Episode #110: How My Student Got Into UPenn, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, and Cornell

Today I’m sharing with you a short interview I did with one of my Class of 2021 students, Alexcis, who recently got accepted into UPenn, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, and Cornell! Not to mention, Alexcis also received a merit scholarship offer at USC, and in this episode, she reveals how she was able to do this, plus what she believes was the secret to her success.

This interview really goes to show how only having good grades and perfect SAT/ACT scores won’t cut it anymore. So how do you standout, while having a feeling of purpose and passion? It’s by working on a few of the right things, and not just by doing more things (and overwhelming yourself in the process).

Also, I have an exciting announcement for you! I’m hosting a brand-new live workshop for the month of September, and if you go to https://juliekimconsulting.com/live you can register and reserve your spot now (hurry, spots are limited and fill up fast)! In this live workshop, you will:

  • Discover strategies to stand out & get ACCEPTED into your dream Ivy Leagues & Top-tier colleges ( …even if you think you’re not “unique enough” to get accepted into your dream college)
  • Learn the secret to what Ivy Leagues & Top-tier colleges are looking for in a strong applicant that makes them say HECK YES!
  • Identify your interests and passions (even if you think they don’t exist yet)!
  • Learn why traditional outdated methods no longer gets students accepted into their dream Ivy Leagues & Top-tier colleges (and what YOU can do instead).
  • Stop feeling worried and hopeless about your college admissions journey. Instead, learn how to navigate this journey with confidence and motivation!

During this live workshop we will also be opening enrollment to our Passion Project Bootcamp NEXT LEVEL. This is our 1-year group college consulting program, where you’ll get 8 group college consulting sessions, with individual, live, unlimited support from me. In addition to these sessions, you’ll also be invited to our 12 monthly live Q&A sessions for extra support, and the opportunity to collaborate with your peers. This cohort will run from October 2021 to October 2022, and it will help you strategize your college admissions portfolio, create a standout factor, and make sure that you’re on the right track!

Click here to learn more about our Next Level Program: https://juliekimconsulting.com/nextlevel (closing soon!)

We also just released a new FREE workbook that you can download to get started thinking about self-exploration and your Passion Project ideas. Go to https://juliekimconsulting.com/workbook to get your copy now!

As always, if you have questions please reach out to our support team at info@juliekimconsulting.com, and I’d love to connect with you on Instagram – I’m at http://instagram.com/julie_kim7.



  • Why just having good grades and doing many extracurricular activities isn’t going to guarantee you admissions to your dream college
  • The ways that Alexcis’ Passion Project helped her in the admissions process
  • Some of the considerations that she and her family made before making an investment into our program


Having good grades, SAT and ACT scores aren’t going to cut it. They’re not enough, and by themselves, they’re not going to give you a standout factor.
I was so relieved that I finally had all my options on the table. I just had to pick out a college for me, instead of just stressing about where I get accepted to.

Julie seemed very genuine. She was someone who was having individual contact with students, and other college programs where with a big company.
`{`With Julie’s program`}` there’s a lot of encouragement to work on your project and do the best that you can do to put together your standout factor. We just realized that it was going to be a good investment overall.


Getting into Ivy League & Top-tier colleges doesn’t require perfection.

I repeat: You do NOT have to be perfect.

You also don’t have to spend a million hours volunteering, get perfect test scores, or be a star athlete.

What is required is understanding How to STAND OUT.

Join me for the FREE #ACCEPTED Masterclass where you’ll learn:

Passion Project Bootcamp is a digital course where you get my proven framework to brainstorm, strategize, execute, and scale your Passion Project, so you can get into your Ivy League or Top-tier school of choice!

  • Using my 4-step framework, you’ll create your BEST Passion Project that will capture the attention of the college admissions officers you want to impress.


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By Julie Kim Ed.M Harvard University