Hi! I'm Dr. Aviva Legatt. You won't find many college application coaches with my level of expertise, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, The School of the New York Times, Business Insider, and more.
My tenure as Senior Associate Director of Special Programs and Admissions at Wharton made me keenly aware of the subtle, but important influences that determine applicants' acceptance or denial to college. I hold a doctorate from Penn in Higher Education, so I'm also an expert on the history and culture of universities. This history and culture determines what qualities universities value and what qualities they do not.
I'll work with you to demystify the evaluation and selection process. By the end of working together, you will look as fantastic on paper as you do in real life!
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"With years of experience, Dr. Legatt has helped us formulating college application strategy, writing effective resume and stand out college essay, as well as building relationship with admission officers. The 5 session boot camp has effectively guided us on how to build strong profile to stand out for admission to elite schools. With Dr. Legatt’s help and guidance, we have been able to focus on the right things through each stage of the college application process armed with the critical information."
"Dr. Legatt has been an amazing help throughout the difficult college process. Her expertise and careful review made my application resonate perfectly with the school that I am applying to. Her quick response and supportive attitude has made everything about this experience smooth and gratifying. I urge anyone striving to make their application outstanding to take full advantage of Dr. Legatt’s knowledge and judgement. Thank you Dr. Legatt!"
"With SAT scores around the 25th percentile of admitted students for Penn, I thought Wharton was a reach. However, with the help of Dr. Aviva I was able to refine my personal statement, supplement essay, and resume. I am now a proud member of the Wharton Undergraduate Class of 2021! Dr. Aviva was extremely responsive, insightful, and gracious through this process. She guided me in putting my best foot forward in my application and I could not be happier with my result. Thank you so much Dr. Aviva, you’re the best!"
"Dr. Legatt helped me tremendously in the college admissions process! Without her help, I wouldn't have been able to get accepted to my dream school. She is beyond experienced and knowledgeable about everything that students need to know to get into their top schools. She is also very patient and kind. From the start, Dr. Legatt looked through parts of my application and gave me very insightful feedback. She gave me detail-oriented advice, and pointed out things I certainly couldn't have improved on my own. She gave me very helpful feedback on my personal essay and supplement with constant rounds of edits that were very thorough. Dr. Legatt really helped me highlight my strengths. She is an amazing expert and I would recommend her services to anyone. Thank you so much Dr. Legatt!"
"Thank you so much for putting so much effort and time into correcting the essays and being so kind and patient with all those phone calls helping me think of ideas. I am so lucky to have you as my instructor and I really could not have done it without you. In this process I have also improved so much with my writing in general learning from your edits and comments. I can’t say thank you enough times."
"Dr. Aviva was a superb counselor- timely reply, very patient, and kind. She shared complete information, ideas, rationale and encouragement on my essays. You can discuss any idea with her. I feel the most valuable is when she guides me to think deeper, to explore my own interest. When needed, she used her contacts to get real and reliable information, provided timely feedback to me, and ensured that everything was correct. Going step by step with Aviva make me feel at ease, even very motivated. Thanks to Aviva’s help, I am excited to attend Bryn Mawr College next year! I am full of thanks and moved. Very highly recommended!"
"In China, lots of application counselors will say lots of beautiful words before the contract is signed. But once they receive their payments, they begin to reply email very slowly and reply with very general comments. So in China, application mentors and mentees don’t trust each other and only have money-based relationship. Aviva really set a much higher professional standard bar than those Chinese mentors. Without Aviva, I may never have gotten a chance to be admitted by Wharton. Aviva not only provided excellent services during my school choosing, career story telling, essay writing and interview preparation, but also leverage her expertise in education and experience in Upenn admission office to make my profile much better than those candidates who have similar background as me."
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