A recent seminar with Alex Hull, the CEO and founder of the Ivy Review, was an eye-opening experience for the teens and parents in attendance Getting into college today is not only very competitive but can be extremely stressful for everyone in the family. Having a high GPA, good test scores, strong recommendations and good extracurricular activities are no longer a guarantee that a student will be accepted by the college of their choice. Ivy Review seminars are filled with practical and useful information, up-to-date statistics on college admissions and an insider’s view of the process.
Ivy Review believes that admission to the student’s college of choice is a reachable target for all students with the proper guidance. Ivy Review seminars emphasize that college is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will shape the student’s career and life. In addition to academic advice, preparing for college admissions involves finding a student’s talents and interests and then learning how to use these interests and talents to help the student choose the major and college that will give the student the best advantage.
The information in an Ivy Review seminar can help students as young as 7th and 8th grade begin to make course choices that will prepare them for college. Ivy Review works with students to plan their high school academic program, choose their extracurricular activities and helps them prepare for SAT and ACT tests. Proper timing of courses and testing can not only make the difference between success or failure in college admissions but also can offer ways for students to get merit scholarships no matter how high their family income is.
Hull is an insider to the college admissions process. Having served as an external reader of over 20,000 applications for UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, he knows what the universities want. Hull received his B.A. and M.Ed. at Harvard and has been involved in helping select students for Harvard. The personal stories that he told during the April 19 seminar in Pleasanton shows that he has done everything himself what he recommends to the students at Ivy Review. The high number of Ivy Review students who have gotten into the colleges of their choice and received scholarships demonstrate the value of Ivy Review’s insider information.
Since opening his first college counseling service in 1988 and Ivy Review in 1998, Hull has worked with over 7,500 students to help them choose their majors and be accepted by their first choice colleges.
The first step in the Ivy Review process is to assess where a student is in their educational career and then determine what the student needs to do to be accepted by the college that is best for them. Ivy Review works with students from all over the U.S. and a number of other countries using Skype and Face Time. Yet, no matter how advanced technology is, it does not replace the years of in-depth academic and life experience that Hull and his staff bring to Ivy Review.
In addition, a major focus of Ivy Review is working with families so that each student will not only be strong academically but also become a successful adult who contributes to their families and community. During his years at Harvard, Hull focused on the psychology of both students and their parents. Today, as a parent of two teenage daughters, he has experience with the parents’ part of the equation that equal college admission success.
Families often travel long distances to attend Ivy Review seminars and meet Hull. Upcoming Ivy Review seminars will be held in Santa Rosa on May 3, Reno on May 4, Sacramento May 16, Davis also on May 16, and Stockton on May 17. A complete list of upcoming seminars and more information about Ivy Review is available at the website www.ivycenters.com.