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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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Boot Camp is just a CRUCIAL program for gaining an understanding of the college admissions process! Thank you!
Boot Camp 2014 student
It's so awesome to feel confident in your applications!
Boot Camp 2014 student
I'm done with all of my college applications. It's August 19th! How many people can say they finished THAT early?! Mimi, you are the GREATEST motivator!
Boot Camp 2014 student
What a great start to my application process. I finished 5 essays and got a handle on the Common App and what colleges are looking for. Mimi and Michele's college interview speech is funny! They are great!
Boot 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 student
I just wanted to thank you for your help over Application Boot Camp. If it wasn't for your positive energy throughout the process, I don't know how much I would've been able to complete! Good luck with your other camps and once again, thanks.
T.R., Boot Camp 2013 student
Michele is the BEST editor! Thanks for a great week! It is so great to have editing help and get most of my essay done.
Boot Camp 2014 student
The ABC senior counselors are helpful critics. They helped me ensure my essays were fine tuned AND creative. While it's an intensive time, it's nice to get the bulk of this work finished before fall.
Boot Camp 2014 student
I can't believe the quality of instruction and work I produced at Boot Camp. My brother will be there in 2 years due to my positive experiences.
Boot Camp 2014 student
ABC made writing college essays far less terrible than it otherwise would have been. The senior counselors really kept me on topic.
Boot Camp 2014 student

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