Allen Grove

Allen Grove is the former director of a program for new college students, a professor of English with 25 years of experience, and a college admissions expert who has been helping students with the college admissions process for over a decade.


For five years, Allen directed Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program to help students make the challenging transition from high school to college. He is also the Chair of the English Department who regularly teaches first-year experience courses, first-year composition, and British Literature. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has edited several British novels. Before becoming's college admissions expert in 2008, he had written extensively for a web-based company specializing in student enrollment, retention, and success.


Allen's educational path is not exactly a traditional one, but it gives him insight to many types of schools. He earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and, with some course work at Harvard and Wellesley, a B.S. in Literature from M.I.T. He then abandoned his plans to go to graduate school for engineering, instead going on to earn his master's and PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Allen Grove

More and more, the college admissions process is becoming confusing, stressful, and expensive. My goal is to make the process what it should be - exciting and empowering. I look forward to working with you on all aspects of college admissions: choosing your perfect school, early planning strategies, grades and standardized tests, financial aid, campus visits, and preparation for your first semester of college. Also, as a writing professor, I'm thrilled to be able to share my expertise as you write your admissions essays.

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I welcome your questions and comments, but please realize that I can't always provide a personal response (although I do my best). Contact me at

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