“I was so lucky finding IvyAchievement. God knows what would have happened if I hadn’t. My family paid over $500 to a “counselor” who didn’t help nearly as much as Ben did—for a lot less money!”
New Delhi, India
“Yes news! Good news in fact! I am a QuestBridge Finalist!!! Thank you so much for the HUGE help and feedback, as I really felt it helped and made/makes a difference. Thank you guys for helping shape my future in my ideal path!”
I worked on my personal essays for months, but couldn’t quite get the flow right. IvyAchievement helped me pinpoint exactly what I needed to put my essay over the top, and now I am attending Williams on a full ride! Thank you so much!
Choosing to work with IvyAchievement on my applications was one of the best decisions I made on my college application process. Finances were a limiting factor for me, and I was told by my previous counsellor at [redacted] that correspondingly limited would be my college options. I was also strictly told not to apply to liberal arts colleges, because, as I was warned, scholarship opportunities there would be particularly scarce. For someone eager to explore diverse disciplines after having studied for fourteen years in the rigid Indian academic system, this ‘reality-check’ was quite a blow.
After I joined Ben Stern and his team, all of this changed. Ben had an extremely, extremely useful compilation of financial aid statistics of all US colleges that extend need-based and merit-based grants to international students. This information was incredibly well-detailed and always accurate. Thanks to his knowledge, I discovered plenty of schools offering generous aid to international students – contrary to the widespread misconception in India about the absence of scholarship opportunities at the undergraduate level. To my pleasant surprise, most of these schools were in fact traditional liberal arts colleges. It was not only the research, but also the openness towards the liberal arts (lacking in Indian counsellors) that made my process of college selection so well-informed and my target colleges well-suited.
The help I got from IvyAchievement on essay-proofreading was also incredibly valuable. I was allowed to choose any editor from the vast variety that the company has. Ariel Schwartz, my mentor and friend, with whom I finally worked, provided endless support throughout my essay-writing weeks. Her hours were flexible, her inputs were insightful, and her pep talks were infinitely motivating. Because of how efficiently she helped me allocate my hours, I was able to write twenty essays in less than one month. Moreover, after I learnt the techniques of drafting and composition from her, there was a notable improvement in the quality of my overall writing.
Ben and Ariel always went out of their way to help me in every way possible – be it tutoring me for ACT Science, connecting me with alumni of my target schools, or preparing me for college interviews. It is all because of their constant support throughout my super-hectic senior year, I have been accepted at Yale-NUS College, Dartmouth College, some other universities in the US, and been offered over $670,000 [4.3 crore INR] in scholarships and financial aid.
“I worked on my personal essays for months, but couldn’t quite get the flow right. IvyAchievement helped me pinpoint exactly what I needed to put my essay over the top, and now I am attending Williams on a full ride! Thank you so much!”