A Call for America’s Need-Blind Universities to Eliminate The Financial Aid Question

Over the years, from atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have held colleges, school counselors, private college counselors, and local grocers accountable for sewing confusion about the highly selective college admissions process, for perpetuating misconceptions, and for not telling it like it is. We’ve called … 

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On the Price Fixing Class Action Against Elite Universities

When the group known as Students for Fair Admissions sued Harvard University, alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants in the admissions process, we said that while their argument indeed had merit, we didn’t expect they’d win. And why? Because we believe they positioned the case incorrectly. As an example, SFFA … 

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Students Allege Price Fixing in Elite College Admissions

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against 16 universities — Brown University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, … 

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A New Generation of UC Applicants

There’s a piece in The Los Angeles Times that tells the story of “a new generation” of University of California applicants, dubbing this group of young people “the unentitled kids.” The piece focuses on a group of students from Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, a school with students … 

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NYU Class of 2026 Application Numbers

New York University has announced its application tally for the Class of 2026. Between Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision, NYU received over 105,000 applications. This marks a 5% increase from last year for the Class of 2025, a year that marked the first time the Greenwich … 

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Addressing Misconceptions for Deferred and Denied Students

As decisions from elite universities roll out, we thought we’d address some common misconceptions swirling through the minds of students who are deferred or denied admission along with their demoralized parents. So here goes! Let’s debunk those commonly held beliefs that are oh so wrong. Misconception: My child was deferred … 

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Our Crystal Ball Strikes Again

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know oh so well, we’ve got a very accurate crystal ball at Ivy Coach that regularly offers readings on the college admissions process. Heck, our crystal ball has even been cited on the pages of America’s oldest college newspaper, The Dartmouth. It’s … 

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The Postmortem Strategy Session for Deferred or Denied Early Applicants

12/17/21 Update: Ivy Coach can report clean sweeps for our students who completed applications with us to Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Brown University (for the 16th time in 17 years!), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University and other … 

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Rural Applicants to Brown

It’s commonly known that underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students are sought after groups for America’s elite universities. Less commonly known is that these same universities seek to admit another underrepresented group, students from rural areas. Depending on the institution, some refer to these students as rural applicants, while others … 

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DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Not Hear Affirmative Action Case

The United States Department of Justice, under new management since it filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in support of the group known as Students For Fair Admissions for its lawsuit against Harvard University over its consideration of race in admissions … 

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