Dan Lichterman



Make your ADMISSION ESSAY Unforgettable





I've helped students gain entrance to colleges, universities and graduate programs including:
Amherst, Boston University, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western University, Chapman, Colorado College, Dartmouth, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, George Washington University, Harvard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins University, LMU, Lewis and Clark, NYU Tisch, Oregon State University, Princeton, Purdue, Reed College, Santa Clara, Scripps, Stanford, Tufts, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, USF, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale and many more!
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How can you stand out from the pack?

Whether you’re on the cusp of a school’s academic profile or looking for a way to further stand out from top candidates, the college essay remains the best tool for making your admissions readers your admissions advocates. Yet framing your strengths and meaningful experiences with thoughtful self-awareness can easily become overwhelming, particularly for overstressed seniors and graduate school applicants. As an admission essay specialist, I am well versed in both the emotional and technical challenges surrounding this process and am passionate about guiding students to embrace the full potential of the personal statement.


Paint a picture that leaps off the page

I lead students on a journey of self-discovery in search of the details and insights that make their story uniquely their own. Using principles of effective storytelling, I support students in crafting these raw materials into a narrative which brings their curiosities, core values, and personality to life. Students learn how to showcase their distinct voice, appropriately express passions and vulnerabilities, and leap off the page to truly engage their reader. The end result is an honest statement of individualism which demonstrates how a student’s experiences and outlook continue to positively shape their future.

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Experience a transformational rite of passage

Ivy League Admissions

Beyond coveted acceptance letters, the college application process presents students with an invaluable opportunity to delve deep into who they are now and who they are becoming. Executed with thoughtful reflection,  students are able to truly explore their inner world and take pride in placing their best foot forward. Regardless of any one particular admissions outcome, students experience a sense of authenticity which humanizes and gives meaning to a process that is all too often reduced to a numbers game.


We can begin whenever you are ready

Whether you have no idea where to start or are already polishing your common application, I can help you tell your story. I support students throughout the application process and consider every component of a student's application, from personal statement to specific supplemental essays, as vital facets of a three-dimensional portrait. By encouraging students to juxtapose a range of unexpected qualities, I help students convey the full range of who they are and all that inspires them.

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