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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August 10-13 or 17-20


We’re now booking registration for current juniors for Application Boot Camp 2016.


August 8-11 or 15-18(Final Dates TBD)


We are also booking registration for current sophomores for Application Boot Camp 2017.

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

-Boot Camp 2017: (Final Dates TBD)
Session 1 = August 8-11
Session 2 = August 15-18

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 2016 (for ABC 2016 students) OR students who will be rising seniors in August 2017 (for ABC 2017 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, 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:

"P. definitely felt challenged at Boot Camp, but consistently remarked at day's end that he knew you all were driving him to another level.  He felt that he came away with excellent essays that are authentically his. All that is my way of saying a heartfelt thank you!"
I.W., parent of Application Boot Camp 2015 student
It’s a great relief to have a specific game plan for college applications. There’s so much involved these days, I can’t imagine trying to figure it out on our own. For her to finish her common app and college specific essays with the help of such qualified and professional staff is a huge relief. She has friends that are jealous that she’s done!
ABC2015 Parent
Boot Camp takes weight off my shoulders. My major essays are done and I have a well-thought-out application strategy.
J. A., ABC2015 student
I accomplished so much more than I ever dreamed!
ABC2015 student
Being at Boot Camp is an unmatched experience.
ABC2015 student
I had no idea Boot Camp would cover college interviews and teacher recommendations. That was so useful!
ABC2015 Student
Boot Camp was an incredibly effective use of my time and dramatically cut my stress levels during the application process.
ABC2015 student
The individual attention I received and the extent of resources was amazing. The Top Tier Admissions team really made an effort to know my story and help me develop great college essays.
C. C., ABC 2015 student
Michele and Mimi really helped me develop my academic niche!
ABC2015 student
Boot Camp was rewarding because my essays are done and I have confidence in my college applications.
ABC2015 student
My son came away with key elements of his application that were authentic and captured the essence of who he is.
T. A., ABC2015 parent
We are so pleased with the work our son completed at Boot Camp! He was encouraged every step of the way. I can't believe ABC has gotten even better since you worked with our older children in 2010 and 2006!
Mother of ABC2015 student
My daughter can't stop talking about all of the things she learned and how helpful the camp was. Thank you very much!
Parent of ABC2015 student
The workshops were really useful and gave me a break form the intensive writing.
ABC2015 student
The report I received right after I registered showed me where my grades and scores placed me amongst my peers for the colleges I wanted to target. I appreciated the specific examples on how to improve my chances to get in at my top choice.
ABC2015 student
Application Boot Camp surpassed my expectations!
ABC2015 student
The mock interview was great to learn the do’s and don’ts of campus and alumni interviews.
ABC2015 student
My admissions report prior to attending Boot Camp helped me plan exactly what to do senior year and the phone call with Mimi & Michele to discuss colleges I should choose for applications.
N. N., ABC 2015 student
Boot Camp was efficient, fun, and eliminated stress. Without this experience I never would have thought to write my main essay on my academic interest.
V. P., ABC2015 student
Thank you! Without your help I wouldn't have such a flawless supplement essay. I can’t wait to let you know how it all goes.
H. K., ABC2015 Student

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