College Admissions Newsletters

Students walking together on campus --- Image by © John Fedele/Blend Images/CorbisHere you’ll find all of our college admissions newsletters that we used to publish throughout the year, dating back several years. We now publish our newsletter with a recap of the weekly blogs. These newsletters present tips for getting into the Ivy League, tips that you otherwise may never have known. Our college admissions newsletters are intended for college applicants and parents as they navigate the highly selective college admissions process and, in particular, the Ivy League admissions process. If you read a number of our newsletters, you’ll have a better idea of the kinds of mistakes so many Ivy League applicants and other college applicants make when they apply to Ivy League colleges and other highly selective colleges. We try to ingrain our tips in your head so that you or your child won’t make the same such mistakes. Read More

In our college admissions newsletters that collectively focus on getting into the Ivy League, we offer tips on how to approach the Common Application Personal Statement. Most college applicants submit bad Personal Statements. Maybe these Personal Statements offer little insight into an applicant. Or maybe they offer insight that a college applicant should know better than to offer! We also write about how students can have a big impact on their teacher and school counselor letters of recommendation.

We offer advice on how to get off the college waitlist. We discuss college rankings in depth and compare them to fantasy sports. That’s right. Fantasy sports. We write about what kind of numbers make for respectable SAT and ACT scores. We outline what students should do should they be deferred from their Early school. We write about college interviews, the Why College essay, how to make the most of summer activities, and so much more.

Getting into the Ivy League is absolutely about the numbers. But there’s also so much more to it. Students with perfect grades and perfect SAT or ACT scores are denied admission year after year. Here, you’ll find out why. So peruse our college admissions newsletters offering tips on getting into the Ivy League and find out what you don’t know or what you thought you knew (but it turns out you weren’t right).

On Being Deferred


It's the middle of January and you've submitted your regular decision applications. This wasn't your original plan, because you had hoped that you would have been accepted at your early decision / action college. But on or before December 15th, you heard from the college to which you applied early. You were neither accepted nor rejected; you were deferred!

‘Twas the Night Before Deadline


Regular application decision time is near. Applications need to be completed to enjoy the end of year. So dream your dreams, and may your wishes come true. Here's hoping that the college of your choice quickly accepts you!

Playing the Admission Card


There are ways to gain an edge in the college admissions process. What many students don’t know is what it takes to be considered a “special” applicant, one that gets flagged for more attention than the other thousands of applicants.

Using Social Networking Sites to Your Advantage


Do college admissions counselors check you out on Facebook, My Space, Twitter, or any other social networking websites? Realize that they might do just that!

So, how are you spending your summer vacation?


Your summer break can be a wonderful opportunity for you to do something that you don’t ordinarily have the time to do during the school year.

Need Blind Admissions – Does it Really Exist?


What need-blind admissions actually means is that a type of firewall exists between admissions and the financial aid office through which information does not flow. Yet, in the real world of college admissions, there are other ways that a need-blind college can figure out if the applicant will need aid.

Meet Ivy Coach in a Live Online Presentation


Bev Taylor, Ivy Coach, will be appearing at College Week Live, the largest virtual college fair, on March 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM (EDT). Ivy Coach’s live video keynote presentation, in a Q and A format, will help you to understand how to make the most of “The College Interview and Visit.”

Campus Visits


College websites and brochures can have idyllic scenes and can tell you almost everything you might want to know about a particular college, but only a campus visit can help you decide if a particular college is the appropriate place for you.

Our Weak Economy and Its Affect on the Highly Selective College Admissions Process


This was to be the year that our fragile economy coupled with the high cost of tuition would drive down the volume of applications submitted to our most selective colleges.

The College Interview


The highly selective colleges are typically the ones that include interviews as part of the admissions process. Depending upon the individual college, interviews are required, recommended or optional and they are either evaluative or informational.