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    Ivy Insight: Emerging Leader Summer Program for High School Students

    Ivy Insight: Emerging Leader Summer Program for High School Students


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Two Months
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Career Exploration
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Internships, Humanities
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    A special 2-month summer program to complete an original project with guidance from educators at Stanford, MIT, Duke, and University of Pennsylvania while boosting your college acceptance chances through college coaching, mentorship, & access to an unmatched community of students.

    The Emerging Leader Program provides a bridge between your academic achievements and real-world experience.

    We’re using our years of admissions expertise and strategic alliances to accelerate your success.

    How Does the Emerging Leader Program Help With College Admissions and Your Admissions X-Factor?

    Colleges don’t want well-rounded students, they want a well-rounded class!

    As a college applicant, you have your:

    Metrics (GPA and scores)

    Attributes (personal characteristics)

    Experiences (leadership and service)

    Each aspect of you helps to paint a picture of your unique strengths and talents, ultimately persuading admissions officers to admit you.

    But this year, you may not have some of those metrics available. Maybe your standardized tests were canceled. Perhaps you didn’t perform your best due to the adjustments you were forced to make during online learning. Or everyone’s grades got inflated and now you’re just one of many “A” students.

    Whatever the reason, most applicants will face a challenge when it comes to metrics representation this year.

    This means your attributes and experiences will take center stage!

    But you can’t be all things to all people and hope that you’ll make a positive impression!

    You’ll have to make some difficult, yet critical, choices about where you should apply your focused time and efforts in order to create your college acceptance X-Factor! This “X-Factor” is what helps you to stand out above other applicants in highly-selective college admissions.

    Your college acceptance X-Factor is a combination of your:


    A special or noteworthy talent or quality; for example, your problem-solving abilities, your desire to help others, your incredible knowledge in one topic and a demonstrated record of that expertise


    For example, a hurdle you overcame or an opportunity you took advantage of


    Your ability to impact your peers, organizations, and communities in a meaningful and significant way such that many people benefit from your experience and expertise


    There are many ways to create the X-Factor and it can look very different for every person. It’s important to take into consideration your specific interests, talents, and strengths when deciding where to apply yourself and how to invest your time during this pivotal year. 

    Tracks to Create Your X-Factor 

    Since the X-Factor looks different for every person, we created several tracks to help you refine and supercharge your impact through our Emerging Leader Program. During one-to-one mentorship and group sessions, you will create a special project that is uniquely yours.

    Potential project options:

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Engineering with Stanford and MIT mentors

    Public Health project with Duke University mentors

    Social Science research with University of Pennsylvania mentor

    Scientific and Medical research with medical doctor mentors


    • 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!

      - Student - April 1, 2020
    • Dr. Legatt has helped us formulate college application strategy, writing an effective resume and stand out college essay, as well as building relationships with admission officers. The "accelerator" has effectively guided us on how to build a 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.

      - Parent of Wharton M&T Student - March 17, 2020
    • 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!

      - Student - April 20, 2020