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ONLINE "Eight Keys to Getting Into the Ivies/Stanford"

  • May 17, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Webinar

Join me, Susan Goodkin, along with a former Princeton University Assistant Director of Admissions, to discuss the keys to getting accepted to the Ivy League and Stanford. 

Every September, l face my least favorite part of being a college consultant.

New clients will come to me for advice as students are about to start their college applications.  The moms and dads are sure their students are headed to the Ivies or Stanford.

They think their students have done everything right. They've gotten top grades and test scores, they're very well-rounded, and their teachers love them.

Every year, my heart hurts as I have to gently tell these justifiably proud parents that their wonderful children are not likely to be admitted to an Ivy or Stanford.

And every time, I wish I could have talked to these parents earlier so they would have known better what the Ivies and Stanford are looking for and could have improved the odds of their students getting accepted -- and helped them enjoy their high school years more.

Join me for a 90-minute webinar that will help you understand now what the most selective colleges are looking for, what your student needs to be doing if he or she aspires to get into an Ivy or Stanford, and how to avoid the mistakes that prevent so many top students from being accepted.

"Eight Keys to Getting Into the Ivies/Stanford"

Can't make the webinar live?  All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar!


Susan Goodkin: This year alone, national college consultant Susan Goodkin has had 15 students admitted to the Ivies and Stanford -- and over the past two years alone, she's had 8 students admitted to Stanford, 6 students admitted to Harvard, and 5 students admitted to Yale, along with admissions to all of the other Ivies as well.   Susan is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. 

Hope Murtaugh:  Hope Murtaugh is a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Princeton University.  She is also a graduate of Princeton University.

We will also be joined by students from Harvard and Stanford who will offer an insider's look at the kinds of students who are accepted to their schools!


This 90-minute program will cover topics including:

  • Who gets accepted: profiles of admitted students
  • Critical mistakes to avoid from freshman to senior year!
  • What your student can start doing now to improve his or her chances of getting accepted to an Ivy/Stanford  -- plus you'll get a handout with a list of free resources that will help your students stand out from the applicant pack
  • Application tips, including how to maximize the impressiveness of the extracurricular list -- a critical part of the application that too many students overlook
  • Preparing to wow at Ivy admission interviews


Hope Murtaugh, former Assistant Director of Admissions at  Princeton, will provide an "Inside Look at Selective College Admissions," including:  

  • An explanation of private university ratings systems and how they work in admissions

  • Common factors that affect your student's "rating"
  • A frank discussion of how what a college needs affects YOUR student's individual decision

Students from Harvard and Stanford will offer an insider's look at the kinds of students who are accepted to their schools!

There will also be a Q and A session so that you can ask Susan, Hope and the students your questions!


What Participants are Saying:

"The information was invaluable.

"A lot of information that is seldom discussed by counselors or schools."  

"Loads of information, very well presented." 

"Demystifies the application process." 

"Clear and engaging presentations with strong examples." 

"Loved getting the [admissions] statistics and the confirmation of some of the reasons behind those." 

"Concise and informative."


Saturday, April 25th 

11 am-12:30 pm PT, noon -1:30 pm MT, 1-2:30 pm CT, 2-3:30 pm ET


Sunday, May 17th

4 -5:30 pm PT, 5-6:30 pm MT, 6-7:30 pm CT, 7-8:30 ET 

Registration and Cost

Regular Cost: $179

 Early registration discount: only $149 for registration by Tuesday, April 21st

April 25th webinar, early registration discount: $149 undefined

Regular Registration, after April 21st: $179 undefined

May 17th webinar, early registration discount: $149 undefined

Regular registration, after April 21st: $179 undefined

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