- Psychometric analysis
- Major selections
- Internship experience
- Research paper guidance
- Interdisciplinary venture
- Capstone project
- Interest, major, & school exploration
- Reach-Match-Safety choices
- Financial aid strategy
- Recommendation guidance
- Strategically elaborating ECs & honors
- Resume, Linked-in profile creation
- Pre-writing research
- Scratch to perfection
- Mock interviews
- Presentation style and delivery
In order to get in, you have to stand out. We have reflected on our years of admissions experiences, analyzed the competitive landscape, and know exactly what it takes to get accepted.
We help students achieve their goals by taking a holistic approach to helping them with every aspect of their academic and extracurricular development.
Our team has analyzed applications from every top university, looking at multiple variables along the way. We use this data to provide our students with objective, actionable insights that improve their applications.
Students work with one counselor throughout the entire admissions process, forging strong and long-lasting relationships.
We offer a range of comprehensive consulting packages, application and essay counseling, and à la carte services that can be tailored to fit each family’s needs.
Northwestern, Georgetown SFS
AP Guru’s inputs were invaluable during the college application process. They provided clear-cut streamlined timelines and followed up diligently, considering the pressures students face with the IB program. This helped me during the application process. They offered extensive support in directing my college essays and personal statements. The team was extremely encouraging, supportive, and ready to guide me anytime during every obstacle I encountered. I thank them for their support in this process.
Temple - Full Scholarship
Working with the AP Guru admissions team was the best decision I made. I thought it was too late to get my applications in place, but the counseling team made sure that it wasn't the case. Without them, getting into colleges with scholarships would have been nigh impossible. They were the key to my success.
UPenn LSM (Wharton+ Bio dual program)
I would like to thank AP Guru for being such an integral part of my journey. They helped me hone my writing and express myself immaculately in my essays. Appreciate all the effort and will miss the late night edits with my mentors!
The team down at AP Guru is excellent, resourceful, supportive, and very experienced. AP Guru lent a helping hand throughout the admissions process - from researching and shortlisting universities to preparing my resume, writing my Statement of Purpose, and preparing for interviews. In addition, they advised me on my application materials and curated a list of colleges, which eventually culminated in my admission to a top university. Thank you to Hiral Doshi, who guided me step by step throughout what can be a long and daunting process. It was a team effort, and I couldn't have done it without AP Guru, Hiral, and Sneha.
UIUC CS & Statistics
I was almost half of the 11th grade when my parents and I decided to sign up with AP Guru for college counselling. This proved to be the best decision in my quest for my dream as well as the best fit college for my chosen major. The young and supercharged counselling team of AP Guru was both efficient and effective in guiding and handholding me through everything I wanted to do (& advised me on what I needed to do). I am mighty happy with the admissions I have secured which would never have been possible without AP Guru. Thank you to all my mentors. For my juniors, I say this... If you are thinking of college counselling, think of APGuru. Cheers !!
U Toronto - Full Scholarship
I would like to thank the AP Guru counseling team for their immense support in my college admission journey. Though I have had good academic and extracurricular achievements during my school life, it’s still not easy to get accepted in a world-renowned university or college unless a student gets the right advisors, because the best universities around the world have different expectations from its college applicants be it USA, Canada, UK or EU. And believe me, it can get very complex, from choosing the right colleges to apply to, to the acceptance of offers of admissions. For a seventeen-year-old, doing it while attending a demanding school is a very tough job. I am deeply grateful to my counselors, essay coach, and research mentor, as they were always there to help me. Their support and wisdom at each step of this journey helped me make the right choices.I will never forget this rewarding experience.
I started with AP Guru’s counselling at the end of 11th grade and in a short span of time the counsellors helped me build a strong application specific to my intended major. Through their extensive resources, timely responses and invaluable feedback, the counselling team ensured my admission into some of the best colleges for engineering. I am extremely grateful to the whole AP guru team for guiding me through the college application process.
Working with AP Guru was an incredible experience for me. My counsellors were extremely supportive and guided me through the entire college application process. From curating the perfect college list that fit my needs, getting instant feedback on my essays, and even having a mock interview session to ensure that I was able to highlight important aspects of my application was very helpful. The advice that my counsellors at AP Guru provided me with, from their own experiences and through their extensive resources, was instrumental in my journey to get into the school of my dreams!
UCSD MATH & CS
I had decided to apply to the US for my undergraduate just one month away from the first round of early decisions. Without the counselors at AP Guru, I wouldn’t have been able to navigate through the many decisions and understand the complicated process of undergraduate applications. They were ready to help any time of the day with my essays or any other concerns I had. AP Guru made my entire application process smoother and easier, and I’ll always be grateful for their guidance.
LSE, U Toronto (Full Scholarship)
AP Guru has been extremely instrumental in getting to the college of my dreams! By guiding me in every step of the way - whether it was the college essays or finding the right fit for me- they made sure all the details were perfected. Since the beginning of my college journey, the best part about AP Guru was their holistic guidance and the personal attention that was given to me. This made me feel supported even when things got extremely taxing. Today I can look back and say the college application process which is supposed to be extremely “stressful”, actually turned out to be pretty smooth for me all thanks to their support in every aspect of the process. The application process is extremely crucial and I strongly believe the right mentorship and guidance are key for making it eventful, fortunately, AP Guru provided me exactly that!
NYU Stern - 50% Scholarship
I started out with APGuru's counselling pretty late in the 11th grade, but it was probably one of my best decisions. The counselling team ensured I had everything I needed in place to get me to the university which would be the right fit for me. My counsellors were instrumental throughout the college selection process as we chose the universities list that I was satisfied with. From the CommonApp activities list to navigating the financial aid process, AP Guru was crucial to my success. I'm incredibly grateful to the amazing team for helping me achieve everything I have and making sure I believed in myself through this process.
University of Maryland
We thank the AP Guru team for their efforts in helping Aadi with the admission process. We were very stressed as we started the admission process in the month of August which was late in comparison with other students. But the AP Guru counselling team was very patient with us. The process was long but they made it much easier for us. Thank you once again for everything!
Winning Application Strategy
Each year, more than 1,000 applicants from India compete for approximately 50 spots in top universities. Most of these students have flawless applications. Success comes from differentiation. To beat the admissions odds, applicants must stand out. We know how to help you do just that.
- Will you guarantee admission?expand_more
Do we guarantee that students have the best chance of getting accepted by using our services? Absolutely. We have the results to prove it. Do we guarantee that students will get admitted? Absolutely not. Guaranteeing admission is unethical, as we cannot control what goes on in the admissions office. What we do guarantee is that students who engage with our counselors will leave this process with a better understanding of who they are, what they hope to accomplish, and how to succeed in school and beyond.
- When is the best time to get started?expand_more
The earlier the better! When students come to us right before it is time to apply to college, there is only so much we can do with the experiences, credentials, and academic profile given to us. We can certainly help these students strategize and craft as compelling an application as possible, but we are given experiences and data points that cannot be altered.
When students come to us early in their educational careers, we pair them with a counselor to help them develop as applicants, students, and people early on. We help students strategize early, build their profiles, and stand out from their peers. Our counselors help students explore and develop their academic interests, engage in unique and meaningful extracurricular activities, strengthen their personal qualities and leadership skills, and ultimately, position them to get into the best schools possible.
It takes A LOT of hard work, strategy, determination, and self-reflection to get into the school of your dreams. At AP Guru, we are here, every step of the way, to help you get there.
- How involved are parents during the counseling process?expand_more
We recognize and appreciate that parents are an essential part of this process and we help them identify their appropriate roles while enabling them to contribute their unique knowledge regarding their student. After each student meeting, we provide a detailed recap to the student and parents covering what we discussed and next steps to be completed prior to the next meeting. At several points throughout the process we also facilitate family meetings as we view communication as a critical component of the support we provide. Parents are always welcome to check in on the process, ask questions and express concerns.
- Does you only help students who want to go to top schools?expand_more
No. We know that each student is different and has unique goals and aspirations. Our focus is to help each student find the schools that will be the best matches for them, where they will be happiest and thrive.
- My child is not really passionate about or interested in anything. How can you help him/her stand out?expand_more
We work with all types of students—the passionate and appropriately focused student, the passionate and unfocused student, the passionate and too focused student, the student with many interests but no passion, and the student without any interests at all. Believe it or not, most students, especially younger students in the beginning of high school, do not know what they are passionate about and don’t have specific or strong interests. We see this a lot!
It is our job to help students identify their interests and ambitions, turn these into tangible accomplishments, and to then help them stand out. This process is extremely different and highly customized for every student, but the goal is to find something that truly inspires the student - whatever it might be.
To do this, we recommend that our students adopt an evolutionary and experimental attitude to their interests. We start them off small with simple ideas to try out like reading a book or article, watching a documentary on a given topic, joining a student group, or attending a lecture or class outside of school. The sole purpose of this exercise is to see if the student is interested in learning more about the specific topic.
Every student of ours must pursue 2-4 interests. Focusing on only one is too narrow. Focusing on too many will prevent the student from having a shot at excellence in at least one.
Many students feel a pressure that they have to commit early on to a particular field, become “passionate” about it, and invest in becoming an expert in it, even when they are unsure if they are going to like it or continue to like it. An evolutionary approach removes that pressure!