• 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. 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:
      1. Clinical experience
      2. 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

    Additional Resources:

    Getting Accepted Into A Direct Medical Program From High School: It Can Be Done!

    Tips on Getting Accepted to BS/MD Programs

  • 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.

  • Does Moon Prep offer package rates?

    We offer pre-paid packages that allow flexibility for your situation and budget. Our packages are based on a pre-purchased amount of hours that will be used towards your coaching and consulting. The more hours you pre-buy, the cheaper the effective rate becomes.

    Our prices are extremely competitive in the industry.

  • How does billing work?

    Counselors bill for their time with the student: virtual meetings, essay editing, interview prep, etc.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

    Additional Resources: 

    Summer Research Programs For Driven High School Students 

    STEM-Focused Summer Programs For Ambitious High School Students

    Texas Tech Dean Gives Insider Advice How To Get Accepted To The Competitive Clark Scholars Program

    What Does It Take To Get Into The Ultra-Competitive Research Science Institute (RSI)?

    Prestigious Summer Camps (That Are FREE!) For Future Medical Doctors

  • 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?

    On average:

    • 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:

    BS/MD:

    Baylor University
    Boston University
    Brown University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Drexel University
    Florida Atlantic University
    Hofstra University
    Northwestern University
    Penn State University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rice University
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rutgers University-Newark
    Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
    Temple University
    Texas Tech University
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    University of Pittsburgh
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    BS/DO:

    Campbell University
    Messiah College
    Nova Southeastern University
    New York Institute of Technology
    Ohio University
    Rowan University
    Seton Hall University

    BS/DDS:

    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

    Traditional Undergrad:

    Boston College
    Boston University
    CalTech
    Columbia University
    Emory University
    Georgia Tech
    Harvard University
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    New York University
    Northwestern University
    Princeton University
    Stanford University
    University of Chicago
    University of Pennsylvania
    UC Berkeley
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UCLA
    UC Santa Barbara
    UC San Diego
    University of Southern California
    University of Michigan
    University of Virginia
    Yale University

    Medical Schools:

    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

  • How do you match students to a consultant? Can I meet my Moon Prep consultant before signing up?

    Before signing up, you can sign up for a consultation with one of our Moon Prep consultants. During this call, you can get a better understanding of the Moon Prep process and ask any questions you may have. If, for any reason and at any time, you are not satisfied with your counselor, you can be reassigned to a new one to ensure that you are happy throughout the entire admissions process.

  • 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?