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College Admissions

Preparing for college is both exciting and daunting, but you do not have to go through the process alone. Discovery College Prep is to help you meet your full academic potential as well as guide you in gaining admission into the school of your dreams.

Overview

Discovery College Prep follows its mission of instilling the passion of learning in its students by helping them succeed academically. Discovery College Prep can guide you throughout your academic career by offering tutoring in specific school subjects or for standardized test such as the SSAT/ISEE, SAT, ACT, APs, SAT IIs, etc. Whether you find a subject particularly challenging, or simply want to further pursue your interests, our teachers have the credentials and expertise to help you excel. Our programs offer comprehensive and personalized instruction, both in group or individual classroom settings, to best accommodate you.

Discovery College Prep also offers an admissions consulting service to help you manage the often overwhelming process of applying to colleges. Having held positions as admissions officers at top Ivy League institutions, interviewers for admissions committees, and independent education consultants, our counselors have the expert insight into how to put your best face forward. We will help you craft your application to highlight your unique strengths as an applicant. By not only understanding what colleges are looking for, but also understanding your individual story and needs, we can guide you toward acceptances by your top-choice schools.

Transfer students: If you are currently a freshman or sophomore at college and interested in applying to another college as a transfer student we can guide you through the transfer process, analyze your background and academic strengths and optimize your transfer application.

High School Athletes: If you are a high school athlete interested in leveraging your athletic talent in the admissions process at the Ivy League or other schools.

Financing Your Education: Financing your college education can often be an important question in determining what schools you can apply to. We have a breadth of experience in assisting with financial aid applications to colleges as well as seeking out scholarship opportunities.

Career / Life Coach: Our senior management who have PhD’s from Ivy League schools has also worked for Fortune 500 companies and preeminent institutions of the world in various disciplines and have experience in corporate recruiting. We offer extensive life coaching and career advising services. Contact us for more information to create a customized plan for you no matter what stage of your life you are at, we can help you and have an established track.

Graduate Admissions Workshop

Our approach to admissions to top schools for undergraduate and graduate admissions is unique. We focus on portfolio development to highlight an applicant’s key strengths from their historical narrative and showcase their value proposition. The strategic portfolio comprises of your “assets” or “pillars of admission.” We optimize this portfolio, which serves as your “access key” to top schools. In order to optimize the portfolio, we leverage our proprietary, dynamic Innovative Leadership Program to develop the individual and their background to create innovative initiatives and opportunities leading to transformational and accelerated growth and development. Please contact us for more information.

This section gives you an opportunity to select the package that meets your college admission needs. Note this section lists services we offer to guide applicants from high schools applying to college in the U.S. (i.e. for an undergraduate degree at an American university). Whether you are interested in applying for engineering/science, social sciences, humanities, architecture or fine arts degree programs, we have advisors who specialize in each of these fields and we can tailor your application accordingly.

Given we have an extensive network throughout the Ivy League and beyond, we also have a system whereby we arrange “contact meetings” for candidates. We will directly connect you to a current student or recent alumnus who can provide you with an in-depth perspective on the college’s atmosphere, life beyond the classroom and shed unique light on the college experience.

To provide you with a long term strategy development plan during the course of your high school (freshman, sophomore and junior years) and optimize your academic career so that you have the best possible chances of getting accepted to the college of your choice, please consult our Early Preparation Program page for additional information.

We offer the following standardized packages for high school students applying to college:

BRONZE PACKAGE
We will connect you directly to an Ivy League advisor. You can consult with the advisor on any questions you have relating to college admissions, majors, courses, preparation, college life or any other issues. This package gives you two hours of access to an advisor.

SILVER PACKAGE
We will help you draft, edit and revise your personal statement (application essay) and short answer responses and tailor them for your college applications to help you strategically market yourself. Furthermore, you will also have four hours of access to an Ivy League advisor to ask any questions you may have on the application process, college majors or any other issue.

GOLD PACKAGE
An Ivy League advisor will guide your application from start to finish highlighting your strengths. This will include assistance with identifying colleges to apply to, completing the college applications, drafting and revising the personal statement and any short answer responses, strategies for letters of recommendations, optimizing extracurricular activities, resume preparation, incorporating special circumstances into the application, as well as including supplementary materials to demonstrate unique talents/experiences (i.e. artwork, portfolios, writing and music samples).

DIAMOND PACKAGE
This is the ultimate personalized experience. You will be assigned a personal Ivy League advisor to whom you will have unlimited access. In addition to providing you with counseling throughout the application process from A to Z, we will carry out a detailed assessment of your background to optimize your application taking into account the opportunities available at your high school. We will help facilitate a nuanced application that will stand out and best reflects your strengths tailored to the specific university. We will create an individualized strategy and determine the optimal way to highlight your strengths and address any weaknesses in your academic and extracurricular background. Additionally, the advisor will also provide you a key strategy plan on how to ensure a successful senior year (Grade 12 or Year 13) in high school. We will provide advice on preparing for and scheduling standardized tests (e.g. SATs) and also help you prepare for college interviews. If you are interested in intercollegiate athletics, we will also provide you with guidance on that front. We will assist you in visiting college campuses that you are interested in. Furthermore we will guide you during your transition to college life and advise you on classes to take and key strategies for making your freshman college year (and beyond) a success.

CUSTOMIZED PACKAGES
We also offer customized packages to meet your unique needs.

Planning Timeline

Use our free college admissions planning timeline to understand what you should be doing and when. Our timelines provide general guidance on when to take admissions exams, AP Exams, and preparing college applications.

College Admissions Test Timeline

Below is a general timeline for students taking the college admissions tests. This is a good guide for most cases, but you should always take into account your academic, extracurricular, and personal schedule, as well as which standardized tests are required by the colleges on their application list when determining which dates to sign up for the test.

We strongly recommend that students take the SAT or ACT more than once. It doesn’t matter how much a student knows, if they are not mentally prepared on that morning, it can make a big difference in their score.

Sophomore Year

Students who take courses during their sophomore year that correspond to an SAT Subject Test, such as Biology or World History, should consider taking the SAT Subject Test directly following the course while the material is still fresh in their minds.

Junior Year

Students should take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year. By the end of junior year, students should have taken the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests at least once.

Senior Year

When planning your test-taking schedule, keep in mind that the fall of your senior year will be your last chance to retake the SAT or ACT and to take any of the SAT Subject Tests.

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