Nearly 27,000 Canadian students studied at higher education institutions in the United States during the 2011/12 academic year. The truth is Canadian students looking to gain admission to selective U.S. colleges are vying against an extremely competitive global applicant pool for limited spots. But there are steps Canadian students can take to set themselves apart when applying to schools south of the border.
Dr. Katherine Cohen (known as “Dr. Kat” to her students) is one of the leading independent university admissions counselors in the world. Cohen is the founder and CEO of IvyWise, a comprehensive educational consulting company—with expertise in admissions counseling, tutoring and test preparation, and school research--that works with students globally in over 40 countries to help them get into the schools of their choice. IvyWise is comprised of a team of ex Deans and Directors of Admission from the most selective universities. Cohen is the best-selling author of The Truth About Getting In and Rock Hard Apps, and is a sought-after speaker and expert on university admissions. She is a YPO Member, one of the most highly rated YPO Speakers, and has been a Faculty Resource for YPO/WPO since 2000. Cohen also speaks frequently to banks, corporations, and schools about the university admissions process and is the Higher Education Expert for LinkedIn. Cohen is routinely quoted in international media and regularly contributes to the TODAY Show, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, Forbes, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Challenges, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur. Cohen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She continued her studies at Yale University, receiving two Masters degrees and a PhD. She also received her certificate in College Admission Counseling from U.C.L.A. Extension. Prior to founding IvyWise, she served as a Reader in the Yale University Office of Admissions, evaluating applications to Yale College. Cohen is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the Independent Educational Counseling Association (IECA), the Overseas Association of College Admissions Counselors (OACAC), and the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). She has chaired the Brown University Alumni Schools Committee and is currently a member of the advisory board of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program. She lives in New York City with her family.
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