About The koppelman group
At the Koppelman Group, we believe in the potential of our students. The next generation to enter college will help to solve crucial world problems, invent life-saving technologies, and lead our country to ever greater prosperity.
As a leading college admissions consulting company, our role is small but important. We aim to help our students gain admission to the best colleges for them individually -- the ones that are ideally suited to their interests, personality, and ambitions.
The Highest Acceptance Rate of Any College Admissions Consulting Firm
What we do is no small task, because our students’ futures are no small matter. We take great pride in our results: In 2017, 88% of our students got into their first-choice school, while 100% got into either their first or second choice school. Some of the colleges our students gained admission to this past year were:
- UC Berkeley
Our objective when working with students is to help them rise above other applicants. We take each student’s passions and help them create a creative and compelling applicant profile, by providing them with tangible actionable steps to expand and elevate their existing interests.
We believe every student has unique potential, and we work to help skillfully draw out each student’s strengths. With more than a decade of combined experience in college admissions consulting, The Koppelman Group views the college application process as an opportunity for immense creativity. We are a young company in spirit but our expertise is unmatched. Every employee at TKG went to an Ivy League or equivalent top-tier institution and we thrive on seeing our students achieve more than they thought possible.
About caroline koppelman, founder of tkg
Caroline Koppelman is the founder and CEO of The Koppelman Group (TKG). She started the firm when she was 19 after discovering she had a knack for understanding the college application system. It seemed that every friend and family member whose application she worked on got admission to their top-choice school. And when friends of hers received acceptance letters from Harvard and Stanford, she knew she needed to start a business.
TKG has grown substantially since its inception. Over the past five years, TKG has helped scores of bright students from across the country succeed in the college process. Read More...
Case Study 1: Jane
Situation: Jane came to us in a panic in October of her senior year of high school. Her applications were due in three weeks and she did not know what to do. She was an incredibly bright student, and was positive that she wanted to apply early to somewhere. But she had not chosen a school and had multiple versions of essays on various topics. She was deciding between Harvard, Princeton, and Yale for restricted early action, but did not have a strong motivation for choosing one over the other.
Background on Jane: Jane was raised in New York City and attended an all girls private school. She was the captain of the field hockey and soccer team, played flute in the school band, and did research with a science professor at Columbia University two days a week. She was an active participant in school government and on the weekends, she volunteered at a soup kitchen. She had implemented a program where the soup kitchen received all of the left overs from local restaurants. She also organized a program through her synagogue that distributed meals to homeless people at night. Jane received a 2380 on the SAT, and 800s on the Math 2, biology, and history subject tests. She had an A+ grade point average and took all honors and AP classes. She was an excellent candidate for any Ivy League school.
College Goals: Harvard, Princeton, or Yale
How TKG Helped: Jane was an extraordinary candidate but very lost in the process. She did not know specifics on any of the colleges she hoped to attend and had no idea of where or how to start her research. We also didn’t have a lot of time. Jane came to us three weeks before her application was due.
Our first step was figuring out her essay. She had narrowed down her essay to three subjects: science, food, and Middle Eastern politics. The essays she wrote on science and Middle Eastern politics were very personal to Jane; however, they were redundant with experiences she had listed in her Common App Activities supplement. Her idea for an essay that centered around food humanized her and showcased her personality, intelligence, and sense of humor. This essay allowed us to tie in extracurricular experiences in a way that elevated her, instead of making the entire essay about simply participating in extracurricular activities. With our help, she was able to speak passionately about food being an escape for her, and an outlet for her creativity.
Jane’s top three choices were Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. While all three were appropriate choices for Jane, each has its own distinct personality and strengths. TKG has campus representatives (current students who talk with our clients) at almost all top 100 schools. We scheduled phone calls with our campus representatives at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, who ultimately helped Jane decide to apply to Harvard. She was excited by Harvard’s location, research capacity, and the on-campus culture. By working with Jane to research the school, we were able to craft a supplemental essay that showed not only her passion, but her understanding of what makes Harvard unique.
Results: Jane applied restricted early action to Harvard and was accepted. She will begin her sophomore year in the fall of 2016.
Case Study 2: Tom
Situation: We first met with Tom in August before his senior year of high school. He was very interested in attending a business undergraduate program, but he was deciding between The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan for early decision. He was not sure which school to apply to, how to differentiate himself in his application, or what to write his college essay about.
Background on Tom: Tom attended a highly competitive public school in New York City where he was captain of the baseball team. Aside from baseball, his extracurricular activities were somewhat limited. He volunteered to help organize a blood drive at school, and sometimes cooked at a local homeless shelter, but had very few leadership roles. He was in a few honors and AP classes, and his grade point average was a 93 (approx. 3.7). He took the ACT and received a 34. He took two subject tests, Math and Chemistry, and received scores of 700 and above on them. Although Tom was a very well-rounded student, his lack of leadership positions and his GPA did not signal him as a competitive applicant for Ivy League schools. After doing research on the programs at Ross and Wharton, Tom felt he was a better fit for Ross. However, Ross was still a reach school for him. His grades and scores were good, but Ross only admits 16% of freshman students into their program. Further, half of the students admitted are in-state students (from Michigan). Tom was competing for one of the few seats allocated to out of state applicants.
College goals: Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
How TKG Helped: We first helped Tom by finding a good balance of safety, reach, and target schools. Based on his needs, interests, and scores, we encouraged Tom to apply to The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, The Darden School of Business at UVA, McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, The Freeman School of Business at Tulane, and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Next, Tom had to find a way to differentiate himself and make his application and essays stand out. His first instinct was to write his college application essay (the Common App essay) about his success as a baseball captain. Although he had led his team to the championship, essays about sports come off as cliche because so many students choose to write about them. We worked one-on-one with Tom and taught him how to discuss his personal characteristics within his essay. His essay ended up being about his relationship with his father, told through a metaphor about pizza. Next, we had to work on the supplemental pieces of writing. Each school he applied to had one to three supplements. We helped Tom research the specific programs, classes, teachers, cities, campuses, housing, clubs, and culture of each school. By using TKG’s extensive network of campus representatives, Tom was able to understand each school, which showed in his essays. Colleges are looking for students who put a lot of time, energy, and research into each piece of writing, and Tom’s supplements certainly showed that. We helped Tom highlight the unique features of his candidacy and taught him how to differentiate himself. After all of the pieces of writing were completed, we helped Tom prepare for a few interviews. We also helped him create a resume.
College Results: Tom was accepted at the Ross School of Business, The Kelley School of Business, The Kenan-Flagler Business School, The Darden School of Business, The McCombs School of Business, and The Freeman School of Business. He will be attending the Ross School of Business in the fall.
Case Study 3: Claire
Situation: We were introduced to Claire in September of her senior year. She was an incredibly bright and disciplined student with her sights set on the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Background on Claire: Claire was a highly motivated and qualified student. She had a 4.64/4.00 weighted GPA, a 35 on the ACT, SAT Subject tests in the high 700s, and had taken eight AP courses. She was a member of multiple honors societies, and was fluent in three languages. Claire’s interests were writing and figure skating. She had attended multiple writing summer programs in addition to being the editor of her school’s newspaper and a contributor of other local publications. She was a member of the Team USA skating team and had been skating since she was five years old. The average size of a Huntsman class is 45 students. Historically half of the Huntsman class is international, meaning all of the American applicants are competing for approximately 22 spots. Huntsman will not reveal its acceptance rate, but it is estimated to be around 4-5%, making it one of the most competitive programs in the country.
College goals: Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
How TKG helped: Claire’s biggest problem was showcasing her unique attributes. She was incredibly smart, gifted, and qualified for an Ivy League caliber school, but since the Huntsman program is so small, she needed to stand out and tell them what she would add to the class. It was clear that her biggest passion was skating, but she could not simply talk about her accomplishments. Claire’s essay included the role skating has had in her life for 13 years, but also discussed how being part of a team has shaped her. In synchronized skating, everyone has to be focused and disciplined or the team will get points off. Claire’s essay touched upon important personal characteristics that ultimately made her come alive.
College Results: Claire was admitted early decision to the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania.