FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most admissions consulting firms consist of staff members that haven’t worked in admissions at a university level. At Ivy Options, all of our advisors are educated at prestigious American universities. In addition, Mary Ellen Simoni and Ferrell Armstrong have both worked in highly selective admissions offices. Our advisors will give both students and parents highly individualized attention and guide them through the entire process, from freshman year to choosing from among their university offers. Moreover, we will help students to define their own unique voice and to highlight their history in a way that will make them stand out from the thousands of other applications that will be received.
Absolutely. While we can – and do – increase our clients' chances of gaining admission to their top-choice schools, we do not pretend to be able to get any applicant into any program. We will not encourage a client to apply to a college or university for which he or she has no reasonable chance of gaining admission. If a client can do something that would make her or him a stronger candidate (take additional classes, gain additional extracurricular experiences, etc.), we will advise her or him accordingly.
Our services are provided face to face if you are able to attend on site in Dubai, U.A.E. or Nashville, Tennessee; however, we extend our services online to those students who live abroad and wish to benefit from our counsel.
Ideally, we should begin planning your strategy at age 14 (during ninth grade). At that point, we schedule an initial consultation and make specific follow-up recommendations for course selection, extracurricular activities, and ways of optimizing the student's interests and talents. We will then hold two to three follow-up meetings every year to monitor the student's progress. Of course our degree of involvement varies widely from student to student — some students prefer more long-term, intensive involvement, while for others, essay polishing and editing in November of their senior year is sufficient.