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The best version of you.

That is what elite universities are looking for, and that is what we want to help you show them.

Elite universities don’t expect you to be perfect

at age seventeen. What they do expect is that

you show evidence that you are on a path to

personal growth and future success. They want

to be a part of that success.

Here are some of the attributes that elite universities are looking for. But they can’t just come out and ask students if they have the attributes or not. They infer whether you do from your schoolwork, your extracurricular activities, your SAT score, your essays and your recommendations.

  • Commitment

  • Perseverance

  • Determination

  • Hard Work

  • Teamwork

  • Leadership

  • Not afraid to fail

  • Intelligence

  • Knowledge

  • Creativity

  • Well-rounded

  • Open-minded

  • Social skills

  • Embrace challenges

  • Maturity

  • Compassion

You don’t need to be something you’re not. There are so many different types of students that get accepted to elite universities. What they all have in common is that they demonstrate the attributes listed above.

The elite universities can’t just ask you if you have the attributes listed above. This is why they require a detailed application involving many parts. The components of the application are:

  • your schoolwork

  • your SAT scores

  • your extracurricular activities

  • your essays

  • your teacher recommendations


Your schoolwork is not just about your grades. The courses you pick say a lot about you as well. Did you push yourself to take the most challenging courses, even if your average might decrease? That can reveal that you embrace challenges and aren’t afraid to take risks. Elite universities aren’t looking for students who avoid discomfort; they are looking for students who strive to reach and exceed the limits of their abilities.


Students at top ranking universities have extremely high SAT scores. The nice thing about the SAT is, a better score is a better score. You don’t have to wonder if you took too many math courses.

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