Joie Jager-Hyman, Ed.D

Founder and President

Dr. Joie Jager-Hyman is an internationally acclaimed expert on the college admissions process. Her first book, Fat Envelope Frenzy: One Year, Five Promising Students and the Pursuit of the Ivy League Prize, was called “an engaging book that every parent of a high school student will want to read” by the Wall Street Journal and was recognized as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2008” by the Daily News Online.

Joie finished her second book, B+ Grades, A+ College Application, which was published by Random House in August 2013 (to great reviews) and assisted Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier with several chapters in her upcoming book on the role of merit in the college admissions process. 

As an expert on college admissions, Joie has appeared on the CBS Early Show, New England Cable News, NPR and dozens of other radio programs.  She has contributed to numerous publications on college admissions topics, including Forbes and New York, has written research articles for academic journals and prominent policy reports and has even testified at a Congressional Hearing on baccalaureate degree attainment.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Joie served as Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, where she read and evaluated thousands of applications. She then went on to complete a doctorate in education policy at Harvard University, concentrating her research on the transition from high school to college. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her wonderful husband and adorable son and daughter. 

University experience

Dartmouth College
Assistant Director of Admissions


Dartmouth College
Harvard University