Elite Applications Program

If you’re looking to gain acceptance to the most competitive universities in the world, look no further. We have the program for you.

We help high-achieving students stand out from the competition.

If you’ve arrived at this page, it means that you’re looking to gain acceptance into the toughest, most competitive colleges in the nation. Having been there ourselves in the same situation not too long ago, we know exactly what you’re going through. You’ve worked hard for the past 3 years and now it’s time to put it all together.

Our Elite Applications Program was designed specifically for students looking to gain an edge in the admissions process.

Our students see real results:

Stand out with a strong application. Read about one of our students who was accepted to 7 Ivy League schools in Business Insider.

3x acceptance rate at top 10 schools, relative to market.

We triple our students’ chances of getting into the most competitive schools.

500+ students sent to Ivy League and equivalent schools. This past cycle alone, we sent over 500 students to elite schools.

Did you know?

CollegeVine originally was born from top schools (Harvard and UChicago). We got started by advising on top 15 schools.

Our Elite Applications Program differs from our standard program in a few meaningful ways:

Development of a unique admissions theme

Extra focus on essays and standing out

Review of activities list to improve memorability

Advice specifically geared towards elite schools

Make your application memorable:

1:Develop a unique admissions theme

The difference between applicants who have a clearly developed admissions theme and those who don’t? Getting remembered by the admissions committee.

An admissions theme is a central concept or story that ties together the otherwise disparate aspects of your application into a cohesive whole. When you craft your own admissions theme effectively, you’re creating a unique application that no one else can lay claim to.

In the Elite Apps Program, your consultant will help you identify what makes you unique and show you how to create your very own admissions theme.

Impress admissions officers with your story:

2:Craft essays that impress admissions officers

At the highest level, top applicants will have incredibly competitive resumes. The only way to stand out is to nail the essay portion of the application.

Your consultant will work tirelessly with you to ensure that your essay is unique, memorable, and conveys why you should be admitted.

One of our students got into 7 Ive League schools. Business Insider spoke to him about his experience. Read his essay at Business insider.

Expert essay advice aimed at perfecting your unique admissions narrative, helping you stand out.
Expert essay advice aimed at perfecting your unique admissions narrative, helping you stand out.
Detailed in-line comments about theme, content, and execution. Spelling and grammar too, so it’s flawless.
Detailed in-line comments about theme, content, and execution. Spelling and grammar too, so it’s flawless.

Present yourself in the best light:

3:Highlight your accomplishments in your Activities List

Something a little less well-known is the fact that the Activities List section is one of the most important determinants in whether you’ll get accepted or not. Think about it — it’s the only way that colleges will know about your extracurricular achievements. And how admissions officers will ultimately perceive your accomplishments is based entirely on how you present them using your 200 characters.

Having seen thousands of activities list, we’ll make sure your activities are represented and formatted properly for admissions officers.

Understand how it works at the highest level:

4:Get advice specifically geared towards top colleges

The other reason we created a specialized version of our standard Applications program was that we recognized that, for Ivy League and high selective colleges, certain decisions will matter more than others. Our data set, collected from working with thousands of students, has provided us insight into how top colleges are making their decisions.

Our Elite Consultants will work with you to optimize your application in context of the more competitive admissions process at top schools.

Plus, Get Access to All of Our Standard Applications Program Features

Personal List of Schools

that you’ll want to attend, with data to predict your chances of acceptance.

Application Strategy

to develop an admissions theme that helps your application be memorable.

Track All Deadlines

to reduce stress and make sure you don’t miss anything.

Craft Strong College Essays

from brainstorming to final editing. We’ll help you stand out.

Common App Guidance

to highlight your achievements and awards successfully.

Prep for your College Interviews

with practice questions and mock interviews.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Help

to make college more affordable

Financial Analysis Tool

to help you understand your college investment fully.

Post-Acceptance Decisions

to help choose the right college out of all your acceptances.

Your Own Elite College Admissions Team

Experienced, Near-Peer Mentorship

The admissions process can get stressful, so it's important to have someone to rely on. All of our consultants are recruited from the most competitive schools in the country and were recently successful in the college admissions process. Trained in CollegeVine's proven application method, your personal consultant will guide you through the application process and improve your odds of admission.

1-On-1 Sessions

Every student's situation is different. That's why all of our sessions are 1 on 1, allowing for each session to meet your specific needs.

Meet An Admissions Consultant

Ling R.

Political Science and Government at Princeton

You don’t need to be anyone else to succeed — you need to know that you are enough. But I also want to expand on this idea: Be yourself and understand who you are. Colleges are looking for individuals who demonstrate that they have been thinking about the intersections of their different identities, extracurricular interests, and academic pursuits, and that they are exploring how they can apply their unique perspectives to the world around them. An application is a very condensed representation of you, so seek out ways to add complexity and color. (Read an interview with Ling in Teen Vogue.)

Ayesha P.

History Major at Stanford

Being able to connect with high school students is an immensely rewarding experience, especially since so much of CollegeVine is concerned with enabling students to pursue what they're truly interested in as a way of creating a profile which represents their best selves. There's nothing like hearing someone talk about "their thing," which is something that CollegeVine enables.

Kiran D.

English and Economics at Yale

My favorite part of working with CollegeVine students is being a part of the excitement they experience as they discover the stories of who they are and watch the next steps of their lives unfold before them. The college process can be long and tiring, but as we begin to accomplish the goals we discussed at the outset, there is excitement too. Students begin to envision their future and it's amazing to be a part of that process. One of my clients was worried about appearing too STEM-focused to colleges. I helped him craft both a concrete narrative and greater understanding of himself as a student.

But don't just take it from us!

What Clients Say


Student, Accepted to MIT

CollegeVine helped me send in the best possible essays that I could write, and I'm certain that without it, I would not be unable to come up with creative and interesting topics for my essays.


Parent of a scholarship winner

We were successful in receiving an another $2k for E.'s merit scholarship each year. This is particularly outstanding because the other school was offering the same amount and some would say a lower tiered school. I definitely credit Collegvine with our success.


Student, accepted to Cornell and Columbia

The help of my consultants completely exceeded my expectations!! They were not only ALWAYS available, they provided the best feedback content wise and strategy wise. I would not have handed such a good application without their tremendous help. Thank you!!

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