Academy Overview

What is the Acceptance Academy?


Danny's Acceptance Academy is the premier college application workshop that he has developed over the last 10 years and has resulted in incredible success for students all over the world. After helping thousands of students create authentic, interesting, and unique applications, Danny has developed a proven system that is based on his understanding of how teenagers really work. His unique ability to use honesty, sarcasm, humor, and relatable stories is perhaps his biggest strength. After working as a public and private school teacher, test prep expert, and educational therapist, Danny dedicated himself to creating solutions that help students build their self-confidence and become the best versions of themselves. He then developed specific methods to help bring stories out of students that they can use in their applications to reflect their unique qualities and circumstances. Danny teaches students (and parents) that college admissions is a lot more than just getting good grades and test scores. At the end of the day, it is still about individual people looking to make connections with applicants who they believe will add something to their campus. By teaching teens how to do this through their applications and direct communication via email, visits, & interviews, he has seen his students achieve unparalleled success. Over the course of three days spread over 5 days, students join Danny online for a fun-filled and productive journey that allows them to learn Danny's strategies, have time to work, and meet their personal coach to help them develop ideas, hone essays, and create standout applications. Specifically, each of the 3 days are broken asynchronous modules so that students can start each video when it's best for them. At end of each day, students will then be able to book 1-1 sessions via Zoom with their certified coach who will help them complete the work and provide guidance for next steps.




How is the Academy different than other application workshops (including those offered by high schools)?


Danny has spent the last 10 years perfecting the Academy to be work-driven so that students get the instruction and the time to actually complete applications they feel proud of. Other workshops run a lot of exercises and consist of a lot of talking that do not result in the applications getting done or in students walking away feeling confident.
Moreover, no other workshop we have seen allows students to get such1-1 instruction with a personal writing and application coach. From the very beginning, this is what students told Danny they wanted the most, which is why the Academy has evolved so that students balance their time among learning what to do, doing it, and getting help making it as good as possible. Most importantly, students who attend the Academy get walked through Danny's philosophy of helping students write unconventional and authentic essays that catch the attention of admissions representatives and put together applications that truly reflect a student's unique qualities. The importance of the approach cannot be underestimated both in terms of helping reducing student anxiety and producing eventual results.




What will students get done?


Fill out the college applications (Common Application, and other options including University of California, University of Texas, & University of Washington).

Make the detailed Activity List/Resume using the format of the applications​.

Do in-depth research into each college on their list, using the schools' own websites and materials.

Complete a full checklist of all the college requirements, deadlines, and essay questions.

Send emails to admissions officers, asking questions in order to get into a dialogue and request times to meet at school and local events.

Write a standout Personal Statement or “Big” essay to be required by almost all colleges.

Write one-of-a-kind “Why do you want to attend our college?” essays.

Meet 1-1 with a coach throughout the Academy & for one hour on Day 4 to create genuine, compelling applications.

And much, much more that will help students show colleges who they truly are as individuals.




Where does the Academy take place?


The Academy takes place completely online so that the modules are watched by the students at their own pace followed by 1-1 personalized coaching sessions via Zoom.




What if a student has additional applications or essays than those covered?


Our goal is to help students get their applications and essays done! This means that students will complete the three most widely-used college application, the main personal statement essay (required by almost all selective four-year colleges), and several of the most commonly-asked supplemental essay questions. If a student is applying to a college that does not use one of the main common college applications, they will be able to take what they learn from the instruction and be able to complete it. Students will also learn strategies that can be applied to many variations of supplemental essay questions, as well as work on ideas with their coaches. Given the number of essay questions, however, it is possible that certain students will still have some work to do outside of the Academy. For those students who still have applications or essays to write after the Academy, they can continue working with their coaches 1-1 for an hourly fee of $125/hour. To be clear, the Academy is designed so that students can complete their apps without any extra help, but for those who want it, we’re available.

We also encourage students to review their applications and essays with their parents and school counselors, so they typically submit the actual applications on their own. However, we do cover how to do submissions during the Academy and provide a video of the steps for them to review as necessary.




Where else can I learn more about the Acceptance Academy?


Whether you're looking at top 10 colleges or others, look at Academy reviews from our graduates on the testimonial page: www.acceptanceacademy.com/testimonials

Learn more about the program specifics under the first question above, "What is the Acceptance Academy?"





Who's It Perfect For

Who’s right for the Acceptance Academy?


The Academy is designed for high school students who have just finished their junior years who plan on applying to college in the fall of their senior years. Students should attend if they have a tentative list of four-year colleges that require applications and essays.





 
 

Who It's Perfect For

Who’s right for the Acceptance Academy?


The Academy is designed for high school students who have just finished their junior years who plan on applying to college in the fall of their senior years.

Students should attend if they have a tentative list of four-year colleges that require applications and essays.




Who’s not right for this program?


The academy isn't right for students who want to apply to colleges that do not require essays.

It isn't right for students who only want to apply to community colleges, due to the fact that their applications typically do not require activity lists or essays.

It isn't right for students who aren't prepared to actually work during the three days. Students often come with various interests, GPAs, test scores, college choices and writing abilities, but any student can be successful in the Academy if they want to get work done, are willing to put in time, and want to get constructive help and feedback.




Will the Academy work if a student doesn't have a finalized list of colleges?


Yes. Students do not have to have every school finalized before the Academy, especially because students will be doing research during the 3 days that may change their choices and priorities.

Having said this, students should at least have a tentative list of the colleges they want to apply to, so we can focus on the correct applications, personal statement questions, and supplemental essays.




What if a student only wants to apply to the University of California schools?


Danny will be covering the Common Application and required essays, so the specific UC Appilcation is not covered. However, much of the same advice applies to the UC application, incuding the work done on the essays.




Can siblings take the Academy together?


Siblings can certainly attend together online. However, given that each student gets 1-1 time with a coach, each sibling will ideally want to use a separate computer, and families will have to pay separate fees. If this is a challenge to do this, families are welcome to contact us at contact@dannyruderman.com, and we will do our best to help.





 

Cost and Guarantee

Who’s right for the Acceptance Academy?


The Academy is designed for high school students who have just finished their junior years who plan on applying to college in the fall of their senior years.

Students should attend if they have a tentative list of four-year colleges that require applications and essays.




Who’s not right for this program?


The academy isn't right for students who want to apply to colleges that do not require essays.

It isn't right for students who only want to apply to community colleges, due to the fact that their applications typically do not require activity lists or essays.

It isn't right for students who aren't prepared to actually work during the three days. Students often come with various interests, GPAs, test scores, college choices and writing abilities, but any student can be successful in the Academy if they want to get work done, are willing to put in time, and want to get constructive help and feedback.




Will the Academy work if a student doesn't have a finalized list of colleges?


Yes. Students do not have to have every school finalized before the Academy, especially because students will be doing research during the 3 days that may change their choices and priorities.

Having said this, students should at least have a tentative list of the colleges they want to apply to, so we can focus on the correct applications, personal statement questions, and supplemental essays.




What if a student only wants to apply to the University of California schools?


Danny will be covering the Common Application and required essays, so the specific UC Appilcation is not covered. However, much of the same advice applies to the UC application, incuding the work done on the essays.




Can siblings take the Academy together?


Siblings can certainly attend together online. However, given that each student gets 1-1 time with a coach, each sibling will ideally want to use a separate computer, and families will have to pay separate fees. If this is a challenge to do this, families are welcome to contact us at contact@dannyruderman.com, and we will do our best to help.





 

Other Important Details

Who’s right for the Acceptance Academy?


The Academy is designed for high school students who have just finished their junior years who plan on applying to college in the fall of their senior years.

Students should attend if they have a tentative list of four-year colleges that require applications and essays.




Who’s not right for this program?


The academy isn't right for students who want to apply to colleges that do not require essays.

It isn't right for students who only want to apply to community colleges, due to the fact that their applications typically do not require activity lists or essays.

It isn't right for students who aren't prepared to actually work during the three days. Students often come with various interests, GPAs, test scores, college choices and writing abilities, but any student can be successful in the Academy if they want to get work done, are willing to put in time, and want to get constructive help and feedback.




Will the Academy work if a student doesn't have a finalized list of colleges?


Yes. Students do not have to have every school finalized before the Academy, especially because students will be doing research during the 3 days that may change their choices and priorities.

Having said this, students should at least have a tentative list of the colleges they want to apply to, so we can focus on the correct applications, personal statement questions, and supplemental essays.




What if a student only wants to apply to the University of California schools?


Danny will be covering the Common Application and required essays, so the specific UC Appilcation is not covered. However, much of the same advice applies to the UC application, incuding the work done on the essays.




Can siblings take the Academy together?


Siblings can certainly attend together online. However, given that each student gets 1-1 time with a coach, each sibling will ideally want to use a separate computer, and families will have to pay separate fees. If this is a challenge to do this, families are welcome to contact us at contact@dannyruderman.com, and we will do our best to help.





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