FAQs for Potential Students and Parents


+1. Who runs Bedrock Vietnam?

Bedrock is owned and operated by Justin (B.A., Classics, UChicago '10) and his wife Phuong (B.A. Economics, Mt. Holyoke '10). They moved to Hanoi from Chicago in 2013 and have been working in the industry, in various capacities, ever since.

+2. What is your success rate?

We succeed when we help a student create an application that results in their admission to at least one college or university that also gives them enough scholarship money to enable their attendance. So far, this rate 100% for all students that have finished our program. That said, this number will not be 100% forever. We take risky students (students that we expect will have a hard time getting enough money to go to college because of extremely low family contributions or low academic performance). If this number doesn't drop in the next few years, it means that we're not trying hard enough to take the students who need the most help.

+3. What happens if my son/daughter doesn't get accepted with enough scholarship money to actually attend school?

We get paid for results, not for best intentions: we would refund all your money. This is standard in all of our contracts.

+4. Will by Child really get 1-on-1 attention?

Yes. We currently assign a maximum of 8 students to each counselor each season. We have arrived at this number by experimentation: 6 was too few, 10 was too many.

+5. Why should we choose you and not another center?

It depends on the student.

For students who need a lot of scholarship money: we have had a lot of success working with students who have low EFCs and tend to welcome risky students that other organizations might turn away because of their low contributions or academic numbers.

For students who want ownership of their applications: we now carefully document the essay editing and counseling process to make sure that all the work we do is provably appropriate: there's no need to hide the fact that you worked with us, because it won't incriminate you. Our students even occasionally mention the work they do with us in their communications with admissions officers.