On other private college counseling websites, you might see testimonials about how their college admissions consulting services helped applicants gain admission to the colleges of their dreams. And on just about all of these private college counseling websites, the testimonials are obviously not from actual clients. “John, Stanford Admit to the Class of 2025.” Or “Susan, Parent of Harvard Admit to the Class of 2024.” Do you see a problem with this? Who could even confirm that these testimonials are from real people? That’s why we at Ivy Coach don’t put up testimonials like that. We use full names. But also keep in mind that we, as your private college counselor, work behind the scenes. We help college applicants craft the strongest possible applications to their top choice colleges. And a great college application will offer no hint that students got some great private college counseling along the way. Read More

Any private college counseling company that interfaces with a college applicant’s school counselor or admissions officers at the colleges to which the student is applying should be avoided. Good private college counseling is a secret weapon. With an emphasis on the word secret. We’re not in the habit of asking our students and parents for testimonials. They often don’t want to acknowledge that they had some help in the college admissions process. And, frankly, we don’t want to bother them. It’s not why they hired us. But every once in a while, students and parents offer to give us public endorsements with their full names. A few of those testimonials about our private college counseling appear below:

John? Jane? Harry? Bueller?

You’ll see “John, Parent of Harvard Student Class of 2025” offering testimonials on the sites of other private college counseling firms.

Who’s John?

On our site, you’ll see real names and real stories. They offered as much.



Columbia Veteran, A Vet at Columbia, Columbia Veterans“My name’s Soutrik Bhattacharya and I’m a three-year veteran of the U.S. Army, a journey that took me to South Korea as well as Alabama. As my Army contract came to a close, I knew I wanted to go to a top-level university like Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale. But I was a couple of years out of high school and there really weren’t a lot of resources out there to help me…so I thought.Read More

Ivy Coach came in and they helped me prepare essays that showcased my skills and experiences from the military as well as highlighted my unique demographic, an Indian American veteran of the U.S. Army. They helped me apply to my absolute top choice school, Columbia, as well as several other really competitive schools at that level. They did it completely pro bono, which was most appreciated. About a week ago, I found out I was accepted to Columbia for the fall and I could not be more excited to head there!”

– Soutrik Bhattacharya

Columbia University, Class of 2019



MARCO MEDELLIN NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA“Ivy Coach really helped me hone in on what I needed to express to show admissions counselors who I am and what I’m all about. With Bev and Brian’s help throughout the application process, I was able to earn admission to all my reach colleges –  Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, and Stanford. I’m headed to Stanford and I could not be happier.” ~ Marco Medellin



MARJORIE ZANDI VICAM GENERAL MANAGER“Having been in the business world for decades, whether it is hiring a top notch lawyer or consultant, hiring the best makes good business sense. It will pay multiples of dividends in return. The old adage, you get what you pay for, is on target whether hiring in the business world or hiring a college consultant. Just as I have hired top notch lawyers and business advisors, I approached hiring a college consultant in the same way. Why do less for your children than your business! Before hiring Bev Taylor, I interviewed a multitude of college consultants and chose Bev Taylor. Bev’s quality and references were unmatched. Bev advised both of my children starting in high school and throughout the college acceptance process. As a direct result, both were admitted to the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S., including their first choice colleges. Approaching and going through the college process is a journey. Going through it with Bev Taylor made it both enjoyable and a resounding success!” ~ Marjorie Zandi



EILEEN AND MORGAN BRAMLET MCLEAN, VA“While looking to help our son, Alex, prepare for key college interviews spanning a list of Ivy League universities, we were very fortunate to find Ivy Coach’s website via the internet. Upon reviewing Ivy Coach’s site and speaking with Bev by phone, it was apparent she possessed a wealth of college admissions consulting experience. That would be very beneficial. We were not disappointed in the least with what she provided. Quite the opposite. We view the fee paid to Bev for her services to be an amazing investment that assisted Alex *tremendously* as he headed to interviews with Harvard, Yale, Brown, Duke, University of PA, Georgetown, and Princeton. Amazingly, Bev was able to instruct Alex on specifically what to say and not say during these meetings, what to ask and not ask. Yet she still coached him to be himself throughout the process. She also conducted model interviews that enabled Alex to practice ‘thinking on his feet’ while recognizing the specific audience he would be interacting with. I don’t think we can say enough great things about Bev and the tremendous, personalized assistance she provided to our son. Not to mention…she conducted her meetings with him via Skype with little to no prior notice! In sum, Bev’s expertise coupled with her interest in personalizing her college admissions consulting sessions, make her a tremendous asset to any up-and-coming college applicant. We recommend the private college counseling services of Ivy Coach very highly!” ~ Eileen and Morgan Bramlet



DAHNIE BRANDES SHERMAN OAKS, CA“Amidst all the complications and redundancies of the medical school application process, I found myself struggling to put together a creative and persuasive personal statement. It was only thanks to Bev Taylor’s great skill and genuine desire to help the people she works with that I was able to organize my ideas, emphasize my achievements, and present a creative and articulate statement to medical schools. Her detailed oriented interest in who I am and what I have accomplished and all the hard work she put into helping me write offered me both creative and technical insight that helped me to finally put a solid essay together. Knowing that she was dedicating her experience and skills towards helping me achieve my educational goals really put me at ease. Her honesty and diligence is rare to find in any field and was an incredible benefit to my application process. I highly recommend the services of Ivy Coach.” ~ Dahnie Brandes



JOE ANTHONY HARBOR SPRINGS, MI“I just returned from the Dartmouth parents’ weekend and wanted to let you know that Joey could not imagine attending another university. The atmosphere, academics, and rural environment are perfect for him. He is on cloud nine! I am certain this experience will be the path meant for him and a life changer. I just wanted to say thanks for helping us bring a great kid to the perfect college. I can’t say enough. Although I have another kid coming along in three years…” ~ Joe Anthony