Allen Grove

College Admissions Expert


Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania

M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania

B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT


  • College admissions expert and author of over 1,500 articles on the college application process
  • Chair of the English Department at Alfred University
  • Former director of Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program for incoming freshmen


Dr. Allen Grove is a college admissions expert and English professor with over 25 years of experience. For five years, he directed Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program, which helps students make the challenging transition from high school to college. Dr. Grove is currently the Chair of the English Department at Alfred University, where he teaches first-year composition and literature courses as well as upper-level seminars ranging from Jane Austen to Publishing Practicum. 

Dr. Grove has written about college admissions for ThoughtCo since 2008. He has been a keynote speaker for CollegeWeekLive on several occasions and has been quoted by outlets including CNBC's College Game Plan, USA Today College, and Wall Street Journal Market Watch. Dr. Grove also runs the website, where he provides essay consulting services to college applicants.


Allen Grove earned his master's and Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He received both a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering and a B.S. in literature from MIT, with some coursework at Harvard and Wellesley. 

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