The Secret Sauce of Ivy Coach’s Letters of Enthusiasm

Oh that’s cute. You thought we’d just share our secret sauce for our students’ powerful Letters of Enthusiasm that, for students who first approach us in mid-December after they receive not so great news, so often turn deferrals into offers of admission. While we appreciate that you read our college … 

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The Postmortem Strategy Session for Deferred or Denied Early Applicants

If your child has received word that they’ve been deferred or denied admission to their dream school in the Early round of admissions, take a moment to mourn the decision. And in the next moment, get over it because you simply don’t have time to go through the five stages … 

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A Salute to a University of Pennsylvania Swimmer

We typically only write about swimming on the pages of this blog when Dartmouth College cuts — and then reinstates — their swim team once every two decades or so. But today we’d like to share the story of Lia Thomas, a young woman on the University of Pennsylvania swimming … 

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Students Applying to 20 Plus Colleges

Over the last near three full decades, do you know how many colleges most of our students at Ivy Coach end up applying to? Seven? Eight? Guess again. No, not 20. Certainly not 25. The answer? Just a few, sometimes only one. And why? Because over the last near three … 

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University of Georgia Class of 2026 Early Action Statistics

Not many selective universities have yet released their Early Decision / Early Action statistics for the Class of 2026. Is it because applications to many of these schools may have dropped a bit from last year’s record highs and thus these schools don’t have as much to brag about in … 

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Those Looming College Decisions

In a week from now, students from across America and around the world will have most of their Early Action / Early Decision results in hand. So we suppose you’re guessing here’s where we write to breathe in, breathe out, to stop watching the pot on the stovetop because you … 

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Rural Applicants to Brown

It’s commonly known that underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students are sought after groups for America’s elite universities. Less commonly known is that these same universities seek to admit another underrepresented group, students from rural areas. Depending on the institution, some refer to these students as rural applicants, while others … 

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White Privilege in Admissions

There’s a new study out that suggests white students enjoy an advantage in the college admissions process. Yes, that’s right: white students have the leg up. In the study, conducted by Art & Science Group, a firm that offers advice to colleges on their enrollment patterns, surveyed high school students … 

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The Manipulation of College Rankings

Last year, we reported the juicy story that Temple University got caught with its hand in the cookie jar misreporting data to US News & World Report. And why? The school was manipulating its ranking. Yes, while colleges like to be quite vocal about how they don’t care a lick … 

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Elite Colleges Are Often the Exception to the Rule

When reading an article on the college admissions process, it’s always important to keep in mind that highly selective colleges are often the exception to the rule, not the rule. After all, at most of the 900+ universities across America, the vast majority of applicants earn admission. That is not … 

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