Application Boot Camp – four day event

We’re now booking registration for juniors for Application Boot Camp in Aug. 2015 (Aug. 5-8 or 14-17).

Work 1-on-1 and in small groups and with Michele Hernandez and Mimi Doe to complete your college application months before your peers have begun!

Application Boot Camp - 4-Day College Admissions Workshop Event

Develop an application strategy to increase your college acceptance possibilities and receive advice on odds at top colleges within your range.

Prepare a suite of essays for specific colleges of your choice under the guidance of our skilled team of counselors.

Email to reserve your spot!

Read on below for a preview of what you will experience during Application Boot Camp® 2014! Registration is now open! Keep an eye on this website as we will post more information in the coming weeks!

During the four days of Application Boot Camp® students will:


We are thrilled with the results for our Application Boot Camp® students; head to our stats page for details.

Space is limited so it’s purely first come first served. Now in our tenth year, the last nine years of this program completely sold out. Your spot will only be held with a deposit.

COST: The cost for Application Boot Camp® is $16,000.

Our work begins with a detailed report for each student and extends through the last day of Application Boot Camp®. Once you sign up we will let you know the materials we need (transcript, standardized test scores, student questionnaires, etc.) in order to write the pre-Application Boot Camp® evaluative report with personalized advice, college suggestions, and application strategies.

Again, these Application Boot Camps® are for current juniors (rising seniors summer 2014) and our space is limited so that we can offer one-on-one work all four days with Mimi Doe, Michele Hernandez, and our talented team of senior counselors.

To receive registration materials, contact us at or call (781) 530-7088.

Here are 7 of our terrific counselors from sessions 1 and 2 of Boot Camp 2013 with Mimi Doe:

Application Boot Camp Counselors & Tutors

Check out the view our Boot Camp students enjoyed from our conference room at the beautiful Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel:

Read more Testimonials for Application Boot Camp®

“Hi Mimi: Thank you and your staff for all the critical input. The whole college process is extremely daunting and it is invaluable having experts to guide you through it.”
G.H., Boot Camp 2014 parent

“Dear Mimi, Michele, Kristen, Hannah, and the rest of the ABC team,
Thank you so much for an incredible four days at boot camp. Thank you for sitting and brainstorming with me, for helping me come up with a realistic application plan, for reading my essays over and over again until I thought they were perfect, and, most of all, for helping me come out with five essays that I am proud of and I know will help me in the application process. Your help was amazing, and I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
E.C., Boot Camp 2013 student

“You ran an amazing inspiring productive and invaluable program. Thanks.”
C.W., Boot Camp 2013 parent

“I want to thank each one of you for making C.’s time at Application Boot Camp so successful and productive. I appreciate all the time you spent with C. on his essays and answering his many questions!!! We are going to visit Wake Forest the end of August and C. will hopefully start sending some applications off soon thereafter. We will let you know the results.”
N.T., Boot Camp 2013 parent

“Hey L.,
I just wanted to thank you for your help over Application Boot Camp. If it wasn’t for your positive energy throughout the process, I don’t know how much I would’ve been able to complete! Good luck with your other camps and once again, thanks.”
T.R., Boot Camp 2013 student

“I just dropped S off at Amherst and she is already having a fantastic time and has made so many friends. What has eased my mind and what has held me together is knowing that she is so happy and seeing the wonderful students there who are so much like her. Amherst is the perfect college for S…a perfect fit… and you helped her get there. The house may be empty but you’ve helped make one mother and daughter very grateful. Thank you.”
Boot Camp 2012 parent

“Mimi and Michele, L. was a student of your summer Application Boot Camp program in 2006. L. enrolled at Miami University of Ohio from 2008-2012 graduating with a quantitative economic major and a finance minor. She was recruited by an international financial firm in their leadership program and began her career after graduation as a finance analyst in NYC. Your program set the tone for L. during her college search. As her parents, we thought you would like to know how your students progress.”
Boot Camp 2006 parents

“Many thanks for the all the hard work from the Boot Camp staff!!! P. got so much done. He raved about each and every one of you. Each evening, P. would come back to the hotel room with stories about the great counseling and advice from the editors, Mimi and Michele. Specifically, he had fond recollections of funny tidbits that Michele had said to the group at lunch and throughout the day. And on our plane ride home, P. mentioned heart-felt stories about his whole experience with you all. Michele has a wonderful way of connecting with the students.”
Parent of a Boot Camp 2012 student

“I really enjoyed the camp. Very informative and helpful. What a weight lifted to attack everything now. Great start. I appreciated everyone at Boot Camp. Everyone was wonderful to work with!”
Boot Camp 2012 student

“D. and I would like to thank everybody as well. A lot has been accomplished during these four days in the constrictive and positive manner. . . D. feels good about his college essays and the whole application process. We’ll keep you posted of his progress and results. Thanks for the dedicated hard work once again!”
Parent of a Boot Camp 2012 student

“I also just want to say again how amazing all of the editors and Mimi and Michele were. You guys truly made this process so much less stressful and easier to understand. Who knows how many hours I would’ve spent angsting over everything by myself… I even had fun writing some of the essays and how many college applicants can say that? I can’t thank you enough for all your help.”
Boot Camp 2012 student

“It has been a great four days and I am really grateful for everything you, Michelle and the editors have helped me with. I did not think it would be possible for me to write so much in such a short amount of time, but you guys proved me wrong. I am excited to be ahead of all of my peers and that is all thanks to you guys. Thanks for everything!”
Boot Camp 2012 student

“Thank you so much for an amazingly productive Application Boot Camp. Both of you were beyond kind and helpful in assisting me to construct an application that I am not only satisfied with, but also proud of (and in extracting the pieces of humor within me). I showed my college counselor the work I did, and she said it was the most she had seen done that early in the process. I will definitely let you know how the results turn out!”
Boot Camp 2012 student

“When the acceptance letters rolled in from University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Columbia, Princeton, and Stanford, I found myself in a situation I would not have guessed could ever have happened in my wildest dreams: having more than one great school to pick from! Thank you so much for everything! Your insight on how to make an application scholarly while still reflecting my personality helped make this happen.
While there’s no magic formula to college admissions, ABC has it down to a science. I worked hard those four days in Boston, but left feeling confident and more prepared in the application process. You managed to help me translate my passions into a cohesive story.
If you ever need an extra hand at ABC one summer, count me in! My sister will be coming to you in a few years.”
Student, ABC 2011

“Hi All, It was quite a day in our household yesterday … J. got into Princeton, Upenn and Columbia! Waitlisted at Brown, Dartmouth and Duke. Still waiting to hear from Georgetown, Stanford and Harvard. “Best day ever.””
Parent, ABC 2011

“Hi Mimi and Michele,
I am so happy to inform you that I will be a member of the Dartmouth class of 2016!!! I cannot thank you enough for all of your help with the whole application process. Those four days in Boston were well worth every minute. Thank you again for all of your guidance. I am so thrilled!!!”
Student, ABC 2011

“K. got admitted to Amherst yesterday! Thank you SO much for all of your help. He is thrilled to be into his first choice and relieved that he can have a stress free senior year (and go skiing over Christmas break instead of staying home and doing applications). We’ll see you again in 18 months when my 10th grade son goes through the process. Thanks again!!”
Parent, Amherst Class of 2015

“Good news – I was accepted by Vanderbilt Early Decision I on Friday! Thank you guys for all the advice and editing; it helped more than you can imagine.”
Student, ABC 2011

“J. was accepted to UPenn through ED. Fanatastic!!! Thanks for all your help. I’m sure ABC had a lot to do with it. I’m one happy Dad.”
Parent, ABC 2011

“Don’t know what we would have done without Boot Camp! It’s awfully nice not having to write multiple essays now on top of 4 AP classses.”
Parent, ABC 2011

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to go to Columbia in the fall. I’m so grateful for what I learned at Boot Camp and I know it contributed to my success. I would love to help others with their essays since I just went through the whole application process. If you ever need an ABC graduate to work with your students count me in.”
Columbia, Class of 2015

“I received a letter from Stanford today stating my likely acceptance as long as I maintain my academic and personal conduct! I can’t believe I am one of the few who received a likely letter! I am beyond thrilled and would like to thank all of you for the amazing guidance and support you have provided!”
N.W. (student)

“I got into my first choice, Harvard. I am so excited. Thank you so much for all your help. I’m going to send my brother to you; he’s a freshman now.”
Student, Harvard Class of 2015

“I want to let you guys know that I got in to all 11 of my schools!
Georgetown (SFS)
I was even accepted into the Ben Franklin Scholars program at Penn and the Alumni Memorial Scholars program at Colgate! And no rejections or waitlists! Thank you so much for everything! I can assure you that my little sister will definitely be coming to the program in a few years when it is her time. I would even like to come work as an editor one summer, if my schedule permits and you two would be willing to take me. I’ll be in touch! Thank you again!”
Student, ABC 2010

Well, the decisions all arrived tonight and we owe you guys still more thanks as D. was accepted at both Yale and Princeton, his other “first choice” schools. Now he has the high class problem of deciding between them and Stanford. A dark horse is Northwestern’s 7 year HPME medical program, which also accepted him. Thanks again to both of you and your great Boot Camp team for sharing your wisdom and experience.
Parent, ABC 2010

“Okay as you know K. attended Boot Camp and is now at Yale finishing her sophomore year. I have to say that the methodologies she learned are valuable not only for the college admissions process, but also for all future application processes that she has faced. Shortly after the “Welcome Freshman” signs were taken down K. encountered applications for everything from her major, to summer internships, to fellowships, and soon to her first career steps, and graduate school programs. She has used ABC’s techniques over and over again. She learned from you how to apply and to compete and to bring her own stories alive in writing. This is a lifelong skill, learned first during ABC.”
Mother of Yale Student

Student, Middlebury Class of 2015

“Well, the decisions all arrived tonight and we owe you guys still more thanks as K. was accepted at Yale, Princeton and Stanford. Thanks again to both of you and your great Boot Camp team for sharing your wisdom and experience.”
Parent, ABC 2010

“Ladies, you’ve done it again with our second Boot Camp child. J. was just accepted early action to Stanford! We are truly grateful for your wisdom and enthusiasm.”
Parents, Stanford Class of 2015

“Just wanted to let you guys know that I was accepted to Yale EA! Thank you for everything: Application Boot Camp gave me an incredible head start to the process. Again, my thanks to all the staff/editors and of course yourselves. I am so happy that things have worked out so well so far.”
Student, Yale Class of 2015

“Brown released its EDs this afternoon, and I WAS ACCEPTED!! I’m still in a bit of a state of shock…but I’m really, really excited to be going there. I wanted to thank you each again for your incredible assistance with this process. I know that my essays, etc. that I honed under your expert tutelage at Boot Camp helped set me apart. It’s so competitive out there, it’s nuts…unfortunately there’s a lot more bad news than good among the Early Action/Early Decision applicants I know, and I’m just so grateful that I’m going to be able to realize my dream and attend Brown. Thank you again for everything – YOU GUYS TOTALLY ROCK!”
Student, Brown Class of 2015

“Our son learned today that he was accepted at Brown ED so he’s on cloud nine, as are we. The Regular Decision application bonfire will commence tonight! Many thanks for all of your help and support. Brown was his very strong first choice.”
Parents, Brown Class of 2015

“H. just heard from Tulane and Cornell and got into both! (Tulane tried to tempt her with a 22K/yr scholarship.) It is so wonderful and you have done such a stellar job to support her. She is so happy. Thanks for everything!”
Parent, Cornell Class of 2015

“Dear Mimi and Michele,
Thank you so much for all that you did for A. last weekend. I think it was a real eye opener for her. You two really do deliver what you say you will. A. thought it was am amazing weekend. M. was apparently a miracle worker too and she says her approach to writing essays has been forever improved. Thanks Again!”
M.K. (parent)

“Application Boot Camp was an amazing experience. Remind students that for four days if they put their all into the process, the outcome is unbelievable.”
Student, ABC 2010

“The editors were the most beneficial part of our program. We had a variety of eyes with different strengths to edit each paper. They expedited the process to convert months to days. In addition, the editors were genuinely fun to work with.”
Student, ABC 2010

“Boot camp has completely exceeded my expectations! I still can’t believe how much we accomplished.”
Student, ABC 2010

“Thank you so much for working with E. this past week. I was amazed how you could get kids to work so long and achieve so much. E. repeatedly told me how glad he was for the opportunity to work with you and your great staff of editors. He felt it was a great experience. You clearly got to know E. well during the short but productive camp.”
Parent, ABC 2010

“Thank you all for an enlightening four days. As with all camps, our son was very nervous before the first day, but after Sunday he was sad to leave. He appreciated Michele’s “tell it like it is” approach: If you had no shot to get in, she told you so. Mimi always made him feel comfortable and M. was cool because he was “really into it”…willing to edit into the wee hours of the morning. Upon returning home his sister asked him his thoughts on the four days. He said it was all the “intangibles” that the Boot Camp provided. Boot Camp has enabled our son to feel more confident, organized, and realistic about the whole college process.
Parent, ABC 2010

“Aloha Mimi and Michele,
I’m so sorry, I thought B. had emailed you folks….. but I can also report that she received ED acceptance to George Washington University. She was (we were) incredibly happy and, of course, she is thrilled that she can go skiing during winter break with no stress.
Mahalo for your help in getting B. there! ABC was instrumental to B.’s college application process.
Hope you both have wonderful holidays.”
Parent, ABC 2009

“We are not an Ivy League legacy family. So, when my oldest daughter declared as a high school junior that she wanted to attend Brown University, her objective seemed daunting and almost unattainable. At the outset, the process struck us as a form of byzantine labyrinth, overflowing with hazards for the inexperienced, unwary and uninformed. Our good fortune came in the form of a referral from a friend to Michele and Mimi and their Application Boot Camp. Through the ABC program, Michele, Mimi and their team literally lifted the veil of mystery that shrouded the application process, providing us with a sense of clarity, insight and structured purpose that can be gained only through genuine experience, for which they are unmatched. They provided our daughter with spot-on, personalized advice on how and why to select a college, and how to best present herself so she would stand out among highly-qualified applicants and maximize her chances for acceptance. In the course of the program, our daughter also gained the self-assurance she needed to be bold in her presentations and allow her unique personality and accomplishments shine through to best effect. As a parent, I was comforted knowing that through the ABC I had given my daughter the kind of practical insight and resources she could use to achieve her dream, tools I simply could not have given her on my own. The result – she was accepted Early Decision to the Brown class of 2014. I believe that our decision to work with Michele and Mimi transformed the entire application experience for our family. Without their guidance and counsel, the process undoubtedly would have been far more difficult and stressful, and perhaps also less successful for my daughter. In retrospect, I cannot imagine even trying to run the application gauntlet without them.”
Parent, Brown Class of 2014

“Originally my son was not even sure he would apply to Dartmouth until we figured out his academic index based on your book and as a result he decided to go for it. So it all started with YOU! Thank you for always being there for us with your incredible advice and wisdom.”
-Parent, Dartmouth ’14

“Michele & Mimi,
Your tips for my son helped him a great deal. Thank you! We will contact you in a few years for our daughter (Harvard aspirant).
M. – we thought the essays were awesome – couldn’t believe how nicely they shaped towards the end and really read like Ivy material.
Parent ABC 2009

“Michele and Mimi,
I’m happy to inform you that I got into Columbia early! You guided me in the right way – helped me realize what my hook was.
M. – Many thanks to you for helping me with my essays.
I appreciate all of your help!
Best Regards,”
Columbia, class of 2014

“Dear Mimi,
We are very happy to share the good news that Northwestern University has admitted our daughter to its Class of 2014. Your advice and recommendations for her “Early Decision” strategy were exactly correct … and your prediction that she was “a virtual lock” turned-out to be 100% correct.
Our heartfelt thanks to you, Michele, L. and everyone at ABC who helped our family throughout 2009.”
Parents, Northwestern 2014

“Boot Camp was indispensable to me in so many ways. It helped me stay organized and focus on what was important, and the advice I received was right on target. Above all, it let me be myself. I had always considered the Ivy League out of my ‘league’, but Boot Camp gave me the confidence that I needed to be bold in my essays, say what I needed to say, and let myself shine through in my application… and that bombastic “myself” was admitted to Brown, my #1 choice, in the Early Decision round! Thank you, ABC!”
Brown, class of 2014

“Hello Mimi and Michele,
Thank you for helping to navigate our son’s college application process! The guidance and clarity you provided at the Application Boot Camp made the whole process so much easier. Our son is so excited to have been admitted to such top colleges as Amherst, Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Haverford, Oberlin, and Macalester. Thanks also for your continued support and advice as he makes his final decision on which school to attend. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
A and N

“Just wanted to thank you, T. completed his first year at Georgetown. He had a good experience academically. He actually got all A’s. We often talk about your Boot Camp. It obviously had a lot to do with his success. Thanks for everything!”
Father of Georgetown Freshman

“Hi Mimi, K. was accepted to every school she applied to, and is going to have a very hard time deciding where to go! Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Wash. U in St. Louis, Wesleyan U, Tufts, Georgetown, U of VA (Echols Scholar), BU (Trustee Scholar), American, and U of VT.

Many thanks to you and Michele for helping K. achieve what she didn’t think was possible in this unbelievably unpredictable college admissions process.
M. S. (Parent)

“It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you both so much for all the the help. It was great for J. and of course for us, as the camp really did what it promised- it got us a jump start on everything, and took a lot of the fear out of the process. I know that beforehand I feared that he was not going to be up to the same level as the others at the camp, but the camp gave him confidence both academically and socially that he would be fine wherever he ends up. You can imagine his joy when his early results were U Penn and he will end up exactly where he wanted.
Thank you is simply not enough.”
Parent (UPenn)

“Thank you so much for taking me step by step through my stressful college application process. You have taken away a ton of my stress and provided me with valuable advice. Under your guidance, I was able to create an application package that perfectly reflects who I am. I cannot express how relieved, overjoyed, and honored I am to be accepted into the Class of 2011 at Amherst College.”
Student (Amherst)

“I know that my mother has shared the college news with you two already (she’s told everyone she knows and a few she doesn’t), but I wanted to send an email to thank you myself for everything. I couldn’t have accomplished so much without your help and the direction you’ve given me. The statistics this year were absurd, but I am 1 of the 7% who made it into Harvard because of you! Again, thanks…from the bottom of my heart!
A.W. (Harvard)