The Mission Statements of Universities

Every highly selective university in America has a mission, one that’s reflected in their respective mission statements. You know — it’s typically a few lines to a few paragraphs in length on the school’s homepage or about page. At UCLA, the school’s mission statement begins, “UCLA’s┬áprimary purpose as a public … 

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What Colleges Say and What Students Hear

There is certainly a disconnect between what college admissions officers say to students and their parents and what students and parents hear. A piece by Valerie Strauss an in interview with Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark for “The Washington Post” entitled “The disconnect between what colleges say and what students … 

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Yale Viral Admissions Video

In the age of viral videos, no university’s admissions office has released a more fun and engaging video touting why students should choose their school than Yale University. For those who haven’t been glued to their computers and iPads for several years watching these admissions videos, allow us to fill … 

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Talented Asian American Applicants

Over the last 20 years, a Kenyan has won the men’s open division of the New York City Marathon eight times. The same is true over the last 20 years in the women’s open division of the New York City Marathon. Since 1997, a Kenyan has won the men’s open … 

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Asian American Applicants Shouldn’t Have to Hide Their Heritage in Admissions

Asian American applicants to America’s most highly selective universities should not have to hide their heritage in order to earn admission to their top choice colleges. It’s a point that Aaron Mak laments in a piece in “Slate” entitled “The Price of Admission” (we have a feeling the name of … 

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Asian Americans Do Face Discrimination in Admissions, But Not Through Quotas

There is no denying that Asian American applicants face discrimination in the highly selective college admissions process. We at Ivy Coach have been outspoken about this injustice for many years. In fact, in the Asian American Coalition for Education’s complaint against Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University to the … 

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Defining Blackness in College Admissions

Some weeks ago, we were quoted in an article of “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, that focused on how a Cornell University student group, Black Students United, was publicly advocating to alter the definition of ‘underrepresented black students’ in admissions so it is defined as … 

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Gender Discrimination in Highly Selective College Admissions

Is there gender discrimination in highly selective college admissions? You bet there is. As any student or parent who attends a college information session at one of our nation’s elite institutions knows all too well, the mantra of these schools is their never-ending quest for diversity. They seek to admit … 

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Lamenting Problems in College Admissions Without Proposing Solutions Is Pointless

The highly selective college admissions process is not perfect — far from it. Some students who are deserving of admission to a given institution don’t get in while students who are seemingly less deserving earn admission. We know, we know. Tell us something we don’t know, Ivy Coach! A piece … 

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Legacy Admission Violates Tax Law

Many argue that legacy admission, the practice by which colleges give preferential treatment to the progeny of alumni (and especially to the progeny of alumni donors), is unfair. Many argue that the practice favors the wealthy, the privileged — all to the detriment of middle and low-income young people who … 

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