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
  • Director of Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program for incoming freshmen
  • Independent college counselor
  • Former Chair of the English Department at Alfred University


Dr. Allen Grove is a college admissions expert and English professor with over 25 years of experience. He directs Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program, which helps students make the challenging transition from high school to college. For seven years, Dr. Grove was 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 wrote about college admissions for ThoughtCo from 2008 until 2021. 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 provides private consulting and essay editing services for students applying to highly selective colleges and universities.


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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