The Purpose Driven College Applicant
- Identify and develop your strengths to build a compelling narrative around your interests
- Approach the college application process strategically
- Find and convey your own, authentic voice
- Differentiate yourself from the crowd
Conquer College Admissions!
I have spent over ten years helping students successfully navigate the selective admissions process. I specialize in helping students find their voice and convey their story to the admissions officers.
I have been through the process myself, and I understand the stress and anxiety caused by college admissions. I graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in biochemistry and classics and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell’s Medical School. I also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College. My goal is to add clarity and reduce stress as students and parents navigate this complicated and seemingly opaque process. I have seen the system from all angles, and I am eager to use that knowledge to help you succeed!
Ivy Prep students have been admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, each of the schools in the University of California System, and many more.
Starting as early as freshman year, I identify steps you can take in order to have a successful application senior year!
Meet Your Guide
Dr. Laura Perretta, PhD
Learning is my passion, and I love sharing that passion with others. I experienced the benefits of an exceptional education as an undergraduate and graduate student, and it profoundly changed my life. As an undergrad at Dartmouth, I spent a trimester studying archeology and history in Greece and won the botany award for my genetic research. After earning high honors in molecular biology and biochemistry as well as a classics degree, I completed extensive research in computational biology as part of my PhD in biochemistry and structural biology from Cornell University’s Medical College...Learn More
"I just have no words to say how happy I am today and how fortunate I feel! This would have never been possible without your help."
"Before we started working together, I felt under-qualified for top colleges and felt overwhelmed by the amount of colleges and information out there. Laura answered every little question I had with detail. She helped me feel less overwhelmed and create authentic, personal essays and applications.
Laura is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the college admissions process and gives stellar advice. She provides personal support and reassurance, which is necessary for when going through such a stressful process."
University of Michigan
"I had a very difficult time figuring out what to write about for my essays because I felt that there was nothing unique about myself, but after working with Laura, I had a clear direction and was not worried about sounding plain in comparison to other applicants."