The Postmortem College Admissions Evaluation

As our nation’s most highly selective colleges release their Early Decision / Early Action admissions decisions in the coming days, there will be some happy high school seniors as well as some dejected ones. For the happy high school seniors who applied to a school with a binding Early Decision … 

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Yale Viral Admissions Video

In the age of viral videos, no university’s admissions office has released a more fun and engaging video touting why students should choose their school than Yale University. For those who haven’t been glued to their computers and iPads for several years watching these admissions videos, allow us to fill … 

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Gift to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

It’s a happy time for the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was announced this week that one of the Columbia medical school’s distinguished alums, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, the former chairman of Merck & Co., has donated a sizable chunk of change to the school — $250 … 

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Talented Asian American Applicants

Over the last 20 years, a Kenyan has won the men’s open division of the New York City Marathon eight times. The same is true over the last 20 years in the women’s open division of the New York City Marathon. Since 1997, a Kenyan has won the men’s open … 

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Asian American Applicants Shouldn’t Have to Hide Their Heritage in Admissions

Asian American applicants to America’s most highly selective universities should not have to hide their heritage in order to earn admission to their top choice colleges. It’s a point that Aaron Mak laments in a piece in “Slate” entitled “The Price of Admission” (we have a feeling the name of … 

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Class of 2022 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates

If you’re a high school senior or the parent of a high school senior, you’re likely getting anxious as the days tick down until the announced Class of 2022 Early Decision and Early Action notification dates. We’ve aggregated the notification dates for many of America’s most highly selective colleges below. … 

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Stanford GSB Fellowship Grants Scandal

Many highly selective colleges assert that they are need-blind in their admissions decision-making. They claim that they don’t factor in a student’s ability to pay when deciding upon whether or not to offer that student admission. As our regular readers know well, we have been calling need-blind admissions a lie … 

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Harvard Agrees To Release Admissions Records To DOJ

Harvard University had until today, December 1st, to turn over years of admissions documents, including confidential applicant files, to the United States Department of Justice. As our regular readers may remember, on November 21st, we predicted — with the help of our famously accurate crystal ball — that Harvard would … 

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College Alumni Interviewers Often Overstate Their Influence

While the college alumni interview is one component of the admissions process to highly selective colleges, many parents and high school students overvalue its importance. And one key reason why so many folks overvalue the importance of the college alumni interview is because alumni often have a tendency to overstate … 

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Asian Americans Do Face Discrimination in Admissions, But Not Through Quotas

There is no denying that Asian American applicants face discrimination in the highly selective college admissions process. We at Ivy Coach have been outspoken about this injustice for many years. In fact, in the Asian American Coalition for Education’s complaint against Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University to the … 

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