Elias Miller
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Elias Miller
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About

I graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and then completed my master’s degree at the University of Michigan and the postgraduate diploma program at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools including Harvard, MIT, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan, and Georgia Tech. I have also advised and mentored thousands more through my live streams. In addition to my work in college consulting, I am a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as Music Director of both the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and Festival Theater Hudson and as a cover conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States and in Europe.

Elias helped students get into:
Harvard UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins UniversityNorthwestern College
Wellesley CollegeEmory University
University of California, BerkeleyGeorgetown University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Northwestern College
Wellesley College
Emory University
University of California, Berkeley
Georgetown University
Elias helps with…
Admissions Timeline
College Applications & Essays
Majors & Careers
Extracurriculars
Building a School List
College Interviews
Boston
5 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Concentration in Music, Language Citation in Chinese (Mandarin)
University of Michigan – MA | M.M. in Orchestral Conducting
Business
Economics
Psychology
Education
Law
Political Science
Theater
Music
Art
Computer Science
Engineering
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Language
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)

My process

I meet students where they are, and I am flexible in my approach depending on what they need most. In a longer-term package, I help students identify the best schools and programs for them, and I work with them to build a balanced school list, develop and polish their college essays, leverage their extracurricular activities, prepare for interviews, and draft letters of continued interest (if they are deferred or waitlisted). I coach students on negotiating financial aid, and I provide decision support if they struggle to choose between multiple schools. I also offer short-term packages and hourly advising and essay editing for students who are only looking for more specific kinds of help. While I have assisted students in gaining acceptance to some of the most elite universities to the US (including Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Emory), I have also advised students for whom getting into a four-year college at all was a meaningful accomplishment. I have advised large numbers of both domestic and international applicants, and I have worked with students applying to all kinds of colleges and programs, including dual degree programs, combined/accelerated programs, business schools, engineering schools, architecture schools, music schools, theater programs, and more. I have also have helped many students transfer from one university to another. Finally, I occasionally assist students seeking admission to graduate school - both Ph.D. and Master's programs - but in a more limited capacity (usually just essay or statement of purpose editing). I am happy to work with any student, no matter what your grades, test scores, and achievements look like. And no matter who you are, there is always a way to better showcase your accomplishments and thus expand your options when decision time ultimately arrives.

Packages

3 Hours

3 hours

Perfect to get an application to one school taken care of
$525($175/hr)
Save 3%

5 Hours

5 hours

Perfect if you're looking for some general guidance and/or help with a couple college essays.
$825($165/hr)
Save 8%

10 Hours

10 hours

Perfect if you're looking for in-depth guidance on several key applications.
$1,550($155/hr)
Save 14%

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$180.00 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


Build a Balanced School List

$180.00 / 60 min

Too many reach schools? Can't find any safeties you actually like? This is the session for you.


Essay Review

$180.00 / 60 min

Let's work on your essay together!


Essay Review (II)

$255.00 / 90 min

Get detailed, actionable guidance on one 500-650-word essay.


Essay Review (III)

$90.00 / 30 min

Perfect for an essay topi check or a look over a second or third draft.


Essay Topic Check and Brainstorm

$180.00 / 60 min

Brainstorm and hone potential essay topics.


Interview Prep & Mock Interview

$270.00 / 90 min

Come for a full hour-long mock interview and then an hour of post-interview analysis.


Spikey Beats Renaissance (Spike & Theme Building)

$135.00 / 45 min

You know it from my livestreams - I'm all about spikes and themes. Let's figure yours out together!

Essay review

Full Review

$40.00 + 15 cents per word
Estimated return time: 25 hours

Description

A comprehensive review of your essay draft. Recommended if you have a rough or strong draft.


Topic Check

$25.00 + 7 cents per word
Estimated return time: 25 hours

Description

Feedback and guidance on the direction of your topic and themes. Recommended if you’re unsure about your topic and essay outline.

Recent reviews

4.9(96 reviews)

“As always Elias’s help is much appreciated. "

Max G.

“Thank you Mr. Miller. I love your suggestions and will definitely be using them. I didn't have another CV advisor help me. Thanks again"

Varun K.

“So very helpful as usual!"

Saranda R.
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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
Join a quick meeting
Let’s chat
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
Boston
5 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Concentration in Music, Language Citation in Chinese (Mandarin)
University of Michigan – MA | M.M. in Orchestral Conducting
Business
Economics
Psychology
Education
Law
Political Science
Theater
Music
Art
Computer Science
Engineering
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Language
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Tips for success
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