The Ivy Coach Daily

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Debunking the Need-Blind College Admissions Myth

Need-blind admissions is a farce — a total, absolute lie perpetuated by admissions officers to unsuspecting high school students and parents.

May 11, 2024

Yes, College Rankings Matter: A Message for the Naysayers

You Know Those People Who Argue That College Rankings Don’t Matter One Bit? Well, They’re So Often Full Of Peanut Butter And Jelly. Learn More!

May 11, 2024

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Asian American Violinists in College Admissions: Dare to Be Different

The world-class at their craft — be it distance running or the violin — are always exceptions to the rule, not the rule.

May 11, 2024

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Should Elite Colleges Run Admissions Like a Lottery System?

Our modest proposals to fix the college admissions system have never generated as much excitement as instituting an admissions lottery system.

May 10, 2024

A statue of a Greek goddess is featured at Barnard College.

How to Get Into Barnard College

As an affiliate under the Columbia umbrella, Barnard allows students to cross-register for classes at the prestigious neighboring institution.

May 10, 2024

A red brick building with a green door is featured at Harvard University.

How to Get Into Harvard University

Getting into Harvard is no small feat. Every year, countless students with perfect grades and test scores face rejection. But all hope is not lost.

May 9, 2024

What Looks Better: An A in a Regular Class or a Lower Grade in a Regular Course?

Over the years, many students and parents have asked us at Ivy Coach if it’s better to get an A in a non-honors course or a B in an honors course.

May 7, 2024

A columned building with a Latin inscription on top is featured at Harvard University.

Which Ivy League Schools Are Considering Eliminating Legacy Admission?

If a mother attended the undergraduate university you’re applying to, you’re a legacy. If an uncle did, you’re no legacy!

May 3, 2024

Maryland Hall is featured after a snowfall at Johns Hopkins University.

How to Get Into Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins admissions officers take an applicant’s “personal context” into consideration when making their decisions.

May 3, 2024

UCLA's Royce Hall is featured under a blue sky.

How to Get Into UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles combines the beachy SoCal lifestyle with the amenities of a world-class research university.

May 2, 2024

Double Depositing: What Is It and and Why You Shouldn’t Do It

Just because some students double deposit doesn’t make it right, and it doesn’t mean these students aren’t risking their offers of admission.

May 2, 2024

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Swimmers and College Admission: A Measurable Advantage

Swimmers enjoy an advantage in the college admissions process. Unlike athletes in subjective sports, swimmers can know precisely where they stand.

May 1, 2024

Chapin Hall is featured at Williams College.

Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024

The list of top 25 liberal arts colleges reveals some surprising and not-so-surprising names.

April 30, 2024

Metcalf Hall, Andrews Hall, and Miller Hall are featured at Brown University.

How to Get Into Brown University

Brown has maintained a legacy of academic renown that stretches all the way back to 1764.

April 30, 2024

A windowed building is featured at Harvard, with older buildings featured in the reflection.

What Is the ROI of An Ivy League Education?

According to PayScale, as of 2023, a significant portion of Ivy League institutions are among the top 25 schools with the highest mid-career pay.

April 29, 2024

Whig Hall, home to the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, is featured beyond a lawn at Princeton University.

Jewish Students at Princeton University: Population, Community, and More

According to Hillel, there are approximately 500 Jewish undergraduates at Princeton, comprising about 9.6% of the undergraduate student body.

April 28, 2024

The Jewish Student Population in the Ivy League Continues to Decline

What will come of the failure of certain Ivy League administrators to take action to protect their Jewish students in the face of rising antisemitism?

April 27, 2024

Ivy-covered Nassau Hall is featured at Princeton University.

The Eating Clubs at Princeton University: A Breakdown

Each Ivy League school contains its own ecosystem of prestigious social clubs. Princeton’s version of this ecosystem is dominated by eating clubs.

April 26, 2024

A panoramic view of Stanford University's well-manicured campus.

How to Get Into Stanford University

Stanford applicants must complete The Common Application, the Stanford supplement, a counselor recommendation, and two teacher recommendations.

April 25, 2024

The gothic architecture of Yale's campus is featured beyond a snowy lawn.

Ivy League Transfer Deadlines for 2025

Find out the 2025 transfer admission deadlines across the eight Ivy League schools.

April 25, 2024


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