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Northwestern University

I very much appreciated the Ivy Options' insightful guidance, persistence, and teamwork throughout this trying process.

UC Berkeley

I knew I could always come to the office whenever I needed help choosing classes, writing essays, or even when I needed an art critic!


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Ivy Options'

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Boston University

The community, the amazing advisors, and the sense of family (helping each other no matter what)

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Georgetown University

I was always able to contact Laura with any questions I had  and she would get back to me quickly. I also thought that the essay editing was really great, I definitely would not have got my essays to that standard without her help. It's also taught me editing tips that I can use in the future.

Imperial College
Graduate School

Thank you so much for helping me with the applications to grad school. As usual, I genuinely do not think I could have done it without you!

More Student Perspectives


New York University-Stern School of Business

"Ivy Options was the easiest decision I made throughout my college application process. It helped make my applications standout during an increasingly competitive period in college admissions. Ivy Options brought out traits and strengths in me that I didn’t know existed."



Columbia University

"Because of Ivy Options, my college application experience was exciting rather than scary. I felt supported and guided every step of the way. Mary Ellen truly helps students unleash their potential. It brought out the best in me."


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

"Ivy Options made all the difference when it came to my college applications. They can't be matched in their personalized help and dedication to their students. They really care about their clients' happiness and success!"



University of California-Berkeley

"Ivy Options is amazing! Mary Ellen and her team are the best experts to guide you through the college application process."



University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School

"Ivy Options is incredibly supportive and all the members are so kind. They really want you to succeed and treat you like family!"



Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne (EHL)

“Ivy Options not only helped me find my ideal university; it helped me grow as an individual and become confident."



Northeastern University, Masters of Engineering Management

"I have always dreamed  of studying in the U.S. but (being Dutch) didn't know the process. Ivy Options provided expert advice on every detail of my application. They were always available, professional, and took a real interest in me.

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Emory University

Of all of Ivy Options' services, help with application essays was the most effective for me. Without their help, I wouldn't have been able to come up with strong topics and write such well written essays.

Parent Perspectives:

“The extremely professional, caring, and genuine one-on-one time with the student from start to finish is what made the process so easy. The stress was alleviated completely for both student and parent which is so important especially during their last year living at home. A great service which facilitates the application process and aids them in making the correct decisions which suit them best.”

"Mary Ellen is truly the highest quality professional in her line of business. I have been impressed with her knowledge of College applications worldwide. She helped my son identify his career path, presented him with the best options available and guided him to understand what did he need to do to get to the University of his choice. In addition she is very kind and easy to create relationships with teenagers as well as their families."

“I found the program was a good value for the money: a very professional program with ample opportunities for classroom time as well as off line and with mock tests. Mary Ellen was very accessible and a source of great counsel for parents as well as students.”

“Mary Ellen Simoni is a professional who has a great rapport with her students. She enables them to find their gifts and to integrate them into their extracurricular activities and academic studies. She was an integral part of our daughter’s personal and academic successes. We highly recommend Ivy Options.”

“The whole team are so invested in their students, understand and truly care for them.”

“We loved working with Ivy Options. Mary Ellen and the team guided us with all their knowledge and wisdom, which gave us confidence that we were proceeding correctly. We will definitely use Ivy Options for our next child!”

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