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Joel Butterly

Co-Founder & CEO
JD Candidate, Yale Law School
BA, Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth

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Joel Butterly, Co-founder and CEO of InGenius Prep, is an experienced admissions counselor and entrepreneur. Joel comes from a rich educational background—his immediate family alone has 14 Ivy League Degrees—from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and Dartmouth.

Joel attended Dartmouth College, where he studied Government, Geography, and the Philosophy of Ethics. He was inducted early into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He graduated with a double major in Government and International Studies, and a minor in Ethical Philosophy.

After Dartmouth, Joel attended Yale Law School, where he served on the executive board of the Journal on Regulation, as well as the Law School’s entrepreneurship society.

Joel currently resides at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. He lives with his fiance – Emily – who teaches and is receiving her PhD in Medieval History from Yale.

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Top-20 Law Schools: Which Produces the Best Return on Investment?

Top-20 Law Schools: Which Produces the Best Return on Investment? If you’re thinking of applying to law school, you probably already know that it can be very expensive. For the top-10 law schools, the average price of tuition is over $40,000 per year. For a 3-year degree, that means you are spending upwards of $120,000Keep reading

Why All Community Service is Not Created Equal

Why All Community Service is Not Created Equal I’ve met dozens – if not hundreds – of students who, when asked about their volunteer work or community service, proudly exclaim that they have completed hours upon hours of work at Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, or any number of other commonplace institutions. The effectKeep reading

How to Get Into Dartmouth

How to Get Into Dartmouth If you’re wondering how to get into Dartmouth, let’s start with the disappointing news. Dartmouth, like every other Ivy League institution, is extremely difficult to get into. Moreover, there is no magic “silver bullet” that will guarantee your admission to the Big Green. You still need great grades, great testKeep reading

Harvard vs. Yale

Harvard vs. Yale In light of the impending football game, it is only appropriate to compare Harvard vs. Yale on a more holistic basis. Let me start out by saying that I went to Yale, not Harvard. My wife went to Yale, her father went to Yale – it’s safe to say that I don’tKeep reading

9 Books Every High School Entrepreneur Should Read

9 Books Every High School Entrepreneur Should Read “The road to success is paved by failures” – I’m sure someone has said this before. Becoming a high school entrepreneur is no easy task. Starting and developing a viable business requires the kind of intense focus, dedication, and perseverance that few adults – much less theKeep reading

Tackling the Dartmouth Essay Prompts

Tackling the Dartmouth Essays Prompts So, you’re applying to Dartmouth…at least we know you have good taste. We also know that you’re up for a challenge, because as I’m sure you’ve realized, getting into the smallest of the Ivy League colleges is no easy feat. Strong responses to the Dartmouth essay prompts are essential! InKeep reading

How to Network in High School

Why You Should Start Networking in High School I have to admit, networking in high school is sort of lame. I feel a little lame just writing this article. However, just because it’s not the coolest thing to do, doesn’t mean that you should write it off altogether. At the end of the day, learningKeep reading

The Medical School Diversity Essay: Everything You Need to Know

The Medical School Diversity Essay Now that you’ve turned in your AMCAS (phew!), you’re probably wondering how to tackle the monster of secondaries coming your way. One of the most common questions asked in one form or another is the diversity essay for medical school. Have you ever wondered why diversity is such an importantKeep reading

The Art of Getting a Summer Internship

How to Get an Internship: The Ultimate Guide So you’re at a great school, and you’ve been breaking your back to get perfect grades. Just as you’ve gotten into a rhythm, and things are starting to feel a bit easier, the career services office at your university starts blasting out emails left-and-right about “summer internships”Keep reading

What do Medical Schools Look For? 19 Key Traits

What do Medical Schools Look For? 19 Traits Your Application Must Convey! Have you ever asked yourself, “what do medical schools look for in applicants?” When reading and evaluating thousands of applications from qualified students, which traits, activities, themes, and perspectives are they looking for? To answer this question, we put together a comprehensive listKeep reading

EMBA vs MBA: Which is Better? A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing

EMBA vs MBA – Which is better? A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Your Degree    Executive MBAs (or EMBAs) are a lesser-known route to getting an MBA. Generally, applicants tend to think of EMBAs as a “watered-down” MBA – but this may not always be true. In this article, we will discuss the differences betweenKeep reading

What is a College Endowment? And Should You Care?

What is a college endowment? And why should you care? Recently, students at Harvard published an article in The Crimson in which they lambasted the poor performance of the Harvard endowment as “unacceptable” – calling on the University to make personnel changes to ensure that Harvard did not continue losing the endowment race to itsKeep reading

Preparing for College in High School: The Importance of Candidacy Building™

Tips on Preparing for College in High School There are no hard-and-fast rules in the admissions game. If your strategy is to play the same game as everyone else, the odds are against you. Once you stop trying to be the best at the things everyone else does, and concentrate your efforts on the things thatKeep reading

College Letter of Recommendation: How to Get a Glowing Letter

Letters of Recommendation: What They Should Say, and Who Should Write Them Many people feel helpless when they’re seeking a college letter of recommendation. Even if you are a stellar student and you work tirelessly on your application, your letters of recommendation sometimes seem out of your control. We have all heard horror stories aboutKeep reading

Advice for Parents of High School Seniors: 5 Ways You Can Help With College Applications

Advice for Parents of High School Seniors: 5 Ways You Can Help With College Applications Parents play an invaluable role in their kids’ applications. Every parent has a different style when it comes to applications – running the gamut from “hands off” to “Black Hawk helicopter” parenting. It’s easy to want to control everything fromKeep reading

Personal Statement for College: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Writing a good personal statement for college is a tricky task. There are endless ways to write a good essay, as well as endless ideas to draw upon from your own individual life. The smallest experience can be the perfect example of a stand-out quality you want to highlight, and sometimes it is difficult toKeep reading

Personal Statement for Business School: 6 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Essay

The Personal Statement for Business School: 6 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Essay The personal statement for business school is the most important part of your application. By the time you are applying, you probably cannot significantly alter your GPA or GMAT/GRE score. Thus, if your numbers make you a “borderline candidate” – someone whoKeep reading

MBA Application Timeline: When To Submit Your Business School Applications

The MBA Application Timeline A lot of people ask me about the MBA application timeline and when they should submit their individual applications. Almost always, the answer is: “as soon as you can submit a high quality application.” If you haven’t been procrastinating, this will mean submitting your applications in the first round. And onKeep reading

Highest SAT Score Averages at Top Schools

The Schools With the Highest SAT Score Averages, and Why You Shouldn’t Care You probably think that the schools with the highest SAT score averages are the same as the schools with the highest ranking, right? Wrong. A study published by Forbes indicated that, in fact, average test scores does not correlate directly with schoolKeep reading

Choosing the Right Number of Extracurricular Activities for College: How Many is Enough? How Many is Too Many?

Choosing the Right Number of Extracurricular Activities for College: How Many is Enough? How Many is Too Many? There is a popular myth in college admissions that applicants need to be “well-rounded.” When I was growing up, that meant that you had to: Do great in school, and be at the top of your classKeep reading

Good Luck

We are writing today to wish a fond farewell to Noah Greenfield, who was one of the co-founders of InGenius Prep. Noah played a significant role in the organization during his tenure, and his absence will certainly be felt by all. We wish him all the best in his endeavors, and are certain he willKeep reading

16 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Medical School Essays

16 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Medical School Essays As discussed in my previous post on the medical school personal statement, your medical school essays should demonstrate that you are genuinely passionate about and interested in medicine. This can be done in a number of ways: you might give specific examples of personalKeep reading

Medical School Personal Statement: 3 Essential Elements

Your medical school personal statement must address three critical topics: 1) You 2) Your passion for the field of medicine, and 3) your qualifications as a future medical student and physician. These three elements are foundational to both the content and purpose of your personal statement. 1) You If it isn’t about you, it isn’tKeep reading

Making Your Application Stand Out – Part 3

Check out part 3 of our video series on making your application stand out. This episode will go over how admissions offices review, debate, and decide on your application in addition to helping your find your diverse factor. To talk to an admissions expert about how we can help you specifically, sign up for a complimentaryKeep reading

Making Your Application Stand Out – Part I

Check out this InGenius Prep video for expert advice on how to make your college applications shine. As the college admissions process gets more competitive every year, this intro video will give you tips from admissions experts on how to make your application stand out in a stack of a thousand. Stay tuned for episodeKeep reading

What is it Like to Work in a Medical School Admissions Office?

What’s it like on the med school admissions committee? Answer by Joel Butterly: My company has a number of former admissions officers from various medical schools (see Medical School Team). In speaking with them, I’ve found that there is a significant difference between the student committee members and the full-timers. For many of the top-rankedKeep reading

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation: What You Need to be Doing Right Now

In this article, we discuss why getting great letters of recommendation depends on how you perceive and interact with your professors. Specifically, the kinds of student behaviors that make professors eager to help students. It’s easy to forget that your professors are people when you sit in front of them during a lecture. As with any authority figure,Keep reading

Dos and Don’ts of Law School Personal Statements

One of InGenius Prep’s law school admissions experts explains three “do’s” and “don’t’s” of writing law school personal statements. In this installment, Joel – a student at Yale Law School and counselor at InGenius Prep – explains three key tips for the law school personal statement: what to write about, how the personal statement shouldKeep reading

College Applications and My Mom

When I was applying to college, I thought I had it bad. My mother wouldn’t leave me alone. Everywhere I went, she would follow – and with her would follow a string of “helpful reminders” about the importance of college applications. At first, I only had to worry about my early decision application to Harvard.Keep reading

Medical School Interviews: 6 Common Mistakes That Admissions Officers Hate

Medical school interviews come in all different shapes and sizes. Some schools interview 1-on-1, some have multiple interviewers, some have multiple-mini-interviews (MMI). Some schools use students, others use faculty, and some use alumni. In Preparing this article, I interviewed admissions officers from the top medical schools – Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Penn, UCSF, and others. WhatKeep reading

After the December LSAT: Getting Your Law School Applications Ready in Time

The December LSAT is done, and now it’s time to buckle down with and get your law school applications sent as soon as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you budget your time, and keep your priorities straight. You are applying a little later in the process, so you will face a disadvantage if youKeep reading