The Outsized Advantage of Private Schools

Are private high schools the true enemy of equity in highly selective college admissions? Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court notably punted on the hot-button issue of the consideration of race in college admissions. But one editorialist for Slate believes that the real scandal in college admissions is not Affirmative … 

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Supreme Court Delays Challenge to Affirmative Action

Today, the United States Supreme Court delayed a challenge to the practice of Affirmative Action, or the consideration of race, in college admissions. On a day when our nation’s highest court could have added the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case to its docket for the 2021-2022 year, … 

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5 Things Parents of Rising Seniors Say That Make Us Want to Scream

At this time every year, parents of rising seniors come to us and we fill them in on the pathway to working with Ivy Coach, which begins with our one-hour evaluation. During free consultations designed to answer any questions parents might have about our services, we’ve noticed that some parents … 

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Too Many Books on College Admissions

Most books on the topic of elite college admissions are uninformative and, well, a snoozefest. And they’re typically anachronisms before they even hit shelves. For instance, a chapter on SAT Subject Tests isn’t exactly relevant these days now that SAT Subject Tests are no more. But sometimes the blurbs authors … 

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Geisel School of Medicine Ends Cheating Probe

Several weeks ago, we wrote about the scandal brewing at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine. And, no, it had nothing to do with one of its namesakes, the late Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), though his legacy too has faced a tough year. This scandal concerned 17 medical … 

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On Hiring Ivy League Grads

The Wall Street Journal has published an editorial on why a magazine editor at a magazine we’ve never heard of will no longer hire graduates of Ivy League institutions. And here we thought The Wall Street Journal liked to be considered among our nation’s most reputable news publications. In any … 

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Pitzer College Goes Test-Blind

We have long suggested on the pages of this college admissions blog that until a “test-optional” school goes test-blind (and, yes, the quotes are intentional), don’t believe admissions leaders at those institutions when they suggest that students with great scores enjoy no advantage over students with no scores. All else … 

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Harvard Class of 2025 Yield

Harvard University has announced that 85% of students admitted to its Class of 2025 will be matriculating. This marks a record yield for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institution. To put the figure in context, for the Class of 2024, 81% of admits chose to matriculate. The previous record high yield was … 

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The Parody of Parity in Admissions

You may have read recently that the SAT and ACT are not the only factors in the elite college admissions process that favor the affluent. Yes, the quality of an applicant’s high school is a significant factor in elite college admissions. So too are letters of recommendation, college essays, activities, … 

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Mind the Gap in Test Scores

Back in 2019, The College Board announced the creation of an SAT Adversity Index. The SAT Adversity Index was designed essentially in the hope of trying to level the playing field, to help underprivileged, often underrepresented minority students compete on the same playing field as their more affluent peers who … 

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