Which books about COLLEGE ADMISSIONS are insightful... and which of these books are actually misleading and harmful for applicants?
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Secrets to Attain the Best Possible Colleges, Grants, and Scholarships [NYC QUEENS: Flushing]

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College is becoming incredibly expensive, so students and parents should learn how to get the best outcomes from the investments that they have striven for.  How does a student truly get into the best possible college with large scholarships and grants?  This seminar discusses how colleges choose applicants, but it maintains a focus upon what is best for academic and professional development after acceptance into college.

This ECRIT Academy Success Seminar can help you discover and consider critical aspects of college preparation and the college admissions process that you wouldn't otherwise contemplate.  Find out what the College Board and the admissions officers do not want you to know as universities change their criteria and methods.  Understand why top grades, AP courses, and outstanding test scores are often not enough to create the best college application or attain significant scholarships.  Realize what activities different universities may regard highly or not value.  Gain insight into how different types of college admissions officers think, pick students, and distribute scholarships and grants.  Learn about important techniques & strategies that you should start implementing and practicing (preferably years in advance).  Obtain a method to determine which schools to avoid so that you aren't faced with the dilemma of transferring in the future.  Hear about the positives and negatives of universities overseas.  Avoid the passive, costly, and heartbreaking mistakes that others make in junior high school, senior high school, and college.  Discern the various scams to avoid.  Last, given that college applications are stressful for students and parents alike, figure out how to work collaboratively as a successful team from suggestions in the seminar. 



Speakers led by Andrew Chi, M.D. of ECRIT

For any middle school student, high school student, and/or parents



Date: Saturday, June, 23, 2018     

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM  (3 hours long)



NYC: Downtown Flushing, Queens

Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel

near Main Street & College Point Blvd
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 460-6666
Avoid the passive, costly, and heartbreaking mistakes that others make in junior high school, senior high school, and college
Subway:     2 blocks away - the "Flushing Main Street Station" of the NYC Subway Purple “7 train"
Train:          3 blocks away - the "Flushing Main Street Station" of the Long Island RR "Port Washington Line"
Car:             Via the Van Wyck Exprwy (I-678), Whitehurst Exprwy (I-678), and Long Island Exprwy (I-278)
                    Parking is plentiful in the garage under the Sheraton or two blocks away at 138th Street
La Guardia Airport:                                        10 min by free shuttle
Arthur Ashe US Open Tennis Stadium:             5 min away by car
NY Mets baseball team Citifield Stadium:         4 min away by car
There are many hotels within 2 blocks of this location.  No discounts for this seminar are available at this point.
When your payment is processed, we will send you a confirmation via your email or mailing address.  We may later send you an email or envelope with some preparatory material to read, write, and ponder.  When you check in to our seminars, please bring your confirmation email or letter.  It is a good idea to bring a photo I.D. so that you can prove who you are if someone else tries to impersonate you.  At our seminars, we will provide a seminar packet, planning exercises, checklists, and Q&A time.  Your participation in our seminars can be active or passive as appropriate.

Customer Reviews

Reviewed by Sofie , 02/28/2016

Not only did ECRIT help me get into some Ivy League schools and lots of scholarship offers, but they really helped me prepare my mind for longterm academic and professional strategies for here or abroad. They seem to provide far more help and foresight than anyone in my Ivy now that I am in college. I've told all our family friends about them, because what they offer for one's perspective and cognitive power is something that all top prep schools and colleges should provide especially since we pay them so much money.

Reviewed by Mark , 02/01/2016

The seminar and academic coaching are superb. He's based in the New York area but knows West Coast schools very well. We followed the advice of Dr. Chi, and he helped our kid get into Cal Berkeley and other ideal schools. We are in a much better position than the families of kids who do have better grades and scores than our kid. As Dr. Chi points out, there is far more than grades and SAT scores, and he's not just talking about the typical sports or leadership that everyone is striving for. Knowing how to use and express your mind in the best of ways depending what a particular admissions office really wants is what set ECRIT apart from other college application courses and coaches.

Reviewed by null , 01/09/2016

Dr. Chi is worth his weight in platinum. I didn't like the venue location, and we had to miss some of the US Open for it, but he eventually led us to phenomenal schools and scholarships that we wouldn't have imagined possible: some scholarships were worth $200,000. Beyond his seminars, I would advise you to get a contract for Academic Coaching, because the college application season gets very busy and you may need him in the middle of the night to correct essays or to give immediate advice as college admissions and financial offers came rolling in. We did many times.

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Reviewed by ブランド , 10/01/2015

This was a seminar of very high quality and efficacy.

Reviewed by Supriya D, 10/25/2014

A+. This is the sort of seminar that an entire family (including younger kids) should see followed by a family talk because success is based upon knowledge, wisdom, and teamwork as individual merit can only go so far in many cases.

Reviewed by Veritas? , 08/28/2014

I really like how this seminar talked about the philosophical and scientific ways of determining truth in the beginning so that you can see past the marketing and misleading statistics from colleges and US News & World Report. Ironically, universities are no longer the bastions of truth that provide pillars of wisdom. Many of them scam the consumers. It is upsetting that they are playing around with our children and our lives, giving us grief for all the time, money, and hardwork we spent.

If one really knows how to determine truth, then one will be appalled to hear what is on the backcover of Joyce Mitchell's book 8 First Choices, an Expert's Strategies for Getting into College. After the 2nd edition, you can see that her book is still loaded with terrible "advice" for customers, most of which are in China and Korea. Yes, she worked for College Board, US News & World Report, and many prep schools, so you would think that she would know a lot, but she hides much and writes things that would harm an applicant. Many admissions officers and deans laud her, including Audrey Smith, the Dean of Smith College, who appallingly says, "[this book] makes a scientist out of the high school senior who sets out to collect data until she finds her eight perfect matches." Are there perfect matches, let alone 8 perfect matches? Does Joyce Mitchell really turn a high school senior into a scientist? How can a college dean say such things!?!?

Other deans who give undeserved rave reviews of Mitchell are similarly atrocious. Using techniques mentioned at the beginning of the seminar, one can see the falsehood of Eric Kaplan, Dean of Admissions at UPenn, who says "This is the only book that puts you, as the college applicant, at the center of the admissions process." The ONLY book? Other books have far more detail... written by former admissions officers or journalists who shadow deans and admissions officers.

In the meantime, this seminar gave real inside looks into admissions for college, graduate school, postdoctoral programs, departmental meetings, budget discussions, etc. Mitchell did none of that... and she tells you the wrong ways to pitch the ball. Other books are far better than hers... and this seminar summarizes and critiques them very well.

This seminar also mentioned mentors, non-mentors, anti-mentors, and tormentors when discussing various adults in high school or college. With that categorization, you can get a good sense of where some of these authors, deans, and admissions officers truly stand.

Reviewed by Ysl b, 08/26/2014

Reviewed by springboard , 08/21/2014

If you don't have much money, this seminar is worth every penny and is much cheaper than Michelle Hernandez's $14,000 college application boot camp.

This seminar also gave insight into habits and perspectives that are very useful for high school academics but problematic when applying for college or jobs.  The discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of some public universities is helpful and different because of the angle on actual value and impact for graduate school or future careers. With the way the world has been changing, it was interesting to know how a public university or 2nd tier private university may sometimes provide better opportunities than top liberal arts colleges

This was also tied in with helpful discussion about transferring from a liberal arts college to a public university or vice versa... because many students actually transfer. In other words, you may later transfer into a school with a higher reputation or find that your first choice dream school isn't really ideal for you. I've heard that this part of the seminar alone sums up what Michelle Hernandez charges $5,500 for if you get deferred/waitlisted and spend 1 hour on the phone with her!

Plus, the seminar makes clear what Michelle and other college admissions officers won't admit, fully explain, or mischaracterize. These are strong words, but when you hear and read their inconsistencies and contradictions in this seminar or on your own, then you'll understand.

Reviewed by leeson , 08/19/2014

Fabulous inside tips and sources about public universities and private colleges.  The emphasis upon clear-minded analysis and strategy was great to help relieve the high stress from college applications process. Now we can have firm plans and perspective without the uncertainty of second-guessing. With the enormous cost of college and the cost of examination prep classes, this seminar is definitely worth the cost.

For the Ivy League schools, I did not realize that there were some defined policies against meritocracy for the past 100 years that have stood up to higher court challenges. It is compelling to hear what goes on behind closed doors. If your kid is a real high achiever with promise, it would behoove you to hear what else they need to do if an Ivy League degree is what your family wants because merit is not enough.

Reviewed by Precision-planned , 08/19/2014

I would give this intense seminar an A+.

Among the many secrets revealed (along with a lot of critical thinking), this seminar explained an enormous mystery: Why, during troubled economic times, do many top colleges still encourage and rank hgh school extra-curricular activities whereas graduate schools and employers do not care at all about extra-curricular activities?!?! Because the college admissions officers ask about extra-curricular activities and the college administrators provide or promote many non-academic activities, many students fall into the mistaken idea that companies and doctoral programs highly value their extra-curricular activities. What are the reasons for the disconnect and huge differences in perspective between college and beyond? This seminar answers it very well... and goes beyond to show what aspects of extra-curricular activities are helpful for corporate levels and some aspects of some graduate schools whereas other extra-curricular activities are completely meaningless or alarming to future bosses and professors. This is also tied into the questions about why colleges do not crack down on other problems, such as fraternities, sororities, intoxication, hazing, and sexual abuse.

The bottom line is: Not every extra-curricular activity is viewed or valued in the same way... and one has to have a wisdom to know what is desired and what is not.

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