Northeastern Plays Moneyball

Every admissions leaders at our nation’s highly selective universities cares about the US News & World Report college rankings — irrespective of what he or she might tell you to the contrary. That’s right. No matter how loudly and how vociferously an admissions czar tells parents and students at information … 

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A Call for America’s Need-Blind Universities to Eliminate The Financial Aid Question

Over the years, from atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have held colleges, school counselors, private college counselors, and local grocers accountable for sewing confusion about the highly selective college admissions process, for perpetuating misconceptions, and for not telling it like it is. We’ve called … 

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The Dartmouth PR Spin Zone

Earlier this week, Dartmouth College, along with 15 other elite American universities, were sued for anti-competitive price fixing with respect to financial aid offers. A key argument of the plaintiffs in the class action rests on the fact that these universities may claim in name to be need-blind (or not … 

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Dartmouth Goes Need-Blind for Internationals

Wow. Earlier this week, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against 16 elite universities, among them Dartmouth College, in which these schools were accused of eliminating competitive financial aid offers by artificially inflating the cost of attendance. In short, they were accused of colluding, of anti-competitive price fixing. As … 

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On the Price Fixing Class Action Against Elite Universities

When the group known as Students for Fair Admissions sued Harvard University, alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants in the admissions process, we said that while their argument indeed had merit, we didn’t expect they’d win. And why? Because we believe they positioned the case incorrectly. As an example, SFFA … 

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A Rhodes Scholar No More

Oh no she didn’t! When University of Pennsylvania graduate Mackenzie Fierceton was named a Rhodes Scholar in November 2020, she was the pride of UPenn. In fact, she — a self-proclaimed first-generation college student, low-income, former foster child — was even praised by UPenn’s president in a community newsletter. Wrote … 

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Students Allege Price Fixing in Elite College Admissions

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against 16 universities — Brown University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, … 

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Defending Early Decision Policies

There he goes again. In a tirade in The New York Times entitled “Merit Aid (or Lack Thereof) Makes Early Decision Ever Murkier,” Ron Lieber writes “Early decision isn’t binding, and Northeastern should say so on its website, using those same italics that are already there. (It is indeed as … 

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Notre Dame Class of 2026 Early Action Statistics

The University of Notre Dame has notified Early Action applicants to its Class of 2026 of their decisions. In all, an all-time record 9,683 students applied Early Action to Notre Dame this fall. Last year, this same figure stood at 7,744. EA applications were thus up over 25% year-over-year, an … 

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