Demonstrate College Interest

In a personal and revealing op-ed piece published in the April 3, 2009 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Angel Pérez, the director of admission at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, writes about his experiences reviewing applications. In his piece entitled “The hard no,” he details how when he visited … 

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Early Admissions Notification

When students apply for Regular Decision admissions, the deadline is typically January 1st and the decision letters are generally received during the first week of April. While many of Ivy Coach students this year were accepted in the Early round, some students only applied Regular Decision and so for them … 

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Score Choice or No Score Choice?

Nearly eight months after The College Board announced its cryptic new Score Choice policy, we are just beginning to get answers as to how some colleges are going to handle the reporting of SAT scores. As a result of all of the confusion surrounding the Score Choice announcement, some students … 

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Valspeak and the College Admissions Process

Jessica: “Should I like write on the cover page of like the graded paper? You know, like Union College Supplement – Graded Paper?” Ivy Coach: “You can write ‘Union College Supplement – Graded Paper,’ but please delete the word ‘like’ as this is not appropriate for oral or written speech … 

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Inconsistencies in the New SAT Score-Reporting Policy

When The College Board first announced in June 2008 a new policy as it relates to the reporting of SAT scores to colleges, the organization offered few specifics on just how this would all work. Then in November 2008, The College Board alas revealed some of these long-awaited specifics — … 

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How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

Wondering how you can increase your chances of securing great teacher letters of recommendation to go along with your college applications to elite universities? Simply asking your teachers to write letters of recommendation on your behalf is an unlikely strategy to securing powerful letters. You don’t want to leave things … 

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Deciding on the College to Attend

You’ve been through the stressful and at times grueling college application process. Once your applications were mailed, you began the long waiting period for admissions decisions. We know. You spent too much time looking at that watched pot as you waited for it to boil. But now the decisions are … 

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Harvard College, Shame on You!

The administrators at Harvard College would be wise to take a course in business planning at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania because, well, it seems they haven’t been attending courses at the Harvard Business School this year. How do we know? That’s an easy one. The deadline … 

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