FREE Webinar: Get Admitted to the Ivy League and Elite Colleges



I’m Dr. Aviva Legatt. I am an expert in elite college admissions, a Forbes Contributor, and a faculty member at University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. My consulting, speaking, and writing are geared toward helping students, families, and organizations maximize their opportunities in higher education and the workplace. 

Organizations like The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and Business Insider have featured my expertise, and I am frequently invited abroad to speak with groups of all sizes. In 2015, I completed my doctoral degree at Penn in higher education, which makes me an expert in the history and culture of higher education institutions across the United States.

Before founding VivED Consulting LLC, I served on the freshman and transfer undergraduate admissions committees at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, where I also oversaw the top-ranked pre-college program Leadership in the Business World. 

In addition to working with college and graduate school applicants in the United States, I specialize in working with international applicants.  

In my spare time, I enjoy participating in community theatre, meditating, and spending time with family and friends.


Why I really do what I do is because of my experiences as a teenager. You see, my idea for my business was inspired by my own college search in high school. At that time, I didn't have a lot of guidance about how to find and select the best fit colleges, so I figured it out myself by reading guidebooks, conducting research online, and visiting colleges.

My process wasn't perfect, though. I was really stressed at the time (I even contracted pneumonia fall semester senior year). My stress was due to my misguided belief that a college acceptance would make or break my future, and that the one piece of paper would define whether or not I was worthy.  

But this thinking couldn't have been more flawed and incorrect. While I was fortunate to get into my "dream school," NYU, and I had a wonderful experience there, I know I would have had a much better college application process with the right type of support.

Today, I live my dream - I provide students and parents with information and support that they need to be confident in their college-related decisions and the application process. By being the expert on the process, I take out the guesswork. You know what I'm talking about - where you try to read the minds of the admissions officers without any context or basis. (Hint: that's not a good idea).

Now that I have earned my success through hard work, I want to pay it forward by helping you live your dream.

Let me help you to stand out for admission to Ivy League, elite, and highly-selective colleges and universities across the United States.


My students have been accepted to a variety of colleges and universities, including:

  • Bryn Mawr College (undergrad)
  • Colorado College (undergrad)
  • Columbia University (pre-college, Masters)
  • Cornell University (pre-college)
  • Duke University (undergrad)
  • George Washington University (undergrad)
  • Imperial College of London (MBA)
  • New York University, Stern School of Business (undergrad)
  • Northwestern University (undergrad)
  • Occidental College (undergrad)
  • Pitzer College (undergrad)
  • Stanford University (pre-college)
  • University of California (undergrad)
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (pre-college, undergrad, MBA)
  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences (undergrad)
  • University of Michigan (undergrad, MBA)
  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza (undergrad)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (undergrad)
  • University of St. Andrews (undergrad)
  • University of Virginia (undergrad)
  • Yale University (Masters) 

By working with me, you will:

  1. Feel less stressed and more informed than other college and graduate school applicants. 
  2. Know your strengths and weaknesses in the applicant pool.
  3. Strategically and attractively present yourself in order to match the colleges of your choosing. 

The reasons why students get admitted or denied to an institution may seem unpredictable and random. I'll work with you to demystify the evaluation and selection process, and to help you put to your best foot forward on the application.

Download my resource guide for more information.

We can work together in several ways:

  1. With a strategy session, mock interview, or an admissions profile assessment to get you on the right track.
  2. With guidance and edits on full applications or only on essays.
  3. With comprehensive, one-on-one coaching to prepare for and succeed in the college application process.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Current and past clients and employers include:

  • Dozens of prospective college and graduate students
  • The Wharton School
  • Edusmith, Thailand
  • Cialfo, Singapore
  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences; School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Educational Testing Service
  • Corporate University Exchange
  • Mentorverse

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