ApplyWise LLC was founded in 2006 by Dr. Katherine Cohen and Liz Hamburg. Dr. Cohen is one of the country's leading college admissions counselors and founder of IvyWise, a nationally recognized, highly respected admissions counseling company. Liz Hamburg is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Upstart Ventures LLC. The ApplyWise Programs are based on the proven methodology that Dr. Cohen and the IvyWise team have developed in ten years of successful private admissions counseling. In 2006, 90% of IvyWise students were admitted to one of their top two choice schools and 100% were admitted to one of their top three choice schools.
ApplyWise is the first online college admissions counseling program that provides college-bound juniors and seniors the guidance and tools they need to navigate successfully though the college admissions process. For parents, ApplyWise eliminates "the nag factor" by providing custom views of their student's progress, materials, and upcoming tasks. For students, ApplyWise provides advice, interactive exercises and organizing tools to help create a winning college application. ApplyWise guides them through each step of the college application process to help them get into the college that's right for them. Click here for frequently asked questions.
Dr. Katherine Cohen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Dr. Cohen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She continued her studies at Yale University, receiving two Master's degrees and a PhD. She received a certificate in College Admission Counseling from the U.C.L.A. Extension. She is the founder of IvyWise, a nationally recognized, highly respected admissions counseling company.
Prior to founding IvyWise, Dr. Cohen gained valuable experience as an intern college counselor at Palisades Charter High School. She also served as a Reader in the Yale University Office of Admissions, reading applications and evaluating hundreds of applicants for admission or rejection to Yale College. At Yale, Dr. Cohen taught undergraduate courses and for four years was an advisor to sophomores at Yale College. In her capacity as Sophomore Advisor, she approved course schedules, counseled students experiencing academic and personal problems and wrote recommendations for students seeking summer employment or supplemental or social service experiences. In addition to her experience at Yale, Dr. Cohen taught SAT test prep classes for The Princeton Review and provided private academic subject tutoring services. Dr. Cohen is the author of two books on college admissions, The Truth About Getting In and Rock Hard Apps: How to Write a Killer College Application.
Dr. Cohen has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, CBS Evening News, MTV and the Joan Hamburg Show and been profiled in Bloomberg Markets Magazine, People Magazine, New York Magazine, Crain's, YM, Vogue, Town & Country, W Magazine and the Financial Times. She is frequently interviewed by the national and international media on the subject of school admissions and the application process. Additionally, Dr. Cohen is flown all over the world to speak on the topic of college admissions as a faculty resource for YPO (Young Presidents Organization). Dr. Cohen is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the Independent Educational Counseling Association (IECA) and the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). She has served on the Brown University Alumni Schools Committee as an Interviewer and Manhattan School Chair.
Liz Hamburg, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Liz Hamburg is a “serial entrepreneur” with extensive experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is the founder of Upstart Ventures, where she has consulted to and incubated many start-ups including her latest venture, ApplyWise, an online college admissions counseling company.
Liz was Chairman and Founder of Hypnotic, a broadband content and branded entertainment company and was one of the founding managers and Director of the Board of Vimpel Communications (NYSE:VIP), the leading cellular company in Russia.
She has launched new products for Reuters Tokyo and Fujisankei Communications, one of Japan’s largest media conglomerates, where she worked on the first international television home shopping show and played a leading role in the introduction of Fuji’s Nintendo game software into the U.S.
Liz is the co-host on WOR radio (WOR 710AM) of “New York Uncovered” and “Launchpad”, a weekly radio segment focusing on entrepreneurs and small business. She also blogs about small business for the Huffington Post. She is New York’s SBA Small Business Journalist of the Year.
Liz received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Brown University. She is a Director of the Board of Safe Space, a New York based non-profit; the President of the Advisory Board of the Brown University Entrepreneurs Program, a member of the New York advisory board of Astia and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Columbia Business School's Eugene Lang Entrepreneur Initiative Fund. She is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.
"This is the first endorsement I have made of a product in the admissions field, other than a book. It gives good advice and teaches students to think for themselves, rather than provide simple answers...I urge you to consider ApplyWise on its merits, as I have done."
- Jon Reider, Guidance Counselor and former Senior Admissions Officer Stanford UniversityRead More