Media Features

Below, you’ll find a list of our media features, press, and contributions to various industry outlets.

College Admission Pro Tips: Early Decision, Financial Aid, and More

Sasha Chada was recently quoted in an article by The Houston Chronicle with college admissions tips for prospective college students in the area.

Sasha Chada quoted in the Houston Chronicle

Sasha Chada was recently quoted in an article by The Houston Chronicle about first-generation students in higher education.

Sasha Chada quoted in The New York Times

Sasha Chada was recently quoted in an article by The New York Times about college applications for Asian American students.

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a High School

Gain insight into choosing the right high school and see a quote from Sasha Chada on the importance of course selection and academic rigor.

Early Years: Helping to make the transition to college smoother

Sasha Chada was recently quoted in an article by WDBJ about college preparation and how it should start well before moving day.

Early Preparation for Competitive College Admissions Can Make or Break Chances

Gain insight into proper preparation for standardized tests, followed by college applications and scholarships in our feature with Texas Lifestyle & Travel Magazine.

Episode #4003: Sasha Chada on the Meet the Elite Podcast

Hear our founder and CEO speak about Ivy Scholars and our unique approach in this episode of the Meet the Elite Podcast.

Brown's Acceptance Rate Gap

Sasha Chada, our Founder, and CEO, was quoted in an article covering Brown’s acceptance rate gap between men and women applicants. Click the button below to read the full article from The Brown Daily Herald and Sasha’s quote.

The Perfect College Candidate

In this episode of #PREPPED, Sasha Chada joins Andrew “Naka” Nanayakkara to discuss the important aspects admissions counselors look for in great applications, including how to handle extracurriculars, manage fluctuations in GPA, and make your application stand out.

Choosing a College Major

Antonio Cruz of Ivy Scholars was quoted in an article covering methods students can use to select a college major they love. Click the button below to read the full article and Antonio’s insight.

3 Ways STEM Students Can Stand out on College Applications

If you’re applying to college as a STEM major, you might have concerns about how to differentiate yourself from your fellow applicants. However, STEM students can differentiate themselves on college applications by following a few important steps.

Episode #95: Sasha Chada on Ivy Scholars & Supporting College Applicants

Hear our founder and CEO speak about his unlikely journey to founding an education company, the lessons he has learned along the way, and stories from his work with prospective college students nationwide.

The Ultimate Guide For Crafting College Admission Essay 2022

Our mentor, Antonio Cruz, was quoted in Help in Homework’s college essay guide. Click below to check out his advice on including quotes and citations in your college essays.

What Remote Teachers Can Learn From Streamers

Seeing how digital content creators and streamers engage with and maintain the interest of their audience can provide valuable insights for educators looking to bond with their students through digital technology.

Meet Sasha Chada of Ivy Scholars in Sugar Land and Memorial areas

Learn more about Sasha’s experience and journey to the college admissions industry in his VoyageHouston featured article.

How to Ace the Private School Entrance Exam

See our contribution to Houstonia’s article with tips to help your child to own the ISEE.

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!