The Pandemic Impacting Admissions

Curious about the pandemic’s impact on the college admissions process? Ivy Coach was featured live on WGN America’s NewsNation this past weekend discussing test-optional admissions, financial aid policies, gap year students, and rising applications to our nation’s elite universities. And, yes, we of course led with the zinger recently delivered … 

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Legacy Admissions in Colorado

Legacy admission, the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a university’s alumni base, is under attack in the state of Colorado. This week, a bill that would prohibit the consideration of legacy status at Colorado’s state-supported institutions, was introduced before the Colorado General Assembly. It’s a bill … 

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Book Review: Who Gets In And Why

★★★★☆ ✔️ An Ivy Coach Selection Bottom Line: Who Gets In And Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo offers little insight to would-be college applicants on how they can markedly improve their cases for admission, but it’s chock full of fantastic data and history on how the … 

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Why Elite Universities Still Need Wealthy Applicants

Wondering why our nation’s elite universities, which profess to want to educate diverse students from low-income backgrounds who will often be the first in their families to attend college, admit so many wealthy applicants? At Stanford University, as an example, more than 50% of the undergraduate student body hails from … 

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Waitlisted Students Should Keep the Faith

Are you dreading the possibility you’ll be stuck in college waitlist limbo? Stop worrying so much! Drink some tea. Meditate. In, out. In, out. Yet for all those folks wondering what the deal will be with college waitlists this year, as we inch closer to April notification dates for Regular … 

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Disparity in Application Numbers at American Universities

Kudos to The New York Times for a piece published this weekend that highlights the distinction between this year’s application numbers at the vast majority of America’s 900+ universities and the 25 or so highly selective universities in this nation. As our readers may remember, we were critical of The … 

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Fighting to End Asian American Discrimination in Admissions

We have long argued from atop our soapbox in college admissions that Asian American applicants to America’s elite universities deserve better. And why? Because for many years, Asian American applicants have faced discrimination in the admissions process to America’s most selective institutions. Will admissions officers ever admit that they discriminate … 

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Shaking Up Admissions

Over the years, from atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have proposed dozens of ways to shake up the highly selective college admissions process. As but a sampling, we’ve suggested colleges eliminate the prompt that appears on too many supplements that asks applicants if they … 

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Many Americans Believe Elite Colleges Should Consider Grades and Scores Above All

Curious which topic generates the most comments on the pages of this college admissions blog? That’s an easy one. It’s Affirmative Action. Whenever we post about the process through which our nation’s elite colleges take race into account in admissions, folks come out of the woodwork to let us know … 

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Elite Universities Going Test-Optional for 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle

This past admissions cycle, our nation’s highly selective universities went test-optional due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a historic turn of events, these schools didn’t require applicants to submit SAT / ACT scores or the now defunct SAT Subject Tests. It’s all led current juniors and their parents to wonder…will … 

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