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College Admissions Summaries

With a company name like Top Tier Admissions, we often work with students and parents who are targeting the Ivy League, or near-Ivy universities. Given Dr. Michele Hernandez’ experience working in admissions at Dartmouth, Mimi Doe’s Master’s in Education from Harvard, and Dr. Kristen Willmott’s experience working in admissions at Harvard, we offer an insider’s perspective to Ivy and near-Ivy admissions processes.

We are delighted each fall and spring with the acceptance news we receive from students who applied in the early and/or regular round to some of the top institutions in the country. At the same time, we continually work to prepare for the next round of applicants and client families who are targeting these incredibly competitive institutions.

While Ivy League admissions rates continue to be extraordinarily low, it is by no means impossible to obtain a spot at one of these schools. For the exceptional student who works hard and prepares for college applications well in advance, a top tier college education at a school like Yale, MIT, Stanford, NYU, etc. is still within reach.

Here we offer key information on top colleges and universities in the U.S., including terrific Ivy, near-Ivy, and liberal arts programs. Use this information to understand acceptance rates, applicant information, and unique aspects of the schools as you narrow and refine your list of targeted programs. Recent statistics on college admissions rates have been ground-breaking in many ways –learn how, why, and in what way in our overview of top tier colleges and universities.

College & University Admissions Profiles

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“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 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
"I am reassured in my application decisions and my in-range schools. I won't be freaking out for the next few months. Thanks Mimi and Michele!" - Application Boot Camp 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!" - C.C., Application Boot Camp student
“The amazing support from your entire staff allowed me to write essays that I was extremely proud of. The advice along the way on how best to showcase my strengths and match that to an overall strategy of where and how to apply was invaluable!” --E.A., 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 know this will increase my chances of getting in by putting me on the right track. The Guide to the Common App 5 on the ABC Student Membership Site was so helpful! I would have been lost!" - Application Boot Camp 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." - Application Boot Camp student
"My admissions report prior to attending Boot Camp helped me plan exactly what to do senior year along with the phone call with M. & M. to discuss colleges I should choose for applications. -N. N., Boot Camp student
"I was accepted into Brown early decision! I cannot thank you all enough for your guidance and support in my application process! Without question, you are the best in the business! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for everything!" - W.O., Application Boot Camp Student
"The mock interview was great to learn the do’s and don’ts of campus and alumni interviews." -D.F., Boot Camp student
“I believe the essay that you helped me craft was a major deciding factor in my admissions process and I am infinitely grateful. I believe Boot Camp also helped me to grow as a writer.” --S.W., Boot Camp 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." - 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
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
"Application Boot Camp stands in a category of its own." -S. G., 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
"M.--Can't thank you enough! We got a chance to personally thank M. afterward, but I wanted to reach out to you as well! You have a special knack for building young people up! At first R. hesitated to sign up for Boot Camp because she felt she couldn't "hang" with the Ivy League hopefuls, but she left with a renewed swagger!" --U.E., Boot Camp parent
"Application Boot Camp surpassed my expectations!" -S.F., Boot Camp 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. - E.C., Boot Camp 2013 student

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