I got in touch with Shashank when I was struggling with a career change decision after working within a PSU for the past 8.5 years. In our first conversation I had with him, he lent a very patient hearing to all my confusions. Somewhere in that initial one hour of the call, I already had a feeling that he understood my dreams and would support me in this new career path. And from there started a year-long journey with Ivy dreams which has landed me into my dream universities, i.e University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for pursuing the MS in Environmental Science and Management Program, and University of Pennsylvania for their conservation program. Also, the best thing about Shashank and Ivy dreams is that they do work with you diligently on various streams of courses and application, beyond the regular course choices like MBA’s/MPA’s etc. Shashank is very meticulous, dedicated, and punctual in his work. In him, I found a mentor and a friend. He is equally strict with deadlines. I remember due to some reason I had delayed writing my SOP, but he kept pushing me through regular follow-ups and never lost his patience. He has also worked with me beyond the regular calls each time I required help. What I really like about Ivy dreams is that they work very closely with applicants and not like any other typical money-churning consultants. Shashank also helped me to hone my writing skills and I successfully published Op-eds of mine in reputed news portals. He also helped me build a stronger profile which doubled my chances of getting accepted. Thank you, Shashank, Pooja, and Ivy Dreams for making this happen.
University of Pennsylvania | University of Michigan | Nivedita Biswal – Senior Manager Coal India 

“I wanted to pursue higher studies in Public policy stream and I had no clue how to go about it. When I reached out to a TFI fellow, she suggested I take the help of IVYDreams and Shashank. When I got in touch with Shashank, I knew I required his help. His knowledge in this field is excellent and he knows exactly how to tailor your documents for your specific course! The entire process is highly personalized and flexible as per the needs of individuals. I think that is a very big positive when compared to the standard run-of-the-mill options available otherwise. I highly recommend Shashank for people who require help and guidance in college admissions :)”

Kirthi Uthayavarman | Sciences Po | Entrepreneur  

The application process into premier colleges is particularly challenging and each step feels like traveling in unchartered territory. I must say that I made an excellent decision to go through the process with IVY Dreams. I am glad that I was supported by Shashank who provided customized, empathetic yet critical feedback and encouragement at each step. The entire process was organized and flexible to match my working schedule. This, helped me to get offers from multiple colleges in both US and the UK. He has immense knowledge and expertise in terms of what each college expects and thus paved a path to realizing my dreams of studying in an Ivy League College. Also, I was able to secure part funding at Harvard Graduate School of Education and hoping to clear a few other scholarships as well. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the team. 
 Cambridge – Faculty of Education | Harvard Graduate School of education | Anonymous on request – TFI Fellow (2015-17)

I decided to apply for the master’s program around November last year. Shashank made sure that I am submitting the best version of my application even with the limited time we had at our hands. The best part of working with Shashank is that he reduces the translation gaps which apparently is the biggest problem with TFI folks as we get too caught up in our jargon. He helps you translate your work in an easily understandable format, more so as he himself is a TFI alum and knows the work we do. He created a safe space that allowed me to share my expectations and challenges without any hesitation and in turn enabled me to produce an authentic work product. His mentoring and continuous feedback ensured that I am not just writing essays that will get me into my target college but also doing enough research to get clarity on what program I select and how will it help in the long term. Shashank’s feedback is brutal at times but he makes sure that we are producing the best version we are capable of. He is more of a friend than a mentor.
Harvard Graduate School of Education | Teachers College Columbia | Arpita Tiwari – Program Manager TFI | TFI Fellow (2014 – 16)

Hesitant at first, I’m glad to have taken the leap with IvyDreams. Having been a Fellow himself, Shashank not only gave invaluable insights but he even accommodated around my schedule and deadlines. He is extremely professional and candid at the same time. Working with him enhanced my understanding of the outcomes of the programs I was considering, helping me align my interests and expectations accordingly. I recommend IvyDreams without reservations, especially to fellows.

Aishwarya | Teach for India Fellow ( 2018-20 ) | Carnegie Mellon University | University of Indiana | University of Chicago – Illinois | John Hopkins University

I wish to express gratitude to IvyDreams who made my dream to study abroad, come true. The thought of making the right choice of college and gruesome application process, always made me hesitant, however, Team IvyDreams worked with me patiently despite a challenging timeline to make my dreams come true.” –

Archit | IT Professional

The Road so Far

In our first application cycle itself we have managed to secure offers for our candidates from leading universities across the world, with some having multiple offers. We have learnt from our successes but even more from our failures and hope to better our results using the learnings.

Our success rate in the inception year itself stands at 75% with the percentage of scholars with funding being 67%

The success rate in the second year stands at 83% and the percentage of scholars with funding is 84%

The lists of colleges for which admissions have been secured


  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • MIT Sloan
  • Duke Fuqua
  • Chicago Booth
  • London Business School
  • Indian School of Business
  • Indian Institute of Management – Lucknow
  • Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta

Development and Public Policy

  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Oxford Blavatnik
  • Chicago Harris
  • Columbia – SIPA
  • Georgetown
  • University of California Berkley 
  • Duke Sanford
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • University of Manchester
  • SOAS – University of London
  • London School of Economics
  • Sciences Po
  • University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore


  • University of Pennsylvania GSE
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Teachers College Columbia
  • Vanderbilt Peabody
  • Cambridge University – Faculty of Education
  • Boston University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia

Child Psychology/SLE etc.

  • London School of Economics
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • New York University
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Manchester

International Relations

  • University of Cambridge
  • Tufts – Fletcher
  • London School of Economics


  • Oxford University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan


  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Chicago – Illinois
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Maryland


  • University of Chicago
  • New York University