Regular Decision Notification Dates: 2019

It’s March 2019! That means that school seniors will begin to discovering, after all their hard work, where they will be accepted, wait-listed or rejected

Based on our research and discussions with directors of admissions, many colleges  regular admission decisions ready by March 31 or April 15.

Here are regular decision notification dates (and approximate times) for Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities:

  • Barnard College:  March 22, 2019
  • Bucknell University:  March 28, 2019
  • Brown University:  March 28, 2019
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  No later than April 15
  • Columbia University:  March 28, 2019
  • Cornell University:  March 28, 2019
  • Dartmouth University:  March 28, 2019
  • Duke University:  April 1, 2019
  • Georgetown University:  Late March
  • Georgia Institute of Technology:  March 9, 2019
  • Hamilton College:  March 20, 2019
  • Harvard University:  March 28, 2019
  • Johns Hopkins University:  March 15, 2019
  • Lehigh University:  Late March
  • MIT:  March 14, 2019 (Pi Day)
  • Northwestern University: Late March
  • Princeton University: March 28, 2019
  • Stanford University:  April 1, 2019
  • Swarthmore College: March 15, 2019
  • Tufts University:  April 1, 2019
  • University of Chicago:  Late March
  • University of Michigan: Late March
  • University of Notre Dame:  Late March
  • University of Pennsylvania:  March 28, 2019
  • University of Virginia:  Late March
  • Vanderbilt University:  April 1, 2019
  • Vassar College:  April 1, 2019
  • Villanova University:  Late March
  • Wesleyan University:  Late March
  • Yale University:  March 28, 2019

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

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.

2018 State of College Admissions Trends

 

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The 2018 State of College Admission report was recently released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  As an active member of NACAC, I have been reviewing this report that has been published over the last fifteen years.  The report is based on data collected from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Education Research Institute.

The State of College Admission Report provides up-to-date information on a number of issues that impact students’ transition from high school to post-secondary education, as well as the admission process for transfer students and international students attending post-secondary institutions in the United States. The report covers the recruitment strategies that colleges use to attract each group of prospective students and the process by which candidates are evaluated. The report also includes a chapter dedicated to school counseling in US secondary schools, given the integral role school counselors play in putting students on the path to post-secondary success.

Here are some interesting trends in college admissions and highlights of report:

College Applications: The increase in the number of colleges to which each student applies continues a near perfectly upward trend, which is reflected in college reports of increased application volume.  Growth in application volume continues: Between the Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 admission cycles, the number of applications from first-time freshmen increased 4 percent; applications from prospective transfer students increased by 3 percent; and international student applications increased by 8 percent, on average.  There is continued hyper-competition to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and BS/MD Programs.

Recruitment and Yield Strategies:  College admission offices use a variety of strategies to recruit prospective students, particularly those who would be likely to attend if admitted.  To recruit students, colleges use the following strategies: Email, institutional websites, hosting campus visits, outreach to parents and high school counselors, high school visits, and college fairs.  These strategies help schools attain their enrollment goals.

Factors in Admissions Decisions: The factors that admission officers use to evaluate student applications from first-time freshmen have remained largely consistent over the past 20 years. Students’ academic achievements—which include High School Curriculum, and Test Scores as Top Factors for First-Time Freshmen: The top factors in the admission decision were: overall high school GPA, grades in college preparatory courses, admission test scores, and strength of curriculum. Among the next most important factors were the essay, a student’s demonstrated interest, counselor and teacher recommendations, class rank and extracirricular activities. Admission decision factors for first-time international students are similar to those for domestic students, but the transfer admission decision process differs in significant ways.

Guidance Counseling Trends for College Admissions:  Post-secondary admission counseling is one of many functions of school counselors. On average, the time that public high school guidance counselors spend on college admissions: 21 percent, down from 26 percent in 2017. This demonstrates that high school guidance counselors are spending less time with students on college admissions.  See admissions blog: High School Guidance Counselors/College Admissions: Big Caseloads and Little Time

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: The American School Counselor Association recommends a 250-to-1 maximum student-to-counselor ratio.  New Hampshire and Vermont—had ratios below this maximum.  Data regarding the extent to which college advising is part of counselors’ job responsibilities showed the average student-to-college counselor ratio was 297-to-1.  With this ratio, it implies that high school guidance counselors have little time to provide individualized attention to students applying to college.

“Year after year, I hear the horror stories from parents whose kids got in nowhere because they thought the college admissions race was just about grades, SAT scores, their perceived  ‘unique’ applications, generic essays and perfect connections.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

“Top qualified applicants, after all their hard work (and parents’ work) and preparation deserve the best and should not settle for less.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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

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.

It’s A New Admissions Year – 2019

Welcome to Dr.Paul Lowe’s Admissions Expert Blog – 2019

My team and I have been visiting elite private schools, colleges, BS/MD programs, medical, law and graduate schools since late December and January.

Parents and students are constantly in the throes of the journey for:

  • Private School Admissions:  The application deadline for the top and competitive day and boarding schools was January 15th.  Admission decisions will be available online by March 9th for boarding schools.
  • College Admissions:  Early decision and action acceptances, rejection and deferred notices have been sent to students.  It’s time for high school seniors to think about what to do next regarding post-decision strategies.  Final decisions: March -April.  For high school juniors, you’ll be hearing from colleges in 12 months! For 2019, expect an increase in international student applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.
  • Transfer Admissions:  Most applications are due in March.  Therefore, it’s time to complete applications and most importantly it’s time to complete those personal statements.  The transfer application this year has several changes!
  • BS/MD Admissions:  Competition for coveted spots is heightened based on the increased number of applicants this year.  Expect an increase in the number of rejected applicants.
  • Medical School Admissions: College juniors should begin to draft their personal statements, schedule to take their MCATs no later than May and obtain letters of recommendation.  Also, the new AAMC guidelines may affect the decision-making process considerably!
  • Law School Admissions:  Senior year – If you’re still in college, have your college Registrar submit updated transcript that reflects your Fall semester grades and
  • Graduate School Admissions:  Junior year – Start your search on graduate school programs. Once you have conducted your thorough searches for prospective institutions, make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all down or put them on a spreadsheet. Graduate school enrollment continues to increase! Overall application volumes to graduate programs are steady and there is an expected increase from the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe regions.  

Each year, admissions policies and strategies change, so stay tuned for my upcoming, informative, helpful and thought-provoking admissions blogs!

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

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. 

4 Reasons Why Dr Lowe’s Clients are Accepted to BSMD Programs

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I have been an admissions advisor with specializing in BS/MD admissions for over 20 years.  Many parents call my firm often shopping for free advice in the attempt to see if they can garner information.  The parents who retain us know that valuable advice is not free!  They also are aware that by hiring our personalized services their children will have a competitive advantage in the BS/MD admissions process.  When our clients are accepted into BS/MD programs and their classmates are not, it speaks volumes to our firms collective knowledge insight and understanding of the “landmines” in the application process.  Our client-parents are happy and overjoyed when they know that after years of hard work their children can be called “Dr.” as high school seniors!

There are actually 4 reasons why our clients have a competitive edge and we have a very high acceptance rate.

  1. When we are finished with counseling our clients they stand out and don’t sound like the typical BS/MD applicant: high GPA’s, high SAT scores, scientific ad medical research, shadowed doctors, seemingly great letter of recommendations, expensive summer programs, “voluntouring” and boring.  We develop our clients’ unique rhythm, vibe and voice.
  2. Many parents wait and call us when the student is a high school senior.  I guess it’s their attempt to bargain hunt?  By then, the student already sounds just like every one else and have made all the irrevocable mistakes. There is nothing we can do for them at that point. It’s just too late. The damage has already been done.  By then, we can not change the imperfections that will appear on their Common Applications.  Our clients retain us between their child’s freshman and junior year.
  3. Many parents retain educational consultants who are part-timers in BS/MD admissions (doctors-in-training) or who never continually visit colleges and universities BS/MD programs.  My team and I continually visit colleges and universities.
  4. We know how to avoid the application mistakes that can cause a BS/MD applicant to be instantly rejected.  Trust me, there are hundreds of opportunities to make mistakes!

 

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Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul 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.  Summer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp and Ivy League Application Boot Camp.

Top BS/MD Programs for International Students

We have been receiving increased number of phone calls and emails from international anxious students and their parents regarding the combined BS/MD programs that will consider them.

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For international students it allows matriculation in both an undergraduate and graduate school and increases the opportunity for medical residency in the U.S. which is in and of it self extremely competitive.  International as well as US. applicants to these programs prefer high-paying specialties: cardiology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery cardio-thoracic surgery, urology, plastic surgery and otolaryngology.

 “International student view BS/MD programs as a way not only to achieve their career goals, but also to become U.S. doctors and practice medicine the U.S.  It’s a career, financial and citizenship triple-play and we help them achieve all three simultaneously.” – Dr. Paul Lowe CEO/founder of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group and managing director of BS/MD Admissions Advisors.

“As a result of our success with international students, we are seeing even more interest in our BS/MD services by U.S. high school students and their parents”, said Dr. Nadine Cartwright-Lowe, co-managing director, BS/MD Admissions Advisors and a 1985 graduate of Brown PLME.  “We place more students in Brown’s PLME program because it’s the only BS/MD that is an Ivy League and favorably considers international students. 

What are the top and therefore most competitive BS/MD Programs for international students:

 

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When it comes to BS/MD programs, having a high GPA, a top SAT score, science research, shadowing doctors or  volunteering to help the disadvantaged isn’t enough.  You need a college -BS/MD application with a “WOW FACTOR” if you want to stand out.

College and BS/MD admissions officers read thousands of applications for eight to ten hours a day.  After a while, many applications start to look alike.  You have to come alive in the application if you want to be noticed. This means telling a riveting and cohesive story that shows you’re a real person, rather than a few sheets of paper that make you sound just like every other high achieving student with top grades, test scores; performs research, shadows doctors and helps the disadvantaged.

BS/MD Admissions Advisors offers access to a unique methodology for creating standout applications for international students applying to BS/MD programs.

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Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul 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.  Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions client are international students who want to attend medical school- from-high school and then enter U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.  Application help only: BS/MD Application Tune-Up.

Brown University PLME: The Best of Both Worlds

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Brown University’s 8-year combined BS/MD program is the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!

Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) is the only Ivy League – BS/MD program.  On the undergraduate side, through its Open Curriculum, it allows students the academic freedom to enroll in the courses that interest them rather than a “premed curriculum” PLME also does not require its students to take the MCAT and the only academic requirement is that a minimum 3.0 GPA be maintained in biology courses.  PLME is also one of the few BS/MD programs that accepts international students.

PLME students may choose any one of the nearly 100 departmental and interdepartmental concentration programs offered at the University.  PLME students complete a four-year undergraduate program by receiving a A.B. or Sc.B. degree.  Students can then proceed directly to Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

For the class of 2022, of 2,629 applicants to PLME, only 88 students were admitted to, a 3-percent admission rate.  It goes without saying that the students admitted to this program are among the best and brightest in the world!

What makes Brown University PLME the top and most prestigious BS/MD program?

  • Ivy League
  • Open Cirriculum
  • No MCAT requirement
  • Accepts international students

At BS/MD Admissions Advisors, we know Brown!  Unlike other educational consultants, we constantly visit Brown and understand the nuances and changes in its admission policies.  Our BS/MD admissions experts:  Dr. Paul Lowe is a Brown graduate and Dr. Nadine Cartwright-Lowe is a Brown PLME graduate, an active alumni and a licensed internist.

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Christina Paxson, President of Brown University with Dr. Lowe at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown

Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul 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.  Summer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp and Ivy League Application Boot Camp.

BS/MD Programs Which Don’t Require the MCAT

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One of the main reasons students choose BS/MD programs is to avoid the dreaded and hyper-competitive application process to medical schools.  And a part of that process is the MCAT exam.  There are schools who require the MCAT and there are schools which don’t.

Here is a list of some BS/MD Programs which don’t require the MCATs:

  • Brown University PLME
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Eastern Carolina University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Albany Medical College
  • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
  • St. Bonaventure University/George Washington School of Medicine
  • Siena College/Albany Medical College
  • Texas Tech University
  • Union College/Albany Medical College
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Sciences in Philadelphia/Commonwealth Medical College
  • University of Texas Dallas/University of Teas Southwestern
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington University

Many of our clients prefer these schools, however, I encourage them to consider BS/MD programs not just based on their MCAT requirement.  As a result of our successful admissions strategies we know that, in the end, our client-parents can call their children “Dr” in their senior year of high school.

Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul 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.  Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions client are international students want to attend medical schools from high school and then entire U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.  Summer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp.  Special program: BS/MD Application Tune-Up.

6-Year BS/MD Programs

BS/MD programs come in all sizes.  Six, seven and eight year programs.  What we have discovered is that six-year Combined BS/MD programs streamline the process of applying of becoming a doctor even faster!

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Here is a list of 6-year BS/MD Programs:

  • California Northstate University BS/MD
  • Howard University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas JAMP
  • Kent State University
  • University of Missouri Kansas City

Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul 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.  Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions client are international students want to attend medical school from high school and then entire U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.  Application help only: BS/MD Application Tune-Up.

Why You Need a BS MD Admissions Advisor

I often receive phone calls from parents inquiring about our BS/MD admissions advisory services.  They subsequently decide to send their child’s high school transcripts and resumes.  On paper (two dimensionally), everything seems perfect: high grades and SAT scores, difficult courses, multiple awards, first place in music, art and/or dance competitions, amazing research projects, mini-medical school camps and shadowing doctors (and we a talking high school sophomores here).

What these parents fail to see is that they have encouraged their children to sound exactly the same (no matter how seemingly impressive) as every other BS/MD applicant.  My team and I ask ourselves: “Are these parents reviewing the same websites, talking with the same people and following the same playbook?”

I often follow up and call these parents who did not retain our services and discover that all their children were not accepted to BS/MD programs and worse, were accepted to second and third-tier colleges.  What’s amiss here?  Is there a correlation here?  Why is that?

Parents actually believe that high school guidance and college counselors and educational consultants who DO NOT specialize in BS/MD Admissions understand the nuances of BS/MD programs, visit BS/MD programs and are doctors who have been through the selective process of BS/MD programs or medical school admissions.  Additionally, they seek free resources.  I stand by the adage: “You get what you pay for.”

Many parents assume that they have the experience and knowledge to do BS/MD admissions on their own.  As a professional admissions advisor, I believe that it’s important to talk with someone who has the experience and know what he/she are doing, especially when it’s about your child’s future!  Studies show that mistakes are inevitable when people are convinced that they believe they know what they are doing when in fact they have no idea what they are doing.

Is hiring a BS/MD admissions advisor a worthwhile investment?

When your child has a GPA of 4.0 or higher, SAT I’s of 1550 or higher, SAT II’s of 800, and a 3 page resume, it’s logical to believe that he/she has everything necessary to be accepted into BS/MD programs.  However, statistically and unfortunately, that is not the case and many students end up being rejected from every BS/MD program to which they apply and attend second-tier or third tier colleges.  Therefore, to achieve the admissions goal, rather than play the odds, it is logical to engage an expert.

What I observe, is that parents play the odds and after all their children’s (and their) hard work, they bet incorrectly and LOSE BIG!

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I guess the real question here is:  Why would highly educated parents knowingly bet and gamble on their children’s educational future and life, to have their children REJECTED, by not hiring an expert?

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Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

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

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 AdvisorsSummer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp and Ivy League Application Boot Camp.

It’s Getting Tougher to Get into BS/MD Programs

Is it getting tougher to get into BS/MD programs?  Absolutely!

I’ve read on several websites that have stated “no”, “it’s not significantly different from prior years”, or “it’s easier to get into these programs”.  Rather than assuming this or just writing a book about BS/MD programs we actually visit these programs.  After our extensive research, review and visits, we have concluded it’s getting harder!

Why?  Here are a couple of reasons:  (1) More students are applying as a result of the Common App and easier access to apply.  (2) It’s getting tougher to get into medical school so more students are attempting to enter the medical field through the BS/MD route, a trickle down effect.  (3) More students sound exactly alike, so it’s so much easier for applicants to be rejected in bulk!

Since more students are applying and the number of spots remains unchanged, the rejection rates are higher.  They range from 92% to 98%.    We are even hearing about “perfect” applicants being rejected.  The typical “perfect” applicant: High GPA, at least 10 AP courses, high SATs, musical, artistic and/or athletic extracurricular activities, research/clinical internships, shadowing doctors, helping the poor or starting an not-for-profit organization to help the poor.

Why are so many “perfect” applicants being rejected?  It’s because they sound perfectly the same (contrived) on paper!  Their parents are under the impression that their children are superstars.  The fact is that they are all simply baseline in the BS/MD application process.  Their applications lack color, rhythm, Wow-Factor, and personalized configuration.

Our offices usually receive calls or emails from parents who want their children to attend BS/MD programs.  After they describe their children’s’ resumes, predictably naming all their achievements, they “sound” like perfect candidates.  After we explain to them our fees, many never follow through (which actually places our clients at an advantage). When we do follow up a year later, we discover that these perfect candidates are not only rejected from BS/MD programs, but also Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.   Our clients happily have the choice of whether to attend a BS/MD program or Ivy League and highly selective universities.

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

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 AdvisorsSummer Camps:  BS/MD Application Boot Camp and Ivy League Application Boot Camp.