Services & Products
24-Hour Black Excel Voice Mail: (212) 591-1936
244 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001-7604
Please make checks payable to "Black Excel".
We try to respond to all general e-mail questions &
queries. For free! Do note, however, that we get a very
high volume of e-mail. Allow us one to three business
days to respond.
When there's a fee…
There is a fee for specific and personalized questions.
For example, if you are asking about your own particular
situation, concern or problem regarding grades, GPA,
test scores (SAT's) or picking a college, and a counseling
/guidance session is appropriate, we will respond with a
note including our fee scale. Generally the amount is
$9.95. This helps us with expenses involving postage,
copying, letters and transportation for volunteers. When
you respond with an I AGREE, we will answer your question
within 2 business days. You are on your honor to forward
a check to us as soon as you receive our reply (see
mailing address at the end of this page).
We consider our approach an honor system. If we do not
receive a check within 7 days, as per our agreement, we
will not answer future questions from you.
A: Our Lecture/Seminar Series:
Seminars and lectures for students and/or parents are
available. These presentations can be tailored to your
GOING AFTER THE SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS—the A,B,C’s
of getting the money
STUDENTS: How to Get into the Best HBCU’s,
the Ivy League and other Prestigious Colleges!
How to Beat the Odds and Get into College!
THE SAT: What
You Need to Know (including prep-course comments)
to Increase Your Score!
HOW TO NAVIGATE THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS: An Overview
GETTING INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL: The Keys
Black Excel will tailor our seminars and/or lectures to your needs.
Excellent for high school PTA's, church and other community groups.
$300 for 1-topic presentation (2 hours with Q&A)
$500 for 2-topic presentation (2 to 4 hours with Q&A)
$700 (for 3-topic presentation)—all day or as necessary
$1,000 for presentations that cover 4 or more topics—all day into the
evening, as necessary. Organizers can shape format.
Presentations can be in small, intimate rooms or in large auditoriums.
The number of attendees can vary from 10 to 1000-plus.
B: Personalized, One-on-One Counseling:
Personalized, one-on-one counseling (catering to your specific needs)
can also take place at your home (if you live in the New York City
metropolitan area), or at other locations by arrangement. Query.
2-hour consultation: $100.00 (covering whatever concerns you:
where to apply, how to get in, the odds, aid, scholarships, etc.).
3-hour consultation (to a group of 2 or 3 students): $150, $200
(up to 6 students--$300).
These talks are intimate and informal, with Q&A sessions included.
Usually these sessions are handled by the founder, Mr. Black.
Sometimes other experts in the field conduct them--former students
who were originally counseled by Black Excel and went on to garner
graduate and/or professional degrees.
C: Phone Consultations (by appointment):
A half-hour counseling session is $50. One hour: $75. You e-mail your
concerns and questions. We research and prepare our responses
before we talk. Ask whatever you like!
Generally, we advise parent and student to use extension phones
so that both parties can dialogue with us.
D: Black Excel’s 350-Plus Scholarship and
(Please note that we have sold out of this package. This
information will be available in our forthcoming guide to be
This in one of our best sellers. Not only do you get
information on all the major and minor scholarships,
but our guide tells you exactly what to do to apply
and put the scholarship odds in your favor. It's a
step-by-step guide, pointing the way to the best
get-the-money strategies. Financial aid officers
at colleges and high school grade advisors across
the country regularly order this Guide. We send it
to you via Priority Mail (two-day mail). You receive
the package 7 to 12days after we receive your check.
E: Deluxe Admissions "Getting In" Package:
This is a personalized, single-spaced (10-page minimum)
counseling letter that we create specifically for you.
Students who have received this instructional item have
gained admission to schools like Spelman, University of
Michigan, Hampton, Lincoln, Cornell, Clark-Atlanta,
Wesleyan, SUNY Albany, Binghamton, Penn, John C. Smith,
R.I.T., Morehouse and dozens of other schools.
How it works: You give us the names of two colleges
that interest you. You provide your SAT (PSAT) or ACT
score, your GPA (grade point average), the name of your
high school and the name of any special program you're
enrolled in: Bridge to Medicine, Honors, etc. Also:
info on special talents, honors, community or school
work. Preferred but optional: your high school transcript.
Our letter tells you how to prepare your application in
a beat-the-odds mode. What does this mean? If means that
if you follow our instructions you will be going into the
application pool at your selected college at maximum
strength. Students we have worked with have actually beat
out students with higher GPA’s and test scores. Our letter
gives you the insider's view on writing essays, getting recommendations, enhancing your image, explaining special
problems and more. Our price includes postage (Priority
Mail) and handling. You receive the package approximately
three weeks after we receive your order.
F: Get-Into-Medical School Help Package:
Students who have been counseled by Black Excel about
getting into medical school have been accepted and/or
placed on waiting lists to the following schools, as well
SUNY Stony Brook, Syracuse, Boston University, Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine, MeHarry, Yale, Morehouse, University
of Michigan, Cornell, New York University, SUNY Buffalo,
Howard and Penn State.
(Because of time constraints, Black Excel has temporarily
discontinued our Medical School Help Package.As a courtesy,
we will answer general medical school admission questions--a
paragraph or two via e-mail--without charge, responding as time
permits. In the "Subject" column, write "Medical School Q&A."
For specific and personalized questions that cannot be answered
in a simple e-mail, we will send you our fee scale.)
Note: A major book by Isaac J. Black, The African-American Guide to
Getting Into Medical School is currently in preparation.
G: Free Essay Critique:
Send your college essay to Black Excel for a free e-mail evaluation.
We will inform you whether your essay is Super, Good, Average or
Poor, with a short note. In the "Subject" column, write "Essay Help."
We will respond as time permits.
Where Is Black Excel Headed?
Black's Excel’s goal is be the preeminent college help
source for African Americans and students of color
nationwide. Just as organizations like Kaplan and
Princeton Review have met the needs of aspiring
mainstream college students and their parents, we intend
to do the same for African Americans--with books,
recordings, an educational test, tours and help centers
spanning the country. Our people, at all levels, need
to know not only what resources are available but the
answers to the pivotal question "What to do next?" about
their college needs and aspirations.
With our 501-C(3) tax-exempt status in place, we are
expecting to receive corporate, foundation and government
support. With these grants we plan to provide classrooms,
computer terminals and staffed locations affording
reference materials such as college catalogs, applications,
books and other related resource materials. And we will
continue to draw upon the expertise of professional
educators. Our motto:"Assist each student as if she or
he were your own child."
Since 1988, Black Excel has made a name for itself with
very limited resources, garnering a reputation for
providing information, support, advice and guidance.
We have helped super, good, average and "need-a-second-
chance" students get into colleges at all levels across
the country. Our future will be even more productive than
Spread the word: Black Excel is on a mission!
-Isaac Black, Founder
Black Excel’s Core Staff:
Isaac Black, the founder and CEO of Black Excel, has several
degrees (A.A.S, B.F.A, M.F.A). A graduate of the New York
Institute of Technology, he has also studied at Brooklyn
College, Columbia University and other institutions of higher
learning. A social worker, he has been a nominee for "Employee
of the Year" at the government agency where he worked for many
years. He has also won CAPS and New York Foundation of the Arts
writing fellowships, the Gwendolyn Brooks Literary Award for
fiction and Broadside Press Award for poetry. Guiding Black
Excel, Isaac has helped thousands of African-American students
navigate the college admission process.Since 1988, he has been
a "regular" at high school college fairs. He has also lectured
for community groups, PTA's and organizations like the Urban
Kristin S. Black, MD, is the co-founder of Black Excel.
She has visited campuses across the country to spread our
message. Kristin is a graduate of Cornell University and the
Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has also studied at Harvard
as an Arthur Ashe Fellow. As the winner of many awards for her
service to our community, including the "Recognition Award" from
Cornell (perhaps the most prestigious given by the school),
Kristin has been a major resource here.
Thomas J. Hubschman, our Editorial Director, has been with
Black Excel since 1992. A graduate of Fordham University, he is
the publisher of GOWANUS, an online magazine for writers from
Third Worldnations. Tom isa former editor of Brooklyn Free
Press. He has published three novels, short stories, reviews
Robert Pringle,a graduate of City College of CUNY, directs
the Black Excel Public Relations and Media Campaign. Robert has
worked as an Account Executive/Art Director at Ogilvy Mathley,
McCaffrey & McCall, Cheeseboro Ponds and Axlrod & Associates.
He has coordinated advertising campaigns for Maxwell House Coffee,
Pepperidge Farms and other major firms. At Newsday, Robert was
responsible for over $1.5 million in ad sales.
Eric Scott,of C&C Films, has done a lot of the creative
workfor Black Excel. A graduate of Purchase College of the State
University of New York, he will be the guiding force of our
Media, Tape, and CD wing. A Digital Effects Artist, Eric has
created graphics for more than a dozen TV commercials. His
credits include McDonald’s, Bally’s, Dark and Lovely, and Vibe
commercials. He is presently working on a TV series called,
"Avenue E," and has book, animation and recording projects
in the works.
24-Hour Black Excel Voice Mail: (212) 591-1936.
Please make checks payable to "Black Excel".
244 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001-7604
Voicemail: (212) 591-1936