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You found the original Application Boot Camp®! Helping students prepare the best possible applications for the last 12 years.

Work with Dr. Michele Hernandez, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, 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:

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 2015

August 5-8 or 14-17

We’re now booking registration for current juniors forApplication Boot Camp 2015.

BOOT CAMP 2016

August 10-13 or 17-20

We are also booking registration for current sophomores for Application Boot Camp 2016.

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. We have 2 sessions to choose from each year.

-Boot Camp 2015:
Session 1 = August 5-8
Session 2 = August 14-17

-Boot Camp 2016:
Session 1 = August 10-13
Session 2 = August 17-20

Note: We have a 9-10am 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 2015 (for ABC 2015 students) OR students who will be rising seniors in August 2016 (for ABC 2016 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 rejectedand 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, and our exclusive Mysteries of 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, 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 writing 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:

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I could not have created essays of this caliber without you!
Boot Camp 2014 student
Boot Camp has been so helpful. It's allowed me to finish my applications before classes start and has saved me frustration AND heartbreak!
Boot Camp 2014 student
I would like to thank ABC for kickstarting my college app season! It felt fantastic to leave 4 intense days in August with several essays, edited with wonderful feedback. Although I wrote and revised a few more essays at home, Boot Camp got me in the right mindset to do work that many of my peers are still feverishly completing. Now that I have been admitted to the MIT Class of 2019, this holiday season will be the most relaxed in years! Thanks again!!
E.B. - 2014 Boot Camp Student
Good news, I was just admitted to Yale too! That makes it 3 for 3 ---Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. I don't even know what to say anymore! This is honestly crazy in the most awesome way possible!
I.R., Application Boot Camp 2013 student
You were instrumental in the process! Thanks for the great work. We could not have done it without your team's involvement.
F.G. - 2014 Boot Camp Parent
I want to thank each one of you for making C.'s time at Application Boot Camp so successful and productive. I appreciate all the time you spent with C. on his essays and answering his many questions!!! We are going to visit Wake Forest the end of August and C. will hopefully start sending some applications off soon thereafter. We will let you know the results.
N.T., Boot Camp 2013 parent
Just wanted tell you that I received my acceptance letter to Dartmouth today!! Thank you so much for all of your help this summer-I greatly appreciate it and it obviously paid off! Can't wait to be a 19!
R.C. - 2014 Boot Camp Student
Such exciting news - I found out I was accepted ED to Columbia yesterday!!! I just wanted to let you know and I also wanted to thank you for your help at Application Boot Camp. I believe that your guidance and support there really helped make my application complete, and helped me steer my essays and overall application in the right direction!
W.D. - 2014 Boot Camp Student
A very productive and informative 4 days!
Boot Camp 2014 student
I finally know how to write a college essay. The one on one time with my senior counselor mentor made a big difference.
Boot Camp 2014 student

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