University Advising


US University Applications

Applications to the United States are extraordinarily complex, much more so than the application systems students are typically used to.

Though a three-stage process, David Hawkins helps students to make the strongest possible applications:

  • Deliberation: with such a large number of universities to choose between and huge variation between even the most highly selective institutions, working out what type of university experience a student aspires to is crucial to the success of future applications. David works closely with the student and family to examine a range of criteria in order to prepare a shortlist of ‘best fit’ universities.

  • Preparation: once a shortlist has been agreed, there is work to do in order to get ready for applications opening. SAT / ACT test preparation is a key part of this, and David works closely with a select group of partner companies to ensure each student receives the best preparation. Alongside this, David can prepare itineraries for college visits to the USA, connect students with colleges for Skype interviews as well as to prepare ‘demonstrated interest’ strategies.

  • Application: if the preparation is done correctly, the process of applications should run smoothly. The most time-intensive aspect will be the essays, which David can support students with through regular sessions and detailed feedback on each drafts. In addition, David will give guidance on completion of the Common Application and other application portals, as well as supporting a student’s school with references and supporting documents if necessary.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Canadian University Applications

Canadian applications present a strong alternative to US applications, with a more streamlined system that can be managed well with careful preparation and consideration.

Canadian university programmes operate in a method distinct to those in the UK and the US, and understanding how subject prerequisites, typical requirements and specialist programs interact is key to ensuring a stress-free application process.

With detailed knowledge of the application systems for either direct applications (McGill, UBC and others), Ontario applications (to both universities and colleges) and post-application protocol, David can support students through all stages of making applications to Canadian universities.

Once applications are submitted, David will ensure that all post-application requirements are met and will work with students and their schools to ensure that all key requirements and deadlines are met.

UK & European Applications

Having worked at schools in both the UK and Europe, David has considerable expertise in all aspects of these applications.

With a heavily grades-based system, UK university processes can sometimes be confusing for international applicants, and David can demystify this process for you. From creating a college shortlist though a wise use of data and rankings, through to preparation of a strong personal statement and on to the completion of the UCAS application, David supports students (and schools) through all aspects of the process.

Students are increasingly also looking at English-language degrees across continental Europe, with the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Ireland growing in popularity each year, each with different application requirements.

University of Oxford

University of Oxford


By reading through my essays and giving clear and helpful written feedback, David Hawkins made the essay writing process a lot easier and more enjoyable.

It was extremely helpful to have someone who knew which of my ideas would reflect well in my application, and which I should leave out.

David and his team made all the difference in my applications, and are the reason I’m able to attend Yale today.

/  Class of 2018, attending yale university  /



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