Master’s and PhD Admissions

At Collegiate Gateway, we work hard to help our clients gain admission to the very best graduate programs where they’ll thrive personally and academically.

Collegiate Gateway’s success is grounded in our passion for education. This is why we consider it a true privilege to help our clients continue their academic life beyond their college years. We have an enormous amount of expertise working with grad school applicants pursuing master’s or doctorate degrees in fields as varied as engineering, computer science, finance, international relations, journalism, urban planning, and clinical psychology.

We provide a highly individualized strategic framework to simplify the entire admissions process, so that from our first meeting, you’ll have absolute confidence you’re doing everything possible to position yourself for success. Above all else, we value the personalized attention and care we provide our clients. It’s through the genuine relationships we build that we can best empower you to craft your story into a powerful and successful application.

Personalized Planning

Phase I – Planning

Based on over a decade of experience, we believe that the most successful graduate school applications require proactive and early planning beginning in the college years. By working together over an extended period of time, we aim to develop a deep relationship with each student, in order to leverage your unique strengths and experience into a stand-out application.

We apply comprehensive knowledge of the distinctive aspects of each graduate school program to provide a custom-tailored approach to every application. No matter your field of study, we have the specific expertise to guide you through every decision you’ll make along the path to admissions success.

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of your academic, personal, and extracurricular background
  • Plan a four-year college course sequence and reevaluate every semester
  • Identify the best research opportunities during college years and summers
  • Counsel on maximizing the value of extracurricular activities
  • Develop and edit professional resume for research, internships, employment, and applications
  • Provide focused support in targeting and applying for beneficial internships and employment
  • Guide on scheduling and preparation for the GRE and subject tests
  • Administer and interpret Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment
  • Provide access to a customized online Student Portal to track action plans, testing, and grad school list
  • Includes proprietary Collegiate Gateway Graduate School Admissions Handbook®, a complete guide to the admissions process
College and Grad School Admissions

Phase II – Application Process

We know the grad school admissions process can feel overwhelming, with countless options and possibilities at every turn. Through years of success, we’ve developed a time-tested framework for the application process, focused on two primary objectives. The first is to help you identify the schools and departments that are the very best fit for you; the second is to help you to gain admission.

We believe every student has the potential to ace the admissions process – you just need the right tools and the right support. We understand grad school admissions inside and out, and we’ll translate that expertise directly into strengthening your application every step of the way.

  • Provide comprehensive, comparative information on graduate school features and admissions
  • Conduct individualized research to inform and guide every decision
  • Counsel on identifying potential fields of specialization
  • Help determine your most important graduate school features
  • Work closely to develop an optimal list of graduate schools that best fit your academic profile, personal preferences, and professional goals
  • Educate on making the most of graduate school visits
  • Establish organizational framework to manage priorities and deadlines
  • Brainstorm and edit compelling Personal Statement and Statement of Purpose, and clarify the critical differences between the two
  • Brainstorm, customize, and edit school-specific application essays
  • Coordinate preparation of supplementary materials
  • Counsel on obtaining effective recommendations from professors and employers
  • Supervise completion and submission of each application
  • Help develop strong update letters to schools after applications are submitted
  • Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback
  • Advise on applying for and maximizing merit-based scholarships
  • Counsel on follow-up with waitlisted schools to boost chances of acceptance
  • Help you make your final decision!
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of your academic, personal, and extracurricular background
  • Plan a four-year college course sequence and reevaluate every semester
  • Identify the best research opportunities during college years and summers
  • Counsel on maximizing the value of extracurricular activities
  • Develop and edit professional resume for research, internships, employment, and applications
  • Provide focused support in targeting and applying for beneficial internships and employment
  • Guide on scheduling and preparation for the GRE and subject tests
  • Administer and interpret Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment
  • Provide access to a customized online Student Portal to track action plans, testing, and grad school list
  • Includes proprietary Collegiate Gateway Graduate School Admissions Handbook®, a complete guide to the admissions process
  • Provide comprehensive, comparative information on graduate school features and admissions
  • Conduct individualized research to inform and guide every decision
  • Counsel on identifying potential fields of specialization
  • Help determine your most important graduate school features
  • Work closely to develop an optimal list of graduate schools that best fit your academic profile, personal preferences, and professional goals
  • Educate on making the most of graduate school visits
  • Establish organizational framework to manage priorities and deadlines
  • Brainstorm and edit compelling Personal Statement and Statement of Purpose, and clarify the critical differences between the two
  • Brainstorm, customize, and edit school-specific application essays
  • Coordinate preparation of supplementary materials
  • Counsel on obtaining effective recommendations from professors and employers
  • Supervise completion and submission of each application
  • Help develop strong update letters to schools after applications are submitted
  • Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback
  • Advise on applying for and maximizing merit-based scholarships
  • Counsel on follow-up with waitlisted schools to boost chances of acceptance
  • Help you make your final decision!

Proven Success

Our students have been accepted to programs at the top universities around the world, including:

Brown University, PhD in Comparative Literature
Carnegie Mellon University, MS in Energy Science
Columbia University, MA in Data Science
Georgetown University, MA in Conflict Resolution
Johns Hopkins University, PhD in Molecular Biology
Kings College London, MA in Sustainable Cities
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MA in Urban Planning
MIT Media Lab, PhD in Physics
Princeton University, PhD in English
Stanford University, PhD in Physics
UCLA, PhD in Biology
University College London, MA in Urban Design
University of London, MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Pennsylvania, MA in City Planning

“I cannot reiterate enough how grateful I am for all the help and support that you provided for me throughout the admissions process. Thank you for keeping me organized, succinct, and motivated! I cannot thank you enough for your tireless efforts in helping put the pieces together.”

Student, MIT Media Lab, PhD in physics, Class of 2025

“Thank you so much for all your help throughout this process, Julie! I really loved how my essays and thinking about my plans evolved while we worked together.”

Student, Stanford University, MA in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022

“Not only did Julie help organize my materials and deadlines, but our conversations were thought-provoking and valuable. Julie has a great energy that is motivational and made a stressful undertaking truly enjoyable.”

Student, Johns Hopkins University, MA in Advanced International Studies with full scholarship, Class of 2019

“Julie helped me find my strengths and weaknesses and clarified the differences between the PsyD and PhD programs. My favorite part was collaborating to create an amazing and truly unique Personal Statement essay.”

Student, Pace University, PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology, Class of 2020
Read Our Success Stories

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