Does Moon Prep only work with students pursuing BS/MD programs or medical school?
Nope, we work with everyone! We can assist with all undergraduate and graduate admissions applications and essays.
Over 80% of our students are pursuing BS/MD: This is our specialty. We even compiled all of our knowledge in the book, “BS/MD programs: A Comprehensive Guide.” However, the typical approach we recommend for BS/MD candidates is to split their college list between traditional undergraduate colleges and BS/MD programs. The reason for this is that many top colleges do not offer BS/MD programs. The only Ivy League to offer a BS/MD program is Brown University.
All of our counselors can assist with traditional undergraduate programs and graduate programs. They have extensive experience in these areas.
What makes a candidate competitive for a BS/MD program?
- High GPA with many APs and other challenging courses (course rigor matters)
- Top percentile on the SAT/ACT
- Two types of medical-based experience:
- Clinical experience
- Research-based experience
Top-tier BS/MD programs will also look for:
- Published research
- Taking your research experience and competing in science fairs
- Winning/placing at the school science fair
- Winning/placing at the state science fair
- Competing on a regional and national level
- Making an impact in your local community
- Making a global impact and bettering the world at large
What grade levels do you work with?
We start coaching students (and parents) as early as eighth grade.
Why should I hire Moon Prep if my child’s high school has its own college counselor?
The national student-to-counselor ratio is 482:1. According to experts, this proportion has remained virtually unchanged for nearly ten years.
This ratio is not conducive to personalized attention, because when it comes time to apply to college, all of the students need help at once. Most students receive no more than 30 – 60 minutes of the counselor’s time.
Even if you consider your child’s school different and the counselors are more involved, we have yet to meet a counselor who is working nights and weekends to edit your child’s essays. That is exactly what Moon Prep counselors do. We work with your schedule, including nights, early mornings, and weekend appointments.
We believe this individualized attention is a necessity when it comes to gaining a competitive edge in the college admissions process.
How is Moon Prep different from a tutor?
Have you heard of the phrase: “Jack of all trades, master of none”?
That sums up most generic tutoring companies.
Basically, going to a tutoring company for a specialized service such as college admissions is like going to a dentist for heart surgery.
The same applies for BS/MD admissions. Moon Prep counselors specialize in this niche area. Other admissions companies might have a BS/MD student here and there, whereas the majority of each Moon Prep counselor’s caseload is BS/MD and medical school focused.
Do you work with students in person?
We work with all students online using a combination of desktop sharing, video conferencing, phone calls, emails, and text messaging.
This allows for greater flexibility; we can accommodate a variety of schedules and time zones.
Working remotely allows our team to maximize your investment by only utilizing the time needed to complete tasks and guide the applications to the finish line. Remote work provides the greatest amount of efficiency and effectiveness for your family.
What is Moon Prep's pricing?
Our prices range from $100 – $250 per hour.
We do require a non-refundable retainer fee of $3,000. Hourly rates are deducted from the retainer.
The retainer balance never expires and is transferable.
There are no limits on how the hours are used, some tasks a counselor can assist with include: college list guidance, applications, personal statement, supplemental essays, resume, interview prep, scholarships, financial aid, summer planning, and more.
How does billing work?
Counselors bill for their time with the student: virtual meetings, essay editing, interview prep, etc. Online and offline time is billed at the same rate.
On the 1st/15th of each month, you will receive a detailed invoice with the date, length of meeting (down to the minute), and description of what was covered.
The funds are then withdrawn from the retainer balance.
Clients are required to keep a payment method on file. Once the retainer funds are used, we switch to pay-as-you-go at the same rate and unpaid balances default to the payment method on file.
Clients can login at any time to see their retainer balance, hours used, and details of their account. Clients can also change their payment method on file at any time. All payment methods are securely stored and no team member can see the full credit card or bank account information. It is encrypted.
Do you offer payment plans?
No, the retainer fee must be paid in full before you are paired with a Moon Prep counselor. The retainer fee can be paid by credit card or bank draft.
Do you give refunds?
The retainer fee is non-refundable. However, it never expires, can be transferred to a sibling, or used throughout college for services such as applying to internships, resume help, essay edits, and more.
Do you offer single services such as essay editing?
Yes. You are in full control of what areas of the admissions process you need help with.
Do hours ever expire?
No, you can use the hours whenever and however you want. The hours do not expire.
Does Moon Prep offer any type of guarantee?
We guarantee you will receive the highest level of service.
In the past years, 94% of our students have gotten into one of their top 3 schools.
But, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your child will get accepted to any program or school. In fact, no counselor or company can legally guarantee this.
What makes Moon Prep different/better than the competition?
We specialize in medicine, particularly direct medical programs (including BS/MD, BS/DO, BS/DDS, BS/DMD). No other company has the same level of expertise as the Moon Prep counselors in this specialized area.
What is the background of your counselors?
Each counselor has direct admissions experience. Some counselors have gone through the medical school application themselves or worked in university admissions offices, while others have worked at elite boarding schools and high schools assisting students with their applications.
The Moon Prep team has weekly group calls, run by the CEO Kristen Moon, where each student benefits from the collective knowledge of the team.
Continual education, visiting universities, meeting with admissions staff, and writing for major publications help keep all the Moon Prep counselors at the top of their game.
Can you help with extracurricular activities and research?
Yes. This is an area on which we place great importance. Grades are not enough to get into a top university. How students spend their time outside of the classroom is vital. Moon Prep counselors will help you build an impressive extracurricular resume.
Can you help me find summer opportunities?
Yes. Moon Prep counselors help students narrow down opportunities, apply to competitive programs, secure physician shadowing, and participate in research over the summer.
How many students does each counselor work with?
Each counselor works with a limited number of students, typically 5-15 seniors at a time.
Since BS/MD and medical school applications are more intense than traditional applications, we ensure each counselor has an adequate amount of time set aside for each student they work with.
How much time does it take to complete the application process?
- Medical school students typically complete 20-35 applications. 60+ hours with a counselor
- BS/MD students typically complete 15-22 applications. 50+ hours with a counselor
- Traditional undergraduate students, seeking admission at highly competitive colleges (Ivy League, top-tier) typically complete 12-18 applications. 40+ hours with a counselor
- Traditional undergraduate students, seeking admission at moderately competitive colleges typically complete 8-15 applications. 30+ hours with a counselor
- Students looking to stay in-state/local typically complete 4-7 applications. 20+ hours with a counselor
- Graduate and Ph.D. candidate hours vary widely based on the number of programs to which they are applying
Additional Resources: How does the BS/MD process differ from the traditional admissions?
What schools have you had success getting into?
The majority of Moon Prep students are seeking admission to top-tier BS/MD Programs and Ivy League schools. We have experience with all of these highly competitive programs.
Here is a small sample of the schools our students have been accepted to in recent years:
Case Western Reserve University
Florida Atlantic University
Penn State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
SUNY Stony Brook University
Texas Tech University
University of Central Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Pittsburgh
University of the Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University
Nova Southeastern University
New York Institute of Technology
Seton Hall University
SUNY Old Westbury
Adelphi University: New York University College of Dentistry
Augusta University: Dental College of Georgia
Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine
Lehigh University: University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine
Muhlenberg College: University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine
New Jersey Institute of Technology: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
New York University: New York University College of Dentistry
Nova Southeastern University: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Ramapo College: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Rutgers University: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Saint Peter’s University: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Stony Brook University: Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
University of Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
University of Detroit Mercy: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
University of Louisville: University of Louisville School of Dentistry
University of the Sciences: Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University
University of Toledo: Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine
Villanova University: University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine
Westminster College: Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
UC Santa Barbara
UC San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Southern California
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Virginia
Washington University in St. Louis
Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Drexel University College of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
George Washington School of Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia
New York Medical College
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Penn State University College of Medicine
Rush Medical College
Stanford University School of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
University of Illinois Carle College of Medicine
Can you help with interview prep?
Yes. Moon Prep tutors can help students prepare for every type of interview. We have created multiple resources to help prepare our students for a traditional interview, BS/MD or medical school interview, as well as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).
Our counselors all have experience helping students prepare for interviews. Moon Prep students can participate in a recorded mock interview with their counselor. During the mock interview, the Moon Prep counselor will provide feedback and tips to succeed in the interview. Students can rewatch the interview to better prepare.
Additional Resource: What Pre-Med Students Can Expect From The MMI Interview
Can you help me build my college list?
Yes. We can advise you on colleges and help you make the right decision.
Additional Resource: The Strategy Behind Building Your College List
Can I meet my Moon Prep counselor before signing up?
Before signing up, families can schedule a free consultation with one of our Moon Prep counselors. During this video call, you can get a better understanding of the Moon Prep process and ask any questions you may have.
- What are Early Assurance programs?
- Can I apply Early Decision and get into a BS/MD program?
- When should I start preparing my medical school application?
Which path to medicine is right for me? MD or DO?