February 2019

ED2 Successes

In the lull before Regular Decision university results, four Ivy Options' students received Early Decision 2 acceptances. Congratulations to Isabella Maamari (American University), Rashad Raad (Wake Forest University), Natasha Zaman (Boston University), and Sudhish Sewpaul (Santa Clara University, not pictured). 

Early Decision 2 is a great application strategy for students who have a top choice university and want to improve their chances beyond the Regular Decision process. This Forbes magazine article has excellent information on ED2 and the universities and colleges that offer the option. For a full list of Ivy Options' student acceptances, see Class of 2019.

Brainstorming Workshops for the Common App Essay

It's time for juniors to put on those thinking caps and get creative with their writing. Ivy Options will host two Common App Personal Statement workshops: Thursday, March 14, and Thursday, March 21, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Students will receive tips and strategies for coming up with ideas for and writing this important 650-word essay which is essential for many U.S. and Canadian universities' applications. Clients should sign up for one of the two sessions as soon as possible to get their first choice. Please rsvp to

Smart Summer Planning 

Students should already have or be actively seeking a productive and enriching summer activity. One company, used by an Ivy Options client, is Summer Discovery, which for a fee helps high school students find internships in over 20 industries. Here are some other top programs still accepting summer applications: Boston UniversityBrown UniversityGeorgetown University, and University of Pennsylvania.

Early Bird Pricing on Summer University Tour

There are still a few more days to take advantage of the discounted rate for Ivy Options' Tour from July 7-20, 2019. The price will soon jump from $3,000 to $3,500. This informative and fun tour  –  led by our Director, Mary Ellen Simoni – will start in Los Angeles and end in the San Francisco area. See Tour 2019 for full details. 

New SAT and ACT Classes Launching Soon

Sign-ups continue for Ivy Options' newest six-week test preparation courses for either the SAT or ACT.

  • SAT Course starts March 3, 2019 and is targeted at students taking the SAT Exam on May 4, 2019 or later.
  • ACT Course starts April 22, 2019 and is targeted at students taking the ACT Exam on June 7, 2019, or later.

ACT and SAT diagnostics are available most Saturdays at 9 a.m., but registration is required. Please contact

SAT and ACT Test Dates To Remember

Please remember to sign up early to get your first choice date and location.

SAT 2019 Test Dates (Registration Deadline):
• May 4 (April 5)
• June 1, SAT Subject Tests Only (May 3)
• October 5, (September 6)

ACT Test Dates (Registration Deadline/Late Registration with fee):
• April 13 (March 8/April 5)
• June 8 (May 3/May 31)
• September 7 (August 9/August 25)
• October 26 (September 27/October 13)

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