Aja Altenhof
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Aja Altenhof

About

I went to the University of Pennsylvania (C’ 21) where I double majored in Linguistics & Cognitive Science and graduated magna cum laude. Currently, I'm working towards a Masters in the Evolution of Language and Cognition at the University of Edinburgh! I've been working professionally in college advising for four years. I emphasize a holistic approach to advising. I'm here to guide my students through every step of the process, from creating the perfect school list and admissions narrative, thr...

Princeton, NJ
4 years of experience
University of Pennsylvania (2021) BA in Cognitive Science & Linguistics | University of Edinburgh (expected 2022) MSc in the Evolution of Language and Cognition
Linguistics
Neuroscience
Psychology
Language
Cognitive Science
Aja helped students get into:
University of PennsylvaniaBrown UniversityDuke University
Vanderbilt UniversityUniversity of MiamiUniversity of Florida
University of Pennsylvania
Brown University
Duke University
Vanderbilt University
University of Miami
University of Florida
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Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them

My process

I take a holistic and structured approach to advising, ensuring that each session supports the next and centers the student's needs. As a low-income student, I am intimately familiar with the ins and outs of financial aid and securing lucrative scholarships. As an academic linguistic, someone who thinks about words and meanings for a living, I am a meticulous, knowledgeable and constructive essay editor.
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.

Packages

Starter - Test Prep

5 hours

For families interested in boosting their ACT or SAT scores, this package includes 1 complete test review and 3 section prep sessions, tailored to your student's specific needs.
Save 20%

$500($100/hr)

Starter - Advising

10 hours

For families looking for help on a couple of key schools
Save 8%

$1,150($115/hr)

Success - Test Prep

10 hours

For families interested in boosting their ACT or SAT scores, this package includes 2 complete test reviews and 6 section prep sessions, tailored to your student's specific needs.
Save 28%

$900($90/hr)

Comprehensive - Test Prep

14 hours

For families interested in boosting their ACT or SAT scores, this package includes 3 complete test review and 8 section prep sessions, tailored to your student's specific needs.
Save 32%

$1,190($85/hr)

Success - Advising

25 hours

For families looking for support across the admissions process
Save 16%

$2,625($105/hr)

Comprehensive - Advising

40 hours

For families looking for comprehensive support on every part of your admissions journey
Save 24%

$3,800($95/hr)

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$125.00 / 60 min
Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.

Building a Balanced School List

$70.00 / 45 min
Build a perfect school list with a the right balance of safety, target, and reach schools.

Understanding Admissions

$60.00 / 30 min
Send me your admissions questions to answer during a quick meeting, paired with comprehensive notes.

Interview preparation (with mock interview)

$125.00 / 120 min
Learn how to nail your next interview and put your new skills to the test in a mock interview.

Aja’s most recent videos

How to write the UPenn essays with Aja

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How to get into UPenn

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Creating a Compelling Application Theme with Aja

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Recent reviews

5.0(2 reviews)

“Aja was extremely knowledgeable about the application process and UPenn's requirements. She also was patient to answer our random college questions. "

Loren P.