Many Students Rightly Don’t Believe Test-Optional Policies

America’s elite colleges are test-optional. Students need not submit test scores in order to apply. And, yes, some students can even earn admission without test scores. But as we’ve said all along, under test-optional admissions policies, students with great test scores will always enjoy an advantage over students with no … 

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Affirmative Action in Jeopardy

The right of universities to consider race as a factor in the college admissions process is now officially in legal peril. The United States Supreme Court agreed today to debate the legal right of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina — two cases brought by Edward Blum, the … 

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College Admissions Help for Veterans

At Ivy Coach, we are proud to be in the service of America’s veterans. In fact, since 2015, our pro bono services have been reserved exclusively for veterans of the five branches of America’s military. You see, while we would love to help lots of deserving young people on a … 

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Legacy Admission Must End

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know well, we’ve been calling for an end to the practice of legacy admission for many years. In short, we believe offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a school’s alumni base is an anachronistic practice more befitting an aristocracy — not … 

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UPenn Nominates New President

The University of Pennsylvania has named a successor to outgoing President Amy Gutmann. Gutmann had announced last year her intention to step down from the top post at UPenn, a post she’s held since 2004. And who will likely be the university’s new leader, the ninth president in university history? … 

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Suit Against Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an elite American magnet school in northern Virginia and home to many Ivy Coach students past and present (hey, when one of our students makes headlines for earning admission to each of the eight Ivy League schools in addition to Stanford, word … 

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Need-Blind Admissions Was Always A Lie

Are the elite universities in the 568 Presidents Group operating as a cartel, colluding to price fix financial aid offers in the college admissions process? We happen to think so and so too does Peter Coy, a New York Times opinion writer out with a fantastic op-ed this week. In … 

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On Sob Stories and Fake Patents in College Essays

While we appreciate a salacious New York Post article as much as anyone, a recent piece highlighted how college applicants will sometimes tell sob stories or make up fake patents to embellish their storytelling in college admissions essays. And this of course is, well, patently ridiculous. Students need not make … 

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