Colleges Care Deeply About Rankings

Ask a college admissions officer at an elite university if they care about the school’s ranking in US News & World Report and you’d be hard-pressed to find an admissions officer who suggests they care. But, of course, that’s utter nonsense. Admissions officers, you see, care deeply about rankings. After … 

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Tulane Admissions Blog

Here at Ivy Coach, we often stand atop our soapbox in elite college admissions to speak truth to power, to debunk commonly held misconceptions, and to offer a healthy dose of sanity to stressed out parents and students navigating the churning waters of highly selective college admissions. When an admissions … 

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Former Admissions Officer Tells It Like It Is

So often, admissions officers at our nation’s elite universities don’t tell it like it is. They claim their schools are need-blind when they literally ask on the applications if students need financial aid. They claim, under test-optional policies, students with great test scores have no advantage over students with no … 

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Tufts University Class of 2025 Profile

Tufts University’s latest incoming class, the Class of 2025, recently began their college experience. The Class of 2025, which happens to be the largest incoming class in the history of Tufts University, is also the most racially diverse class in the school’s storied history. In total, 48.4% of first-year students … 

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Boston University Overenrolled

Boston University may have enrolled a few too many students in its incoming Class of 2025, at least according to some BU students. It seems that some incoming first-year students weren’t able to reside in traditional first-year housing this year. They were instead placed in upperclass housing because, they allege, … 

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Stanford Dean on Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer college enrichment programs have received some attention in the press of late. As our loyal readers know all too well, we’re against students attending fancy shmancy summer programs at elite universities for a host of reasons, including but not limited to: it demonstrates a lack of initiative on a … 

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Summer Enrichment Programs Can’t Be Leveraged

Not all college counselors gives the greatest advice. We know. We know. It’s utterly shocking. But when a college counselor offers advice to students that appears in the press that we believe is wrong, well, we’ve never been shy about articulating as much. So why start now? After all, a … 

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Remembering a Wonderful High School Counselor

As we’ve long expressed on the pages of this college admissions blog, high school counselors can be a college applicant’s greatest advocate. When a student is deferred in the Early Decision / Early Action round or waitlisted in the Regular Decision round, a well-timed, articulate call from a high school … 

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Summer Programs Flaunt Privilege

Thinking of attending a summer enrichment program at an elite university? If so, you’re likely not a regular reader of our college admissions blogs because our regular readers know all too well that fancy shmancy summer enrichment programs at elite universities are no way to go. You see, in the … 

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UVA Disenrolls Students

The University of Virginia is taking its vaccine mandate very seriously, setting a precedent for other universities across the land to follow. Yesterday, the school that was the vision of Thomas Jefferson disenrolled 238 students for being out of compliance with the university’s very clear vaccine mandate. All UVA students … 

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