Class of 2024 Total Admissions Rates

It’s April and all the Ivies and highly competitive colleges and universities have notified applicants of their decisions.  Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, college admissions offices are in operation.  For some of the Ivies and selective colleges the admissions rates have slightly increased.  The reality is that even with these small increases, it’s still hyper-competitive to gain admissions to these schools.  For example, Harvard’s admit rate was 4.9%, up from 4.6% last year.  However, the 4.9% indicates that 1,980 applicants were admitted of the 40,248 who applied or 38,368 (95.4%) applicants were rejected!  Yale’s admit rate was 6.54% up from 5.91% last year.  Therefore, the 5.1% represents 2,304 accepted applicants of the 35,220 who applied or 32,916 (94.8%) applicants who were rejected.

The coronavirus pandemic may have disrupted college tours, SAT test dates, and high school in-person classes, but not college admissions activity! The fundamentals of college committee assessment and selection are the same: they will be selecting the best students who will be contributing to their individual college communities and mission.

If you are a high school junior and will start the application process in 6 months, admissions committees will be evaluating your applications! You should prepare accordingly!

Here are this year’s total admissions rates for Ivy League and some of the highly selective colleges and universities (last year’s rates are in red):

  • Boston College:  24% | 27.1%
  • Boston University:  18.5% | 18%
  • Bowdoin College:  8.3% | 8.9%
  • Brown University:  6.9% | 6.6%
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  TBA
  • Colby College: 9.4% | 9.6%
  • Columbia University:  6.1% | 5.3%
  • Cornell University:  TBA
  • Dartmouth College:  8.8% | 7.9%
  • Duke University:  7.7% | 7.4%
  • Harvard University:  4.92% | 4.6%
  • Johns Hopkins University:  8.8% | 9.1%
  • MIT:  7.2% | 6.6%
  • New York University:  15% | 16%
  • Princeton University:  5.55% | 5.8%
  • Swarthmore College:  8.8% | 8.7%
  • University of Chicago:  TBA | 5.9%
  • University of Pennsylvania:  8.0% | 7.4%
  • University of Southern California: 16% | 11%
  • University of Virginia:  20.5% | 24.3%
  • Yale University:  6.54% | 5.91%

This year, all of our clients were accepted into their top-choice colleges including Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.  In fact, several of our clients were accepted to two or more Ivies!

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.

Coronavirus Effect on College Admissions: What You Need to Know

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“To see the world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower;

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.”

     – William Blake

Understanding facts of any situation is essential to one’s ability to analyze that situation for a positive outcome.  So before getting into the ramifications of “the coronavirus” in college admissions, we’ll look at the pertinent facts.  Let’s first define the name of the virus:  The new virus is called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 or SARS-CoV-2.  The disease caused by the new virus has been designated COVID -19 (COrona VIrus Disease 19 – because the year it emerged was 2019).  It’s known to infect humans causing respiratory tract illness (upper respiratory, as well as lower respiratory illness which could be fatal), and to date there is no vaccine to protect people from COVID-19.

This virus has not been seen in humans before and scientists are still learning specifics about the disease.  It has been found to be highly contagious, spreading by small droplets and contact, and is potentially particularly virulent in certain demographics.  Thus, the reactions we see in the news regarding the attempts to control the spread the disease.  We find ourselves in a place where the world is attempting to slow the spread of the disease as scientists attempt to develop vaccines and treatments.  Current efforts in effect in the United States and other parts of the world are an attempt to control community spread.  Because of these attempts, educational institutions and facilities have taken drastic steps in order to help control of the spread.

Current effects:

  • Public high schools as well as private high schools are closed, making it difficult for students to meet with guidance counselors for college planning.
  • For students applying to BSMD programs, it’s a whole NEW competitive admissions environment!
  • Colleges are cancelling in-person classes and shifting to online platforms or learning management systems.
  • Students are being asked to leave campuses and dormitories are being closed.  Some colleges have already cancelled or postponed graduation ceremonies.
  • Many colleges have moved classes online and some have directed students not to return after spring break.
  • Most institutions have barred staff from college-related travel as the coronavirus spreads.
  • May 1, the national deposit deadline for applicants, has been pushed back by a month.
  • SAT’s (Scholastic Assessment Tests) are cancelled through May.
  • National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has made the decision to cancel all Spring National College Fairs.
  • International high school students who wish to study in the U.S. are facing numerous challenges regarding school closures, cancellation of testing dates, and more. The biggest impact may be on students’ abilities to get a visa for the fall semester because of delays in visa interviews or border closures.
  • TOEFL testing dates have been canceled or postponed in several countries.

Despite these drastic changes, it should be understood that colleges and universities plan to continue their missions to provide the best education possible for their students.  Furthermore, even in the face of a pandemic, college admissions will continue.  Based on my experience, extensive historical research, along with emails and Skype discussions with admissions officers, the college admissions process is continuing.  High school seniors are and will still be receiving decisions throughout March and early April.

Many of my clients have emailed us to request additional advice in this environment of online classes, extended school vacations and online test assessments.  We advise our clients accordingly as they continue their college admission preparation.  For many students (and parents), there is uncertainty, anxiety and fear as they shift to distance learning.  Evaluation of scholastic achievements through distance learning is not a novel experience for college admissions personnel or my firm.  We have advised and continue to advise international as well as U.S. home-schooled clients.  I can assure you, with certainty, that there are unique opportunities, educational benefits and admissions advantages to online learning.  All of our home-schooled clients have been admitted to their top-choices colleges, including the Ivies and highly selective colleges and universities.

For our current clients, we continue to develop new strategies.

  • For high school seniors, no senioritis – schools can still rescind your decisions, so even with online courses, you must continue to do well.
  • For juniors, most in their third quarter or beginning their third trimester, with regard to your college admissions profile, you must still develop ways to stand out.

In addition to home consultations, we have always complemented our personalized service by communicating with our clients remotely via Skype or Zoom.  COVID-19 has not disrupted our long-standing routine.   For our international as well as U.S. families, it’s business as usual.  We continue to communicate remotely.

This new situation makes high school students and their parents anxious or unnerved.  The reality still exists that you are still COMPETING with other students for those coveted spots at Ivies and highly selective colleges and universities.

For our part, we will continue to use our experience, admissions strategies and analytics to review all the nuances and consequences of COVID-19 in the college admissions process.  Given the ever-changing nature of the conditions surrounding the virus, we prepare our clients for all possible scenarios.  We focus on positive results and outcomes.  We continue, as we always have, to plan for the unexpected.  We use our team’s diverse background and collective effort to navigate uncertainties.  We problem-search as well as problem-solve.

We advise our clients that COVID-19 has not stopped college admissions, especially to the Ivies and highly competitive college and universities.  Understanding that school closures may impact college counseling and support (at public as well as private boarding and day high schools) during the application process, we have implemented more college counseling support services to help our students.  By doing all of the above, students will be successfully prepared for the college admissions process as we overcome the COVID-19.

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.

 

College Admissions Officers Are Checking Applicants’ Social Media Profiles

So you thought that your Instagram, tweet or Facebook Youtube, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitch were safe?  Think again!  What about the posts of your friends?

According to a recent Kaplan Test survey that polled nearly 300 college admissions officers, 36% of them looked at applicants’ social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn more about the applicant.  When my team and I visit schools and have discussions with admissions they do admit that they review applicants’ social media platforms.

So, do colleges look at social media? Yes. In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive materials are found. When Harvard discovered offensive material being posted to a group chat by incoming freshman, it rescinded acceptance  letters to 10 accepted applicants!

Because Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities receive so many qualified applications, they’re typically looking at social media to see if it tips the scales in anyone’s favor.  So be careful!

So the question you need to ask is does my social media profile affect college decision outcomes?  What do you think?

We provide a social media review and analysis (SMRA) for our clients.

“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

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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: 2020

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It’s March 2020! That means that high school seniors will begin to discover, after all their hard work, where they will be accepted, wait-listed or rejected.

Based on our research and discussions with directors/deans of admissions and admissions officers, many colleges  regular admission decisions ready throughout 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
  • Boston College:  March 19, 2020
  • Boston University: March 20, 2020
  • Bucknell University:  April 1
  • Brown University:  March 26, 2020
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  No later than April 15
  • Columbia University:  March 26, 2020
  • Cornell University:  March 26, 2020
  • Dartmouth University:  March 26, 2020
  • Duke University:  April 1, 2020
  • Georgetown University:  April 1, 2020
  • Georgia Institute of Technology:  March 14, 2020
  • Hamilton College:  March 19, 2020
  • Harvard University:  March 26, 2020
  • Johns Hopkins University:  March 13, 2020
  • Lehigh University:  Late March
  • MIT:  March 14, 2020 (Pi Day)
  • New York University:  April 1, 2020
  • Northwestern University: Late March
  • Princeton University: March 26, 2020
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: March 7, 2020
  • Stanford University:  April 1, 2020
  • Swarthmore College: By April 1, 2020
  • Tufts University:  By April 1, 2020
  • University of Chicago:  March 13, 2020
  • University of Michigan: Late March
  • University of Notre Dame:  Late March
  • University of Pennsylvania:  March 26, 2020
  • University of Virginia:  April 1, 2020
  • Vanderbilt University:  April 1, 2020
  • Vassar College:  Late March
  • Villanova University:  Late March
  • Wesleyan University:  Late March
  • Yale University:  March 26, 2020

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

“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

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

Brown University Midyear and Transfer Admissions

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On January 21, Brown University had its ceremonial procession through the Van Wickle Gates.

This unique procession involved 51 transfer and 6 visiting students who started their classes at Brown, become a part of the Brown community and enjoy the Brown academic and social experiences.

The Mid-Year Transfer Program is designed specifically for incoming sophomores.  To be eligible for transfer admission to Brown, a student must have completed at least one full year of college study (or its equivalent) before their planned matriculation at Brown.

This year, all of our clients who applied to Brown’s Midyear transfer program were accepted!

Congratulations to students and their parents!

Our parents-clients are happy, overjoyed and excited that they can now call their sons and daughters – Brown University students and future alumni!

“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

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

GUARANTEE – What This Really Means!

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There can be confusion and assumptions with the use of the word guarantee.  This can be particularly true when one associates the word “guarantee” with the word “admission”. In the college admissions industry, no one can guarantee admissions to any college or university.

As an active member of several professional trade associations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling, (NACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), according to their Standard, Practices and Ethics, it is a clear and accepted directive that one cannot guarantee admissions to universities.

NACAC, in its Statement of Principles of Good Practice Mandatory Practices states:  “All members agree they will not guarantee admission or specific college placement”.   HECA, in its statement of Standards and Ethics (Code of Conduct for Individual Consultants) states: “In the conduct of their practice, HECA members shall: Not make any written or verbal guarantee of college admission or placement.”

HOWEVER…..let’s tell you what our GUARANTEE would mean to you.

We GUARANTEE:

  • That you will work directly with admissions expert and independent educational consultant, Dr. Paul Lowe.
  • That we abide by professional and ethical standards of membership organizations in college admissions.
  • That we provide our concierge-type admissions advisory service.
  • That we will develop winning admissions advisory strategies personalized for our clients.
  • For international students, that we know and understand how international students are assessed and evaluated, given a potentially divergent secondary school curriculum.
  • That we continually visit Ivy League and highly selective schools and understand their changing admissions policies and missions.
  • That we will work efficiently, rapidly, efficiently, and diligently with our clients.
  • That we continually communicate with our clients and provide unlimited correspondence throughout our admissions advisory assignments.
  • That we supplement, complement and add value to the efforts of public high school counselors and private high school college counselors because we work one-on-one with students.
  • That our strategic vision allows us to create, design and develop a compelling, authentic and distinctive personal brand for each of our clients.  This vision elevates and differentiates our clients in the competitive admissions environment.
  • That we add soul, pizazz, jazz, hip-hop, rhythm, groove, vibe, funk and collaborative syncopation to your application so that it stands out – that’s how we roll!
  • That we understand the dynamics of proper etiquette, manners and body language in successful college admissions.
  • That we identify details that may be overlooked and help you find and avoid irreparable mistakes that would cause you (your application) to be rejected.
  • That the cultural, intellectual, racial, and professional diversity within our firm helps us identify what makes our clients stand out!  The DIVERSITY COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE of our firm adds amazing colorfulness, tone, hue, shade, enthusiasm, creativity and energy to our client’s and their applications!…That’s why they are different and can stand out far above other applicants!

Our foresight, insight, research, admissions experience and proprietary approach GUARANTEES our high quality and advice which results in the year-to-year admissions success of our clients.

Simply put, our enviable and unparalleled admissions experience is your GUARANTEE for quality and results.

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“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

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

Class of 2024 Early Admissions Rates

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The results are out for the college class of 2024 for several Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.  What we are discovering from parents who are calling us as to what happened is that students (and their parents) who believed that was just high GPA, top SAT scores, high grades and a manufactured application and personal statement have now discovered that it’s not all about that!

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Even though the number of early applicants have decreased in some schools (Harvard, Duke and UPenn, to date), its still hypercompetitive to gain acceptance into these schools.

It has been a wonderfully satisfying early action/early decision season.  This year, 100% of our students who applied early decision/action to their top-choice schools, including Harvard, Brown, Yale, UPenn, Columbia and Dartmouth, were accepted!  How do we achieve our successful outcomes?  We work continually to know and understand our clients; we utilize this knowledge and couple it with our specialized awareness of how to make them stand out; we understand the changing admissions landscape better than high school guidance counselors, private school college counselors, and many independent educational consultants; and we continually visit schools to learn about their admissions policies and missions, which, in today’s world, has seemingly become a continuously evolving landscape.  Most importantlyour admissions strategies work!

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Here is a list of the Class of 2024 Early Action/Decision Acceptance Rates and the number of accepted applicants at several schools (We will have additional rates as more information becomes available):

  • Harvard – 13.9%
  • Yale – 13.8%
  • Princeton – TBA
  • Brown – 17.5%
  • Dartmouth – TBA
  • UPenn – 19.7%
  • Cornell – 23.8%
  • MIT – TBA
  • Duke – 20.6%
  • Johns Hopkins – TBA

“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

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

Early Action and Early Decision Dates for 2019-2020 College Applicants

It’s the 2019-2020 Early Decision and Early Action season!   Competition to Ivy League and highly selective college remain high.  Therefore, expect many applicants with high SAT/ACT scores, high grades and seemly perfect applications and personal statements to be rejected or deferred to the regular decision pool.

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

  • Barnard College:  Mid-December
  • Boston College:  December 5 (EA I)
  • Boston University:  December 15
  • Brown University:  Mid-December
  • Cal Tech:  Mid-December
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  December 15
  • Columbia University:  December 12
  • Cornell University:  December 12
  • Dartmouth University:  Mid-December
  • Duke University:  December 15
  • Georgetown University:  December 15
  • Hamilton College:  December 15
  • Harvard University:  Mid-December
  • Johns Hopkins University:  December 13
  • MIT:  December 14
  • New York University:  December 15 (ED I)  February 14 ED II)
  • Northwestern University:  Mid December
  • Notre Dame University:  Mid-December
  • Princeton University:  December 12
  • Stanford University:  By December 12
  • Swarthmore College:  By December 15
  • Tufts University:  Mid-December
  • University of Michigan:  By December 24
  • University of Pennsylvania:  December 16
  • Yale University:  December 16

 

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge!– 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

Tolerance of Differences in Education and Beyond

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Some people view DIVERSITY as a nebulous and intangible descriptor, a court-ordered societal mandate or, in some cases, even unconstitutional.  In truth, our differences represent an invaluable asset and in the economic sense has been proven to provide an unlimited ROI.

Every person is a unique individual.  Yes, we have commonalities. But the differences make life challenging, interesting and a learning experience.  These are the qualities that keep us moving forward, progressing and improving life.

Some differences are easily recognized.  Some differences go unnoticed unless there is a direct interaction.  (For example, can you recognize a deaf person in a crowd?) The question is do you embrace difference and try to learn from it?  Or do you just ignore it?  Do you find the positive qualities in all the people that you meet?  Are you a tolerant individual?  Educational institutions (especially Ivy League and highly selective ones) expect their applicants to not be fearful of our interconnected and constantly changing global society.

Some people may believe that living in small, homogeneous and insular communities is best.  But in truth, diversity has always been America’s greatest asset!  It is exemplified in the evolution of our American language, music, art, architecture, math, science and dance.  It is what has allowed our innovations and our artistic and cultural leadership.  Diversity was a necessary precondition to the formation of our democracy, The United States of America, and has provided the impetus for engagement in the full kaleidoscope of “The American Culture”.

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Intolerance in education is like placing a wall between you and what is to be learned.  In fact, intolerance in scholastic and academic circles is viewed as ignorance and intellectual ineptitude. Tolerance of differences helps us to learn more and to succeed globally.   This is one of the important reasons why colleges embrace diversity and why authentic, meaningful interaction and immersion in different communities are important realities of our clients’ college admissions journey and success!

 

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

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.

Party With Moms Interviews Admissions Expert Dr Paul Lowe

Remy Cook, CEO of Party with Moms:  Dr. Paul Lowe is managing director of Greenwich Admissions Advisors, a boutique firm that helps place students into top-flight schools.   I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Lowe and discuss his firm and business philosophy.

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Generally, Lowe helps clients who are applying to elite universities, private schools and medical schools. For the consulting services provided, Lowe charges a flat fee that ranges from $5,000 to as to high as $250,000, depending on the type of specialized admissions or strategic advisory service.

PWM: How did you get into this line of work?

Dr. Lowe: I was a physician-scientist, worked on Wall Street for a year and was a serial entrepreneur.  During this time, I also was a Brown University alumni interviewer. I discovered as a Brown interviewer that applicants, regardless of their socio-economic status, were not really prepared for the competitive college application process.  I became a college admissions adviser specializing in Ivies and top-tier colleges about 21 years ago and branched out to elite and prestigious private day and boarding schools 11 years ago.

PWM: What schools do you primarily focus on? 

Dr Lowe: We focus on Ivy League colleges and universities, top private day and boarding schools, top graduate and medical schools and BS MD programs.  The Elite Eight: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell and UPenn, and the top-tier schools like Duke, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, MIT, etc.  My wife, three children and I were all accepted to and attended the Ivies, so that’s what I know and believe in. As an African-American family, with West Indian heritage (I was born in Jamaica), it’s always been important to us to focus on achieving the very best, and education is very important.  It’s the ultimate American dream, and now international dream as well, to attend an Ivy League school and a top private school.

PWM: Why the Ivy League and private schools?

Dr. Lowe: I often hear parents and even other independent educational consultants say it’s about the fit.  For many people, especially the clientele with whom I interact, so-called prestige and brand-name schools are important to them because they know they can have an education where they are surrounded by exceptional students and faculty.  So, they strive for the very best possible education, then they find the fit among those institutions.  Many years ago, I had a client and she was just a superstar. She was admitted to multiple Ivies; she chose Dartmouth because she was an outdoorsy-type athlete. She loved to ski and hike and climb mountains, so that was a better fit for her than Harvard, Yale, Brown or Columbia.

PWM: What is your admissions strategy?

Dr. Lowe: That begins with who I am.  Being African American, Ivy League-trained, having knowledge of several languages (and cultures) and being a jazz musician allows me to understand and interpret people.  Successful admissions is about understanding, appreciating and respecting different nuances in cultures, ethnicities and human nature. It’s about a thorough analysis and interpretation of the changes in business, economic, socio-political and admissions trends. It’s an art as well as a science mixed in with insight, foresight and experience.  Being different in this industry (Lowe laughs), and appreciating and embracing the challenges of being different allow me and my team to help my clients stand out and get accepted into their top-choice schools.  When I walk into certain situations, based on people’s reactions and non-verbal cues, I feel and know that I am perceived as different. I use that art and sensitivity to help my clients successfully stand out.

PWM: What type of strategic services do you provide?

Dr. Lowe: In addition to traditional college admissions, we also provide concierge strategic consulting services to legacy, development and resumed education applicants.

PWM: What makes your firm stand out?

Dr. Lowe: We are an African- American owned and managed firm that specializes in admissions to elite educational institutions.  Our core team and supportive administrative staff respect and have different and diverse thinking styles.  We are not a jack-of all-trades firm that provides tutoring services and other educational ancillary services or own and manage schools.  A successful record in admissions is not achieved by chance or luck.  My team and I treat the admissions process as a competitive sport so that our clients can win!

PWM: How has “Varsity Blues” affected your business?

Dr. Lowe: The reaction of people has been very interesting. Of course, no one is happy with the cheating and bribery scandal.  Because we are an honest, transparent and trusted firm, more parents are calling us.  People are aware of the competition to gain entrance into top schools and are now more aware of unethical aspects in this industry. They are also now more aware of high-end admissions advisors, like me, who provide specialized concierge-type services.

PWM: What should new clients of yours expect?

Dr. Lowe: I focus specifically on positive outcomes and success.  I am enthusiastic and detailed in pursuing this goal and leave no stone unturned in preparing my clients. They know that I truly care about getting their child accepted into top schools. The process really starts with a question: How can my team and I, using the inherent academic, artistic or athletic qualities of a student, present him/her in a positive light to an admissions committee of seven to eight different people?

 

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PWM: Who makes up the bulk of your clientele?

Dr. Lowe: About 60 percent of our clients are international families who reside in the U.S. or other countries. The balance are mostly families who reside in the tri-state area and southern states. We cater to families who want the best admissions outcome for their children and can afford our services.  Our services are not for everyone.

PWM: For those parents and students who are striving for the elite school experiences, what should Greenwich parents realize about getting into a top school?

Dr. Lowe: Many U.S. parents have this idea that their children are only competing with other children locally and regionally. They have no idea or may be in denial of the global educational competition. Parents from the midwestern states or desert southwest may want their child to attend east coast private school.  Families may be relocating from the south or the west coast.  And of course, there are the international students from Brazil, Russia, India, China and now Africa.  Parents of these students understand the competitive advantage of hiring a private, on-call admissions adviser and the global value of a U.S. educational pedigree.

PWM: Can you talk more about your fees?

Dr. Lowe: Our fees are value-added investment in a child’s future.  Our clients view our fees, not as a cost, but as an investment in their child’s future and to them that’s worth more than real estate, a second home, or a fancy car.  A child’s future is not a depreciating asset, it’s not even an asset.  Your child is your legacy!  Hiring our firm is simply a choice whether to give your child a competitive advantage.

PWM: What’s the hardest part of your job? What’s the most rewarding?

Dr. Lowe: Most difficult: It can be difficult to have a parent step back in this process.  It’s understandable because they have spent years planning and doing everything for their child, but its challenging when parents assume that they are the admissions experts during their child’s admissions journey because they read several books on college admissions or an article on college admissions. Or when they believe that a “connection” will get their child admitted to a school. Parents, in our target market, are very intelligent, well-educated, in many cases well-connected and well-off financially. However, they fail to understand that their skill sets in business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, engineering do not apply to the admissions universe or may be detrimental to successfully navigating their child’s college admissions process or admission to a private school.

Most rewarding: It’s very rewarding to witness the student blossoming. They develop a self-assurance as this process progresses.  Of course, I love when I see parents and children celebrate the acceptance to their top-choice schools (the family hugs, pets included), when I’m invited to my client’s high school and (four years later) college graduation.  And what is truly gratifying for me is when I hear that my client is vice president of a major investment banking firm, a partner in a white-shoe law firm, CEO of a unicorn, a practicing physician, or the lead attorney in a major government agency. They are just happy moments! It’s a wonderful feeling.

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Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty? – 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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. 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.