College Application Boot Camp

You found the original Application Boot Camp®; helping students prepare the best possible applications for the last 14 years.

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

  • Personalized Admissions Report:
    A detailed assessment of academic credentials, road map for targeted colleges, ways to hone your academic niche, advice on class selection, and standardized testing
  • Personal Consultation:
    Meet with Dr. Michele Hernandez or Mimi Doe via phone to discuss your Admissions Report and review next steps
  • e-Copies Of:
    The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Summer Programs, The Ultimate Guide to Top High School Contests and Awards, Enrichment Guide, Resource Guide, our exclusive Mysteries of the Common App PDF, Activity Sheet Tips and Samples, Activity Sheet Template, practice ACT and SAT exams
  • Access To:
    Application Boot Camp Student Membership Site with resources, tools, and updates including access to all recorded virtual workshops from Mimi and Michele

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 2018

We are also booking registration for current sophomores for Application Boot Camp 2019.

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.

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 2017 (for ABC 2017 students) OR students who will be rising seniors in August 2018 (for ABC 2018 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, Virtual Workshops and our exclusive Mysteries of the 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, & Maria Laskaris 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 writings 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:

“I just want to thank you guys so much for your help and guidance! I really couldn't have done it without you!” –Y.T., Application Boot Camp student
"My personalized student report [before Boot Camp] was very useful in motivating me to have an active summer (programs, classes, etc.) and to understand testing needs and ways to create an academic niche. It felt a bit harsh at times, but it was realistic. Boot Camp offered a great editing process." -Boot Camp 2014 student
"P was accepted to Stanford (REA) last Friday! She attended ABC this summer as you know and couldn’t have done it without your team. Thank you so much for all your help. I have already referred my brother who has a 10th grader. Thanks again!" – Application Boot Camp parent, Stanford Class of 2022
"You helped with all aspects of the application process. I came home confident and with a clear plan of what I was going to do! Can't thank you enough!" --Y.T., Boot Camp 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 student
"Application Boot Camp stands in a category of its own." -S. G., Boot Camp student
I finally know how to write a college essay. The one on one time with my senior counselor mentor made a big difference. - I.K., Boot Camp student
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
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
"A very productive and informative 4 days!" - Application Boot Camp student
Hi Mimi: Thank you and your staff for all the critical input. The whole college process is extremely daunting and it is invaluable having experts to guide you through it.
"Thanks so much for your help with the whole application process! ABC was amazing (and actually a lot of fun as well!)."--W.S., Boot Camp student accepted to Oxford, Amherst, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Princeton, & Penn
“You and your entire team are awesome! You were invaluable in helping P get on the right path! Great news today! P was accepted at Yale, Penn, Villanova, Wesleyan, Williams, Tulane, and the University of Virginia. Thank you for all you do to help these kids achieve their dreams! She is over the moon and will choose in short order! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” --L.D., Application Boot Camp parent
"Application Boot Camp surpassed my expectations!" -S.F., Boot Camp student
"Thank you M., M. and K. for your support throughout this process. The past year has been transformational in N.'s preparation to become a competitive candidate for NYU Stern following the "wake up call" of the report and the first conference call with you. Thank you M. also for the recommendation on taking the Harvard Stats 104 Class. It was tougher than any class at Hockaday, but definitely worth it."-- C.H., Boot Camp parent
"I saw your Ad in the Penn Gazette and thought about you with great fondness. It's been almost eight years since our daughter, K.G, worked with you. We came to your Boot Camp sessions in New York with hopes for direction and guidance and we certainly did get it.  K.G. graduated from U Penn and went on to do a Master's in Economics at London School of Economics. She now has an amazing job and is pursuing another Master's at Johns Hopkins University. Because of what we learned from you, we were able to  help, our younger son also got into U Penn and he is now working in Washington DC. "--B.C., Application Boot Camp parent
"I GOT IN ED to Dartmouth! I am so grateful for all your support and the amazing ABC you run. I hope that other ABC students got good news as well! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! And a HUGE thanks all the TTA staff who helped guide me with my essays! I couldn't have done this without you guys! GO BIG GREEN!!!" - Application Boot Camp student, Dartmouth Class of 2022
"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!" - Application Boot Camp student
"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!" -I.O., Boot Camp parent
"The ABC report and follow up call with Mimi and Michele gave me a more concrete idea of what I should be writing about. Thank you! It was so much stress off me before senior year starts." - Application Boot Camp student

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