During the summer, many middle schoolers are off to summer camps and summer enrichment programs. This is also the time that many of them should begin to develop their middle school as well as their high school plans for applying to BS/MD programs.
Extracurricular activity planning for high school.
Develop plans for possible leadership, research, internship and shadowing opportunities
Overview of current BS/MD & Ivy League admissions and current trends.
College admissions strategy prior to entering high school.
WOW Factor planning prior to entering high school.
Parents work directly with Dr. Paul Lowe, M.D., physician-scientist and admissions expert.
Our program helps seventh and eighth grade students prepare for high school before it starts! Remember, once you start high school, courses, grades and activities appear on the college application. You need to correctly plan to navigate the admissions process and avoid making irrevocable mistakes while your child is in middle school.
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. Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions clients are international students who want to attend medical school from high school and then enter U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.
Katy (Texas) Independent School District contains 8 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:
Seven Lakes High School
Tomkins High School
Cinco Ranch High School
Taylor Ranch 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.
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:
While high school counselors provide college counseling, they often do not have the time to cater to the development or implementation of each student’s individual college plan and are usually not available on-call on the weekend and after school hours.
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling:
High school counselors have a large caseload, very often exceeding the American School Counselor Association’s recommended student to counselor of 250:1, and responsibilities that include attending to the academic and social/emotional issues of the student body.
On average, public school counselors spent 19 percent of their time on postsecondary counseling in 2018–2019, while their private school counterparts spent 31 percent of their time on college counseling
The best way to choose an educational consultant is on the basis of experience.
Dr. Lowe has over 23 years of experience in college admissions for students who are interested in applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs. He spends 100 percent of his time on helping each client!
Dr. Lowe and his team complement your school counselor’s efforts by working one-on-one with your child, customizing a winning admissions plan which will help your child get into their top choice colleges. Dr. Lowe is available not only during school hours, but after school, evenings and weekends via phone, email and remote consultations. By having one-on-one weekly or biweekly sessions, Dr. Lowe helps each individual client present their backgrounds and aspirations in the best positive light to admissions committees. The result – Acceptances!
In developing our winning college admissions plan, Dr. Lowe works with students and their parents in carefully planning their courses and extracurricular activities (community service, employment, summer programs, internships, etc.), planning college visits, selecting the right teachers for the best letters of recommendations, developing a WOW factor, assisting with creating, brainstorming and editing personal statements and supplemental essays; developing college social media profile and brand.
Additionally, Dr. Lowe provides personalized, individualized attention and helps clients keep organized, stay motivated and meet deadlines throughout the application process. In many cases, overworked and overwhelmed high school counselors simply have too many students to give individual attention needed in the competitive admissions environment.
To answer this question, let’s first start with an admissions officer survey by National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).
I. NACAC factors:
Grades in All Courses
Grades in College Prep Courses
Admissions Test Scores (SAT, ACT)
Rigor/Strength of Curriculum
Essay or Writing Sample
Counselor Letters of Recommendations
Teacher Letters of Recommendations
Student’s Demonstrated Interest
Subject Test Scores (AP, IB)
State Graduation Exam Scores
Based on my professional experience, connected with visiting colleges and discussions with directors of admissions, there are other factors which we know are just as important and, in some cases, more important than the NACAC Admissions Survey Factors:
Collective interrelationship of all essays
Sense of self
Sense of others
Comparative Student Profile Analysis
If you think that getting into your top-choice college is just about having a high GPA, top SAT scores, high grades and a manufactured application and personal statement….THINK AGAIN!
This past year, I received calls and emails from parents whose children were rejected from all colleges to which they applied because they thought the college admissions race was just about grades, SAT scores, their perceived ‘unique’ applications, generic essays and perfect connections.
Here are some actual cases (based on phone calls from disappointed parents).
1. Case one: One student applied to 19 schools (including all the Ivies) and was rejected from 18 schools and waitlisted at local state school where the acceptance rate was 65%.
2. Case two: A suburban public high school in the Northeast where no one (not even the valedictorian) was accepted to the Ivies or BS/MD programs.
3. Case three: Valedictorian (SAT 1580, ACT 36, GPA 4.6 weighted, President and cofounder of non-profit, tutored students, volunteered, shadowed multiple physicians, published two research papers, Science Olympiad, President of Debate team, tennis) – rejected from all Ivy League and BS/MD programs.
4 . Case four: A public high school in Texas. Of the fifteen students who applied to BS/MD programs …ALL were rejected.
Ivy League and highly selective colleges and BS/MD programs use a holistic approach when evaluating applicants for admission. That means admission to these colleges is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores. Instead, they consider a variety of factors: the student’s academic record, extracurricular interests, intellectual achievements and personal background to decide who will be rejected or accepted.
We understand the holistic approach and prepare our clients using our strategies for admissions success accordingly!
This year, several of our clients were accepted to multiple Ivies and multiple BS/MD programs!
95% of our clients were accepted into top boarding schools including Andover, Exeter, Choate, Lawrenceville, Taft, Loomis, Deerfield, St. Paul’s, Hotchkiss, Deerfield, Kent, etc.
You may ask why we are the leading experts in elite boarding school admissions and how we are so successful? Through a collaborative team approach, Dr. Lowe and his team:
Develop and enhance clients’ student profiles so that they stand out among other applicants.
Assist clients in brainstorming the right ideas for their essays as well as edit and revise their drafts.
Help parents and students with in-depth mock interview preparation sessions.
Direct clients to “best chance” target elite boarding school based on our knowledge of up-to-date admissions policies and contacts.
Dr. Lowe personally works with each client and provides hundreds of hours of advisory-consultations. Dr. Lowe and his team have superior access to up-to-minute information that provides the competitive advantage for his clients. We, therefore, gain unparalleled insights into boarding school admissions policies that gives our clients that admissions edge! Don’t make the mistake of not retaining expert advice !
We also encourage parents to retain a boarding school admissions consultant that specializes in reapplication for fall 2023 because based on the current trends, the admissions cycle for 2022-2023 will be even more competitive.
Dr. 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 admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools, where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.
This year’s admissions season (2021-2022), we had a 97% acceptance rate. What made it so significant is that despite the increase in BS/MD applications (in some schools by 30%), our clients were accepted! How do we do this? Blog: What Makes Us Different and Successful – Knowledge
It’s a celebration for high school seniors who know for certain that they are on the path to become medical doctors. Their parents are extremely happy that they hired us. Dr. Lowe and his team were the catalysts that resulted in their children’s acceptance to BS/MD programs.
We have listed this years (2021-2022) thank you notes/testimonials by our clients. Because of our confidentiality and privacy Agreements, we have removed their names. Yes! These are REAL thank you notes/testimonials!!!!!
“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much! You were definitely right about putting in the work now to set myself up for the future. I am so grateful for working with you, and I am so glad I got to meet you. Thank you.” (Student)
“Dear Dr. Lowe, Hope you are doing well. Thank you for all your help and support, we couldn’t have done without you. Thank you again!” (Mom of a student. Mom is also a medical doctor)
“Hello Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the college process, I am very grateful to have had your guidance in the college process as well as learn some life-long lessons.” (Student)
“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you for the wishes! It’s a great milestone for our family ! You definitely knew what you were doing! And only now we can look back and realized how each step was carefully calculated and put in place!” (Parent)
“Dear Dr. Lowe, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our family to express our thanks to your diligence, passion and sharp focus to help our son achieve his goal of securing a BSMD admission. He has a great path laid in front of him to be a successful physician.” (Parent)
“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you very much. Whole Gxxxxx family is happy about XXXXX. My mom and sister are thrilled as well since my nephew is at XXXXX!” (Parent)
“Hello Dr. Lowe, I am so ecstatic to inform you that I have been officially accepted into the XXXX BS/MD program It is great knowing I got into one of my top choice programs, thank you so much for your help with this acceptance!” (Student)
“Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much. This is overwhelming and excited to see our daughter having great choices to choose from. We are happy to support her on her choice. I have been telling my daughter & my wife that we are missing Dr. Lowe’s weekly Friday calls. We couldn’t have done without you.” (Parent)
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 competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through 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.
“Certain private schools that used to have incredible admissions results have just been obliterated.”
“Classmates who’d also applied for early decision to the school were flat-out rejected.”
“For that [college admissions decisions] to be a bloodbath is not a good sign.”
“Although the main derby of admissions, “regular” decision, was still weeks away—those results started coming out in late March—the disheartening verdicts of the early rounds for many families this past season felt like a harbinger of what was to come, as well as confirmation of just how much more angst-ridden the reality of getting into college has become.”
“….parents suddenly feel a bit, well, helpless, unable to control something that was, if not controllable, then at least easier to game.”
WE ARE THE BEST!: We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge, insight foresight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions SUCCESS.
I am proud and happy to report that several of our clients received acceptance letters from MULTIPLE Ivies!
You may ask how we can have such great results?Here is reason:
My team and our global network of talent including elocutionists, actors, writers, musicians, ethnomusicologists, historians, psychologists, alumni, educators, risk managers, economists, professors, physicians, scientists, linguists, anthropologists, attorneys, essayists, technologists, admissions professionals, analysts, student-interns and librarians bring collaborative and diverse thought, insight, foresight, perspectives and most importantly KNOWLEDGE.
The collaborative effort of Dr. Lowe’s team and global network of talent help college applicants in developing their student profiles, assisting with Common Application and essay development and supplemental essays and interview preparation! Dr. Lowe and his team are the catalysts that convert qualified applicants into accepted students!
It’s decision season! We are sure that you have seen the videos of seniors (with their parents) screaming and shouting when they have been accepted into their first-choice colleges.
But for every celebratory online posting, there are thousands of disappointed students (and parents) who are rejected from the same schools. You should not assume that you will be admitted to the Ivies and highly selective colleges just by being a great student with top grades. In the increasingly competitive admissions environment, you need to have a competitive edge.
Getting into Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs is fiercely competitive. For 2022, rejection rates for the Ivies demonstrate this:
First and foremost, you should continue to maintain your grades because your target (reapplication) schools will be reviewing your entire high school transcript. You should also begin to develop a new summer narrative and plan your freshman year (as a transfer student). You have to develop an improved student profile and narrative as a freshman. Remember, as a reapplicant you will not have the guidance of a school counselor (public school) or college counselor (private school) during this type of admissions process. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!.
We are experienced in working with students from their high school senior year through April of the college year. Last year, we worked with students who were rejected from Ivy League and highly selective college and universities and upon reapplication were accepted. It’s called our SECOND CHANCE strategy!
WE ARE THE BEST!: We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge and insight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success.
The QS World University Rankings 2022 was announced! This university ranking system compares 1,300 of the most prestigious universities in the world based on:
Citations per faculty
International Faculty Ratio
International Student Ratio
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
California Institute of Technology
Imperial College London
University College London
ETH Zurich (Swiss Institute of Technology)
University of Chicago
For 2022, MIT remains in the the top university for the tenth consecutive year and Harvard, Caltech, and University of Chicago were other universities that were in the top ten. Why is the QS World University ranking important? Because education is now global currency or one could say a global asset with the potential to yield benefits generationally. See my blog: “Intellectual Wealth and Education“.
“Admissions is a competitive sport! Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe
“We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge!”– Dr. Paul Lowe
“Parents hire us because they choose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.”– Dr. Paul Lowe