College Candidate Building

Prepare Yourself for College Admissions

University admission gets more competitive every year.
Together, we'll create a personalized strategy to place your applications above the rest.

Contrary to popular belief, admissions committees want specialists, not well rounded studentsThe days where a high GPA and exceptional test scores guaranteed admission at a top university have passed. Academia is not enough to get into America’s top universities. Over 75% of applicants to MIT are academically qualified, yet only 5% are admitted. What sets them apart? Extracurricular achievement. 

Ivy Scholars Candidacy Building (CB) program is designed for high achieving students who want to attend highly competitive colleges. Our process takes place over 4 stages.  Once you and your family signed up, your student is assigned to a mentor. Our mentors have attended top-tier universities across the world such as Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Rice, and Johns Hopkins.

Our Process

Phase One
Self Improvement
Phase one of our CB program is Self-Improvement. During this time, your student will take two strengths assessments that will produce quantitative data. Then your student will use our proprietary discovery tool to evaluate their passions both in and out of the classroom. By the end of Phase 1, your student have a better idea of their passion and their strengths.
Phase One
Phase Two
Application Process
Phase two is a behind the scenes look at the college application process to discover what university admissions committees are really looking for in applications. Your student and their mentor will also explore how admissions committees work and who is typically on them. Finally, your student and their mentor explore possibilities for your student’s major.
Phase Two
Phase Three
Choosing the Right Major
Phase three is all about helping your student pick the right major. We’ve broken this complex process down into three subphases: Learning, Connecting, and Execution. This phase will set the stage for your student to become involved in internships that showcase their interests and set them on a desirable career path.
Phase Three
Phase Four
Putting it All Together
Finally, phase four is where your student will bring it all together and achieve extracurricular recognition. Your student will leverage their newly discovered passion to reach out to nonprofits, publishers, and other media outlets. When done right, this will result in your student being recognized for their interests and intellectual vitality.
Phase Four

The Result

The result of our Candidacy Building program may include recognition for your student’s extracurricular achievements. This will significantly improve their chances of admission at Top Tier universities. For example, Stanford ranks student extracurricular achievement from 1-5, with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst. If a student were to only participate in standard extracurricular activities, they would be ranked as a 2. This would include things such as being involved in the National Honor Society. However, after our program, a student could be ranked as a 4-5 if they are recognized for their passion. 

Ivy Scholars Candidacy Building program is the perfect way to set your child up for success both in college admissions and in their career. Our program will help your student discover their passions and career aspirations. Your student will work with their mentor to explore these passions and interests by reaching out to nonprofits and other organizations in pursuit of internships. 

Schedule a free consultation to learn more about our Candidacy Building program.

Our experts make Houston students into Ivy League applicants.

Wendy Y.
Below is my son's review. He was accepted to his dream Ivy League school!

From an admitted student's perspective, I am incredibly grateful to have met Sasha - he has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational dreams (Ivy League), all while being an absolute joy (he's a walking encyclopedia, only funnier!) to work with.

Many people are dissuaded from seeking a college counselor because they think they can get into their desired college(s) either way. Honestly, going that route is a bit short-sighted and can jeopardize your odds of acceptances after years of hard work. The sad truth is, the American education system (even if you attend a fancy private school and ESPECIALLY if you go to a public school) doesn't really tell students how to write a compelling and authentic application. Going into the admissions process alone, without speaking with an advisor, is like going to court without a lawyer - you put yourself at a significant disadvantage because you don't have all the facts in front of you, or the help you need to negotiate the system.

That said, you need a good lawyer just like you need a good college counselor. And that's where Sasha distinguishes himself from the crowd of people claiming they'll get you into Harvard. I came to Sasha worried about and frankly dumbfounded by the college admissions process. I was unsure what to write about and how to go about drafting the essay that perfectly captured my passion, interests, and self. And I was highly skeptical that anyone could really help me. But, damn, did Sasha prove me wrong. From the beginning, Sasha amazed me with his understanding of the process, and ability to lend clarity and direction to me when I desperate needed it. After interviewing me about my background, experiences, activities, outlook, and vision, he helped me see qualities about myself I had not previously considered 'unique' or 'stand-out.' This process of understanding myself was so incredibly important in laying the groundwork for the essays I eventually wrote, and I'm certain I would've drafted boring, inauthentic essays without it.

Looking back, Sasha's talent is that he can see where your strengths lie, even when you don't see them. The truth is, although we don't always realize it, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sasha helped me see mine, and with his big-picture insight I was able to write the application that truly encapsulated my life and vision. He inspired me to dig deeper and write better, challenging me to revise and revise until my essays were the most passionate and authentic work I had ever written. As clichéd as that sounds, that's really what universities are looking for. In retrospect, it makes sense - in the real world passionate (not simply intelligent) individuals are the ones who make a difference in the world, and those are the individuals colleges would like to have associated with their brand.

In the end, I was accepted to the college of my dreams, a feat I could not have achieved without the direction Sasha lent to me. Essays (and the personal narrative you develop through your application) matter so much, and can literally make or break your application. I have seen so many of my 'qualified' friends receive rejections because they wrote contrived essays that didn't truly represent who they were; conversely, I have also seen so many friends with shorter resumes accepted because they were able to articulate their story in a genuinely passionate and authentic way - I fall into the latter category.

As a former admissions officer at Johns Hopkins, Sasha knows what types of essays jibe well with universities, an invaluable asset to have in the admissions process. He is responsive, flexible, creative, positive, and witty. For anyone who is serious about going into the college admissions process informed and prepared, I highly recommend Sasha.
Arda E.
I used Ivy Scholars to mainly help me with college applications. Within weeks of using this service, Sasha was able to simplify the already complex process. When it came to writing the Common App essay, Sasha didn’t just help with grammar and syntax, he brought my essays to life. Sasha also worked tirelessly to help solidify my extracurricular activities, including research and internship opportunities. Without his help, I would have never had an impressive resume.

Sasha is not only an extremely knowledgeable tutor, but also a genuine brother figure. His guidance, throughout my last two years of high school, was everything I needed to get me an acceptance letter from my dream schools (UC Berkeley, Tufts, Emory).

When it came to testing, Ivy Scholars worked like a charm. Sasha offered a very comprehensive plan when it came to completely acing my standardized tests. Without his test taking strategies I would have never gotten straight 5s on my AP tests and a 35 on the ACT.

Working with Sasha, I didn’t just become a good student, I became a genuine scholar.
Samson S.
We worked with Ivy Scholars during my son's senior year. I was concerned that we may be too late to take advantage of college advising but the Ivy Scholars team quickly and confidently directed us through the steps to ensure no deadlines were missed. Sasha's knowledge about schools, what they looked for in candidates, and how to maneuver the application process was invaluable. Mateo and Ryan worked with my son to help him create an essay that would get noticed and I am so appreciative he had their guidance.

Prior to securing Ivy Scholars, we tried using a less-expensive online service which was a terrible experience. As a parent, Ivy Scholars brought peace of mind to an area that was frankly overwhelming. This service was invaluable in the knowledge that we gained throughout the process. He has also met with my freshman daughter to provide guidance for her high school courses, career paths, extracurricular activities, and more.

Prior to signing with Ivy Scholars, I tried a less expensive online service and was very disappointed.

As a result of our work with Ivy Scholars, I am pleased to say that my son will be attending Stern Business School at New York University this fall! I highly recommend Ivy Scholars. Highly recommend!