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USC Waitlist Acceptance Rate

USC regularly accepts students off its waitlist. Learn more about your chances of getting into USC after being waitlisted!

February 28, 2024

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Everything You Need to Know About Alumni Interviews

While the alumni interview is one of the least important components of the highly selective college admissions process, every component matters.

February 23, 2024

Vanderbilt University Waitlist Acceptance Rate

Waitlisted by Vanderbilt University? Vanderbilt typically admits many students off its annual waitlist. Learn more about your chances!

February 22, 2024

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Lehigh University Admission Rates and Enrollment Statistics

Lehigh has been increasing the number of admitted students as they’ve expanded the size of their incoming class — to 1,531 for the Class of 2027.

February 22, 2024

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Anti-White Discrimination in College Admissions: A False Narrative

We can dismantle the tired white male disadvantage in admissions argument every which way, and parents will still make it year in and year out.

February 21, 2024

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Is College Confidential Accurate?

College Confidential is essentially a platform for students and parents to write mostly nonsense and for others to accept it as truth.

February 21, 2024

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Does Harvard Admissions Care About High School Sports?

Merely playing a high school sport does not impress Harvard admissions officers. Being recruited to play a sport at Harvard impresses them.

February 13, 2024

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Applying to Harvard? Don’t Be Arrogant in Your Application

Some Harvard Applicants Display Arrogrance In Their Applications. It Could Be A Line In An Essay. It Could Be The Description Of An Activity. Learn More!

February 13, 2024

Our Thoughts on Slots for Recruited Athletes in Admissions

Too many slots are earmarked for recruited athletes in the admissions process to our nation’s elite universities, including the Ivy League.

February 9, 2024

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Duke University Tells It Like It Is: Honesty in Admissions

Duke’s admissions leader, Christoph Guttentag, has a history of telling it like it is. Ivy Coach salutes him!

February 9, 2024

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A Must Read for Waitlisted Students: College Waitlist Strategies

Waitlisted students should submit powerful Letters of Continued Interest that aim to sway admissions officers to root for them.

February 6, 2024

A Look Back at Harvard’s Actions Against Antisemitism: Then vs. Now

Harvard has rescinded the acceptances of students for their hateful rhetoric. The school should hold their current students to the same standard.

February 6, 2024

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Harvard’s Yield Rate

Harvard’s yield rate was slightly over 84% for the Class of 2027. Fewer than 16% of admits chose not to attend.

February 5, 2024

What NOT To Do After Being Waitlisted

Learn ten things never to do after being placed on an elite college’s waitlist. Thinking of calling the admissions office? Think again!

February 5, 2024

Deferred vs. Waitlisted: What is the difference?

Wondering the difference between being deferred vs. waitlisted in college admissions? Learn the ins and outs of deferrals and waitlists.

February 5, 2024

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Is Attending an Ivy League School Worth It?

Is attending an Ivy League school worth it? The short answer is an unequivocal yes! An Ivy League degree remains the gold standard of American higher education. But to argue that schools like Harvard and Yale distinguish themselves from other selective schools on the basis of teaching alone would be shortsighted. After all, a Psych 101 class teaches the basics of the discipline whether one is taking it at Michigan or Columbia. Ivy League schools provide students with access to some of the most influential and revolutionary minds in academia alongside a robust array of educational support resources, but these factors serve as just one of many criteria that set these eight legendary schools apart from the rest.

February 2, 2024

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SAT Scores on Transcripts

Illinois still requires its public school students to take the SAT in the spring of their junior year. It’s an outdated requirement that needs to go!

February 2, 2024

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7 Reasons to Stay Away from BS/MD Programs

Each year, students come to Ivy Coach hoping to earn admission to top BS/MD programs. And while we have been quite successful over the years at helping students earn admission to competitive BS/MD programs, we first urge these students to strongly reconsider. That’s right. They should strongly reconsider applying to BS/MD programs. Why’s that? Where to begin?

February 1, 2024

Meet Mark Sklarow, The Villain of College Admissions

We consider Mark Sklarow, the CEO of the inept Independent Educational Consultants Association, to be the villain of college admissions.

February 1, 2024

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10 Wealthy People Who Majored in the Arts

Of course, many more wealthy men and women have majored in the arts and gone on to become highly successful in fields other than the arts. After all, one doesn’t need to major in economics or finance to work on Wall Street, just as one doesn’t need to major in film to make films or major in art history to run a major gallery.

January 30, 2024


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