Experience the journeys and triumphs of our valued students through their heartfelt testimonials of success and transformation.
“Jose and Caroline are unparalleled as counselors, advisors, and in their comprehension of the college admissions process. Over the four years, I’ve worked with them, they’ve holistically prepared me for my applications and academic career. Essays, activities, projects, interviews, exam success; Jose and Caroline offer unbelievable attention to detail and proficiency in helping you build the strongest profile possible.
What most sets them apart, however, is not their expertise with regards to the college process; it’s the endless support and encouragement they provide. They were there for me through the thick and thin, always motivating me to chase my ambitious dreams. Throughout the four challenging and turbulent years of high school, not once did I feel daunted as I knew Jose and Caroline were there for me as my mentors. Rather than solely focusing on getting students into top colleges, they form personal relationships which transpire into admissions success.
Another unexpected benefit of working with Jose and Caroline has been the relationships I’ve formed with their other students. I’ve met some of the most brilliant individuals as a result of being a part of the Ivy Central
community and have made friendships that I see lasting for my lifetime.
I have much to thank Jose and Caroline for; They helped me learn more about myself, my passions, and the world of higher education. The bottom line is that they’re the best in the business, and I highly recommend their assistance in the pursuit of your dream college.”
— YohaanUniversity of California, Berkeley
“From the very first meeting, Mr. Jose and Ms. Caroline truly believed in me and took the time and effort to understand me, and what I wanted out of college. Their holistic approach went beyond the obvious, the scores and numbers, to the heart of my application.
Together, they make a great team, complementing each other, and offering diverse and deep insights that especially came through in the application essay and interviewing process. They patiently prodded me to get out of myself and express my personality and unique perspectives. I was encouraged to self-reflect and this process helped me to stand out while being true to myself.
I have learned so much from working with them, not just about colleges, and I am so fortunate to have them as life-long mentors.”
— Uma Stanford University
“I signed up with Jose and Caroline’s Ivy Central in January 2012, and right from the beginning, I received highly specific advice regarding my preparation for the college application process. Whether it was university summer programs or potential summer internships to pursue, Jose and Caroline had a way to clearly identifying an applicant’s strengths and recommending opportunities that allowed those strengths to flourish.
I personally found the college matching process that Ivy Central uses to be the most integral to my final college decision. After making a note of particular attributes I wanted my college experience to have, Caroline prepared a personalized list of schools that fit my criteria. I received information regarding the average student at these schools, average class sizes, social life, ethnic diversity and more. Additional resources included a break down of what different aspects of college life entailed, and helped me decide what was right for me.
As my list of potential schools narrowed and I began my application essays, Jose and Caroline gave me tips on focusing my argument, presenting my strengths effectively and standing out through my writing. Writing resources that Caroline had prepared were also very helpful. When the time finally came to interview for schools, intense daily Skype interview sessions with Jose gave me the confidence I needed to tackle any interview question calmly and effectively. I’m currently enjoying my second semester in my top choice school, so I would say the skills and resources I acquired with Ivy Central definitely paid off! I would most certainly recommend Jose and Caroline, simply because of the effort they take to focus not only on an applicant’s academic goals, but also the social environment in which they feel most comfortable. It is this holistic attention to detail that makes the matching process the most affective, and the applicant’s college experience the most memorable and enjoyable.”
— ArunPomona College
“From the very first call onwards, Jose and Caroline became indispensable to my college process and a greater degree my high school life. Be it guiding me through standardized testing or listening to me talk about my passions and suggesting projects; they truly helped me craft an application around my passions and beliefs. They understood that the application process does not start at the beginning of grade twelve, but rather continues throughout high school. This mentality allowed me to focus on my essay writing and interviews in grade twelve as opposed to scrambling for last minute projects. By the time I was sending out applications, I truly felt like each one was representative of my personality, passions, and experiences. This application was designed for colleges that not only were a great fit for me but also that would help me pursue all my interests.
Their seemingly endless knowledge of any school I asked about, as well as their personalized college lists based on my personality and interests, were complimented with their unending optimism and calm demeanors. The entire college process can be extremely arduous and having Caroline respond to every essay idea within an hour or Jo scheduling emergency interview prep sessions helped me a great deal.
I am incredibly grateful for their help, support, and belief in me. I know that they are not just high school counselors but rather lifelong mentors. ”
— AnushaYale University
“Ivy Central was not just a college counseling service for me – it was a journey in itself, characterized by several ups and downs, but in the end, the result was worth every effort made. Jose and Caroline extracted the best out of me: they were aware of my potential and pushed me to achieve beyond the targets I set for myself. Needless to say, they are experts in building college applications that stand out, but what sets them apart is the endless support and exhortation they offer. Through meetings in person or on Skype, they always ensured I was on track with my goals and patiently responded to all my ideas. The challenging four years of high school almost felt like a breeze as my mentors were always armed with advice, suggestions and of course, Caroline’s smile, which was a huge source of motivation in itself.
From choosing the perfect colleges to making the daunting essay-writing process less stressful, Jose and Caroline have played indispensable roles in helping me reach my dream college. I was always apprehensive as to whether I would succumb to the pressure surrounding me and lose my morale, but Ivy Central did not let me do so. Most importantly, they have inculcated a love for learning in me, which clearly makes Jose and Caroline the best counselors we have today. ”
— JahnviCornell University
“Mr Jose and Ms Caroline: the perfect complements. But, they aren’t merely the average “good cop” and “bad cop”. In fact, they are so much more.
During one of the most painstaking processes in my life, they effortlessly oscillated between encouraging counsellors and harsh critics to blatant interviewers and comforting friends. With a contagious passion and a constant uplifting spirit, they supported me in every step of the way of the seemingly insurmountable journey of applying to colleges.
Mr Jose and Ms Caroline challenged me to push beyond the limits and constraints I had set for myself in my own mind, and lifted me to a level I didn’t even know I was capable of reaching. No words can suffice to express the immense gratitude I have towards this wonderfully harmonious pair. ”
— SachiStanford University
“What sets Caroline and Jose apart is that they never made me feel like just another name in their file; they took the time to get to know me and made me feel like we were in this together. They made this huge, stressful task of applying to college into smaller, digestible chunks that I could accomplish. They helped me identify my strengths, work on my weaknesses and showcase myself in the best light. But they also helped me deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of the whole process and guided me towards pushing myself, so ultimately they helped me not only to gain a place in a good university but to actually deserve that spot. ”
— RheaStanford University
“It’s as if it were just yesterday when I walked into Ms. Caroline’s office in my big black t-shirt and low self-esteem. It was the summer after my IGCSE board exams and I had no idea of what I wanted; being the kind of person who is sometimes too easily overwhelmed, I approached her with the hope of assurance and trust. It wasn’t too long before Ms. Caroline had me figured out, and very soon I found myself applying to a host of small liberal arts colleges across America, with Brown as my top choice.
While I had acknowledged my aptitude for creative writing and photography, they were, for the most part, categorised under the “hobbies” heading. It was numbers, the kind that you saw on report cards, that would get me into college — not pretty photos and words borne out of experience. And while university applications do require the digits, they also pose in front of us seemingly tricky essay questions that many of us answer in the hopes of ‘cracking the question’, but really, they’re looking for your perspective. As seemingly one-directional college application processes may seem, it’s crucial to remember that colleges, too, are looking for the right personality to fit their temper.
Caroline and Jose both forced us to think. After some thorough delving into each and every individual student, they discussed our strengths and pasttimes, family and friends, motives and ambitions — we had to ask ourselves questions that we easily overlooked, such as why we wanted to go into college in the first place! Caroline helped me extensively and tirelessly throughout the essay writing process, providing numerous rereads, word checks, and philosophies.
Needless to say, my correspondence with Caroline and Jose continued throughout college and after. The two of them always made time to meet me when I requested them to do so for quick meetings (if we were in India) and over Skype. The fact that they remain my academic mentors is indicative of their dedication and commitment to each and every student. I am forever grateful to them for providing me with the opportunity and resources to shoot for the moon. ”
— HimaniBrown University
“Ivy Central does much more than just “send” their students to a selective institution. They focus on building a solid foundation by encouraging their students to challenge themselves (socially, physically and intellectually) such that they are better prepared for what a university education has to offer.
Both Caroline and Jose believe in helping their students accelerate their intellectual development. They do so by raising the bar for their students by encouraging them to take the most challenging courses offered to them. This allows them to induce the development of extra-curricular motivations and inculcate a love of learning in their students. I am of the opinion that all students enter high school with great potential; Caroline and Jose inspire them to “realize” that potential in both senses of the word.
To put succinctly: If you are looking for advisors who will bring out every student’s full potential, explain the application process concisely yet thoroughly, and inspire those working with them to be progressive, hardworking and responsible, Caroline and Jose are undeniably the best.”
— ManjulColumbia University
“Jose and Caroline have spent the last two years guiding me through the intricacies of the college application process, but they have done far more than just untangle the nitty-gritty of the experience. They have also done their best to serve as mentors, using their considerable expertise to help navigate high-school life and what comes after. With respect to the application process, that means support every step of the way. Customized college ‘fit-packs’, which provide a firsthand account of campus environments, combined with in-depth chats with Jose and Caroline, helped me draw up a college list that balanced academic rigor and personal preference. Consistent feedback helped me craft supplements that allowed me to communicate my identity to the fullest extent. And through it all, their frank advice in conjunction with their inspiring optimism helped keep me determined. In addition, both Jose and Caroline bring with them many years of experience navigating these crucial years. This means that be it during interview-prep or writer’s block, they have helped countless students who were once in the same shoes. Knowing that I could count on them to be there at every stage was always comforting. I can’t fully express how thankful I am for Jose, Caroline, and all of IvyCentral’s help during the last two years. I know that as I move on to the next chapter, they’ll remain my mentors for years to come.”
— ParthavStanford University
“They are the most experienced counselors you could ask for. Not only were they completely dedicated in helping me with the application process, but they were also so insightful in finding ways to showcase my talents, and really bring out the best in me. From giving me brilliant advice in choosing colleges, to really pushing me to strive for my best, and more importantly making the entire daunting college application process much less fearful, they have truly played a crucial role in getting me to where I am now: attending the college of my dreams!”
— PriyankaPomona College
“Jose and Caroline inspire students to become the best versions of themselves. Their dedication to their students is evident from the frequent check-ins, college-fit advice and interview prep meetings. They don’t just help students grow intellectually, they help students become well-rounded individuals who are equipped to face any hurdle they encounter along the way. Their competence as academic advisors is complemented by their faith in each of their students. It is this faith that they place in us students which allows us to truly spread our wings and fly.”
— AriaColumbia University
“Before I enrolled in Ivy Central I thought I knew everything about college applications and what was best for me moving forward. Yet, with the help of Jose and Caroline as well as the rest of the Ivy Central staff I was able to realize that I had so much more to learn and more opportunities than I could imagine. With their detailed help with the application process and their long hours outside of our meetings helped me reach an amazing university which I did not even imagine I could be in one year ago. Thank you Ivy Central”
— IshanUniversity of Notre Dame
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