College Counseling

Statement of Philosophy

At Ivy Ed we match the student to the college, not the family to the bumper sticker.

Creating the right college list is an art. The information gathered from an in-depth interview with the student and his or her parents is used to compile a college list tailored to the strengths of the student. As it is getting more difficult to predict where a student will be admitted, a college list created by an experienced college search expert mitigates the risk that your child will apply to schools above or below his or her ability level. An appropriate college list makes senior year less stressful and your household more peaceful. In addition, each student receives application advice, interview training, activity sheet editing, career/college major personality profile, advice for securing recommendation writers and for helping letter writers to write helpful recommendations, guidance in deciding which college to attend after being admitted, and any other necessary consultations.

We provide highly personalized attention for each of our client families. As a result, we limit the number of students we take on for each graduating class so that we need not limit the number of meetings for any one of our students. We are devoted to educating and guiding students through each step of the application process, helping students to identify the schools that will match who they are and whom they hope to become. Our goal is to assist our students in securing admission to the schools that are the best match for them — colleges where they will be most successful and happy.

We work one-on-one to design plans that will help each family make the most informed decisions. Through this counseling process, students gain increasing awareness of their own strengths, weaknesses, passions, interests, and goals. Each student works with the same counselor throughout the process so that each session builds upon the previous one.


Hi Nicole,
Thanks for checking in! Our daughter is doing great so far!  She’s working hard and meeting lots of new people. She is getting involved in activities and is happy.
I want to thank you for all that you have done for us. She had an amazing senior year finishing out with all A’s. I think the confidence and motivation you and Stefanie helped instill in her was a big help!!  She feels good about herself and her ability to succeed!  We can’t thank you enough for helping her get to this point!
She is happy to be at her dream school!
Have a very happy new year!
-East Brunswick HS Parent, Class of 2017

Hi Stefanie! I was going to email you earlier but this week has been amazing and chaotic at the same time! As you probably know from Nicole, I am going to my top choice school next year!! I am so excited I can’t even describe how amazing and relieving it is!! I wanted to thank you so much for everything you have done for me for the past year. From ACT tutoring to making my common app essay what is was, I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have your support throughout the process. Thanks for being my go to for correcting grammar and being there even early on a Saturday morning. I can’t thank you enough for everything and I’ll keep you updated on the process and the rest of the year!

-Bernards High School Student, Class of 2017

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