their audience away with their Ivy League college admissions essay.

At Veritas Prep, we offer Ivy League consulting services to students who want to stand out to admissions officials, and one of our services is to offer guidance on admissions essays. We hire professional who have worked in the admissions offices of Ivy League schools. In short, Veritas Prep students benefit from working with an Ivy League college counselor with inside knowledge of the process.

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Academics play a very large role in college admissions, especially at Ivy League schools. Doing well in advanced courses will help you stand out to Ivy League admissions counselors. If you enroll in an advanced class, make sure you’re serious about studying and putting in the effort required for success.

This essay got a high-school senior into 5 Ivy League schools

Ex-Ivy League admissions officers dissect a college admissions essay that got a girl into 5 Ivies and Stanford
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Certainly there is an element of luck in the Ivy League admissions process. It may help if a former college athlete is reading the application of a tennis recruit. It may help if the Ivy League admissions officer reviewing your application got asked out by someone really cute earlier that day or if the admissions officer happened to attend your high school. But luck is certainly not a decisive component of the Ivy League admissions process and one could argue that even this luck was science played out in real time (priming for being asked out and the familiarity principle for attending the same high school). While the word "holistic" may seem far from scientific, the Ivy League admissions process is indeed a social science. And it's one that can be mastered.