How to Work with The Art of Applying on your Applications

December 7, 2017 Update:

Applicants with deadlines between December 1, 2017 – January 18, 2018:

We are currently SOLD OUT for December 1, 2017-January 18, 2018 deadlines.

If you would like to work with us for your schools with deadlines on or after January 19, 2018 such as MBA Round 3, please contact us immediately so we can have a free Breakthrough Session and discuss whether we’re a great fit for working together.

If you are applying for the 2018-2019 application season (to enter school Fall 2019), we are now accepting Breakthrough Session bookings

November 27, 2017 Update:

Applicants with January 2018 deadlines: Please complete the application for a free Breakthrough Session as soon as possible. We love connecting with applicants, and we hate turning people away that we know we could have helped if they had just come to us earlier.

Applicants with December 2017 deadlines: We are currently SOLD OUT for applicants who want help with schools with December 2017 deadlines. Examples of popular schools with December deadlines are Harvard Kennedy School and Berkeley Goldman.

If you would like to work with us for your schools with January 2018 deadlines, please contact us immediately so we can have a free Breakthrough Session and discuss whether we’re a great fit for working together.

If you are applying for the 2018-2019 application season (to enter school Fall 2019), we are now accepting Breakthrough Session bookings.


Despite how quiet it’s been on The Art of Applying blog and newsletter, it’s a super-busy time at The Art of Applying digital headquarters!

I know that many of you have short-term and long-term entrepreneurial aspirations, and I’m proud to share that The Art of Applying has grown 200% year over year in revenue since 2016. This explosive growth has been exciting, but it has meant that we’ve had our focus way more on our actual clients who have committed to working with us on their applications than on our readers and prospective clients—about whom we also care very much.

So as the Founder & CEO, I decided to use the quick 30 minutes I have between client calls to answer some frequently asked questions of people who are interested in learning more about working with us so that you know that YES – we are still in business and YES – there is still time to work with us and YES – we want to hear from you!

1. What are your packages? Do you still sell x or x?

In order to focus our efforts on only offering to clients packages that will give them what they need to submit the best application possible, we got rid of our old piecemeal packages back in March, and now focus on offering one package at a time throughout the season. We’re not interested in getting as many clients as possible; we want to work with the right clients on getting their desired outcome: getting into your dream school with money to pay for it.

Piecemeal packages like “edit my essay once please” just don’t cut it. We’d rather work with fewer people on a deeper level than hundreds of people in a “fly by night” way.

We currently do not offer the option to purchase directly from the website as we want to make sure that we’re working with people that are a great fit for our services and that we are 100% sure we can help.

The program that is currently open for enrollment is focused on applicants who are still working on their applications for December 2017 and January 2018 deadlines. It is called Editing Accelerator™. This hybrid 1-on-1 and group coaching program is a seasonal offering when we have fewer than 8 weeks until most school deadlines, which is NOW.

2. How do I learn more?

If you’re interested in speaking with my team about your applications and seeing if we’d be a great fit to work together, you can request to have a free 90-minute Breakthrough Call with my team. During the call, you’ll speak with a Breakthrough Coach about your applications—what’s working, what’s not working, where you are, and where you want to go. If the Breakthrough Coach thinks we’re a great fit, they will invite you to work with us and discuss the investment.

3. Who would my consultant be?

Our consultants are all former admissions committee members or graduates of top graduate schools with experience helping people get into their dream schools. You can see our consultant team at this link.

Your Breakthrough Coach is NOT the person who would be helping you get into school. You can think of your Breakthrough Coach as the person who will do an in-depth assessment of your application process, help me and my team get clear on what’s working, what’s not working, where you are, and where you want to go. They are the gatekeepers to our program, and the consultants are the soldiers who help you win the application battle!

4. How do I prepare for my free Breakthrough Call?

  1. Make sure the appointment is in your calendar and that you have a quiet place to speak to us for the full 90 minutes.
  2. Download the free Zoom conferencing software to your computer. You’ll speak with your Breakthrough Coach with cameras off.
  3. Watch our free presentation. It’s super-informative and only 37 minutes long.
  4. Consider joining our free Facebook group called Applying to Ivy League Graduate Schools.

5. I’m applying in the 2018-2019 application season. What do I do?

Great job, early bird! In addition to the steps above, you can fill out the Breakthrough call application now and join our waiting list so that you’re one of the first people we speak with in December when we start enrolling people into our programs for the 2018-2019 season.

Our VIP program is Ivy League Alliance. It is a year-long mastermind level program for people who want the highest level of service and interaction with our team. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 season is closed (unless you’re already our client). Enrollment for the 2018-2019 season will open in December 2018. We are already adding people to the waiting list to speak to us about it, so feel free to submit a Breakthrough Call application here.

Our signature program is the Application Accelerator™. This is our most popular package and it is a hybrid 1-on-1 and group coaching program. It has been wildly successful in keeping our clients motivated, on track, and in an encouraged, resourceful, optimistic, and confident mindset. Our clients are not applying in isolation; they are working side by side with their own personal consultant as well as a team of high-achieving high-potential fellow applicants who understand what they’re going through. Enrollment for the Application Accelerator for December 2017 deadlines has already closed. If you’re interested in speaking to my team about your application, you can submit a Breakthrough Call application here.

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