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And we believe that higher education should provide students the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Our company was founded by independent educational consultants and international high-school guidance and careers counsellors who, as professionals and parents, have worked extensively inside a university admissions system that is complex and constantly changing. And for international students, the challenges are multiplied. Choosing the right school is a lifetime opportunity and investment. Let us help your student explore, prepare, and apply with knowledge and confidence to achieve great choices and admissions success.
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Admissions Notes
6 July 2024

Clearing, Starting Now.

For UK applicants who have missed their UCAS offers or wish to study something or somewhere other than they applied for in January, Clearing may be the answer. It works a bit like a crazy summer sale: the possibilities are extensive, but you should try and show up early and be prepared to act fast. UCAS has loads of resources available to help navigate the process, including a search engine to find available courses. Start here. Individual

universities will also post their own Clearing lists with instructions and contact information to answer questions and facilitate applications. Research is crucial to identify an appropriate course, check entry requirements, and feel confident the course is the right fit before you commit to an offer. Clearing opened on 5 July  and runs until 15 October.

Choosing Sanity Over Stress.

Families stressing about university admissions in the US might find two statistics useful: 29 schools this cycle had acceptance rates of less than 10%. Another 42 had acceptance rates between 11% and 20%.  That means that apart from these 71 schools, there are over 2,800 other 4-year degree granting institutions with acceptance rates above and considerably beyond 20%. And more than half of US colleges and universities accept over 50% of students who apply. So, there are loads of schools out there for every student, but research to choose the right schools is key. Take a deep breath, look beyond the hype and the sensational headlines, and make your list.

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We provide advising by the hour to address the needs of every family and student. We also offer 4, 6, or 10-hour bundles and targeted packages, described below, to provide extended support and savings. Reduced fees in some cases are available. 

 

An initial consultation is free.

Junior Year Checklist

Starting in spring, junior year, organisation is everything. This package provides essential support to help the student stay on track and ahead of deadline throughout the application process. It starts with an assessment and checklist, and is followed by a schedule of consultations to produce a to-do list and timeline and provide guidance in the areas the student needs help most. These may include research, developing the university list, application strategy, preparing for entry requirements, providing supporting materials and essays, and reviewing applications.

The University List

University admissions are competitive and unpredictable, and so having a smart university list is essential to ensuring good outcomes. There is so much more to choosing the right school than the name! Building the list usually starts in the spring of junior year and demands self-appraisal, reflection and research. It also requires strategy, since admissions dynamics change and student priorities shift. An effective list is a hedge against risk, and an important reminder that there are multiple pathways to achieve personal and educational goals.

Senior Year Checklist

Starting in spring, junior year, organisation is everything. This package provides essential support to help the student stay on track and ahead of deadline throughout the application process. It starts with an assessment and checklist, and is followed by a schedule of consultations to produce a to-do list and timeline and provide guidance in the areas the student needs help most. These may include research, developing the university list, application strategy, preparing for entry requirements, providing supporting materials and essays, and reviewing applications.

Essays and Letters

Whether it's 4,000 characters, 650 words or 50, the essay that is part of every university application challenges the student to write for distinction and impact. Choosing a topic, finding one's voice, selecting evidence, and writing effectively are key. And every writer needs a coach.

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Our Mission

University Bound believes that higher education should offer students the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. In a constantly changing university landscape, we aim to help students increase knowledge, build confidence, manage risk, avoid stress, and make healthy decisions. We believe in mobility, access, and opportunity for every student. We are avid researchers who are alert to the latest admissions developments and careers trends, and equipped with experience and expertise to help every student maximise choice and gain admission to a

''right fit'' school.

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 Who We Are

Joanna Levison is an American expat in Prague, where she has worked as a university admissions and careers counsellor at an international IB school. She has also worked as an adjunct reader of international applications for the University of California. She launched University Bound to help international students and families navigate an increasingly complex and global university application process. She has over 20 years of experience in international relations, strategic communications, and human rights advocacy. She has a Masters Degree in Russian and East European Studies. 

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Our Approach

University Bound offers individualised one-to-one consulting to help students and families navigate higher education pathways. Our approach is student-centred, research-based, and ethical. We put fit and well-being at the centre of our process. We provide strategic guidance and planning for every step of the application process, coaching and feedback on personal statements and essays, and insight into financial aid. We help families assess admissions offers and we celebrate results. We work by the hour and offer customised packages to address every student need. 

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UK

Cambridge University

Oxford University

King's College London

University of Aberdeen

University of the Arts London

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Durham

University of Edinburgh

University of Hertfordshire

University of Leeds

University of Sheffield

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Bentley University

Boston University

George Washington University

Northeastern University

Parsons School of Design

Pratt Institute

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University of Michigan

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EUROPE & ASIA

Brussels School of Government

Charles University

EHL Hospitality Business School

European School of Business

Hong Kong University of Science & Tech

IE University, Spain

Jinan University, China

Leiden University

University of Amsterdam

University of New York in Prague

Vrije University, Netherlands

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