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 three years.

Acceptances 2016-2019

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
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Chapman University
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Drexel University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fordham University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of TechnologyIUPUI
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
Marymount Manhattan University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
New York University (Stern School of Business)
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Pace University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College

Rice University
Purdue University
Rollins College
Santa Clara University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seattle University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
Trinity College
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 San Diego
University of California Santa Barbara
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
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 South Florida

University of Southern California

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

Wesleyan University

Westmont College

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford

Cass Business School

City University London
Imperial College London

King’s College London

London School of Economics

London School of Arts

Loughborough University

Manchester Metropolitan University

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 Bath

University of Bristol

University College London

University of Durham

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Exeter
University of Glasgow

University of Kent

University of Law

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham
University of St. Andrews
University of Manchester
University of Southampton

University of Surrey

University of Warwick




McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
Carleton University

Concordia University

McMaster University

Queen’s UniversityRyerson University
St. Francis Xavier

Western University

University of Waterloo

University of Western Ontario

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

Tillburg University

University of Amsterdam

University College Dublin

University of Milan

USC-Bocconi World Bachelor of Business

Utrecht University


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