Spark Admissions FAQ

Spark Admissions is the nation's premier college admissions consulting firm.  We are led by Harvard doctorate Rachel Rubin, who has unmatched experience with college admissions consulting and is a worldwide leader in the field of college admissions research.  In 2012, Dr. Rubin received worldwide media coverage for her groundbreaking studies on how the 75 most selective U.S. colleges and universities make admissions decisions.  


Dr. Rubin and co-founder Rachel Blankstein are highly accessible, helping students across the world find and get into the colleges of their choice.

Spark Admissions differentiates itself in a myriad of ways. With Spark:

  1. You work directly with Dr. Rubin and Rachel Blankstein.  Together we have helped hundreds of students meet their college admissions goals.
  2. You can rest assured that we will respond to your inquiries within 24 to 48 hours.
  3. We get results. Our clients are consistently accepted at their top-choice schools.
  4. We know how colleges make decisions. Our guidance is based on our experience in college admissions and is informed by Dr. Rubin’s recent groundbreaking college admissions research, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and CNN.
  5. We ensure that students are prepared for college. Whether it is study-skills development, taking college-level classes, or securing internships, we expose students to the experiences they need to flourish in college.
  6. We provide consistent, personalized, timely service. We only accept a limited number of students at a time to ensure that we are able to respond to client correspondence in a timely manner, and often immediately.
  7. We have options. We offer a variety of college admissions consulting options to fit your budget and needs, including college preparation servicescomprehensive college application packages, and college essay and Common Application assistance.
  8. We are ready anytime. We offer services for eighth graders through seniors and can start working with you anytime during high school.
  9. We are inclusive. We provide college admission consulting to students and their parents.

Please visit this page to schedule a free consultation or call anytime at (617) 379-3525.

Dr. Rubin and Rachel Blankstein work with a limited number of clients simultaneously so that we can ensure quick turnaround times and feel confident that we are available for all of our clients.  Responding to emails and phone calls quickly, with personalized, thoughtful advice, is an important part of our service.

Spark Admissions is a virtual company. We work with clients across the U.S. and around the world.  We can work with you regardless of where you live.

No. We focus on finding the best fit for each individual student.  Spark Admissions is committed to working with students of all academic and economic backgrounds to help them get into the right college for them.  While some of our clients are reaching for Ivy League schools, others are applying to state universities, liberal arts colleges, or other institutions.

Please review our services overview.  Once you select a service and we have received your payment, we can get started.

We provide also a free phone consultation to answer any questions about how Spark Admissions works. 

We work with students from around the world trying to gain acceptance into U.S. colleges.  We can work with you via Skype and email.  Dr. Rubin and her team are extremely flexible with timing, although we typically meet with students during general U.S. business hours and in the evening, Eastern Standard Time.

Spark Admissions' consulting services are provided in-person as well as over the phone, via Skype or email based on each client's location and personal preferences.

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