Colleges & University Admissions

Ivy League admission and entrance to other highly selective universities is, in part, about specificity. Ivy League colleges want to know that you love them. They’re sensitive like that. They want to know that should you be admitted, you’ll attend. It impacts their bottom line. Their yield data impacts their “US News & World Report” ranking. If you’re not specific in, say, your Why College essay on why you want to attend Penn, Penn admissions officers may think you wouldn’t attend if accepted. Would you admit someone who you didn’t think would attend? Think of it like asking someone out. Would you ask someone out who you thought deep down in your bones is going to turn you down? We didn’t think so. In a ridiculous way, Ivy League admission is a whole lot like asking someone out! Read More

Ace Your College Admissions

Below you’ll find information on colleges and universities throughout the U.S. This includes colleges and universities both inside and outside the Ivy League. The information that you’ll find here can help you learn about what makes each distinct. Each post features a different university. Each contains specific information about the university that you will find helpful and exciting as you narrow your college choices. Or, if you know where you want to apply, this information will help to add specificity to your Why College essays. Further, utilize this information to demonstrate your commitment and interest in a college at an alumni interview.

The trick to Ivy League admission is not saying that you want to attend an Ivy League college because of its small class sizes, its top ranked program, or its diverse student body! These are generic reasons that won’t score you any points.

What College Interests You Most?

A great starting point to help your process is knowing the history and culture of the colleges and universities that you plan to apply to in order to show them how much you love them. Don’t give them generic reasons, give them specifics. We aim to arm you with some specifics that will help your cause.

Here, you will learn about:

  • The Krzyzewskiville (K-ville) phenomenon at Duke University
  • The origins of the Primal Scream at Northwestern University
  • The Rassias Method for foreign language study at Dartmouth College
  • The California Institute of Technology student pranks
  • Yale University’s Skull & Bones secret society
  • Thomas Jefferson’s enduring influence on the University of Virginia
  • Columbia University’s monumental upset of Stanford University in the 1934 Rose Bowl
  • The rogue economist in the University of Chicago’s economics department
  • The bizarre class names at Brown University
  • Jeremy Lin’s influence on Harvard
  • The famous movie director who teaches at New York University
  • The world leader who was the thirteenth president of Princeton University
  • The college admissions scandal at Claremont McKenna College

Read about the value of a liberal arts education as you peruse information about Amherst, Williams, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, and more. It’s all right here. And over time, we’ll add a new college or university to highlight for you…


Click on a college to learn some of our insights into the school and its admissions process.