A college application bootcamp for Class of 2018 students and their families.

How to Persuade Admissions Officers to Admit You

Please join Dr. Aviva Legatt, college admissions expert, Penn professor, and past Senior Associate Director of Special Programs and Admissions at Wharton, for an informational webinar on How to Persuade Admissions Officers to Admit You. Ask Dr. Legatt anything and learn about the college application bootcamp "Let's Apply to College!"

Two Webinar slots are available:

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 8PM ET/5PM PT
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 8PM ET/5PM PT

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/b0c40e8fd626b472dc2040ba88984b7b


Welcome to "Let's Apply to College!" a 5-week college application bootcamp led by college admissions expert, Dr. Aviva Legatt. By the end of this bootcamp, you will:

  1. Identify what makes you unique and "diverse" in a very competitive applicant pool.
  2. Write an outstanding college essay.
  3. Learn how to build relationships with college admissions officers.

This bootcamp combines group and one-on-one instruction for up to 40 students, and is limited to Class of 2018 high school students (and their families).

After completing, you will continue to have access to Dr. Legatt via her private Facebook group, College Application Success Portal, and email tips.


Each week, the course will be customized to you; I'll survey you ahead of class to ensure I address your most pressing questions. We'll also have 10-15 minutes of live Q&A at each bootcamp meeting. 

Part 1: What makes you unique and "diverse?" How to differentiate yourself in a competitive applicant pool.  Colleges want to admit a class that represents a diversity of thought, background, and experience. But most applicants have no idea what they'll add to the class; as a result, they fail to make a compelling argument about why they should be admitted. In Part 1, I'll help you identify your "uniqueness" and strengths that colleges look for so that you can stand out as an attractive applicant.

Part 2: Craft an Outstanding Essay: Persuade college admissions officers to admit you. Your college essay needs to be memorable, authentic, and distinctly you. Learn how the essay is viewed in the context of competitive college admissions and complete a version of your Common App essay. Guest appearance by College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, author of College Essay Essentials.

Part 3: Build Relationships with College Admissions Officers: How to make yourself college admissions famous. When college admissions officers know who you are before you submit, you are more likely to be admitted. You'll walk away with tips for approaching college admissions officers and professors so that you stand out and become more than a number. 


Meetings take place on Wednesdays (May 24-June 21) from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern Time. Each will include a live Q&A. Ask me anything!

Sessions are delivered live and recorded (so don’t worry if you have to miss one).

Schedule doesn't work for you? Video files will be stored on our private bootcamp website, where you can download them at your convenience. 

You can also work with me one-on-one or subscribe to my College Application Success Portal!


As a student in this bootcamp, you will get:

  • Lifetime access to 5 live webinars, tailored to bootcamp students. 
  • 20-minute one-on-one consultation with Dr. Legatt. 
  • 6 months of access to the College Application Success Portal and Dr. Legatt's email tips.
  • Exclusive membership in Dr. Legatt's Facebook group - Optional perk. Not required to join.
  • A copy of College Essay Essentials by Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy. 
  • Essay writing tools that allow you to self-assess your work and easily complete essays by yourself or with guidance.
  • Email reminders about important application milestones.
  • Templates, resources, and tools that allow you to have a smooth application process.

Through participating in this bootcamp, you will:

  • Strengthen your application messaging through guidance by expert Dr. Aviva Legatt (who served on the admissions committee for an Ivy League university).
  • Meet with Dr. Legatt one-on-one for a 20-minute consultation.
  • Complete the first version of your Common Application essay.
  • Identify colleges that match your best qualities. 
  • Find merit-based scholarships to target.
  • Finish your college applications with greater calm and confidence.
  • Receive exclusive tips and reminders to stay on track with your college applications through the end of 2017.
  • Have access to Dr. Legatt and ongoing support through a private Facebook group.

About Your Instructor

Hi! Dr. Aviva Legatt here. I am offering this bootcamp because I am passionate about helping students to understand what they bring to a college, and how colleges are motivated to admit or deny students. This insight, my friends, is ultimately how you find the right strategy to stand out in a very competitive applicant pool.

It is important to me that this offering is affordable so that more students have access to knowledge that allows them to gain a competitive edge.

As a college admissions expert and college application guide, I am frequently quoted in the press, including Business Insider, Reader's Digest, BusinessBecause, ZenDesk, and GenHERation

I have helped hundreds of students get admitted to their top-choice college. 

With my experience serving on the freshman and transfer admissions committees for Wharton and as past director of Wharton's Leadership in the Business World, I have unique insight that is not readily available to other college admissions experts, students, and parents.

As a professor at Penn, I am dedicated to teaching and student learning. You can check out the links to my other online courses at The School of the New York Times and the University of Pennsylvania.

I look forward to seeing you in May!

Let's work together to make you look as good on paper as you do in real life!

Limited seats available!

Registration closes soon!









Welcome to the Bootcamp!

Service Options




Access to Dr. Legatt via her private Facebook Group

Weekly emails so you stay on track

Organize application requirements

Identify merit aid opportunities

Search the FISKE college guide

Streamline your college application process

Edit and assess your college essays





Live bootcamp sessions and lifetime downloads for 5 custom-tailored webinars  

20-minute one-on-one with Dr. Legatt

6-month CASP subscription

Access to Dr. Legatt via her private Facebook group

Savings of $330





Includes 2 one-on-one sessions with Dr. Legatt on Common Application essay strategy

Unlimited edits on your Common App essay

Live bootcamp sessions and lifetime downloads for 5 custom-tailored webinars 

6-month CASP subscription

Access to Dr. Legatt via her private Facebook group

Savings of $480



While this bootcamp is designed for the group, you have the option to remain anonymous while getting supported on this journey. The webinar attendee list will remain hidden so you can't be identified.  I will neither identify you nor your questions without your permission. 

Through this bootcamp, you have the option to receive my ongoing support online (as well as the support of other applicants and parents). Therefore, I welcome you to join our secret Facebook group (but please know that this is totally optional).

We can address your pressing and individual questions in the included 20-minute one-on-one session (or we can do a longer strategy session afterwards).