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Ivy Options employs a unique approach to help our students gain admission to the best universities all over the world.

  • We limit our annual intake of clients so that we can provide in-depth individualized attention for each student.

  • Most admissions consulting firms in Dubai are made up of advisors who have neither attended an elite American university nor worked in admissions at the university level. Mary Ellen Simoni, the Director and Founder of Ivy Options, remains personally involved in each family's road to university. Her extensive network in the university admissions community and expertise gained from working for nearly a decade in Stanford University's Office of Admissions ensures that our students receive the most reliable and creative advice.


  • Ivy Options takes a truly international perspective; we advise students on how to get into the best universities — not only in the United States but all over the world. Rather than being committed to one national system, we are student-focused, helping each client to identify their best-choice universities for their academic studies and future employment prospects.


  • Our mature, experienced advisors understand the perspective of both students and parents, while our past students frequently offer help and insider advice to current students during the application process.


  • All our advisors give both students and parents highly individualized attention and guide them through the entire process – from navigating freshman year to seeking internships to choosing from among their university offers. Moreover, we help students to define their unique voice and to highlight their story in a way that will make them stand out from thousands of other applicants.


These features distinguish us from larger firms in Dubai and numerous online providers. Our success is evident in the universities where our students have gained admission over the past four years.


United States

American University
Arizona State University
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Baylor Univeristy
Bennington College
Bentley University
Birmingham University
Boston College
Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Chapman University

Claremont McKenna
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Drexel University
Emerson College
Emory University

Florida Atlantic University
Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College

Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College

Hult University
Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana University Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University

Johnson and Wales University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
Marymount Manhattan University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Middlebury College

New York University
New York University (Stern School of Business)
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Pace University

Parsons – The New School
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College

Rice University
Purdue University
Rollins College
Santa Clara University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seattle University

Skidmore College

Stanford University

Suffolk University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University

The George Washington University
Trinity College

Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
U.S. Naval Academy
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign
University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Miami
University of Michigan

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina Charlotte
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School
University of Rhode Island


University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of San Francisco
University of South Florida

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Tampa

University of Texas Arlington 

University of Texas Austin

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin Madison

University of  Chicago

University of Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Villanova University

Virginia Tech

Wakeforest University

Washington University, St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Westmont College

United Kingdom

American University of Richmond

Cass Business School

City University of London

Durham University
Imperial College London

King’s College London

London School of Economics (LSE)

Loughborough University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Marangoni London

Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University

Queen Mary University of London

Regent's University London

Royal Holloway University of London
SOAS University of London

St. Mary's University

University of Arts London (UAL)

University of Bath

University of Brighton

University of Bristol

University of Cardiff

University of Cambridge

University College London (UCL)

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Exeter
University of Glasgow

University of Greenwich

University of Kent

University of Kingston

University of Law

University of Leeds

University of Manchester

University of Newcastle

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Reading
University of St. Andrews
University of Southampton

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of Warwick




Carleton University

Concordia University
McGill University

McMaster University

Queen’s University

Ryerson University
St. Francis Xavier

Western University

University of British Columbia

University of Toronto

University of Waterloo

University of Western Ontario

Vancouver Film School

Western University

York University


American University of Beirut
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Groningen University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

IE University

Maastricht University

New York University Abu Dhabi

New York University Shanghai

Parsons Paris – The New School

RCSI Bahrain

Tillburg University

University of Amsterdam

University College Dublin

University of Milan

USC-Bocconi World Bachelor of Business

University of Leiden

Utrecht University


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