We provide a complete package of tailored services for all applicants. Our dedicated, personal consultant will apply the AKAD Method to help you.
We help applicants navigate through the full application process. All consultants are current and former admissions officers and top MBA alumni able to gain firsthand knowledge about admissions from current students and alumni networks.
We review your experiences, skills and future plans to determine how to convey that you are strong in the five dimensions that Admissions Committees care about:
- Personal and
We assist candidates to develop these points into a coherent and convincing argument for admission – your admission case;
We guide and tutor you in writing essays so as to best convey your admission case;
- Design a resume that captures your most important accomplishments, reinforces your admission case, and meets Admissions Committees preferences for layout;
- Select recommenders who will most effectively support your admission case;
- Revise and polish all documents you submit;
- Prepare for interviews with simulations that will build your interview skills and confidence;
Undergraduate Service Package
Why we are the best
The Director of College Counseling and our Dream Team position the student, meaning we discover their voice and strengths for the personal statement. Our Director has acquired a unique skill set from over 20 years of experience at a top U.S. boarding school assisting students with their personal statements. He has helped thousands of International students find their voice, and he will successfully discover yours.
Positioning the student for the personal statement is the single most important factor in the application process, especially if the student is applying to highly selective schools (e.g. Ivy League). Helping a student discover his positioning strategy is not a natural skill or a skill that can be acquired without practice and experience. Therefore, there are not many individuals like our Director of College Counseling with the level of insight and ability to help students discover their strengths. Our Director has decades of experience in assisting students from a wide range of academic talents. One of the best boarding schools in America, and more importantly the parents of its students, entrusted our Director to help their children with college applications.
Drafts of the personal statement are sent to our essay committee. Our essay committee is another important advantage of our service, because it comprises former university professors with Ph.D.s in the Humanities. These professors have years of experience as editors of major academic publications in their field. There are not many people that can match our essay committee’s writing ability.
AKAD has recruited former professors with humanities Ph.D.s because of their disciplines’ focus on writing. These are not just smart people; they are highly trained and certified experts in writing. To fix a sick person, you take him to see an M.D.; to fix a sick essay, you take it to see a Ph.D. These former professors are able to ensure that your thoughts and your story are conveyed accurately on paper. After all, having the right idea is only half the battle. The other half is making sure your idea shines through in your personal statement.
We hired former Deans and officers to accurately reflect a university admissions committee. Deans determine the vision and objectives of the admissions effort at their Universities. Admissions officers are the gatekeepers that determine whether you are accepted or rejected. Our Deans and admissions officers have each read thousands of applications, and from this experience, have can determine whether an application is strong enough to impress a real admissions committee. Our AKAD Admissions Committee ensures that each of our client’s application is ready to be submitted.
Sample timetable for undergraduate preparation for US study
* Sit for the SAT I and AP Exams.
* Sit for the SAT IIs
(Note: For many of the most selective colleges, 2 or 3 SAT II exams are required).
* Start taking notes on possible Personal Statement topics.
* Start compiling a list of potential colleges you would like to apply to.
* Produce the first draft of the personal statement.
* Continue to revise the personal statement (the personal statement should be close to its final product by this time).
* Approach teachers for recommendations.
* Finalize the list of your final 8-10 universities.
* If possible, visit the universities and meet with representatives from these universities.
* Retrieve recommendation letters from teachers and complete early decision applications.
* Sit for SAT I again if necessary.
* Submit early decision applications (deadlines are usually late October or early November).
* Retrieve recommendation letters from teachers and complete regular decision applications.
* Sit for SAT II exams if necessary.
Jan 1/15, Feb 1:
* Deadline for most college regular applications.
* Universities will notify students of their acceptance during this period.
* Begin deciding on which schools you want to attend.
* Reply dates for most universities are usually set during this period.
* Once you choose a university, a deposit will have to be made to secure your spot.