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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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"Thank you so much! I couldn't have done it without your help and encouragement! I am so excited."– P.L., Boot Camp Student
"Thank you for the amazing application bootcamp experience! I was accepted to Dartmouth!!! I couldn't have done it without you. Go big green!"– S.T., 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.
"I will be attending The Johns Hopkins University this fall!! . . . It was one of my top choices, and I cannot explain how ecstatic I am to join JHU!! Once again, thank you so much for your help. I do not think I could've done it without your guidance. I feel like I have found the perfect school for me." --U.R., Application Boot Camp student
"My number one choice was UVA and I was accepted regular admission!" --R.E., Boot Camp student
"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
“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
Most of this advice is not easily available to students. My essays are DONE!
"That first morning, I thought that there was no way I would get all 25 of my essays done. Application Boot Camp proved me wrong!" -A. D, Boot Camp student
"Ultimately, Bootcamp, although grueling at times, was an incredible experience, and it was only made possible by all your efforts. Thank you for everything, and I will be sure to update you in the coming months!” –F.J., Application Boot Camp 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., Boot Camp Student
"Good news, I was just admitted to Yale too! That makes it 3 for 3 ---Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. I don't even know what to say anymore! This is honestly crazy in the most awesome way possible!" -I.R., Application Boot Camp student
"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., Boot Camp parent
"Just wanted tell you that I received my acceptance letter to Dartmouth today!! Thank you so much for all of your help this summer - I greatly appreciate it and it obviously paid off! Can't wait to be a 19!" - R.C., Application Boot Camp student
"J.'s in at his first choice school!  Thanks so much for all the help and support.  The admissions person said that his essay was among the first she read and it became the "bar" for all the others.  He is beyond thrilled!" - W.D., Application Boot Camp parent
"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
"We wanted to reach out to you and send a heartfelt thanks for guiding us through the college admissions process this past year.  Your direction was incredibly helpful! R. was admitted to Tufts Early Decision!!!  He is grateful for every minute you and your team spent with him and acknowledges the significant competitive edge gained by your insight and experience." --Y.W., Application Boot Camp parent
"M. and M., I just found out that I have an unconditional offer from Oxford!" - T.Y., Application Boot Camp student
I cannot imagine anyone being able to successfully complete a good, well-rounded application without help. ABC does does that: help. There is literally no time for procrastination at Boot Camp. Instead of stressing myself out waiting until the last minute to do my essays and the Common App 5, I literally HAD to just write. I loved that.
"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

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