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What does it take to get into an Ivy League college? For some students, a $750,000 consultant.

What does it take to get into an Ivy League college? For some students, a $750,000 consultant.

“These are the 1% of the 1%,” said Christopher Rim, the founder and CEO of Command Education, which charges $750,000 for a six-year consulting package, of his clients. “Their biggest priority is their child’s education and health — you can’t compare Harvard against a state school.”

He added, “They want every resource out there. These parents care so much about who their kids are surrounded with. They want quality friends.”

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Some Jewish parents rethink elite schools amid antisemitism concerns on campus

Some Jewish parents rethink elite schools amid antisemitism concerns on campus

More than a dozen Jewish families told CNN their priorities have shifted since October 7 as they apply to colleges, given the ongoing tension and turmoil on campuses nationwide.

Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education, a consultancy that helps students apply to top-tier colleges, said they’re “getting new updates and changes and requests” every day. “We’ve had students completely revamp their entire application,” he said.

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Can You Reapply to a College After Being Rejected?

Can You Reapply to a College After Being Rejected?

Colleges reject applicants for various reasons.

“It could be that their essay was terrible or their extracurricular descriptions were not properly formatted, or they forgot a letter of recommendation,” says Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of the admissions firm Command Education.

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“PLAN B” Schools: Wealthy Jewish Families Rejecting Ivy Leagues

“PLAN B” Schools: Wealthy Jewish Families Rejecting Ivy Leagues

Christopher Rim, CEO of Command Education speaks with Hosts Brian Brenberg, Jackie DeAngelis, and Taylor Riggs on The Big Money Show on Fox Business. Rim offers his insight on the pressing issue of free speech within prestigious Ivy League universities, particularly in the context of their response to the conflict involving Israel.

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Wealthy Jewish families are rejecting the Ivy League for ‘Plan B’ schools

Wealthy Jewish families are rejecting the Ivy League for ‘Plan B’ schools

In a significant shift in elite university admissions, wealthy Jewish families are reconsidering their long-held aspirations for their children to attend Ivy League schools like Harvard and Columbia. This change comes in the wake of increasing pro-Palestine rallies and a surge in anti-Israel sentiment across these prestigious campuses. Christopher Rim, a prominent college admissions consultant and founder of Command Education, reports a noticeable trend among high school seniors and their families, who are actively removing Ivy League schools from their application lists.

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Rich parents are ditching prep schools for public — to get kids into the Ivy League

Rich parents are ditching prep schools for public — to get kids into the Ivy League

New York City families are forking over five-figure tuition to prep schools like Trinity, Dalton and Horace Mann, thinking these private academies are runways to the Ivy League — but one admissions expert says it’s a bad bet.

In fact, according to college admissions consultant Christopher Rim, that same kid would have a four-to-five times greater shot of getting into a top-tier college if they went to a public school.

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Harvard Bound: Strategies That Propel Students Past Admissions Hurdles

Harvard Bound: Strategies That Propel Students Past Admissions Hurdles

“I just followed my passions and my interests,” Rim said, attributing his acceptance to his genuine story that struck a chord with the admissions officers. Among 18 applicants from his high school, Rim, who had the lowest grades among them, was the only one accepted into Yale.

Established in 2015, Command Education has become the sought-after service for families aiming for Ivy League admissions. Charging a hefty fee upwards of $1,500 an hour, Rim’s organization aids students from prestigious schools like Horace Mann and Trinity.

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College Admissions Chaos: What Happens Now?

College Admissions Chaos: What Happens Now?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ban racial preference in college admissions has ignited a myriad of emotions and reactions across the nation. The ruling has significantly reshaped the higher education landscape, challenging long-held beliefs, systems, and structures in place since the late 1960s. This shift has intensified debates on how to achieve racial parity in college admissions, forcing institutions, students, and families to navigate a rapidly changing terrain, filled with mixed messages and unprecedented challenges.

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Some parents opting for rural life to get kids into Ivy League

Some parents opting for rural life to get kids into Ivy League

Christopher Rim, CEO of Command Education, highlighted the skewed competition in metropolitan areas like New York City, where numerous students from elite private schools compete for the same prestigious colleges. Conversely, in states like Arkansas, not every student is aiming for Ivy League institutions. Rim criticizes the admissions process, noting inherent disparities based on school type, labeling it as “designed to be unfair.”

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A college counselor said a parent offered him $1.5 million to deny service to their child’s classmates — highlighting the cut-throat battle for Ivy League admissions

A college counselor said a parent offered him $1.5 million to deny service to their child’s classmates — highlighting the cut-throat battle for Ivy League admissions

Wealthy parents are spending up to $1 million, hoping to secure Ivy League acceptance for their children. Christopher Rim’s Command Education charges $750,000 for six years of college counseling. Some parents even offer exclusivity deals worth more than the service fee. Despite the high costs, Rim doesn’t promise Ivy League admissions, as acceptance rates, like Harvard’s, drop below 4%. The demand remains high, with Command Education’s client slots frequently selling out.

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Desperate NYC parents spending millions, lying, moving across the country to get kids into Ivy League

Desperate NYC parents spending millions, lying, moving across the country to get kids into Ivy League

The college admissions frenzy has escalated, with parents spending up to $1.5 million on elite consultancy and even relocating for better odds. Christopher Rim of Command Education highlights the growing desperation, revealing parents approach him for students as young as second grade. Meanwhile, Ivy League admissions rates plummet, intensifying global competition. Rim criticizes the broken system, even as he navigates its complexities.

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Ultra-Rich Buy Ultra-Luxury Counseling to Get Kids Into Harvard

Ultra-Rich Buy Ultra-Luxury Counseling to Get Kids Into Harvard

Sooner or later, every parent asks Christopher Rim the same question: What will it take to get my kid into Harvard or Yale?
His answer: $750,000.
That’s Rim’s going rate for advice on landing a coveted spot in the Ivy League for students who want to start college prep in the 7th grade. The price is more than twice what it can cost to actually attend one of those eight elite schools.

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One Thing Parents Won’t Cut From Budgets: Extracurricular Activities

One Thing Parents Won’t Cut From Budgets: Extracurricular Activities

The Supreme Court’s June decision outlawing affirmative action could put even more emphasis on extracurricular activities to make a student stand out, said Christopher Rim, chief executive of Command Education, an elite-college consulting firm in New York that advises students on their college applications.

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