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 quite a bit 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).

The -Why-I-Want-to-Go-to-Whichever-College-that-I’m-Applying Essay


Many students apply to ____ University based on our size, geographic location, reputation, and the beauty of our campus. What other reasons do you think ____ University is a good match for you?

The U.S. Highly Selective College Admission Process Seminars in China


Ivy Coach was invited by the Chinese Government to present seminars on the highly selective college admissions process that exists in the United States. The first series of presentations were given this past July, and a second series will take place in January of 2009.

Discipline Questions on the College Application


The Common Application, used by 346 colleges and universities across the country, has recently added two questions regarding discipline. Although these questions first appeared on the 2007-2008 application, students and parents are becoming increasingly more aware of it and it has been the cause of some legitimate concern.

Multiple Demands on the High School Guidance Counselor Limit Time for College Advising


On a daily basis I receive phone calls from parents who have unrealistic lists of colleges to which their children are planning on applying. When I ask the parent about their child's grades, courses and standardized test scores, I often wonder what this family could be thinking, but at the same time, I also question the role of the student's guidance counselor.

Advanced Placement Courses – A Significant Factor in Gaining Admission


Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes taken by high school students that can give an applicant an edge in the highly selective college admissions process. The College Board that administers these tests offers 34 different courses and exams.

Waitlists for the Class of 2012 Reach New Highs


In the March 27th edition of "The Boston Globe," the article, “Student agony grows along with top colleges' wait lists,” mentions specific numbers of waitlisted students at some highly selective colleges in the northeast. While this is by no means a new phenomenon, for the Class of 2012, the number of waitlisted applicants has reached record highs.

Searching for Colleges: Ask a Student


While campus visits are the best way to learn about colleges, you can also find out about different colleges by talking with students who attend them. Wherever you go you meet college students or recent graduates. Take advantage of the opportunity and talk with them about what it is about their school that they love, what it is that makes their college so very special.

The College Essay


It is important for the student to view the essay not as a hurdle through which to jump, but rather as an opportunity to speak directly with the admissions committee. Your grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation are already part of your application so there is no point in discussing any of this for it would only be redundant.

Ten Reasons Gaining Admissions at a Highly Selective College is Not All about the Numbers


Of course it's about your grades in the most rigorous core courses and your scores on standardized exams, and anyone who tells you it's not is misinforming you. It's just that it's not all about the numbers since so many other factors are also considered.

Who Gets Accepted?


When competition is as keen as it is with these highly selective colleges, all factors play a role in the admissions process, but the two basic factors continue to be exceptional academic and personal accomplishments.