Towards a More Perfect NACAC

An Open Letter to the Leadership and Members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling By Bev Taylor & Brian Taylor The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization that includes college admissions officers, high school counselors, and private college counselors, is an organization that has been vitally … 

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Zeroing in on Test-Optional

Ivy Coach is cited today on the pages of the University of Pennsylvania’s newspaper addressing so-called test-optional policies. As Leanna Tilitei reports for The Daily Pennsylvanian in a piece entitled “Experts worry that Penn’s test-optional application process will benefit wealthier students,” “‘We don’t believe test-optional policies are worth the paper … 

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The Country Club Sports of the Ivy League

There’s a fantastic piece out in The Atlantic on niche sports — sports like squash, crew, fencing, water polo, swimming and diving, and golf — and the lengths affluent parents of high schoolers who compete in these sports will go to try to get their children on the radar of … 

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Take Those Admissions Tests

During a year in which the vast majority of our nation’s highly selective colleges have gone test-optional, it likely doesn’t surprise any of our readers to know that we urge applicants to submit test scores anyway. This is the case unless of course a university forbids the submission of certain … 

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The Conflation of Colleges and Elite Colleges

We were recently asked to comment for a CBS Radio piece just how much easier this Ivy League admissions cycle would be since colleges are having such trouble filling their seats. Before we could comment, we scratched our heads. And we don’t have a case of dandruff. No, the reason … 

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The Golden Ticket in Admissions

On free consultations which are designed to answer questions about our services to prospective clients, a parent — who will never be our client — sometimes asks, “Do you guarantee admission?” The answer, of course, is a resounding no. We do not now nor have we ever guaranteed admission to … 

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Test-Optional Means Diddly-Squat

In certain states in our union, wearing a mask in crowded stores is optional. Go to the mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota, the resting place of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill, and you’ll find few folks in masks. Heck, few folks there even have masks in their pockets — … 

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Reliance on Early Decision Applicants

In a piece in yesterday’s New York Times, journalist Jeffrey Selingo, fresh out with a new book on highly selective college admissions, makes the argument in said book that colleges with Early Decision policies relied more heavily on their ED applicant pools in the wake of the 2008 recession than … 

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Asian American Representation at Elite Colleges

Long before our federal government went after Harvard and Yale for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants in their admissions processes, we stood on our soapbox in college admissions to assert that indeed these schools — and all highly selective American universities — discriminate against Asian American applicants. And we … 

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Test-Optional is Malarkey

When a school goes test-optional — as all the Ivy League schools did this year — it means that a student with great scores has no advantage over a student with no scores, right? Wrong. All else being equal, at highly selective colleges that have gone test-optional, a student with … 

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