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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

$16,000

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

BOOT CAMP 2016

August 10-13 or 17-20

$16,000

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:

Featured Articles
U.W., Boot Camp 2014 studentU.W., Boot Camp 2014 student
My application process has certainly been a lot less stressful because of Application Boot Camp!
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I could not have created essays of this caliber without you!
Boot Camp 2014 studentBoot Camp 2014 student
Thank you for the study skills. I finished my essays with time to spare.
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My senior counselor mentor had magical editing skills! He taught me how to be a more descriptive and creative writer. This was a fantastic essay writing camp!
Boot Camp 2014 studentBoot Camp 2014 student
ABC not only helped me get my stuff done early, but made sure I left with edited essays. While my friends will get their applicants done late and have them edited by parents and high school English teachers, I left with essays proofread by PhDs, admissions officers and professional college counselors . . . which is awesome!
Boot Camp 2014 studentBoot Camp 2014 student
A very productive and informative 4 days!
Boot Camp 2014 studentBoot Camp 2014 student
I wrote the best possible essays I could write at ABC. The staff helped me cut down my essays to make them fit the word limits while still keeping them interesting. The most beneficial element was constant feedback on my essays.
E.C., Boot Camp 2013 studentE.C., Boot Camp 2013 student
Dear Mimi, Michele, Kristen, Hannah, and the rest of the ABC team, Thank you so much for an incredible four days at boot camp. Thank you for sitting and brainstorming with me, for helping me come up with a realistic application plan, for reading my essays over and over again until I thought they were perfect, and, most of all, for helping me come out with five essays that I am proud of and I know will help me in the application process. Your help was amazing, and I don't know what I would have done without it.
S.N. - 2014 Boot Camp StudentS.N. - 2014 Boot Camp Student
Just got in! I am extremely excited and grateful for all of the help that you've given me. Thank you so much!!
Boot Camp 2014 studentBoot Camp 2014 student
Most of this advice is not easily available to students. My essays are DONE!

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