College Board and ACT Compete for Illinois

It’s not a presidential election cycle but there is a competition brewing in Illinois — for a major college admissions-related testing contract. The Illinois State Board of Education will be expanding free testing, offering college admissions-related testing not only to 11th graders statewide but now also to 9th and 10th … 

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The Wrong Poster Child of Asian American Discrimination in Admissions

Asian Americans face discrimination in highly selective college admissions. We’ve been saying it for years from atop Ivy Coach’s soapbox in college admissions. Of course, colleges won’t acknowledge any bias against these applicants. In many cases, admissions officers aren’t even aware they’re stereotyping students and rendering admissions decisions based on … 

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Legacy Admission Has Got To Go

The practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the children and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base is a practice that is an anachronism in this young century. And it’s not one of those cute anachronisms like a typewriter on a mahogany executive desk (with an iPhone conspicuously charging … 

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Looming Deadline for Transfer Students

The transfer deadline for many highly selective colleges, including all of the Ivy League colleges, is either March 1st or March 15th. Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have March 1 deadlines, while Cornell and UPenn have March 15 deadlines. Outside of the Ivy League, Stanford, Duke, and Northwestern … 

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The Importance of Being Likable in College Admissions

A line we hear from time to time during free consultations with prospective clients in which we answer questions about our service offerings goes something like this: “We’re looking for a college consultant with connections to highly selective colleges…” We cut these folks off right there and — if anyone … 

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Letters of Recommendation from the Dalai Lama

Can a letter of recommendation from the Dalai Lama help your child’s case for admission to highly selective colleges? There was a piece published yesterday in “The New York Post” by Dana Schuster and Isabel Vincent entitled “Parents get letters of rec from Dalai Lama to get kids into private¬†school” … 

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A Salute to the Siemens Foundation

When Siemens AG bought Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s power generation unit in 1997, Siemens lost out on the bidding war for its namesake science competition, the prestigious Westinghouse Science Talent Search. It was not part of the sale. The winner of that bidding war for the elite science competition was Intel … 

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New Yorkers in Highly Selective College Admissions Process

While New York might be the center of the universe, at least according to New Yorkers, it is quite a disadvantage to be from New York when applying to highly selective colleges in the United States. And this isn’t just for New York City residents — it’s for all residents … 

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Social Media Mistakes Can Impact Case for College Admission

While college admissions officers at highly selective colleges don’t review the social media presence of every applicant, they do check out these profiles and feeds on occasion. So when you’re applying to college (or graduate school for that matter), you’d be wise to either delete your social media presence or … 

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Changes to Higher Education Act

As congressional Republicans push to pass a reauthorization bill to the Higher Education Act, many believe the changes to the act would significantly curtail the ability of low and middle-income students to receive financial aid. We at Ivy Coach are among them. In fact, in an article out today in … 

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