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  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe The Common Application 2018-2019 was launched about three weeks ago and we are now receiving calls from very anxious and stressed parents because their children (rising seniors) just started the preliminary portions of the Common Application. The Common App is more than just about the main essay! Every section is devised so that the admissions officers get to know (or find ways to reject) a student. Statistically, it takes top colleges...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Parents create spread sheets, talk with friends, read books, search websites, form groups to share tips and “sure-fire” methods, try to “chat” with admissions industry personnel, obtain letters of support from VIPs, take copious notes during college tours, and try to gather information from my workshops. For some parents, they discover, when it is too late, that what is really required to help their child with the hyper-competitive college admissions process...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Many parents, students, guidance/college counselors, and even my fellow educational consulting colleagues are under the belief that college admissions is an exercise in determining the “right fit” and that gaining acceptance into the Ivies and highly selective colleges is just a game of chance and luck. I disagree! In participating in competitions these days, many students (K-12) are taught that everyone wins. With regard to the college admissions process, it is acceptable...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe On Wednesday, March 28th, the Ivies notified high school seniors of their admissions decisions. Thousands of students and parents were disappointed. Here is a list of the acceptance rates, number of students admitted, total number of applicants and rejection rates - Many of the applicants “looked perfect” on paper. Princeton reported that more than 14,200 of the 35,370 applicants had a 4.0 grade point average. Brown reported that 96% of its admitted students are...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe How long do you think it takes a top college to review your application? 24 hours, five hours or one hour? Try less than 8 minutes!!! Due to the ease of applying to multiple schools, the number of domestic and international students applying to elite schools, the number of applications to these schools continues to grow. Additionally, top colleges have also increased recruitment from rural areas in the U.S. Last year the number of...

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Did you ever wonder why parents pay as high as $60,000 a year for private high school?  Did you ever wonder why the private school admissions process in Manhattan is so hyper-competitive? I am always surprised in my college admissions seminars at parents who assume that it really doesn't matter where their kids attend school when their kid is interested in Ivy League colleges. As many parents suspect, the path to Ivy...

    By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe For years, elite colleges have tried to address a proportional decline of students arriving from areas beyond metropolitan and suburban areas. These colleges have been implementing additional measures to address diversity issues on college campuses. Increasingly, private elite colleges are seeking small-town and rural students.  One thing has not changed with regard to college admissions and diversity. Recent studies by the National Center for Education Statistics have shown that even with...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe The work of selecting students for admissions into colleges and universities is becoming more complex. Each year college admissions officers and their committees review thousands of applications and seek to predict the likelihood of those applicants to meaningfully contribute socially, culturally and personally to their specific college communities.  Ivy League and highly selective colleges use a team review process to holistically evaluate each applicant when creating a particular class during the...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe You may ask yourself, why is a college admissions advisor writing about reading? What does reading have to do with college admissions? Everything! One of the first things I ask my clients is what do you like to read outside the required reading at school. Even the best students have difficulty answering this question. Why is the need to reed important in the college admissions planning process? I just provided...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Being thorough and particular when evaluating a private school choice is extremely important for parents. But one thing is certain… the competitive private schools will be equally as picky when choosing your child as a member of its incoming class. Private schools have been using the traditional academic criteria of SSAT/ISEE and grades for a number of decades. However, admissions personnel have long recognized that these cognitive measures are limited in their...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Several weeks ago the U.S. News World Report published their ranking for best public high schools. Only eight public high schools in Connecticut, including four in Fairfield County made the Top 500 list. Here are the top public high schools in Connecticut which received a gold ranking in the report.         Amistad Academy in New Haven, #1 in Connecticut, #20 in the U.S.  Weston High School, #2 in Connecticut, #231 in...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe “Some of America’s most exclusive colleges are becoming more exclusive” (WSJ – April1-2, 2017). According to recently published data in Business Insider, more qualified students are applying to Ivy League schools. This has resulted in even higher rejection rates for Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth and UPenn.  The Wall Street Journal article also reported that even applicants with 4.0 GPAs and SATs greater than 1400 are being rejected. “Competition...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe My team and I personally work with U.S. as well as international families (who reside in the U.S. or are abroad) during the private school application admissions process. We have worked with families from over 130 different countries and on all seven continents. My firm works with families who are interested in top day and boarding schools primarily on the east and west coast. Year after year, I hear about...

By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe They are all Ivy Leaguers: Matt Damon (Harvard), Emma Watson (Brown), John Legend (UPenn),Julia Stiles (Columbia), Brian Hallisay (Cornell), Conan O’Brien (Harvard), Amanda Peet (Columbia), Ashley Judd (Harvard), Angela Bassett (Yale), Mindy Kaling (Dartmouth), Mira Sorvino (Harvard), Dean Cain (Princeton), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Columbia), Rashida Jones (Harvard), Elizabeth Banks (UPenn), Julie Bowen (Brown), Joshua Redman (Harvard), Wentworth Miller (Princeton), Connie Britton (Dartmouth), Famke Janssen (Columbia), Ron Livingston (Yale), Aisha Tyler (Dartmouth), Bruce...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its previous rulings that colleges and universities have the right to consider diversity and to include race as a factor in its holistic review process. The Court’s decision empowers colleges and universities to promote both equity and excellence by reducing the role of test scores and other quantitative factors and focusing more on students’ character, qualitative attributes and what I have coined...

  By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions and Athletic Recruiting Expert You have been playing your sport for 5-10 years and you want to be recruited or even better, recruited and receive that four-year athletic scholarship from a top choice college. Don’t sell yourself short. My advice after 18 years in the college admissions advisory business and constantly talking to college coaches and Athletic Directors is that they are looking for these points: (In case you missed Part...

  By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions and Athletic Recruiting Expert You have been playing your sport for 5-10 years and you want to be recruited or even better, recruited and receive that four-year athletic scholarship from a top choice college. Don’t sell yourself short. My advice after 18 years in the college admissions advisory business and constantly talking to college coaches and Athletic Directors is that they are looking for these points:  Ability: Coaches are interested...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe Admissions officers are talented and committed professionals who make decisions based on a comprehensive and holistic understanding of an applicant and how he or she will contribute to their institution’s mission. They are committed to expanding a diverse applicant pool by reviewing every detail of an applicant’s application and supportive documents. Their decisions are based on their perceptions and perspectives of a student, the students’ backgrounds and communities, as well as...

  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...