After 15+ years and thousands of applicants, we know what works and what doesn't. Unlike many companies, we religiously follow up with EVERY SINGLE STUDENT to see where they got in and where they didn't. What you see in the chart to the right is the real, years-long acceptance rate of our students, not just the responses to one small survey.
We'll talk about your goals, your stats, and what you need to do to get in.
A great application starts with a great strategy, followed by breaking down what you need to do week by week.
We go beyond grades and test scores to help you choose a list of schools that match your goals and fit your preferences.
We help you tell your story as well as possible, from brainstorming through the final read.
Our mock admissions committee will give you honest feedback about your final product before you submit the real application.
Our mock interviews closely mimic interview day, whether that's a traditional interview, MMI, panel interview, or any other type.
You're not just a number; we send you encouragement, check in often to make sure you're on track, and celebrate when you finally get in.
Over the past ten years of working in Graduate Medical Education, Ali has reviewed thousands of applications from future physicians and interviewed several hundred more. She has personally counseled dozens through the application, interview, and selection processes and works closely with physicians who interview as part of UCSD's School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
Amol is a 2nd-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also conducts student interviews for the College of Medicine and serves as an advisor to first-year medical students. After graduating from UC Riverside, Amol enrolled with Passport Admissions for his own application cycle and loved working with his advising team. He hopes to offer the same excellent support and guidance that he received when he was just a young and hopeful applicant!
Carol grew up in Queens, New York, earned her BA at NYU, and then moved to Iowa to study at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During graduate school, she taught creative writing to undergraduates and volunteered as a one-on-one instructor in the Patient Voice Project. Two years later, MFA in hand, she moved to Philadelphia and worked as a writer and editor in nonprofit communications.
China graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and a MA in English from University of Texas Permian Basin, where she edited undergraduate papers and peer/graduate work. She loves encouraging others, particularly with the hope that they will find their way to writing their own great pieces of work.
Jacqueline has spent nearly two decades in higher education in both administrative and teaching faculty roles at University of Delaware, Delaware Technical & Community College, Cecil College, and Delaware State University. In addition to faculty-administrative leadership, Jacqueline served as Program Coordinator of several health science programs sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
Jason was born and raised in Queens, New York, earned his B.S. at NYU, and is currently an incoming medical student at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Armed with fresh memories of writing (and rewriting) sections of his own application to medical school, Jason is determined to support and uplift other applicants!
Joanna received her MFA from New York University in 2021 and also holds degrees from Bard College and the New School. She works as an editor for the Masters Review, West Trade Review, and Frontier Poetry, and has edited magazines and literary journals since 2019.
Jodi was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. She was a first-generation college student who was accepted into physician assistant (PA) school right after completing her associate’s degree, back at a time when PA training was at the bachelor’s level. She went on to complete master’s degrees in healthcare administration and public health and a PhD in higher education.
In Joshua's senior year at Brown University, he became a teaching assistant for an introductory computer science (CS) course, where he discovered his passion for working with students one-on-one. Excited by the prospect of CS transforming clinical medicine, Joshua has become passionate about helping other students integrate interdisciplinary interests into their medical training.
Lyn studied Psychology and Biology when she attended Yale. She started with The Princeton Review as an Assistant Director in 1999 and after 12 and a half years, the last three spent as Regional Vice President of the West Coast, Lyn decided to work with students directly to help them navigate the increasingly competitive and difficult college and medical school admissions processes, as well as providing much-needed emotional support for students and parents.
Mary Pagones is the author of more than 12 novels. Storytelling is her passion. At Wesleyan University and Harvard Divinity School, Mary studied fiction with creative writing teachers such as Annie Dillard and Jill McCorkle.
After Nate earned his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, he continued to pursue his interests through an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Supporting patients with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) convinced Nate that he wanted to pursue a medical education, and with the help of Passport, he earned a seat at Albany Medical College, where he currently studies.
Niki Cunningham has been a pre-health advisor for the past 17 years. She has a BA from Brown University (Women's Studies and Modern Culture and Media) and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin (MA, English and Comparative Literature) and Columbia University (MPH, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine).
Ryan earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University, Ohio University, and San Diego State University. Before working full-time for Passport, he worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found.
Sam was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire and moved to the Greater Bangor area in Maine for school and work. Attending the University of Maine, she played Division I basketball and was the fourth generation to play a sport at UMaine. For over five years between her work as the Career Counselor in STEM/Health Professions at the University of Maine and the Health Professions Advisor at Stetson University, Sam has helped countless students pursue their career goals and prepare competitive applications for various professional programs.
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Picture this: you walk into the operating room and your surgeon tells you it's her first operation. You wouldn't be thrilled about that, would you? At Passport, we believe in the value of experience in helping students achieve their goals. Our senior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 16 years. Our junior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 5 years.
Most companies either charge you $10,000 for a package with a guarantee or attach 25 conditions to their guarantee, virtually assuring that no one will qualify. At Passport, our Get In Guarantee is simple. If you're not happy with where you get in, we work with you again for free the following cycle. How much help we give for free depends on: 1) what services we determine you need in order to get in this next time, 2) which package you purchased from us originally, and 3) whether you followed our advice the first time you applied. Our goal with these conditions is NOT to prevent students from getting our guarantee (unlike many of the companies we hear about), but it's to make sure that the plan we put in place is going to work to get you in the following cycle. And that attitude shows. Since 2007, we have never once refused a student who wanted to redeem our guarantee.
All advisors have gone through extensive training and have years of advising experience. Regular advisors are trained to work primarily with traditional students. Senior advisors specialize in working with non-traditional applicants in order to offer more guidance throughout the process. All advisors provide the utmost support in students' applications.
It's never too early (well, okay, we know some parents get admissions consulting for their toddlers, so yeah, there is such a thing as TOO EARLY). But seriously, it can't hurt to meet us and ask that question. We would rather tell you to wait a year or two before working with us than to have you sign up too late and for us not to have enough time to make a difference with you.
About six to nine months before they plan to apply to medical school.
Passport's personalized school selection process is more than just GPA and test scores. It's about understanding a fit between your preferences and personality and the schools and programs to which you're applying. Though we've collected gobs of data on the various programs we help our students apply to, we help you choose schools by understanding your hopes and aspirations and finding a range of programs that match.
Yes! It doesn't make sense to us to pay for something up front if you're going to use it over several months or even years. We will even waive the interest if you enroll within two week of your intro meeting!
We deliberately limit the number of students we work with so that: a) we can deliver better service, and b) so we don't get too busy during the busiest times of the admissions calendar.
Admissions consulting is like coaching: you have to listen to the coach in order to improve and achieve your goals. So we at Passport are fundamentally looking for people who will follow our advice and give their all to achieving their goals. We believe that at its best, the admissions process is a journey of self-discovery. We love to help students who see it the same way. You don't have to be thrilled about writing essays to work with Passport, but you have to be willing to put in the work. At the end of the day, we're looking for students who trust us: to have your best interest at heart, to guide you to the best of our ability, to give you honest feedback that will help you improve. And in the end, we want what you want: for you to get in to the school(s) of your dreams.
At most admissions companies, you never meet your editor. You send them your work and a few days later you get to try to decipher their comments on your document. Rinse, repeat. At Passport, we believe in helping our students become better writers. That starts with live sessions with editors so that they can: a) teach the art of better writing b) preserve the student's voice, and c) understand the student's ideas in full, to edit both the meaning and the grammar. And sure, in a pinch, we also edit for grammar asynchronously. But by that point, you already know your editor well.
We meet as often as we need. For our students who are right up against an application deadline, we might meet two to three times per week. For our longer-term students, we might only meet once per month.