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Schools with Early Decision for 2023-2024 Admissions Cycle

Check out the complete list of America’s top colleges, as ranked by “US News & World Report,” with binding Early Decision policies.

October 21, 2023

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Do Colleges Check Applicants’ Social Media?

While admissions officers at America’s elite universities can always look at applicants’ social media profiles, they rarely do. Learn more!

October 18, 2023

The Most Popular Majors at Each Ivy League School

Check out the most popular majors among recent graduates of the Ivy League. Curious about which field leads the pack? Social Sciences.

October 17, 2023

Do Colleges Verify Information on Applications?

Over the admissions cycles that have transpired in the wake of this much-publicized scandal, how exactly have America’s elite universities changed their policies and procedures to flag bad actors?

October 14, 2023

Using A.I. to Write College Admission Essays

We strongly advise students against using A.I. to assist them with their college essays. Admissions officers can use A.I. detection tools!

October 13, 2023

Should I Transfer Colleges After My First Semester?

Most top colleges have spring transfer application deadlines for fall enrollment. Thus, transferring after one’s first semester isn’t viable.

October 12, 2023

On Demonstrating Interest to Colleges

Most elite universities measure Demonstrated Interest or a student’s likelihood of attending if offered admission. Learn about DI!

October 11, 2023

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What Is A Reach School?

Wondering what a reach school means in elite college admissions? There are three types of schools: reaches, matches, and safeties. Learn more!

October 7, 2023

What GPA Do I Need to Get into NYU?

Learn about NYU’s GPA requirements. While a top GPA is never enough to get into NYU, check out the breakdown of GPAs for recent classes.

October 2, 2023

How to Make Your College Application Stand Out

Learn some tips from Ivy Coach on how to stand out from other college applicants in the highly selective admissions process!

September 30, 2023

How to Impress College Admissions Officers

Learn the ins and outs of how to impress college admissions officers at America’s highly selective universities.

September 30, 2023

College Essay Plagiarism and the Use of A.I.

Students should avoid using AI when writing their college essays. Their essays will turn out formulaic, and AI detection software exists.

September 29, 2023

The Pros and Cons of Applying Through The Common Application

Learn the pros and cons of applying to elite colleges through The Common Application, the most widely used college application platform.

September 28, 2023

Questions to Ask Admissions Officers on High School Visits

When admissions officers visit high schools, it’s an opportunity for students to ask insightful questions and present themselves positively.

September 28, 2023

Word and Character Limits in College Essays

Word and/or character counts in college essays are not suggestions. Do not exceed these limits.

September 27, 2023

What English Teachers Get Wrong About Writing College Essays

English teachers often don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to college essays. Avoid “howevers” in college essays.

September 27, 2023

Bragging in College Essays: Is It Ever Okay?

College applicants should avoid bragging in their college essays. Doing so will only render them unlikable to admissions officers.

September 26, 2023

Ivy League Application Deadlines in Fall 2023

Find out the application deadlines for the eight Ivy League schools for the fall 2023 Early Decision/Early Action admissions cycle.

September 25, 2023

What Not to Write: 3 College Essay Topics to Avoid

There are certain third-rail topics that students should avoid like the plague when writing their college admissions essays.

September 24, 2023

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Top 3 Mistakes Students Make on The Common Application Essay

It’s not good to be repetitious unless you are doing it for a powerful effect…and that’s rarely the case in college admission essays.

September 23, 2023


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