College Admissions: What’s Your WOW FACTOR?

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Over the past 10 years, I have been talking in my webinars/seminars and writing in my blogs about the WOW factor and its importance in successful college admissions acceptance!

As college admissions becomes increasingly more competitive, admissions officers and committees look beyond high GPAs, high standardized test scores, ESEs (expensive summer experiences), tailored resumes and achievements and seemingly amazing, but generic essays. Dr. Lowe and his team continue to use the Wow Factor Admissions Concept. with their clients.

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What’s your personal “Wow Factor” that will make you stand out and get accepted to the college of your choice? It’s a factor that your admissions officer will look for as well as discuss with the other admissions committee members as to the reason you should be accepted.

What is a personal “Wow Factor”? Your charisma, confidence, motivation, initial impression, appearance, communication skills, attitude, self-esteem, authenticity, presence, etiquette, manners, harmony, rhythm and vibe all contribute to your wow factor.  Your wow factor is what makes you different! It’s your distinguishing trademark, your personal brand that must be placed in a positive light to a committee of six to ten diverse people to get accepted. It’s the kind of aura that is genuine, authentic and resonates. To truly identify your WOW factor, you need an outside perspective, a third party, that understands how admissions committees will review your character.

It takes Dr. Lowe and his team hours to weeks discover and months to cultivate a client’s WOW factor. After that, we develop strategies to convey that brand to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and BS/MD programs.

Our admissions strategies help applicants spotlight their unique characteristic(s) that make admissions officers say Wow! We want this student!” 

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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.

Popular BS/MD Programs

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As we review BS/MD programs, where our clients have applied and have been accepted (and enjoyed the academic and campus experience), we have developed a list of “Popular BS/MD programs”

Here is our list of popular BS/MD programs based on our survey:

  1. Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)
  2. Boston University – Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program
  3. Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program
  4. Baylor2 Medical Track Program
  5. Case Western – Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine
  6. Penn State’s Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program
  7. University of Rochester – Rochester Early Medical Scholars
  8. RPI/Albany Medical College – Physician-Scientist Program
  9. Virginia Commonwealth University – Guaranteed Admission Program
  10. University of the Pittsburgh – School of Medicine Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP)
  11. Rutgers University – 7-Year BA/MD Joint Degree Program
  12. New Jersey Institute of Technology – New Jersey Medical School
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Dr. Lowe congratulates parents who support their children’s dreams


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“Valuable and trusted advice is needed to avoid mistakes” – Dr. Lowe

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.

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.

College Applications 2021-2022 Will Be Up: Our Clients Will Be Ready

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College applications are increasing based on the Common Application registrations. College applications soared for the 2021-22 school year as thousands of students are taking advantage of the SAT test-optional policy.

As more and more students apply, it will be more competitive (especially for Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs). In a USA Today article, “At selective schools “– where the acceptance rate is typically less than 50% – the spike was largest: Applications increased by an average of 21%.” Common App CEO Jenny Rickard said,

As a result, admissions officers/committees are assessing applicants by using a more holistic-team approach and assessing soft skills, often referred to as the “intangibles”. Students however bright: high GPA, SAT scores ACT scores (and in the case of BS/MD programs -research publications and hundreds of hours of shadowing) and polished resumes still lack the “je nais se quois” for acceptance to schools. Through our in-depth admissions strategies we develop and enhance our clients’ student profiles do that their “je nais se quois” is clearly conveyed in their WOW FACTOR.

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By understanding our clients, conveying their characteristics and achievements onto their applications and into their essays and understanding college-specific admissions expectations (through research and professional and network relationships), our clients gain a competitive edge and have successful admissions outcomes – acceptances!

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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

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.

2021 Top Boarding Schools In Massachusetts

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Each year, we take the opportunity to assess and visit top boarding schools in different states.

Massachusetts, although one of the smaller states, contains a large number of top boarding schools. These schools have excellent college matriculation rates to top colleges and universities.

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Here is a list of the Top 10 Boarding Schools in Massachusetts.

  • Phillips Academy
  • Groton School
  • Noble and Greenough School
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Milton Academy
  • Middlesex School
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Berkshire School
  • Dana Hall School
  • Miss Hall School

Boarding schools that we have listed above have 5 Things in Common that all top boarding schools have including but not limited to, enviable college admissions placement, contemporary facilities, small classes and an inclusive culture. Year after year, we have placed students in these boarding schools and they have provided positive feedback about their experiences!

If your goal is for your child to attend a top boarding school, in order for you to achieve your preferred outcome, consider the admissions experts – Dr. Lowe and his team for successful admissions.

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We are your ticket to admissions success!

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, uncertain and highly-selective admissions process!

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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.

U.S. News & World Report Best College Ranking: Top 20 in 2022

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The 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best College Ranking is out!  So many people say that it doesn’t matter where a student attends college as long as it’s a “good fit”. Really !!!!! Why are rankings used? Why are they so important? Because as a consumer-based society a college’s vision, supportive amenities, facilities, reputation, prestige and brand must meet our expectations. Since it is impossible for an applicant to experience everything a college has to offer prior to acceptance and enrollment, it is prudent to “kick the tires” by reviewing how colleges rank according to various criteria such as those provided by US News and other ranking services.

U.S. News rankings system rests on two pillar (1) Quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality and (2) U.S. News’ view of what matters in education.

Here are the top 20 colleges and universities.

1. Princeton University

2. Columbia University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Yale University

6. Stanford University and University of Chicago

8. University of Pennsylvania

9. California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University

13. Dartmouth College

14. Brown University and Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis

17. Cornell University and Rice University

19. University of Notre Dame

20. University of California – Los Angeles

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Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty? – Dr. Paul Lowe

Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

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.

Ivy League and Highly Selective Colleges – Total Costs

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As we enter into the height of the 2021-2022 admissions season, parents are calling and emailing our offices to inquire about our services. They are interested in Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities as well as BS/MD programs. Their focus is on admissions to these schools not the tuition and fees/room and board. Why? Because they are fully aware of the return-on-investment of the degrees from these institutions and BS/MD programs.

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Here is a list of figures that represent charges to first-time, full-time undergraduates based on the total of tuition and fees and room and board fees. The data is from a College Board-Annual Survey of College 2020.

  • Dartmouth College: $77,131
  • Columbia University: $76,920
  • UPenn: $76,826
  • Georgetown: $76.572
  • Brown: $76,504
  • Tufts: $76,492
  • Northwestern: $76,317
  • Duke: $76,270
  • Barnard College: $75,524
  • Boston College: $74,422
  • URochester: $75,338
  • Cornell: $75,162
  • Yale: $74,900
  • Boston University: $74,712
  • Carnegie Mellon: $74,474
  • Johns Hopkins: $74,310
  • CalTech: $74,199
  • Stanford: $73,424
  • RPI: $72,996
  • Harvard College: $72,391
  • Drexel: $72,246
  • Swarthmore: $71,310
  • MIT: $70,770

With total annual fees exceeding $70,000 per year, you would think that the application numbers would be down. On the contrary, based on our discussion with admissions officers and admissions administrators, we expect the number of applications to these top colleges to increase this year! College applications are expected to increase in these competitive colleges and universities.


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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

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.

Seeking BS/MD Admissions Help For Seniors In September? It’s Too Late

It’s mid-September, and we are currently receiving calls and emails from anxious parent of high school seniors requesting BS/MD Admissions help. Here is the problem for these parents (and students). It’s too late!

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Successful admissions – It’s all about timing and time management.

Valuable and trusted BS/MD help starts as early as middle school prior to high school. The optimum time to hire an educational consultant, who specializes in BS/MD admissions, is sophomore or junior year (when you see that the student is committed to being a doctor), they have at least one year of high school grades.

Not surprisingly, when we receive these calls, students sound exactly alike: high SAT/ACT scores, 4.3 and above weighted GPA, shadowing, published research paper (or two), a website indicating that they have helped socio-economically disadvantaged students.  Their achievements sound exactly alike; it is as though they have been reading the same books, visiting the same websites and talking with the same people.  Although these parents have yet to experience the outcome of this practice, it generally means they have prepared their children to be rejected from BS/MD programs and ivy league and highly selective colleges and universities.  By simply procrastinating, their mistakes are irreversible and irrevocable.  It is simply too late for our firm to correct their mistakes or make recommendations to enhance their student profiles.

BS/MD admissions is super-competitive.  We find ways through our experience and knowledge to help our clients stand out.  We know that our clients who have retained us from the sophomore or junior year will look and sound superior to other students. Our acceptance results speak to this!

Only first place wins in admissions!

My team and I prepare our clients to win first place (because there are no second or third place seats in competitive college and BS/MD admissions).

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In the admissions race, our clients are winners!

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Dr. Lowe congratulates parents who support their children’s dreams!
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“Valuable and trusted advice is needed to avoid mistakes” – Dr. Lowe

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.

Top Ten Boarding Schools in Connecticut 2021

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Each year, we review assess boarding schools in Connecticut. We talk with parents, data analytics and assess such factors as: College enrollment, Culture and Diversity, SAT/ACT scores, Student-teacher ratio, Client-surveys and data from the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. as well as international families we serve are always interested in top boarding schools and the superior admissions advisory and school placement services we provide.

Here are the top 10 Boarding Schools in Connecticut.

  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Taft School
  • The Loomis Chafee School
  • The Taft School
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Kent School
  • The Frederick Gunn School
  • The Canterbury School
  • Salisbury School
  • Suffield Academy

It’s important that you will need to consider the admissions experts – Dr. Lowe and his team for successful admissions.

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We are your ticket to admissions success!

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!

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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

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.

Ivy League Colleges/Universities – Endowments 2021

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A colleges endowment is intended to support current and future generations of their scholars with the resources needed to advance knowledge, research, and innovation. As such, endowment funds are used for the school’s normal operations and activities, including education, research, campus renewal, faculty work, and student financial aid. As a member of NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers), Dr. Lowe discusses endowments, development and gifts policies with universities. “It’ important to understand the business side of higher education” – Dr. Paul Lowe. The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a membership organization representing more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the country.

Here is a list of endowments of several colleges including Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities in billions of dollars, fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 (from the NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments):

  • Harvard U. – $40.5
  • Yale U. – $31.2
  • Princeton – $26.5
  • MIT – $18.4
  • UPenn – $14.8
  • Columbia – $11.2
  • Northwestern U. – 10.9
  • UChicago – $8.2
  • Cornell U. – $7.2
  • Johns Hopkins U. – $6.7
  • Dartmouth College – $5.9
  • Brown U. – $4.3
  • Carnegie Mellon U. – $2.6

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.

Boarding School Admissions Season 2021 -2022

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It is hard to believe that the 2021-2022 boarding school admissions season is just about here! Just 5 months ago our clients were receiving their acceptance notifications to schools like Exeter, Andover, Choate, Deerfield, Lawrenceville, Taft, Deerfield, Loomis, Hotchkiss and similar top schools.. Blog: Elite Boarding Schools Matter

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We are receiving calls from parents who are inquiring about retaining the services of an educational consultant for direct admissions to the ninth grade or for reapplication (because their child was rejected or waitlisted last admissions cycle.  Many parents were quite surprised when their child was either outright rejected or placed on (perpetual) waitlists.

Many top boarding schools, including Exeter, are now writing parents to let them know that they remain fully enrolled for (2021-2022) and as such, will be unable to offer admission to any students from our waiting list.

It’s important to note that this admissions cycle (2021-2022) will be hypercompetitive (domestic applications are expected to be up by 20 percent). Why? Because more parents became aware of the benefits and multiple advantages of a boarding school education for their children. A published article in the New York Times, “The Boarding-School Boom” confirmed what we have been advising our clients who have been accepted to top boarding schools… there is now hyper-competition in boarding school admissions.  Additionally, because of the high rejection (and waitlists) last year, more students are reapplying for ninth grade as well as 10th grade spots.

Many parents who believed that their child would be off the waitlist had to have their children attend a public school for the 9th grade and reapply for the 9th or 10th grade. We advise parents to consider using a private educational consultant who can assess their child’s student profile, review last year’s application (to find mistakes), understand the changing nuances in admissions and who have long standing relationships with admissions professionals at schools.

It’s important that you will need to consider the admissions experts – Dr. Lowe and his team for successful admissions.

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We Are Your Ticket To Admissions Success!

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!

Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

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.