InGenius Prep was founded with the mission of providing the world’s best admissions counseling services. Our philosophy can be summed up in a single word: meritocracy. Many qualified candidates receive rejections not because they are bad students, but because they are bad applicants. We want to remove the obstacle of the admissions process and thereby enable those who belong to actually get in.
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.
David Mainiero, Co-Founder and Director of Operations of InGenius Prep, is an experienced educator and academic and admissions counselor with over almost a decade of experience helping students unlock their potential and achieve their dreams. Having founded and run multiple and small businesses, David has a strong entrepreneurial track record.
He graduated from Dartmouth College Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors in History with a focus on Nationalism in the Near East and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Several years later, he earned a JD from Harvard Law School. To this day, he believes that the most important moments in his own education were learning with his peers during his time as a Policy Debater in high school and college.
David knows firsthand what success looks like and how to achieve it; his passion to help students discover their own passions and realize their fullest potential motivates him to travel all around the world to share his visions for educational access.
Yosepha Greenfield grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Yale, she was the Captain of the Women’s Basketball team and the starting point guard. Under her leadership, the team advanced to the NIT tournament for the first time in program history.
Throughout her academic, athletic, and professional career, Yosepha has dedicated herself to helping people become the best version of themselves. She has mentored several young female athletes, promoted the importance of fitness through children’s exercise videos and fitness startups, and now works to help as many students as possible achieve their admissions goals.
Yosepha is also a six-time National Champion in Tae Kwon Do.
Yiran Erin Gu received her B.A. from Dartmouth College. Also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies.
After graduation, Erin traveled to China to teach at a rural village school outside of Xi`an. During her two years there, Erin dedicated herself to increasing the quality of education in the local area through delivery of lessons and teacher training programs. She then continued her own education at Harvard University where she received her Master’s degree in Education.
A passionate educator, Erin has helped many students get accepted to their dream schools. She strives to help more and more students turn their higher education dreams into reality.
You have probably heard of students with perfect GPAs and eye-popping test scores who didn’t get in anywhere. You have probably also heard of students with subpar numbers who got in everywhere. What’s the difference? Their applications. Don’t let your application hold you back from getting in.
The fact of the matter is that schools don’t accept people. They accept applications. Your qualifications alone will not get you in. You need an exceptional application to match them. And our expert admissions assistance team will help you do just that.
Along with your standardized tests and list of extracurricular activities, you need to master the art of establishing an outstanding application. Applications, like poetry and essays, are a genre. Bridging the gap between who you are and how you appear on paper takes serious work.
A great application starts long before pen meets paper. Even if you have the qualifications, it takes a lot of thought and work to be able to translate who you are and what you are about into an application package that rises to the top. And that’s why we’re here – to help you create a winning application that will get you from being considered to being admitted.
The admissions team has more than 50 years of admissions experience at the top undergraduate and graduate schools. Our team is the largest, most experienced group of admissions counselors from top schools in the world.
InGenius Prep believes in the dignity, worth, and potential of each and every student. We strive to eliminate bias within the education system, value the importance of admissions assistance and counseling, and view them as a fundamental aspect of our job as educators
Professionalism: We believe our work in admissions counseling is professional only to the extent that we subscribe to and practice ethical behavior.
Collaboration: We believe the effectiveness of our profession is enhanced when we work together to promote and protect students and their best interests.
Trust: We believe our profession is based upon trust, mutual respect and honesty, with one another and with students.
Education: We believe in and are committed to educating students, their families, the public, fellow education professionals, and ourselves about the transition to and within post secondary and graduate education.
Fairness & Equality: We believe we have a responsibility to treat one another and students in a fundamentally fair and equitable manner.
Social Responsibility: We believe we have a duty to serve students responsibly by safeguarding their rights and their access to and within postsecondary and graduate education.
We provide accurate admission and financial aid information to students, empowering all participants in the process to act responsibly.
We represent only your interests. Your best interest is at the heart of everything we do, even if that means a shorter engagement or smaller fees for us.
We adhere to the strictest standards when it comes to application ethics. Your applications will be your own, and we don't and won't do anything an admissions office would consider unethical.
(Adapted from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Statement of Principles of Good Practice)