Pro Bono College Admissions Help

Our MilitaryAt Ivy Coach, we’re committed to offering pro bono college admissions help to veterans and current members of all five branches of the United States Armed Forces from the Army to the Navy to the Air Force to the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps. We offer this service so that these servicemembers can capitalize on their deserved edge in the admissions process as they seek to get into the highly selective colleges of their dreams. In February of 2011, we began offering a unique need-based program for students who were underrepresented minorities, the first in their families to attend college, from underprivileged backgrounds, and/or members or former members of America’s military. And in just about four years, we helped dozens of these students gain admission to their top choice colleges. But in February of 2015, we decided to double down on our pro bono college admissions help with the United States Armed Forces and thus, because of this concerted effort, we’ll no longer be able to assist students in this program who haven’t served America in uniform.

Our pro bono college admissions help for select members or former members of the United States Armed Forces is exactly that — free. And it’s a program we at Ivy Coach are immensely proud of. Can we offer our college admissions expertise on a pro bono basis to every member or former member of America’s military? No. We wish that we could. But our time is finite. However, each year, we do offer our pro bono college admissions help to several members of our military and/or veterans, folks we regularly find to be quite appreciative of the work we do with them.

From a homeless juggler who we helped get into Harvard to an Army veteran with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star who we helped get into Duke, it’s these kinds of inspiring students we’ve chosen to work with through our pro bono college admissions program in the past. Just like in Ivy League admissions, we’re selective. Every year, we have the privilege of selecting a few outstanding candidates whose stories inspire us and in turn we know will impress admissions officers. And it’s always very satisfying work for us…especially when our students receive their admissions decisions and they’re accepted!

Our Military

Are you a former member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, or Air Force who has been honorably discharged upon the completion of your active duty military service? Or maybe you’re finishing up your active duty service and would like to begin your undergraduate studies during your time in the Reserves? Highly selective colleges don’t do nearly enough to appeal to our servicemen and servicewomen to apply. This is a grave injustice. We aim to do our part to correct this.

Helping America’s veterans gain admission to America’s top colleges since 1992. And we’ve never accepted a dime.

Ivy Coach Testimonial from an American Veteran

Chris Piro, Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2018

“I proudly and honorably served my country in the United States Air Force. My many stops included places like Afghanistan, Korea, and Germany. And it was in my time in the military that I developed my passion and desire to want to help those who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. My goal is to go to school and help research and combat PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. These are ailments and issues that affect hundreds of thousands of troops who deploy and will continue to affect hundreds of thousands over the next years to come. I had an interesting story. But I didn’t know how to develop it. Read More

I was a 2.0 student in high school. I never took the ACT or SAT as I always knew that I wanted to serve. But when I came across Ivy Coach and the generous people like Brian Taylor and Bev Taylor, they helped me hone my story into something that was compelling and exciting and really helped me develop as a writer. And for that, I am forever grateful. It makes me think, you know, a lot of people will give up their seats to the men and women in uniform for getting on an airplane but not a lot of people will give up their precious time and resources just to help someone achieve a dream. After the many ups and downs of the admissions process, I got accepted to my #1 choice. I will be attending Johns Hopkins University in their cognitive science program in the fall of 2015. I am forever grateful to Ivy Coach and to Brian and Bev Taylor. Thank you very much for helping me achieve my dream. I’ll be forever grateful.”

Chris Piro, Rogers, Arkansas

Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2018