Ivy Coach as Your College Admissions Consultant

Why hire Ivy Coach as your college admissions consultant? Years ago, college applicants with perfect or near perfect SATs who were ranked number 1 or 2 in their high school classes were often admitted to all of the colleges to which they applied. But this is not the case today. Since more students are applying to colleges today and since those students are each submitting more applications than ever before, many of these highly selective colleges now receive between 20,000 and 50,000 undergraduate applications a year and accept only 5% to 14% of their applicant pools. For the college Class of 2020, the Ivy League universities received between 20,675 applications (Dartmouth College) and 44,966 (Cornell University) and accepted applicant pools in the single digits — just check out our page on Ivy League Statistics. So one may wonder what is it that these most prestigious colleges are looking for when they admit their candidates. Read More

In essence, these highly selective colleges are seeking a well-rounded class of uniquely talented students. Note that they’re not looking for a well-rounded applicant. They may be looking for the recruited water polo player, the oboist, the ballet dancer, the thespian, or the math or science researcher. In addition to having almost perfect SATs, an A average in the most challenging high school curriculum, and a rank in the single digits of their class, students also should have an exceptional application highlighting the strengths and talents that make them unique.

The personal statement and additional college essays, the activity sheets, the teacher and counselor recommendations, the college interview evaluation, and follow-up correspondences are all some of the opportunities for us to work with our students so that they can improve their odds of admission to highly selective colleges. Our college admissions expertise is what makes Ivy Coach the premier college consultant worldwide.

Why hire Ivy Coach instead of another college admissions consultant?

What we are most certainly not at Ivy Coach are entrepreneurs with a lack of experience in college admissions. Unfortunately, too many private college counseling services are just that. We’ve been in this business for over twenty years and have earned our world class reputation as experts in the field. We’re primarily in this business because with our expertise in getting students admitted to selective colleges, we love helping students achieve their dreams. We love helping them earn admission to the colleges they seek to attend.

Our Founder, Bev Taylor, is a respected leader in the field of highly selective college admissions and has been for years. Drop her name at a conference on college admissions and people know it. In fact, there’s a good chance she’s a keynote speaker at that conference. And the college consultants on staff at Ivy Coach are all former admissions officers at highly selective colleges. They’re not parents who helped their kids get into college. They’re not students who managed to get admitted into an Ivy League school and now want to offer their insightful advice to applicants.

At Ivy Coach, we give it to you straight. If you’re a Chinese applicant who plays the violin and excels in math, we’re going to help you differentiate yourself from all of the other Chinese applicants. While this may not be PC, it’s the truth. If you’re involved in a host of extracurricular activities but no one commitment stands out as unique, we’ll help you find your angle so that you don’t come across as a student who does activities just to get into college…because admissions officers can see right through that! If you want your college application to stand out from the pack, if you want an admissions officer to single out your application as one he/she wants to go to bat for, then complete our form for a free 20-minute consultation to get started with the premier private college admissions consultant worldwide. [/expand]

Do you only work with Ivy League applicants?

No. With our expertise in the highly selective college admissions, we help our students improve their odds of admission to the colleges that are appropriate for them. Ivy League or not.

I live in Montana. So how can you be my son’s college consultant?

Through phone, email, and Skype, we are a college consultant to students from across the nation and around the world. When we Skype with a student in India, it’s as though we’re in the same room, going over the student’s college essays. We are available seven days a week. Arrangements can also be made to have Ivy Coach come to you.

When should I hire Ivy Coach to work with my child?

Many of our students come to us in their sophomore or junior year of high school. But we also work with students as their college consultant as early as eighth grade. If you’re interested in our college consulting services for your kindergartner, though, look elsewhere. The benefit to our clients of starting in eighth or ninth grade is that we can help to maximize on the student’s academic curriculum. We can help them discover their intellectual interests. And we can help them shape their extracurricular activities to hone their passions. Another benefit of starting early is that since our fee for our unlimited package goes up annually, our clients are able to lock in our current rate. But that doesn’t mean we’re open to kindergartners. We’re not! A college consultant for a kindergartner? Oy vey!

Do you work in conjunction with my child’s school counselor?

We have found that even though some high school counselors may welcome the help from a college consultant, we prefer to work behind the scenes. And any college admissions consultant who works in front of the scenes should be avoided.