University Consultancy

The Quintessential Process




Stage One: Laying the foundations of the your application

 

  1. Pre-mentorship Interview

A Principal mentor and admin manager will set up a initial meeting with each student. During this session, the consultancy team will conduct a comprehensive interview of the student to understand his/her goals, personality, strengths and weaknesses, personal interests, and key life experiences. This interview will help with candidate profiling and help us to determine how best to enhance the application.

  1. Analysis of Student Profile

We will review the student’s profile and prepare an action plan. The team will be headed by a principal and a junior mentor who are from the same university that the student is applying to. They will assess the student’s overall strengths and weaknesses, as well as application statistics and probability of successful entry to desired colleges.

  1. Application Plan Conceptualisation

Under the principal mentor’s supervision, we will construct a list of potential colleges. The list will comprise of schools broken down into the following categories – “Dream”, “Reach” and “Safety” schools. This will include in-depth and honest discussions with the client in order to align expectations.- Depending on the timeframe to application, the consultants may also make suggestions for the student to undertake particular projects or activities to enhance his resume.


 

Stage Two: Refining your application 

 

  1. Conceptualisation of Application Strategy

A personalised application strategy and roadmap will be developed and we can expect 10 to 20 rounds of brainstorming and essay reviews by our mentors. We believe that every individual has a unique story to tell. The mentors will guide the students to formulate essay ideas which reflect the his or her unique characteristics, strengths and life experiences.  

  1. Completing the application

The team will proceed to advise the student on the application process itself, according to timelines drawn up in the roadmap. The finalised documents will be reviewed by the principal mentor prior to submission.


Stage Three: Success!

 

  1. Submission of application

Submit application forms to colleges on time Maximise the student’s chance of acceptance when placed on wait-list through regular communications with colleges Aid student in final choice of college when accepted by more than one colleges


UK University Application

Reaching out for the ivory towers of higher-education institutions in the United Kingdom is the dream of many a student. Renowned for their academic excellence and rigor, universities in the UK have produced some of the world’s greatest minds. With limited positions available, competition to get into one of these elite institutions have never been as fierce. To rise above their competitors, students must be able to separate themselves head and shoulders above their peers in every aspect of their application. This process can be difficult for many, but fortunately, Quintessential has a wealth of experience and expertise that have successfully produced many Oxbridge and University of London graduates. Our Consultants are here to help support students through every stage of their application; having studied the same courses in these elite universities themselves, they have the key insight on the exact specifications top universities are looking for.

While the Quintessential Process offers a general framework of how we tackle applications, each consultation is a bespoke process tailored to the individual needs of every student. At Quintessential, we go above and beyond the simple consultancy services typically offered by other firms–by understanding detailed aspects of each student’s educational background, interests, extracurricular activities, and aspirations, we can help the student develop holistically through the consultancy process so they leave us with not only an acceptance to their dream school, but a better version of themselves as well.

US University Application

With their broad-based liberal arts education and focus on diversity, US universities have long been celebrated for providing their students with a stellar academic environment that also encourages holistic development. Combined with their impressive faculty and research output, it is no wonder students from all over the world desire to further their studies in the United States. But with fixed quotas on international students in the face of rising applicant numbers, students from Singapore face increasing competition for a finite amount of university placings. Simply scoring above 1500 on the SAT or a perfect IB/ A level score is not enough; college admissions officers are looking for multifaceted individuals that can contribute to their diverse student population. Having a strong resume and impactful application essay can help students differentiate themselves from other applicants with similar grades.  Quintessential’s consultancy team, which consists of many graduates and current students at elite american universities such as Yale, Harvard, and Berkeley are in the perfect position to help students improve their application given their own experience and the wealth of knowledge gained from helping many others achieve the same dream.

While the Quintessential Process offers a general framework of how we tackle applications, each consultation is a bespoke process tailored to the individual needs of every student. At Quintessential, we go above and beyond the simple consultancy services typically offered by other firms–by understanding detailed aspects of each student’s educational background, interests, extracurricular activities, and aspirations, we can help the student develop holistically through the consultancy process so they leave us with not only an acceptance to their dream school, but a better version of themselves as well.

Case Profiles
Local, international, outstanding, average; students have different strengths and we help each of them shine and show their strengths! Herman A. (RJC 2014) Accepted to: Law at Exeter College, Oxford University (deferred 2016 entry) Co-curricular Track Record: National and Raffles Colours Award for Shooting; Captain of Raffles Shooting Club; Raffles All-Round Excellence Award; Extensive hours organizing and participating in community service projects

Herman signed up for the QC programme about 2 weeks before the October 2014 application deadline for Oxford applications. Amazingly, he was due to leave for his Police Force Leadership Training Programme at Pulau Ubin Adventure Camp almost immediately, leaving him with literally 1 week of spare time to revise his personal statement with me. I could immediately tell that his heart was set on the US, but unfortunately he did not manage to gain acceptance to his dream US colleges in previous applications. But being a very responsible and conscientious student, Herman quickly adapted to the high expectations that I had of him, despite his busy schedule as a Police Officer (NS). At our interview practices, he graciously accepted my criticisms of “being too wooden”, “passive” and “lacking in structure” and always strived to improve. I have enjoyed mentoring Herman and think that he would make an outstanding police officer, lawyer or diplomat in future, given his qualities of integrity, dedication, and passion for service.

– Andrew, US/UK Consultant

Hans K. (UWC 2015) Accepted to: Fu School of Engineering, Columbia University  Co-curricular Track Record: Math Club, Interact Club; organized overseas project to Africa

Hans came to us for help in his US applications in June 2014. Growing up in Korea, English was his second language and he had difficulty penning his thoughts and displaying his competencies to various colleges. Also, he felt that he lacked capabilities or any distinct skills that could distinguish him from other candidates. At our sessions, we explored his interests and took a big step to take up programming and coding courses where Hans learnt integral skills to develop his own android application. His attitude and aptitude for learning was truly commendable for someone of such age, allowing us to craft a compelling essay that showcased his talents and potential. We discussed his experiences from various internships, research, and competencies in sophisticated skills such as coding and programming (through independent learning). His drive and pursuit for self improvement really sets him apart from the rest of the candidates and he was eventually accepted by Columbia. Hans is an extremely bright student who just needed some direction and guidance. It was a great pleasure guiding him through the applications and have no doubt he will go far in his career. He aspires to work as a currency trader in a private bank and eventually move on to a hedge fund.

– Leon, US Consultant

Clay H. (SAS 2014) Accepted to: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2017 entry) Co-curricular Track Record: Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics Club, Harvard Model Congress; various community service projects. After being disappointed in his initial applications to college, Clay sought out help from us to make a more successful second application. Being in full-time National Service during the application process meant that he had a very limited amount of time that we could work together and I was not very optimistic about his chances of success. When he first came to QC, Clay had tremendous difficulty expressing himself with clarity and impact. While many students have an aversion to criticism, Clay took them in stride and always looked forward to learn from his mistakes to better himself. Clay was an astute student who took to my guidance and quickly adjusted to overcome his flaws to exceed my expectations. His dedication and positive attitude eventually led to his acceptance into the highly competitive Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course at LSE.

– Andrew, US/UK Consultant

Oscar C. (RJC 2015) Accepted to: Law at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (2018 entry) Co-curricular Track Record: Case Officer Humanitarian Organization of Migration Economics, Silver Medal at the International Biomedical Olympiad, Bronze Medal at Singapore Science and Engineering Fair, Asian Scientist Writing Prize Honorable Mention. Oscar signed for the QC programme in the 2016 cycle. His first year into National Service, Oscar was keen to read Law at Cambridge and did not know how to get started. I reviewed his portfolio and concluded that he had decent chances. Most importantly, we decided that his profile and various application conditions favored Downing College. The rest of the weeks were spent refining the essays, which were fluent and congruent, states many of the achievements he had yet did not show a personal connection to why he wanted to study law. A bright and conscientious individual, Oscar quickly caught on to what the mentors were getting at and we managed to get a good personal statement out within 8 drafts. Next up was the preparations for the Cambridge Law Test and interviews, during which several other mentors guided him through specimen cases that were integral to the law interviews. Oscar learnt well and proved himself to be a very strong candidate, swiftly learning to apply various tenets of jurisprudence to make a good interview and was offered a place at Wolfson College.

– Dylan, US/UK Law Consultant