The Alma Maters of Billionaires

Wondering which university has graduated the most billionaires? Who doesn’t wake up with this pressing question about the alma maters of billionaires on their mind? Well, let’s satiate your curiosity. “Forbes” has come out with a ranking entitled “The 10 Schools That Produce The Most Forbes 400 Billionaires.” Nothing like

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Legacy Admission Must Go

Legacy admission, the practice of admitting the progeny of a school’s alumni base, is a practice that must end. Indeed we’ve been calling for an end to the practice of legacy admission for years now since it stands in the face of the notion that everybody should have their fair

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Colleges That Accept Self-Reported Test Scores

Wondering which colleges accept self-reported test scores? Washington University in St. Louis has joined a growing list of schools across the United States that allow students to self-report their testing results, including for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests. Wash U announced the move just last week. The school

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Why College Admission Rates Get Lower and Lower

Many believe that each and every year, it gets more and more difficult to earn admission to highly selective colleges. It’s a misconception. The folks who suggest that it gets more and more difficult generally base their argument on the fact that admission rates go down at these schools year-to-year.

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Tulane University Gives Back

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many colleges opened their doors to students from Tulane University. After all, Tulane had to close for the second time in its history after the storm (the school also closed for the Civil War…an excellent reason for a school closing if you ask us!). After

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Assistance on College Admissions Essays

If you’re seeking assistance on college admissions essays, know that good writing is about rewriting. Very rarely is a first draft of an essay or a book or a play the finished product. Good writing is all about starting over, revising, reordering, peppering in new details, starting over yet again,

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The Legal Challenge to the Common Application

The Common Application, the platform of choice for the vast majority of students applying to college across America, is under legal fire. And we can’t say we didn’t see it coming as Ivy Coach’s famous crystal ball predicted a legal challenge to the Common Application years ago. In fact, in

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Does the Ivy League Foster Upward Mobility?

Ivy League colleges love to tout the percentage of students in their incoming classes who will be the first in their families to attend college. This is a coveted group for not only the Ancient Eight institutions but for all highly selective colleges in America. These students embody a principle

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The Importance of Not Bragging on the College Application

Bragging in the highly selective college admissions process can have disastrous implications. The funny thing is that most students and their parents don’t even realize when it is that they’re bragging. Maybe it’s touting an accomplishment in the Personal Statement or in a supplemental essay for a given college. Maybe

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Dartmouth Considers Expanding Student Body

“It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it.” Daniel Webster uttered these very words before the United States Supreme Court in 1819 in a landmark Supreme Court case, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, a case every high school U.S. history student

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