The Ivy Coach Daily

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How Does UPenn Review Applications?

Penn offers applicants the chance to apply to a variety of dual degree programs that span the various undergraduate colleges.

May 16, 2024

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What Are the Consequences of College Essay Plagiarism?

Ivy Coach calls upon The Common App. to implement plagiarism detection software, including AI-detection.

May 16, 2024

How Much Do College Consultants Cost?

Learn more about the fees of private college consultants. And learn about the fees of Ivy Coach, the world’s leading college consultancy.

May 16, 2024

What Are Your Chances of Getting Off the Waitlist?

Contrary to popular belief, being waitlisted is not the same as being rejected. Every student has a chance of admission. Learn more!

May 16, 2024

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How Much Does an Ivy League Degree Matter?

It’s a popular argument to suggest that where you go to college doesn’t matter. Yet the data belies the argument.

May 15, 2024

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College Admissions Officers and Implicit Biases

The Supreme Court’s decision outlawing Affirmative Action did not eliminate the implicit biases of admissions officers.

May 15, 2024

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Does Volunteering Help with Ivy League Admission? 

The most competitive applicants engage in activities for which they have a genuine passion, whether these activities have a service component or not.

May 14, 2024

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4-Year and 6-Year Ivy League Graduation Rates

Ivy League schools pride themselves on their many markers of success, and a high graduation rate is one of the most important of these markers.

May 14, 2024

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Law Schools that Don’t Require the LSAT in 2024

Elite law school-bound students should instead focus their time and energy on taking the LSAT, and the LSAT alone!

May 14, 2024

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Ivy League Admissions: The Asian American Parent’s Dream

For many Asian American parents, their bible in the elite college admissions process is the US News & World Report Best National Universities ranking.

May 13, 2024

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Does Harvard Use Racial Quotas in Admissions?

While Harvard has, for years, despicably discriminated against Asian American applicants, they have not used quotas to do so.

May 13, 2024

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How to Get Into MIT

MIT requires applicants to submit an SAT or ACT. Amongst members of the MIT Class of 2027, 78% submitted SAT scores and 32% submitted ACT scores.

May 12, 2024

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5 Lies Perpetuated by College Admissions Officers

Over the years, we have not been shy to call out admissions officers for perpetuating falsehoods about the elite college admissions process.

May 12, 2024

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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

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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

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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


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