Adding Color To Your College Applications and Essays Matter

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At Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, we add COLOR to our clients’ profiles.  It’s what makes our boutique admissions advisory firm different!  COLOR makes you more visually appealing; it adds an attractive vitality and magnetic quality.  It gives you a more dynamic and harmonious appearance.

As a physician-scientist, admissions advisor and artist-COLORist, to me, COLOR is everything. It’s characteristics: hue, value and intensity make our clients’ profiles, applications and essays more interesting!  Adding COLOR, gives our clients a competitive admissions edge and makes them standout!   What do you need to be more COLORful?  It’s not just about ROYGBIV.  By adding COLOR, we make college and BS/MD applications and student-profiles more enjoyable to admissions officers and committees. 

Isn’t that what you want? COLOR

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Color is one of the chief properties that gives objects their own individual  visual characteristics.  It makes a unique contribution to the appearance. The different hues, tones, shades, tints and value demonstrated in your essay allows our clients’ applications and essays to shine!


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. 

Brown PLME: Brown University 259th Annual Opening Convocation

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On September 9th, we were invited to Brown University’s 259 Annual Opening Convocation by several of the parents of our clients who were accepted to Brown (undergraduate) as well as PLME. Dr. Paul Lowe, an alumnus of Brown and Dr. Nadine Cartwright-Lowe (PLME – alumna), of BS/MD Admissions Advisors, are especially proud of their clients who were accepted to PLME.

Our Brown PLME parents were so happy at the Convocation! Welcome future medical doctors!

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Here are our 2022 Brown PLME results: 12 clients applied.  Of the 12, 8 were accepted to PLME. The remaining 4: One accepted to Brown undergrad, 1 accepted to Harvard (also accepted to RPI/AMC), 1 accepted to Yale, and one accepted to Dartmouth (also accepted to GW and NJIT BSMD programs). 

Dr. Lowe and his team collectively bring a wealth of admissions experience, along with diverse cultural perspectives that are INVALUABLE to their BS/MD clients! They are skilled in the language and rhythm of college admissions!

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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. As a result of his continuous clients’ acceptances into BS/MD programs, his clients have considered him: BS/MD Admissions Guru.

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 highly competitive and thus desire help from an admissions expert. They appreciate the value and investment in paying for expert advice consisting of 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.

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.

Rice Baylor Medical Scholars Program Closes

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Baylor Medical Scholars Program will no longer accept applications for fall 2022.

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According to Rice University’s website: “Rice University has concluded our participation in the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program.”

Since the Medical Scholars Program will not be accepting applications in 2022, the competition to gain admissions into BS/MD programs will now increase because there will be fewer programs. Direct BS/MD Programs have become increasingly competitive as more and more students are applying! Boston University’s SMED Program closed this summer for fall 2022 applicants!

Now it has become even more competitive as major BS/MD programs have closed and the number slots are dwindling! Over the last 5 years, these programs have also closed:

  • Boston University: Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education (SMED) Program
  • University of Cincinnati: Connection Dual Admissions Program
  • Northwestern University: Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
  • Washington University in St. Louis: University Scholars Program in Medicine (USPM)
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Increased competition means that you must hire an admissions expert with experience for your child to have the best chances to fulfill their dream and yours!
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Now, even more, You will CERTAINLY need a BS/MD Admissions Guru to maximize your chances of admissions

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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. As a result of his continuous clients’ acceptances into BS/MD programs, his clients have considered him: BS/MD Admissions Guru.

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 highly competitive and thus desire help from an admissions expert. They appreciate the value and investment in paying for expert advice consisting of 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.

Dr. Paul Lowe discusses Katy Independent School District

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Katy (Texas) Independent School District contains 8 high schools. Over the past 4 years, MANY parents of high school students have contacted us regarding our college and BS/MD admissions advisory services. Dr. Paul Lowe and his team have worked with students from:

  • Seven Lakes High School
  • Tomkins High School
  • Cinco Ranch High School
  • Taylor Ranch High School

Despite the fact that they are all excellent high schools, MANY parents contact Dr. Lowe because they mentioned that because of the size of the school, school counselors are either unable to provide continuous weekly or biweekly individualized college and/or BS/MD admissions services to each student. The senior class size for some of these schools exceed 600 students.

We are happy to report that our clients from these schools were accepted to their top-choice colleges and universities!

Please review Dr. Lowe’s blogs as to why parents contact him re: college and BS/MD admissions:


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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.

What Do College Admissions Officers Look for in an Applicant?

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To answer this question, let’s first start with an admissions officer survey by National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

I.  NACAC factors:

  • Grades in All Courses
  • Grades in College Prep Courses
  • Admissions Test Scores (SAT, ACT)
  • Rigor/Strength of Curriculum
  • Essay or Writing Sample
  • Counselor Letters of Recommendations
  • Teacher Letters of Recommendations
  • Student’s Demonstrated Interest
  • Class Rank
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Subject Test Scores (AP, IB)
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Work Experience
  • State Graduation Exam Scores

II.  Intangibles

Based on my professional experience, connected with visiting colleges and discussions with directors of admissions, there are other factors which we know are just as important and, in some cases, more important than the NACAC Admissions Survey Factors:

  • College application
  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental essays
  • Collective interrelationship of all essays
  • WOW Factor
  • Attitude
  • Likability
  • Etiquette
  • Character
  • Grit/Challenge
  • Confidence
  • Charisma
  • Sense of self
  • Sense of others
  • Engagement
  • The unsaid
  • Conversational Intelligence
  • Cadence
  • Transparency
  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Cultural Agility
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Uniqueness
  • Diversity/Inclusion
  • Family background
  • Comparative Student Profile Analysis
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If you think that getting into your top-choice college is just about having a high GPA, top SAT scores, high grades and a manufactured application and personal statement….THINK AGAIN!    

This past year, I received calls and emails from parents whose children were rejected from all colleges to which they applied because they thought the college admissions race was just about grades, SAT scores, their perceived ‘unique’ applications, generic essays and perfect connections. 

Here are some actual cases (based on phone calls from disappointed parents).

1. Case one:  One student applied to 19 schools (including all the Ivies) and was rejected from 18 schools and waitlisted at local state school where the acceptance rate was 65%.

2. Case two: A suburban public high school in the Northeast where no one (not even the valedictorian) was accepted to the Ivies or BS/MD programs.

3. Case three: Valedictorian (SAT 1580, ACT 36, GPA 4.6 weighted, President and cofounder of non-profit, tutored students, volunteered, shadowed multiple physicians, published two research papers, Science Olympiad, President of Debate team, tennis) – rejected from all Ivy League and BS/MD programs.

4 . Case four: A public high school in Texas. Of the fifteen students who applied to BS/MD programs …ALL were rejected.

Ivy League and highly selective colleges and BS/MD programs use a holistic approach when evaluating applicants for admission.  That means admission to these colleges is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores.  Instead, they consider a variety of factors: the student’s academic record, extracurricular interests, intellectual achievements and personal background to decide who will be rejected or accepted.

We understand the holistic approach and prepare our clients using our strategies for admissions success accordingly!

This year, several of our clients were accepted to multiple Ivies and multiple BS/MD programs!


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

Thank You Comments/Testimonials from BS/MD Admissions Advisors Clients

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This year’s admissions season (2021-2022), we had a 97% acceptance rate. What made it so significant is that despite the increase in BS/MD applications (in some schools by 30%), our clients were accepted! How do we do this? Blog: What Makes Us Different and Successful – Knowledge

It’s a celebration for high school seniors who know for certain that they are on the path to become medical doctors.  Their parents are extremely happy that they hired us. Dr. Lowe and his team were the catalysts that resulted in their children’s acceptance to BS/MD programs.

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We have listed this years (2021-2022) thank you notes/testimonials by our clients. Because of our confidentiality and privacy Agreements, we have removed their names. Yes! These are REAL thank you notes/testimonials!!!!!

“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much! You were definitely right about putting in the work now to set myself up for the future. I am so grateful for working with you, and I am so glad I got to meet you. Thank you.” (Student)

“Dear Dr. Lowe, Hope you are doing well. Thank you for all your help and support, we couldn’t have done without you. Thank you again!” (Mom of a student. Mom is also a medical doctor)

“Hello Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the college process, I am very grateful to have had your guidance in the college process as well as learn some life-long lessons.” (Student)

“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you for the wishes! It’s a great milestone for our family !  You definitely knew what you were doing! And only now we can look back and realized how each step was carefully calculated and put in place!” (Parent)

“Dear Dr. Lowe,  I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our family to express our thanks to your diligence, passion and sharp focus to help our son achieve his goal of securing a BSMD admission. He has a great path laid in front of him to be a successful physician.” (Parent)

“Dear Dr. Lowe, Thank you very much. Whole Gxxxxx family is happy about XXXXX. My mom and sister are thrilled as well since my nephew is at XXXXX!” (Parent)

“Hello Dr. Lowe, I am so ecstatic to inform you that I have been officially accepted into the XXXX BS/MD program  It is great knowing I got into one of my top choice programs, thank you so much for your help with this acceptance!” (Student)

“Dr. Lowe, Thank you so much. This is overwhelming and excited to see our daughter having great choices to choose from. We are happy to support her on her choice. I have been telling my daughter & my wife that we are missing Dr. Lowe’s weekly Friday calls. We couldn’t have done without you.” (Parent)

If you are of a parent of a high school junior or sophomore, next year’s (2022-2023) is expected to be even more competitive. Blog: BS/MD Admissions 2022-2023 – It’s Even More Competitive


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Parents retain Dr. Lowe so that their children gain an admissions edge and achieve their dreams!
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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. 

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.

Town & Country’s – This Year’s College Admissions Horror Show – Dr. Paul Lowe’s Comment

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The article in Town & Country: “This Year’s College Admissions Horror Show” by Nicole Laporte discusses rejections and this year’s college admissions cycle.

Here are some statements in article:

  • “Certain private schools that used to have incredible admissions results have just been obliterated.”
  • “Classmates who’d also applied for early decision to the school were flat-out rejected.”
  • “For that [college admissions decisions] to be a bloodbath is not a good sign.”
  • “Although the main derby of admissions, “regular” decision, was still weeks away—those results started coming out in late March—the disheartening verdicts of the early rounds for many families this past season felt like a harbinger of what was to come, as well as confirmation of just how much more angst-ridden the reality of getting into college has become.”
  • “….parents suddenly feel a bit, well, helpless, unable to control something that was, if not controllable, then at least easier to game.”

But even under these conditions, our firm had AMAZING acceptances!  In fact, several of our clients were accepted to multiple Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and 97% acceptance into BS/MD programs.

How did we do it?

WE ARE THE BEST!:  We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge, insight foresight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions SUCCESS.


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.  

College Application Decision: Rejected? Now What?

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It’s decision season! We are sure that you have seen the videos of seniors (with their parents) screaming and shouting when they have been accepted into their first-choice colleges.

But for every celebratory online posting, there are thousands of disappointed students (and parents) who are rejected from the same schools.  You should not assume that you will be admitted to the Ivies and highly selective colleges just by being a great student with top grades. In the increasingly competitive admissions environment, you need to have a competitive edge.

Getting into Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs is fiercely competitive.  For 2022, rejection rates for the Ivies demonstrate this:

  • Harvard: 96.91%
  • Yale: 95.54%
  • Columbia: 96.3%
  • Dartmouth: 93.76%
  • Brown: 95.5%
  • UPenn: 95.6%
  • Princeton: 96%
  • Cornell: 92%

So, what do you do if you are a top student in your high school class and were rejected from your top choice schools that you really wanted to attend?  It’s not all over!  You should start to think about reapplying for entrance in your sophomore year…NOW!  There is still an opportunity to gain acceptance as a reapplicant.  College Application Rejected | Transfer to Ivy Leagues | College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

First and foremost, you should continue to maintain your grades because your target (reapplication) schools will be reviewing your entire high school transcript. You should also begin to develop a new summer narrative and plan your freshman year (as a transfer student). You have to develop an improved student profile and narrative as a freshman. Remember, as a reapplicant you will not have the guidance of a school counselor (public school) or college counselor (private school) during this type of admissions process. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!.

We are experienced in working with students from their high school senior year through April of the college year. Last year, we worked with students who were rejected from Ivy League and highly selective college and universities and upon reapplication were accepted.  It’s called our SECOND CHANCE strategy!

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Dr. Lowe and his team believe in SECOND CHANCES! As a parent, shouldn’t you?
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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.

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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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