Dr. Lowe’s Admissions Blog

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe As college admissions becomes increasingly more competitive, admissions officers and committees look beyond high GPAs, high standardized test scores, ESEs (expensive summer experiences) and seemingly amazing, but generic essays. Dr. Lowe and his team have developed the Wow Factor Admissions Concept. What’s your personal “wow factor” that will make you stand out and get accepted to the college of your choice? It’s a factor that your admissions officer will look for as...

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe Plan, plan and plan. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Or as Yogi Berra put it:     Common App. Prepare for The Common App 2016-2017 as soon as your summer vacation begins. Visit colleges. Be sure you have narrowed your choices down to a realistic list. Start your college essays....

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe Many students and their parents will be overjoyed when they are accepted into the private school or college of their choice. HOWEVER, for those who are not happy with current educational situations open to them or their children, Greenwich Admissions Advisors can help broaden those horizons. Dr. Paul Lowe, a managing director of both GAA and Private School Admissions Advisors, is well acquainted with elite private schools, Ivy League and highly selective...

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe Dr. Lowe paid one of his many visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admissions Office and the MIT Campus. Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visit Ivy League, prestigious and elite colleges several times annually where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with the director of admissions and senior admissions personnel. MIT is at the center of a growing science, technology, health care, research and business community in...

By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions Expert Some people view diversity as a nebulous and intangible descriptor, a court-ordered societal mandate or, in some cases, even unconstitutional. In truth, diversity is an invaluable asset and in the financial sense has an unlimited ROI. We live in a competitive and interconnected global society; not in the small, homogenous and insular communities that we may perceive. Diversity has always been America’s greatest asset! Diversity is a necessary precondition to...

By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions Expert Not all private schools are created equally! Dozens of schools provide exciting environments in which your child can grow. The choice and option can be confusing. And, like most important decisions, the choice of a school should be the result of careful and thoughtful planning. Here is a list of recommendations for parents to use in determining whether their child should become a member in a private school community and...

Dr. Lowe with Panetha Ott, Director of Admissions, International Recruitment at Brown University. I know that guidance counselors in local school districts do an excellent job, but I also know that students (and parents) sometimes need more time and individualized attention than counselors can provide. In my firm, I work with families, in the evenings, on weekends, and during holidays and school vacations. It’s a 24-7 commitment. My admissions team and I gain first-hand knowledge...

Laura Danforth, Head of School, Masters School and Dr. Paul R. Lowe In October, Dr. Paul Lowe and his admissions team visited The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. The goal of our school visit and assessment - Private School Assessment & ReviewSM is to provide parents with the knowledge they need to decide where their children should go to school, and to help them find out what steps are needed in the admissions process.  By...

Dr. Lowe on one of his many visits to Yale University. Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visit Ivy League, prestigious and elite colleges several times annually where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with deans of admissions and senior admissions personnel. "I ensure that my clients have a competitive advantage." “There are lots of exciting new things occurring at Yale especially the construction of two new residential colleges,” said Dr....

Dr. Lowe on one of his many visits to the campus of Columbia University in September. Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visit Ivy League, prestigious and elite colleges several times annually where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with deans of admissions and senior admissions personnel. "I ensure that my clients have a competitive advantage."  While at Columbia, Dr. Lowe talked with admissions personnel and professors. “At Columbia, students develop...

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe What exactly are postgraduate year programs and how are they helpful in the college admissions context? A postgraduate (PG) year is an additional year beyond high school graduation which is spent at an independent (private) high school. It’s really a fifth year of high school! Students enroll in PG programs only after completion of a four year high school program and after receiving a high school diploma. Students with a variety of...

Dr. Paul Lowe – College Admissions Expert Dr. Lowe with multiple Grammy nominated, songwriter and guitarist, Jonathan Butler. Two-time Grammy nominated jazz saxophonist and flautist, Najee with Dr. Lowe               College admissions essays are integral parts of a student’s admissions profile and one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of admissions committees’ decisions. My view is that all of your essays, whether the main essay or short answers, should be akin...

[caption id="attachment_6199" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Dr. Paul Lowe - Admissions Expert[/caption] I have been an independent college admissions advisor for over 17 years. I personally visit over 100 colleges annually, talk with admissions officers and deans at colleges and attend international higher education conferences and symposiums. Yet, year after year, I hear students and parents (and even high school guidance counselors) falling prey to myths that keep students from getting into the college of their choice or...

[caption id="attachment_6124" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Expert[/caption] An independent, private or "prep" school is a primary or secondary school that has independent finances and governance and one that is funded by tuition fees, gifts and its investments, donations, etc. It is independently governed by a board of trustees. Each form of education (public vs. private) has its advantages and disadvantages, but my purpose here, as I continue visiting numerous independent school campuses throughout the...

We took the opportunity to do an in depth interview with Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder of Greenwich Admissions Advisors. Dr. Lowe specializes in helping students and families navigate the private school, college and medical school admissions process. For over 15 years, Dr. Lowe has successfully helped many domestic and international students achieve their educational dreams by gaining admission into U.S. day and boarding schools, Ivy League schools, highly selective colleges and universities and U.S....

College Admissions Season for 2015 is winding down. Most seniors have received their acceptances… and know where they will be next fall. We took the opportunity to do an in depth interview with Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder of Greenwich Admissions Advisors. Dr. Lowe specializes in helping students and families navigate the private school, college and medical school admissions process. For over 15 years, Dr. Lowe has successfully helped many domestic and international students achieve their...

[caption id="attachment_5747" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Dr. Paul Lowe – College Admissions Guru[/caption] As the college application season begins to draw to a close (decisions for competitive schools are being released in late March), one would believe that everything is slowing down. But actually, it’s the beginning of college transfer season! College freshmen will soon complete a full year and many have already decided that they need to transfer to another college. Throughout the years, I have encountered...

[caption id="attachment_5717" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] Dr. Paul Lowe of Greenwich Admissions Advisors is offering a free information session for parents on Saturday, February 28th from 2 – 3 PM at the Women’s Club of Greenwich (89 Maple Ave). The session is for parents of high schoolers who are planning to apply to Ivy League, highly selective schools and BA/MD programs. A Q. & A. will follow the presentation. Seating is limited. Please RSVP. Parking...

[caption id="attachment_5708" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] Join Dr. Paul Lowe, leading global educational and admissions expert, and senior advisor and founder of Greenwich Admissions Advisors, as he helps you navigate the agonizing waters in preparing and getting your child into college. This free informative seminar is for high school parents and students who are interested in applying to Ivy League, highly selective and competitive schools and Combined BA/MD Programs. Join other concerned parents and...

[caption id="attachment_5712" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] I often hear from parents, students, high school guidance counselors and even fellow educational consultants that it doesn’t matter where you attend college, as long as where you attend is a “good fit”. Actually studies show it does matter where you attend college! My recommendation to my U.S. as well as international clients is that one should attend the “best” school possible where you will happy...

[caption id="attachment_5721" align="aligncenter" width="318"] Dr. Paul Lowe with Bryan Nixon, Head of Whitby School[/caption] On October 8th, Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, president and founder of Greenwich Admissions Advisors, attended Whitby School’s “Annual Community Partner Breakfast." The event involved local realtors, schools and educational consultants. Greenwich Admissions Advisors provides admissions advisory and independent day and school placement. Greenwich Admissions Advisors Contact Information- Telephone: 203-542-7288 E-mail: info@greenwichadmissionsadvisors.com Website: www.greenwichadmissionsadvisors.com...

[caption id="attachment_5713" align="aligncenter" width="310"] Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] It's early decision time and anxiety is beginning to fill the air. For some, within the next two months or so it will be a time to celebrate – accepted! And for others, it will be discouraging and disappointing - deferred or worse, a rejection letter. This is expected to be another highly competitive year. The number of applicants is increasing, while the admissions rates to the...

[caption id="attachment_5714" align="aligncenter" width="310"] by Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] The real question is not whether you should hire a private college admissions advisor, but whether you want your child to have a competitive advantage in a very competitive and selective process and as a concerned parent, are you willing to pay for that advantage? It’s that simple! First let’s discuss the ways in which expert admissions advisors can help you. We bring:  Experience, knowledge and insight...

[caption id="attachment_5715" align="aligncenter" width="310"] by Dr. Paul Lowe – Admissions Guru[/caption] Over the last 17 years as a college admissions advisor, I have observed that many well-intentioned parents don’t have the time, knowledge and emotional tolerance to “play” college admissions advisor, even after they create spreadsheets, read books, take copious notes during college tours, talk with friends, and try to gather information from my workshops. U.S. parents are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having a...