Boot Camp student
“I just want to thank you guys so much for your help and guidance! I really couldn't have done it without you!” –Y.T., Application Boot Camp student
“You and your entire team are awesome! You were invaluable in helping P get on the right path! Great news today! P was accepted at Yale, Penn, Villanova, Wesleyan, Williams, Tulane, and the University of Virginia. Thank you for all you do to help these kids achieve their dreams! She is over the moon and will choose in short order! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” --L.D., Application Boot Camp parent
“Thank you for everything! This hectic college application process was almost easy with your help. I really appreciate it. I feel like your suggestions and editing pushed me above other similar applicants. Cumulatively, I currently have the highest ranked college acceptances out of my whole school.” --A.G., Application Boot Camp student
"P. continues to thrive at Brown. She loves her classes, professors, and friends as well as her internship, teaching assistant and research opportunities. She feels very fortunate to be there and strives to take advantage of all that Brown has to offer. We are fortunate to have found you!" --E.V., Application Boot Camp parent
"I truly believe ABC made a dramatic difference in T's application/outcomes (and will continue to do so as the season unfolds). We were all shocked to learn on Saturday that not only had Tulane accepted him, but were offering almost full tuition, unsolicited, in merit aid with a four year guarantee. Just wanted to say "thanks" and holy cow. You guys really enabled him to put his best foot forward. Thanks again for all you guys did to help him through a confusing, challenging process for teens!" --W.P., Application Boot Camp parent
“Thank you so much for your advice and help over the past couple of months. I am grateful that I could finish everything in such a short amount of time. My application would not be so polished without your editing and notes! I really appreciate all of your counsel.” --P.N., Application Boot Camp student
"I am writing to thank everyone at ABC for all the help with my essays and the Common Application. I really benefited from these past 4 days in Boston and I would be happy to recommend ABC to anyone that asks." --R.L. Application Boot Camp student
“At the start of this week I was petrified at the thought of college essays and differentiating myself from high school seniors across the nation. Thank you so much for streamlining this process and fine tuning my essays to perfection. I would not be able to keep on track without you! Thanks again!!” --R.Q., Application Boot Camp student
"I saw your Ad in the Penn Gazette and thought about you with great fondness. It's been almost eight years since our daughter, K.G, worked with you. We came to your Boot Camp sessions in New York with hopes for direction and guidance and we certainly did get it.  K.G. graduated from U Penn and went on to do a Master's in Economics at London School of Economics. She now has an amazing job and is pursuing another Master's at Johns Hopkins University. Because of what we learned from you, we were able to  help, our younger son also got into U Penn and he is now working in Washington DC. "--B.C., Application Boot Camp parent

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