Application Positioning: How to Set Yourself Apart

Learn how to stand out in the applicant pool with advice from the former Dean of Admissions at Harvard and Columbia

Nearly all students who apply to a top college have the grades, test scores, and experiences to qualify for acceptance.
Thus, most students blend in with other applicants and get overlooked. To get accepted, a student must appear unique and different. Colleges carefully make decisions by considering what “position” a student will fill on their campus. How will the student contribute to the diversity of their student body to form a well-rounded freshman class?

How will you stand out from thousands of other applicants?
In less than one hour, you will learn how to develop a successful college strategy that will improve your chances of getting accepted to top colleges. The key is discovering how you will stand out in the process.

In this online class, you will learn how to:

  • Differentiate yourself from other students
  • Identify your unique characteristics
  • Positively present yourself throughout your applications

By the end of the class, you will understand the insider tips and insights that will distinguish you from the other students in the applicant pool. Most importantly, you will learn how to assess your own profile to discover what you—and only you—will be able to contribute to the campus.

Start today and finish at your own pace!

Your Instructor

Drusilla Blackman
Drusilla Blackman

Drusilla Blackman is the former Harvard and Columbia Dean of Admissions. Through her college admissions consulting firm, she has helped hundreds of students get accepted to the world's most selective colleges and universities, including the Ivy League.

With over 40 years of college admissions experience, she has reviewed hundreds of thousands of applications and college essays. Her expertise, insights, and guidance can help you get accepted to any college or university on your list!

Get started now!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I access the class from anywhere?
Yes. You may access the class from any compatible phone, tablet, or computer.
How long does it take to complete the class?
Approximately one hour.
When does the class start and finish?
It is an online, self-paced course, and you may start and end at your convenience.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course.

Why take this class?

Each year, students who follow our advice and insights have been accepted into top, highly selective colleges and universities. We have helped hundreds of students get accepted to top colleges, such as:

Harvard • MIT • Stanford • Yale • Duke • Williams • Vanderbilt • Princeton • UCLA

CalTech • Amherst • Brown • Columbia • UPenn • Cornell • UChicago • USC

Swarthmore • Dartmouth • Bowdoin • Johns Hopkins • Emory • Wellesley


"Thank you so much for all your help with college admissions last year. I have truly found my second home at Stanford. It is more than everything I could have ever imagined; Stanford was my true match!"

- Stanford, Class of 2018

"Mrs. Blackman was truly an asset to my college application. She helped me improve my essays, figure out which colleges were right for me, and she kept me on track throughout the entire admissions process. With her help, I was able to submit a winning application to several top universities. As a result, I was admitted to (and will attend) an excellent engineering school."

- Cornell, Class of 2015