Transfer Admissions Counseling

College is a demanding endeavor, and knowing that the school you’re at isn’t right for you can leave you feeling trapped and overwhelmed. Don’t worry though, there is a better way. You can transfer to a new college; finding a new academic home and getting a new lease on your education.Ivy Scholars can help.

The first step is knowing that you need a change; the second is determining what exactly you need. Our transfer admissions coaching follows our comprehensive admissions process:

The Ivy Scholars Way

Phase 1

We start by determining why your current program doesn’t work for you, and what you really need to succeed in college. We help you build a list of colleges that will fully serve your educational and social needs.

Phase 2

Next, we help you fill out the transfer application, and give you advice on crafting the perfect resume to apply with. Transfer apps are different from how you applied to undergrad, and we guide you through the pitfalls that trip up the unwary. We also help you identify the perfect professors to ask for letters of recommendation.

Finally, we help you organize your applications, as far more universities use individual portals for transfer admissions. Our application tracker will keep you on top of the process, and make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.

Phase 3

In this phase, we help you craft your transfer essays. This serves a similar purpose to the personal statement, but needs to be individually tailored to each school you apply to. We’ll help you tell your story, and demonstrate to these schools that you’re a great fit for them.

Phase 4

Next, we tackle the supplemental essays. Not every school asks for these, but just as with undergraduate applications, many do. We’ll use our cross-application process to turn a mountain of work into a straightforward task, making sure your application process is as painless as possible.

Phase 5

In phase 5, we fill in the cracks which often arise around applying. We’ll help you apply (or in this case reapply) for financial aid, discuss how to perform college interviews, and give you tips on succeeding in your new collegiate environment.

Interested in hearing how we can help you? Schedule a free consultation today!

Our Results

We’ve helped transfer students get into a number of top universities. Here’s a case study of one of our transfer students:

Case Studies

Sam was attending a great liberal arts college, but wasn’t able to get the kind of practical and analytic business education he desired. He knew he needed to transfer to a school with the support and resources necessary to properly further his goals. He got in touch with Ivy Scholars to help make his dreams a reality. 

Sam had a great background in business, but also had a strong interest in and talent for philosophy. We helped him craft stellar essays describing his philosophical views, and how they helped shape his outlook and his approach to his studies. This showed a deeper and more analytic side of his personality, and showed off his intellectual vitality, and how he could contribute to the academic climate on campus.

We further helped him tailor his applications to fit each school he applied to, covering the nuances and benefits of each business program, and how the resources it offered would support his grander goals. He worked one on one with a mentor to tell his story, and our editor made sure each essay was perfectly polished in message and language. 

Once he was admitted, we helped him appeal his financial aid decisions, to make sure he got the support he needed when attending college. We were happy to help him and his way, and glad to report he got into Dartmouth, and is well positioned to pursue his business aspirations.

Jane was attending a top-20 college when she came to us during her freshman year, but she knew she needed a change for two reasons. The first was that she was unsatisfied with her current program’s interdisciplinary options in environmental science. Jane wanted to explore the intersection of remedying the current crisis through scientifically backed policy, and the human impacts of those policies, and how best to craft them in a way that helped those they were meant to help. 


In addition, she wanted a school with a campus more integrated into an urban center, with all the hustle and bustle that entails. While her current institution was staid and stately, a grand affair for pursuing academics in peace, it did not have the energy she needed, and was not positioning her to succeed. 


Jane came to us with a clear idea of which schools she wanted to go to, but needed help crafting essays which clearly depicted what she wanted and needed, and showed off the breadth of her accomplishments. Jane had participated in a broad range of extracurriculars, in both high school and college, and we knew that helping her display those fluidly would greatly increase her chances of acceptance. 


Working with our mentors, she crafted essays which explained her dual love of humanities and sciences, and how only through their union she could truly explore the depths of her interests. She spoke of how her past, seeing first hand the impacts of climate catastrophe brought about her current interests, and how this turned into a love for the methods and theory which brought understanding of the deeper issues. 


With strong recommendation letters from her professors, and a final round of polish on her essays, Jane was able to apply to a number of top schools with confidence. Jane was accepted into UPenn, and is currently studying environmental science there, enjoying the cosmopolitan atmosphere and active community.

Here is how Jane answered one of Penn’s essay questions. We are including this essay because it does an exemplary job showing how to describe why a new school is the right choice for you, without unfairly denigrating your current institution. 


Please explain your reasons for transferring from your current institution and what you hope to gain by transferring into another institution. (4,150 characters max)


My favorite holiday is the night before Eid. The entire house is in chaos: aunties are scurrying, preparing aromatic dishes for the next day’s festivities, uncles are discussing the logistics of the Eid prayer, and little cousins are running around, squealing and giggling. To an outside observer it may seem like mayhem, but to me, it defines Eid.


My version of the ideal college setting used to be a tranquil and calm one, much like the serene ambience of my school. Yet, after spending a few months in such an environment, it became apparent that the quiet was often too secluding and monotonous for me. I began to daydream about the comforting disorder of Eid: getting lost in a sea of pedestrians while walking to grab a cappuccino, going out on adventures in the city, striking up conversations with a random stranger. I wished I could go to a bustling downtown, and enjoy the presence of people. In Philadelphia, one of the most walkable cities in the US, I hope to do just that. During my visit, I fell for the city’s richly historical, yet down-to-earth vibe.


Penn’s Environmental Studies major also calls to me: it spans both the humanities and the sciences, will equip me with all the knowledge needed to pursue a career in the environmental field, and will allow me to choose from an array of concentrations so that I can focus on deepening my understanding of a topic that matters most to me. Whether I am researching ways to implement the climate model of RCP 2.6 or conducting fieldwork on the different communities affected by climate change, I am certain that studying at Penn will nurture my goals.


One thing about me is that I’m a huge foodie, and nothing excites me more than a buffet: the endless amount of choices, the ability to try new dishes, and the extensive post-meal deliberations about what the best and worst item was. Penn’s General Education curriculum is the ultimate academic buffet: its flexibility will encourage me to explore a completely new field outside my comfort zone, and help me decide what disciplines I enjoy and which ones are not my cup of tea.


The overarching themes in the collage of my life are clear: protecting the environment, empowering women, and standing up against injustice. Recently, I have become fascinated by the topic of Sexuality, Women and Gender Studies, analyzing the role of sex and gender within world cultures and political systems – it helps make sense of the extreme disparities prominent globally today. Penn’s Center for Research in Feminist, Queer and Transgender Studies is incomparable. The fact that I might get the opportunity to work with a group of impressive faculty, such as Ania Loomba and Dorothy Roberts, fills me with excitement!

The Ivy Scholars Competitive Advantage

Our results speak for themselves.

Last year, our personalized approach, attention to detail, and college admissions expertise led our students to be
3x Times

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Ivy Scholars college coaching will help

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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!