The CollegeVine Mentorship Program

What kind of student do you want to be?

Our Philosophy

While we’re a company that spends a lot of time thinking about college admissions, we care a lot more about our students’ success throughout life in general. College admissions is a gateway, but what really matters for long term success is that students are prepared to be confident leaders and achievers, with well-developed communication skills and strong degrees of self-awareness into their own strengths and weaknesses.

It can be easy to lose track of that with all the admissions hype. Most students that are targeting top schools attempt to build extracurricular profiles that they think colleges want to see; this couldn’t be further against our philosophy of what makes a successful and confident student. We believe that every student should determine for themselves what their interests are, and then develop a strong drive to achieve within those interests.

Our Program

In recognizing this, we’ve built our mentorship program to drive significant personal and professional development for our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Combining mentorship with engaging content, insider strategies, and personalized analyses, our program provides students with the tools to succeed. As students learn from successful older peers, they develop confidence, autonomy, and critical thinking skills. The ultimate goal is for college admissions to just be the next step in series of successes driven by the student.

We’re building stronger students, leaders, and achievers, and we hope you’ll join us too.

How It Works

The CollegeVine Mentorship Program is designed to help students discover their interests, develop significant self-motivation, and become high performing individuals. We carefully pair each student 1-1 with a mentor from a top college, who works personally with the student for an entire year. Our program has three main components each term: Exploring, Structuring, and Achieving. Through each part, students develop their own interests, prepare fantastic profiles for colleges, and grow as individuals and leaders. Each year ends with the culmination of a final project, which challenges students to explore a particular area of interest to make a substantial impact on their surrounding community. Past projects have included successful companies, Intel/Siemens winning projects, published research, charity organizations, and so much more.

Our mentors collectively represent over 20 different majors, substantial extracurricular experiences, and far-ranging success. They are handpicked to challenge and inspire our students, while playing the pivotal role of the first real mentor in the student’s life.

My mentors were more than just my academic and extracurricular advisers — they were my friends, people with whom I forged comfortable relationships. I can’t even begin to thank CollegeVine for all they have contributed to my growth as not only an Ivy League-bound student, but also as a person.

– Hanley M. (Brown PLME)

A Mentorship Program For Each Year

Students benefit from our program regardless of when they join, whether they're first semester freshmen or second semester juniors.

9th Grade Program

For freshmen, our mentorship program focuses on developing a strong academic and extracurricular base. More time is spent on teaching the habits and philosophies behind how to approach high school successfully. Our mentors also play a significant role in helping students develop their interests, which eventually serve as the "hook" for their applications many years later.

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10th Grade Program

For sophomores, our mentorship program guides students down the path to successfully execute on a strong junior year (often the most important year for college admissions). Extra focus is spent on choosing the right classes, developing sound academic habits that will be necessary for junior year (and college!), building extracurriculars and summer activities, and preparing for the college admissions process in advance.

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11th Grade Program

For juniors, the focus is on preparing students for the incoming application process. We help students create their college lists, keep track of deadlines, and secure recommendation letters. Students who complete the junior year mentorship program are exceptionally well-prepared for the admissions process, having designed an application strategy and executed on achieving key milestones.

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Core Elements of all CollegeVine Mentorship Programs

Personal Mentor Pairing

Each student is paired with a personal mentor based on our proprietary personality questionnaire and matching algorithm. All of our mentors are selected to have extremely impressive profiles.

Plan Creation

Each student will work with his or her mentor to develop a full academic and extracurricular plan for the year that details specific and measurable goals and a timeline.

Academic Advising

The mentor serves as the student’s academic advisor, providing personalized insight and clarity into choosing classes, meeting academic milestones, and preparing a standardized test portfolio.

Extracurricular Advising

The largest topic of discussion between students and mentors is the student’s extracurricular profile. We help students best position themselves for impressive activities, strong leadership, and a thematic profile.

Admissions Insights

We became a nationwide brand because of our proprietary admissions curriculum and insights, powered by the thousands of students we’ve worked with. Students have access to all of our learnings so they can stay ahead.

Mind & Interest Broadening

Our mentors are trained in discovering a student’s interests and helping develop them through consistent sharing of intriguing articles, inspiring developments, multimedia content, and discussion-based exploration.

Capstone Achievement (Final Project)

The mentorship program culminates in the development of a final project, envisioned entirely by the student with the help of the mentor. Students explore an area of interest via a special project, like a research paper, self-started organization, website, etc.

Rapport Building & Relationship Development

An essential part of our program is helping students develop strong social skills to build excellent relationships with teachers, counselors, and external figures. We teach students the core elements of relationship building and how to stand out within a community.

Stress Management & Social Development

High school can be extremely stressful. We believe that all successful students have excellent stress management as well as positive social groups that motivate them. Mentors are constantly helping students build skills to surround themselves with good influences.

Benefits (aka What You Can Expect)

Discover and develop a unique set of new passions and real interests

Students in our program become inspired and motivated to pursue ideas, interests, and hobbies that they are actually passionate about. Students feel excited that they have discovered something that truly interests them, and their parents couldn't be prouder.

Develop a student’s self-motivation, passion, and leadership abilities

Our students become successful individuals, not only for college but also for life. They learn to develop their own leadership styles, allowing them to organize and inspire their peers, and they grow into interesting, internally motivated people.

Establish a strong academic and extracurricular profile within a student’s interests

Of course, our students are exceptionally well-prepared for the college process. Besides learning how to develop rock-solid academic profiles, students build resumés that impress adcoms, reducing ambiguity from the more subjective side of the admissions process.

Serve as a positive influence to keep students on the right track

High school is stressful today, with society’s increased emphasis on admissions prestige. Our mentors help students transcend the “arms race” to focus on what’s important to them, a shift that significantly reduces stress and improves overall happiness.

Case Studies

Here are just a few examples of the difference mentorship has made in our clients' lives.

PJ L.

HS Freshman to HS Sophomore

"I'm not really sure what my interests are. I also don’t know what clubs to join. I want a mentor to help me in these areas."

After working with his mentor for a year, he...

  • Discovered an interest in film and created a movie critic blog with his own analyses.
  • Joined 4 clubs, including 1 leadership position & 2 awards... as a rising sophomore!
  • Reported a "sense of responsibility for his own future" and became very self-motivated.

  • Satisfied Client 1

    “PJ has changed so much this year. It's incredible! We are so pleased with everything since [Ethan] started working with him. Thank you so much for inspiring him!”

    Satisfied Client 1 Parent
    PJ's mom
    Current HS Sophomore

Timmy H.

HS Freshman to Harvard Freshman

“To be honest, I'm kind of nervous because my guidance counselor told me that our school doesn't really send kids to top colleges. I feel like I’m pretty smart but I don’t know how to gain an edge.”

After working with his mentor for 4 years, he...

  • Discovered a passion for politics and community service.
  • Developed leadership skills, winning elections to many positions incl. head of 2K student conference.
  • Started charity that donated $5,000 to Bosnia (where he spent part of his childhood) as a final project.
  • Wrote an incredible college application & essay tying his high school career together, ultimately getting into his dream school.

  • Satisfied Client 2

    “My biggest fear was not standing out in the admissions process, but my final project gave me a way to show my real passions on my app. Your advice has fundamentally changed my life! I could never have done it without you.”

    TH
    Harvard Class of 2020

Sarah Z.

HS Sophomore to HS Senior

"I get nervous in big groups and usually prefer to stay in the back... My teachers don’t really know me... I’m hoping this program will help me gain confidence.”

After working with her mentor for a year, she...

  • Discovered her passions for music and debate.
  • Developed an excellent leadership profile (Captain of Marching Band, Best Debater Award at Model UN, 2 other leaderhsip positions)
  • Achieved perfect in-class participation grades throughout junior year.

  • Satisfied Client 3

    “She is such a different girl now! She is even running for Senior Class President next year (wow!!!!!!!) I can't thank you guys enough!!!”

    SZ's Mom
    HS Senior

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