Navigating BS/MD Admissions: A New Playbook

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Parents are facing the challenge of currently navigating the BS/MD admissions landscape. Incorrect decisions as to when, where and how to turn now results in shipwrecks: immediate rejection of their children after their years of planning. One incorrect extracurricular activity, one negative letter of recommendation, one incorrect sentence in an essay, one incorrect answer in an interview and one incorrect non-verbal cue and or perception will result in a REJECTION! It’s that competitive.

There are continuous fundamental shifts and uncertainty in BS/MD admissions. BS/MD programs are not just about high GPA and test scores, 3-5 page resumes, research and hours of shadowing. It’s now about the interrelated narrative of why you wish to be a doctor and how the student profile stands out, as well how it fits your narrative.

From what I have observed, parents are attempting to game the admissions landscape by using antiquated strategies from outdated books or visiting online communities which provide generic information. Even taking advice from last year’s accepted students can result in rejections!

The COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. economy, healthcare inequity, and student demographics and the number of BS/MD programs have changed the admissions landscape and even enrollment/admissions policies and goals at many schools. The recent closing of BS/MD programs is a testament to the changing landscape and will affect BS/MD admissions policies and goals.

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  • Query: What’s the new playbook?
  • Query: With factors such as VOLATILITY, UNCERTAINTY, the UNFORESEEN and the UNEXPECTED what are parents to do?
  • Query: What are parents to do, after spending considerable years of time and money in attempting to secure a future for their child, when they now face sudden changes in the educational and admissions environment years?

ANSWER: Hire a BS/MD admissions advisor who is an expert! We are the NEW PLAYBOOK


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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 gain admissions to BS/MD programs:| BS/MD Admissions Guru BS/MD Admissions Advisors.

College Admissions Advisors Complement/Augment High School Counselors

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.


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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

Multiple Ivy League Acceptances

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A recent Wall Street Journal article (April 22, 2022): “To Get Into the Ivy League, ‘Extraordinary’ Isn’t Always Enough These Days” by Douglas Belkin discussed the hyper-competition in college admissions.

I am proud and happy to report that several of our clients received acceptance letters from MULTIPLE Ivies!

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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!

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Many parents hire educational consultants in an attempt to maximize their children’s chances of admissions. Our clients retain Dr. Lowe and his team because of their PROVEN RESULTS.

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 on Our Clients’ Ivy League Acceptances – Class of 2026

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We have had another amazing year! We are so happy for our clients! We did it!

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Congratulations to our U.S. as well as international clients who were accepted to the following Ivy League colleges and universities: these colleges and universities!  It’s a celebration! Thanks for allowing us to help you stand out and get in!

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Princeton University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Special congratulations to our clients who were accepted to multiple Ivies!

You may ask how we can have such great results? Here are some reasons:

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.

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.

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Most applicants to Ivy League schools sound the same!  We help you “un-same” your application and stand out!

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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.  

30 Celebrities Who Are Ivy League Graduates – Undergrad

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Have you ever imagined which celebrities attended Ivy Leagues as undergraduates and graduated?

They studied hard (aced their courses), took AP exams and SATs, participated in extracurricular activities and applied Early Decision or Regular Decision. There applications were reviewed by admissions committees and they accepted! And some have graduated summa or magna cum laude!

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Here is a list of 30 celebrities who are Ivy League graduates (undergraduate):

  1. Elizabeth Banks (Penn)
  2. Angela Bassett (Yale)
  3. Julie Bowen (Brown)
  4. Connie Britton (Dartmouth)
  5. Dean Cain (Princeton)
  6. Anderson Cooper (Yale)
  7. David Duchovny (Princeton)
  8. Jodie Foster (Yale)
  9. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Columbia)
  10. Ed Harris (Columbia)
  11. Rashid Jones (Harvard)
  12. Colin Jost (Harvard)
  13. Ashley Judd (Harvard)
  14. Mindy Kaling (Dartmouth)
  15. Ellie Kemper (Princeton)
  16. John Krasinski (Brown)
  17. John Legend (Penn)
  18. Wentworth Miller (Penn)
  19. Edward Norton (Yale)
  20. B.J. Novak (Harvard)
  21. Bill Nye (Cornell)
  22. Conan O’Brien (Harvard)
  23. Natalie Portman (Harvard)
  24. Shonda Rhimes (Dartmouth)
  25. Tracee Ellis Ross (Brown)
  26. Brooke Shields (Princeton)
  27. Jenny Slate (Columbia)
  28. Julia Stiles (Columbia)
  29. Aisha Tyles (Dartmouth)
  30. Emma Watson (Brown)

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.  

Regular Decision Notification Dates: 2022

Based on our research and discussions with directors/deans of admissions and admissions officers, regular decision applicants (for the 2021-2022 admissions season) will be receiving their decision notifications in March and early April and it will be another highly competitive year!

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

  • Barnard College:  Late March 2022
  • Boston College:  Late March 2022
  • Boston University: April 2022
  • Brown University:  Late March 2022
  • Bucknell University:  April 1, 2022
  • California Institute of Technology: Mid-March 2022
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  April 1, 2022
  • Colgate University: Mid-March 2022
  • Columbia University:  Late March 2022
  • Cornell University:  Late March 2022
  • Dartmouth College:  Late March 2022
  • Duke University:  Late March 2022
  • Georgetown University:  April 1, 2022
  • Georgia Institute of Technology:  Late March 2022
  • Hamilton College:  Late March 2022
  • Harvard University:  Late March 2022
  • Johns Hopkins University:  Late March 2022
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Mid-March 2022
  • New York University:  Late March 2022
  • Northwestern University: Late March 2022
  • Princeton University: Late March 2022
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: March 12, 2022
  • Stanford University:  Early April 2022
  • Swarthmore College: Late March 2022
  • Tufts University:  April 1, 2022
  • University of Chicago:  Mid-March 2022
  • University of Michigan: Early April 2022
  • University of Notre Dame:  Late March 2022
  • University of Pennsylvania:  Late March 2022
  • University of Virginia:  April 1, 2022
  • Vanderbilt University:  April 1, 2022
  • Vassar College:  April 5, 2022
  • Villanova University:  April 1, 2022
  • Wesleyan University:  Late March 2022
  • Yale University:  Late March 2022

WHAT CAN YOU DO? For seniors, if you are rejected, you may want to begin to consider transferring (College Transfer Admissions Advisors). For current juniors, you may need to consider hiring an admissions expert who specializes in Ivy League admissions (Ivy League Admissions Advisors). Year after year, our clients are accepted to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs because they recognize the importance and the value that we add to their student profile. We are DIFFERENT and that makes us the BEST!

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Please bookmark this blog. We will update decision dates as soon as we hear from schools!


“Being different and understanding differences allow me to help our clients stand out and be accepted!” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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

“Parents hire us because they choose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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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.  

What Makes Us Different and Successful – Knowledge

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A common question I am often asked by parents, other educational consultants and even high school college counselors is: What makes our admissions advisory firm different than all the rest?  My explanation is long.  However, the part of the answer that really raises eyebrows pertains to our ability to thoroughly understand our clients in order to refine their personal brand and develop their WOW-Factor so that they can stand out and be accepted to their first-choice private school, boarding school, college and BS/MD program.  Of course, early planning and goal-setting are essential for ultimate success

Now, how do we successfully do this? My team and our unbelievable network of talent including The network brings Now how do we successfully do this? 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.

As we uncover the previously overlooked characteristics or accomplishments of our clients, the intellectual support of our comprehensive knowledge network helps to enhance their qualities, achievements and personal brand.  That may seem like a lot of talent for just getting admitted to the best educational institution, but to my firm and especially to my clients, it’s definitely worth it!

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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.  

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College Admissions: Now Is the Time To Consider Transferring

In our practice, we are increasingly seeing students who are making the decision to transfer while in their freshman and sophomore years.  Here are some of the main reasons I see why students decide to transfer:

  • They are unhappy:  Why remain in an environment for four years where you will be unhappy and miserable – and pay tuition, room and board that will cost you (or your parents) $200,000 – $250,000.
  • Fresh start:  From time to time, a student may have faced unexpected challenges and they desire a new college environment.
  • Institutional prestige:  You may be attending your safety school and you want a second chance for your preferred school or you were discouraged from applying to your dream school.  In any case, you desire what we call an UPGRADE.
  • Pre-graduate school preparation:  Your current college may not have a strong pre-law, pre-med or pre-business program needed for graduate school admissions preparation or employment.
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College Transfer: Time to UPGRADE to a different college!

Whatever the reason for transferring, the bottom line is that you need to develop an effective action plan to transfer. Consider seeking professional, expert advice:  Why?  In my professional experience, I find that prospective transfer students need to develop individualized, effective transfer plans and implement them.  As a transfer student, you no longer have the assistance of your public high school or private high school college counselor.  You will need an educational consultant who specializes in college transfer admissions.  You’re basically on your own in the transfer process that is even more competitive than when you applied to college the first time!


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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.  

Dr. Paul Lowe Named Official Admissions Expert

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Dr. Paul Lowe has been named the official admissions expert of Party with Moms, a digital media company celebrating and serving thousands of discerning mothers through relevant content. Each week, a different mom tells her story: entrepreneurs, bankers, authors, artists, marketers, doctors, lawyers, decorators and even some celebrities — ALL are MOMS, first and foremost.  PWM offers a parenting column, an early childhood column, a mindful parenting column and a college and private school admissions blog. 

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/boarding schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   

Dr. Lowe and his team embraces Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, their specialized knowledge and insight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes to help their clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success. 

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No other admissions consulting firm, with their team make up, has the historical, experiential and cultural perspectives that allow their clients to consistently win at the admissions game.


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BS/MD Admissions Program for Middle School Students

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Middle school is the perfect time to start college and BS/MD program planning! Starting the process before high school, gives parents (and students) more time to prepare for the competitive admissions process

Acceptance into BS/MD programs has become more difficult as more students apply and some programs are closing. It’s essential that parents develop pre-high school plans.

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We provide a 3-month enrichment program for parents of middle schoolers (grades 7 and 8) who wish to develop effective college admissions plans prior to their children entering high school. The program includes:

  • Personal Middle-School Comprehensive Assessment & Review.
  • Pre-high school student profile development.
  • High school course curriculum planning.
  • 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.

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Pre-high school planning is essential!

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“Valuable and trusted advice is needed to avoid mistakes” – 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 clients are international students who want to attend medical school from high school and then enter U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.

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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.