Could This Coming Year Be The Toughest Admissions Year in Modern Times?

Results for last year's college applicants were, in a nutshell, a BLOODBATH. That may not bode well for the next crop of's how your rising senior can avoid "Admissions Armageddon!"

The world is upside down for current seniors as I write this in June 2021.  

Wait lists and rejections have CRUSHED even top students’ dreams at their “Safety Schools.”

College admission rates at Ivy League colleges and other competitive colleges have PLUMMETED, thanks to test-optional policies and more applications per student than ever before.

It’s anyone’s guess what next year will look like for this year's High School graduates

Especially at test-optional colleges.  If your student does not submit his SAT or ACT, that makes the REST of their application more important -- it’s just simple arithmetic!  

That’s why it's incumbent on our kids to put in the EXTRA work to stand out, so that they GET IN.

The 6th annual "Incomparable Applicant" college essays and applications bootcamp can help.

THE Place For Kids to Get Their College Essays and Applications Buttoned Up and Out The Door!

Nauseated at the inevitable prospect of screaming at your child all summer (and fall, if you're honest) about doing those d-mn college applications? Don't worry: "Your Kid Is OUR Project, Now!" Here's what you get when you say yes to our 6th annual College Applications and Essays Bootcamp (online):

Brainstorming and Strategizing

College essays are more than a grammatically correct “A” paper.  They're different from any form of writing your child has ever attempted.  

Should you trust your English teacher to help?  Maybe.  

But understand that he or she is basically guessing at what a winning college essay looks like, whereas we have “been in the room” where admissions decisions  - and decisions to DENY -- are made.  

Don’t roll the dice -- get expert instruction at what should go into each and every essay that "Sells” -- and, equally important -- what to leave out!  (Hint:  think twice about that Coronavirus essay!)


Your child will be instructed how to produce a polished and effective Common Application essay draft, a completed Common Application and Activity Sheet that "sells," not "bores..."

...and up to three supplemental essays!


WE are the drill sergeant. Not you.  Your child will leave the bootcamp with a schedule of what needs to be done, when.  (As we went to press, there was a rumor circulating about surprise accountability follow-up calls to your child, post-event.)

More Details

There are three core components to our "Incomparable Applicant" College Essays and Applications Bootcamps:

Live Instruction

We're running four live sessions VIRTUALLY (assuming we can't get back into our office, but that COULD change...), your child can attend TWO.

They're Sundays, 9am-2pm, TBD   


On Demand Training

Supplement your live instruction with on-demand access to our "Incomparable Applicant Master Class," a series of videos and expert, "insider" advice about the essays and applications from former admissions officers from U Chicago and other elite institutions.  (Not the same old, same old you'd get from an English teacher or tutor with zero experience in college admissions.)

Fast Start Kick Off Meeting

We recorded a live, online walk-through of each of the Common Application prompts, and are planning another live session in the beginning of July to cover EVERYTHING you need to know about how to get the most out out the boot camps, and create polished, "selling" applications and essays that help you stand out from the other 5,000 competitor-applicants who look virtually the same on paper.  

Get It ALL Over With And Feel GREAT!

This is a WORKshop. Bootcampers will BRAINSTORM, DRAFT AND REDRAFT their essays until their eyeballs bleed! Just kidding about the eyeball stuff, but do NOT enroll if your child is just going to sit there like a lump, unwilling to roll up their sleeves and take care of business. We keep enrollment super-small so that we can give personalized attention to everyone.

The Final Countdown

Time flies - before you know it, November 1 and other application deadlines will be here. Our Bootcamp could be your child's LAST CHANCE to focus on college applications before they get back to school and wrapped up in regular classwork, clubs, sports, extra-curricular activities, socializing, etc. It's much better for everyone if you take care of this now, instead of stretching things out until Thanksgiving or beyond. Yuck!

Get your kid away from Snapchat, Instagram, the Dreaded Tik Tok and other distractions...

You'll say "buh-buy" to them, go relax for a few hours...and pick 'em up with completed essays and applications!

"I needed help with my essays and I knew my English teacher would be useless. Thank you!"

Julia Petrini
Admitted to Brown, Penn

"Thank you for your help with everything, especially the applications and essays!"

Victorien Jakobsen
Admitted to Vassar

"Hi Andy, I just wanted to let you know that I was admitted to Stanford REA yesterday. Thanks to you and the rest of the team for all the help so far!"

Kevin Martin
Admitted to Stanford, Princeton, Brown

"...the Cornell admissions person said that this was an incredibly competitive year and their applications really stood out! Guess who made all this possible? We are so grateful to you!"

Julie Pareles
Twins admitted to Cornell

"I know a lot of college planners who promise results but don't deliver. In your case, I got real results. Other parents thank me for recommending you. "

Dr. Dennis O'Hara
Superintendent, Hauppauge School District

The Investment

There's a former Ivy League admissions lady who gets $16,000 for a week-long bootcamp.

Clients pay between $12,000 to more than $20,000 to work personally with Andy and his team.  They fork these amounts over unblinkingly because of the RESULTS they achieve - admission to the top colleges in the country, not to mention generous merit scholarships.

These prices aren't within reach of many families, so decided to offer an opportunity to receive the same guidance, but for far less of an investment.

The fee is nowhere near $20,000, $16,000, or even $5,000...

It won't be even half!

The investment to enroll is only $895...

..and that covers TWO (2) sessions, just let us know which ones work for you after you enroll!

(First-come, first-served)


Picture how great you'll feel when your child tells you, "I'm done!"...and you didn't have to SCREAM, THREATEN OR EVEN LIFT A FINGER to help! Limited to 18 students, contact office for wait list: 516.882.5464

About Your Instructor, Andrew Lockwood, J.D.

Andy is the best selling author of several books, including "College Essay Insider Secrets") and, along with his wife Pearl Lockwood, co-founder of Lockwood College Prep.   Each year he personally mentors select students who gain admission to colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke and numerous other elite and less competitive institutions of higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers

Where is the bootcamp?  Normally, in non-pandemic times, in our office, in charming, coastal Glenwood Landing:  135 Glenwood Road, Glenwood Landing, NY 11547. 

However, we're prepared to be online, which worked pretty well last year.  You’ll get a Zoom link a week before your session.

How long is the bootcamp? The sessions run Sundays 9am-2pm. (You can pick two of the dates above.  You can email us after you sign up.)

What should my child bring?  We're online, so nothing.  If live, a laptop and, preferably, an outline or even a draft of the essay.

PLUS, you get access to our online "Incomparable Applicant Master Class," consisting of on-demand college essays and applications advice straight from former college admissions officers...PLUS PLUS a live, "Fast Start" online class that takes place May 30 (after most kids finish with APs, etc.)

Can parents come to the bootcamp  No way (are you serious?)!  

My kid has no idea what to write about for his college essay, is this a waste of money?  That's probably the best reason to sign up.

My kid isn't motivated to do the work at the bootcamp, can I dump him on you?  Please DON'T.  Kids need to come with a good attitude, we're running a small, collegial group.  One bad apple can run the bunch.  This is not the place for whiners or slackers, we are doing WORK.

Do you prorate the Bootcamp if we miss part of it?  No, but we can work out a private in-office or Zoom session to help make up the lost opportunity.

What is your refund policy?  Our refund policy is that there are NO REFUNDS, because this is a teeny-tiny class and the spot you take represents a seat that could have been sold to another family.  

If your child spends from 9-2 each session playing video games or otherwise blowing off the advice, that’s unfortunate, but it’s a “you problem.”  Don’t sign him or her up if they’re not going to roll up their sleeves and get them fingers a clickin’ and a clackin’

Note:  If a genuine last minute emergency comes up, we MAY, in our discretion, decide to credit you, but you will have to pass our patented BS Detector test.  If you have doubts about your child's level of commitment, you should probably take a pass on this offer.

Other Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, email them to [email protected] and either I or someone on my team will get back to you as quickly as possible!


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