Boarding School Admissions Trends in 2023

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It’s a new year and we have observed trends throughout last year that have continued into this year in boarding schools and admissions.

Here are some highlights of trends in 2023 that U.S. and international families may need to follow in 2023.

  • Median enrollment: for boarding schools are on the rebound and increasing. The result admissions to schools will continue to be competitive.
  • Admissions emphasis on “Character”:  Schools are increasing using Character Skills Assessment (CSA) which will offer insights into an applicant’s character attributes and add great value to the holistic evaluation of applicants to make informed admissions decisions of applicants.
  • Top boarding schools continue to expand:  Schools continue to build more buildings and facilities to accommodate students. 
  • Top 5 U.S. Boarding High Schools:  The top 5 U.S. boarding high schools – 1. Andover, 2. Exeter, 3. St. Paul’s, 4. Lawrenceville,  and 5. Choate.  Over the past 5 years, these schools have been sending 25-30 students each year to Ivy League colleges and universities.

Successful boarding school admissions requires expertise and experience to understand how to manage risks, navigate pitfalls, design the right admissions strategies, and most importantly understand the admissions policies and professionals who are making admissions decisions – in other words an admissions expert.

Parents need a trusted resource to help them navigate the fast-paced and highly-selective admissions process!


Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.

Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

Dr. Paul Lowe discusses Fairfax County Public High Schools-Virginia

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Fairfax County Public High Schools (Virginia) contains 28 high schools. Over the past 4 years, MANY parents of high school students have contacted us regarding our college and BS/MD admissions advisory services. Dr. Paul Lowe and his team have worked with students from:

  • Chantilly High School
  • Langley High School
  • Madison High School
  • Marshall High School
  • Oakton High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • West Springfield High School
  • W.T. Woodson High School

Despite the fact that they are all excellent high schools, MANY parents contact Dr. Lowe because they mentioned that because of the size of the school, school counselors are either unable to provide continuous weekly or biweekly individualized college and/or BS/MD admissions services to each student. The senior class size for some of these schools exceed 600 students.

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We are happy to report that our clients from these schools were accepted to their top-choice colleges and universities!

Please review Dr. Lowe’s blogs as to why parents contact him re: college and BS/MD admissions:


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges. BS/MD Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to top BS/MD programs – Brown PLME, UPitts, RPI/AMC, Rochester – REMS, etc. Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.  

Happy New Year from BS/MD Admissions Advisor – Dr. Paul Lowe

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Happy New Year 2023!

For our current clients who are seniors, it’s time to prepare for BS/MD program interviews! Or, for some of our clients, continue celebrating your acceptance to Brown PLME!!!

For our current clients who are juniors, you are now in the phase to continue developing and enhancing your student profiles!

For parents who have not retained a BS/MD Admissions Guru, you may need to consider hiring one because 2023 will be an extremely competitive year! How do we know this? Because we are the best in BS/MD admissions!

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By having continuous Weekly Skype/Zoom sessions directly with Dr. Paul Lowe, brainstorming ideas, developing admissions strategies, essay review, and mock interview sessions to develop amazing student profiles, our BS/MD clients stand out and get accepted to programs like Brown PLME, RPI/Albany Med, University Rochester REMS, TCNJ/NMS, Penn State/Jefferson, NJIT/NJMS, University of Pittsburgh GAP, Case Western PPSP and others!

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Over the past 23 years, we have helped clients from many high schools get accepted to BS/MD programs!


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. As a result of his continuous clients’ acceptances into BS/MD programs, his clients have considered him: BS/MD Admissions Guru.

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team ONLY work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is highly competitive and thus desire help from an admissions expert. They appreciate the value and investment in paying for expert advice consisting of a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.

Congratulations to Our Clients Who Were Accepted ED Brown and Brown PLME 2027

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Brown accepted 879 Early Decision students out of a pool of 6770 applicants. Eleven (11) were my clients! Wow!!! Congratulations to my students and their parents! So proud of you all! Happy Holidays!

My lived experiences as a physician-scientist, educator, entrepreneur and admissions advisor of surmounting visible as well invisible challenges AND navigating seemly exclusionary spaces, paradoxically and effectively help my clients stand out.

I help my clients avoid unforeseen admissions risks and place them in the best positions for acceptance. It feels great to be different!!

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Making the impossible – possible!

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.  

Congratulations to Our Clients Who Were Accepted ED Harvard 2027

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722 students were accepted out of 9553 who applied early action to Harvard College (Class of 2027). 

Ten (10) were my clients!!!!!  Wow!!! One client who was accepted will be celebrating with her grandparents and parents in Mumbai – Super congrats! Happy Holidays!

My lived experiences of surmounting visible as well invisible challenges help my clients stand out. It feels great to be different! Because I approach admissions as a “risk manager“, I help my clients avoid unforeseen admissions risks and place them in the best positions for acceptance.


Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.  

Top Boarding Schools with Fencing Programs (2022)

Many U.S. as well as international middle school and high school students are actively involved and compete in fencing as an interscholastic sport.  As result, many parents seek boarding schools that support the fencing-athlete. uke, Many universities, for example, Duke, Harvard, N.Y.U., Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Princeton and Columbia have N.C.A.A. fencing teams.

Here is a list of top boarding schools with fencing programs.

  1. Phillips Academy Andover
  2. Phillips Exeter Academy
  3. Lawrenceville School
  4. Georgetown Preparatory School
  5. The Hill School
  6. Hun School of Princeton
  7. The Masters School
  8. Dana Hall School

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Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.

Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

Top Boarding Schools with Equestrian Programs 2022

Many U.S. as well as international middle school and high school students are actively involved and compete in equestrian as an interscholastic sport.  As a result, many parents seek boarding schools that support the equestrian-athlete. My team and I specialize in helping parents who desire boarding schools that have specialized extracurricular programs as well as academically challenging.

Here is a list of top U.S. boarding schools with equestrian programs:

  1. Taft School
  2. Loomis Chaffee
  3. Kent School
  4. Canterbury School
  5. Dana Hall School
  6. The Ethel Walker School
  7. The Thacher School

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Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.

Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates For 2022-2023 College Applicants

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It’s the 2022-2023 Early Decision and Early Action season!  Competition to Ivy League and highly selective colleges are expected to be high.  Therefore, expect many applicants with high SAT/ACT scores, high grades and seemly perfect applications and personal statements to be rejected or deferred to the regular decision pool.

Many of our clients are beginning to hear happy and positive news from colleges!

Here are some early decision and early action notification dates for Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities:

  • Barnard College:  Mid-December
  • Boston College:  December 15
  • Boston University:  December 15
  • Brown University:  Mid-December
  • Cal Tech:  Mid-December
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  December 15
  • Columbia University:  Mid-December
  • Cornell University:  Mid-December
  • Dartmouth University:  Mid-December
  • Duke University:  Mid-December
  • Georgetown University:  December 15
  • Hamilton College:  December 15
  • Harvard University:  Mid-December
  • Johns Hopkins University:  December 16
  • MIT:  Mid-December (EA)
  • New York University:  December 15 (ED I); (February 15 ED II)
  • Northwestern University:  Mid-December
  • Princeton University: Mid-December (SCEA)
  • Stanford University:  Mid-December
  • Swarthmore College:  Mid-December
  • Tufts University:  Mid-December
  • University of Michigan:  Late January 2023
  • University of Notre Dame: December 15
  • University of Pennsylvania:  Mid-December
  • Villanova University: December 15
  • Yale University:  Mid-December
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We expect that our clients will have positive results on the above dates because of Dr. Lowe’s weekly Student Parent meetings!

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By having continuous Weekly Skype/Zoom sessions directly with Dr. Paul Lowe, brainstorming ideas, developing admissions strategies, essay review, and mock interview sessions to develop amazing student profiles, our clients stand out and are accepted into Ivy League and highly selective colleges/universities and BS/MD programs


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs. 

It’s Possible to Get Accepted Into BS/MD Programs If You Don’t Have Perfect Grades or SAT Scores

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Each year, Dr. Paul Lowe, BS/MD Admissions Guru works with four or five clients that don’t have perfect transcripts. They may have a couple B’s and even C’s. Last year, Dr. Lowe worked with five clients whose GPA weighted were below 3.5 and their SATs were below 1500 and they were accepted to BS/MD programs. Here are stats on one client: Female. South Asian descent (Indian American). Texas. GPA: 3.5 weighted. SAT scores: 1420. Result: She was admitted to two BS/MD programs.

So, what happened? How was she selected over other students who had nearly perfect SAT’s, high GPAs and shadowed multiple doctors and lots of community service? In her high school, the valedictorian, salutatorian and top 5 other students were rejected from all BS/MD programs and Ivies and several highly selective universities.

BS/MD programs are not seeking just extraordinary students or superstars. They are seeking students who are going to be great doctors. They are not seeking students who sound like everyone else! They value individuals with desirable characteristics in addition to your goals and achievements.

BS/MD program admissions officers evaluate applications with a fine-tooth comb which means that your entire student profile (freshman year to senior year) is reviewed. They seek to know your originality, cultural competence, deviations from the perceived norm/traditions, self-definition, honesty, attitude and other character attributes. In short, they seek to know who YOU are.

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Getting into BS/MD programs, however, is not just about who you are (or what your parents perceive that you should be) but about how you effectively tell your story (conveying your character and narrative). What it all comes down to is how you demonstrate your personal qualities, leadership, and commitment to your community through the application. This takes the form of the collective expression of honest and meaningful personal statements and essays, involved extracurricular activities, and descriptive recommendation letters that help the admissions officers determine whether to accept or reject you.  High-achieving students (and their parents) tend to mistakenly believe that their scores and grades are enough to win admissions to their desired schools.   

While it’s rare for someone with a 3.5 weighted GPA to get into a BS/MD program, it’s not impossible. Dr. Lowe spends weekly Skype sessions in helping his clients develop and demonstrate their personal trademark to admissions officers. While the odds are against you with a weak academic profile, over the years. Dr. Lowe has helped many students with poor GPA’s/grades and low SAT scores get into BS/MD programs.

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By having continuous Weekly Skype/Zoom sessions directly with Dr. Paul Lowe, brainstorming ideas, developing admissions strategies, essay review, and mock interview sessions to develop amazing student profiles, our clients stand out and are accepted into Ivy League and highly selective colleges/universities and BS/MD programs


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. As a result of his continuous clients’ acceptances into BS/MD programs, his clients have considered him: BS/MD Admissions Guru.

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team ONLY work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is highly competitive and thus desire help from an admissions expert. They appreciate the value and investment in paying for expert advice consisting of a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.

College Admissions and BS/MD Programs: Homeschoolers

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Not all clients we advise are from public or private schools. Each year, we advise homeschoolers!

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Our homeschooler clients are admitted to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs because we encourage them to present clear documentation of their learning and unique experiences. Homeschoolers who are aiming at top schools are advised by Dr. Lowe and his team to think carefully about how they want to present themselves during admissions selection process.

We help our homeschool clients in creating their unique and meaningful narratives so that admissions committees want them to be accepted into their colleges and BS/MD programs!

Our understanding of home school curricula, class time and assignments and how to convey them appropriately to admissions officers helps our clients. Our home school clients are unique because they have individualized and personalized academic plans. As a result, year after year, they have been accepted to Ivy League and highly competitive colleges and universities and BS/MD programs – They stand out in the college admissions game!

Dr. Lowe successfully works with homeschool students and their parents to prepare for and during the college admissions process students.

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By having continuous Weekly Skype/Zoom sessions directly with Dr. Paul Lowe, brainstorming ideas, developing admissions strategies, essay review, and mock interview sessions to develop amazing student profiles, our home school clients stand out and are accepted into Ivy League and highly selective colleges/universities and BS/MD programs


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.