A Word to the Class of 2025

If you’re a student applying to college this year, you probably already know that with respect to the highly selective college admissions process, you were born in the wrong year. We know it hurts to hear but, hey, we tell it like it is at Ivy Coach. And why were … 

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Coronavirus Ushering in Admissions Changes

Will the COVID-19 pandemic inspire real, lasting change in the highly selective college admissions process or are the changes for this admissions cycle only temporary? There’s an editorial in today’s New York Times by Frank Bruni, “The Coronavirus May Change College Admissions Forever,” that praises the release of a forthcoming … 

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Elite College Admissions Is Not Arbitrary

There are a couple of letters to the editor in The Wall Street Journal today under a headline that reads “The Arbitrariness of Elite College Admissions.” As our loyal readers know all too well, the core objective of this college admissions blog is to demystify the highly selective college admissions … 

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The Resilience of the Class of 2024

Each year, admissions officers at our nation’s most elite universities boast how they’ve secured the greatest class ever — the highest achieving, the most diverse, the most engaged, you name it. But of course, most years, admissions officers essentially cut and paste how they describe each incoming class, changing only … 

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Inside Emory’s Admissions Office

There’s a good article in The Wall Street Journal today by Jeffrey Selingo that focuses on how college admissions offices put the final touches on an incoming class. In his piece, “The Secrets of Elite College Admissions,” Selingo focuses on his year — the 2018-2019 cycle — embedded within the … 

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The White Male in Admissions

Are white male students discriminated against in the highly selective college admissions process? Don’t be ridiculous! Just about every day, we receive an email from a parent — who is not our client — in which he or she writes how they’re seeking help for their “white male” child. And … 

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The Impact of COVID-19 on College Admissions

Wondering about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this year’s college admissions cycle? Will this year be the toughest admissions cycle in recent memory? Do test-optional policies actually mean that applicants shouldn’t submit test scores? Are as many students admitted to the Class of 2024 taking gap years as … 

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Stanford Hikes Tuition

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently announced that tuition would not be lowered for the 2020-2021 academic year. These twin announcements were made in spite of the fact that students at these institutions will be taking courses virtually this fall — rather than on campus — as … 

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California’s Ban on Affirmative Action

There is perhaps no topic that we cover on our college admissions blog that engenders more passionate reactions than Affirmative Action. In our experience, the folks who tend to fill up the Comments section beneath our posts on Affirmative Action are against the consideration of race in the admissions process. … 

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