Low-Distraction Testing Centers Are the New Safe Spaces

Piper Kerman said that orange is the new black. Along that line of thinking, we’d argue that low-distraction testing centers are the new safe spaces. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, now does it? But it doesn’t mean it isn’t true. If you’re curious what low-distraction testing centers even … 

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Race and Privilege at Oxford

While we help students earn admission exclusively to colleges and graduate schools in the United States, we read with great interest a piece in “The New York Times” by Alan Cowell entitled “Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege” which focuses on newly released data concerning the ethnic … 

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The #MeToo Movement in Academia

While the #MeToo movement may have been birthed in the entertainment industry, its message continues to spread like wildfire across sectors of our economy…and apparently departments of economics. From The Weinstein Company to The Spotted Pig to Dartmouth College’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences department, the influence of the … 

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A Word on BS/MD Programs

Regular readers of our college admissions blog know where we stand on the issue of BS/MD programs. Now don’t get us wrong — we’ve helped a number of students over the years earn admission to the most prestigious BS/MD program (Brown’s PLME program). But we’re not for students applying to … 

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New York City’s Biggest University Real Estate Holders

Which university located in New York City is the biggest real estate holder? Hint, hint. It’s not Cooper Union. New York City’s biggest university real estate holder is Columbia University. That’s right. As reports Eddie Small for “The Real Deal” in a piece entitled “Cracking the university real estate code,”┬áColumbia … 

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Female Commencement Speakers

It seems we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed an atypical number of female commencement speakers on college campuses this graduation season. In the age of #MeToo, it’s something we’re quite happy to see! As AJ Willingham reports in a piece entitled “In a tumultuous and triumphant year, women are … 

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Correcting the Record to a Jackson Sun Editorial

Did any of our readers happen to catch an editorial in “The Jackson Sun” entitled “Powerful essays open admissions opportunities” by Nina Heckler? It’s an excellent piece, one published on October 13, 2017. The only problem is that Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, wrote and published significant portions of … 

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Fees of College Consultants

There was recently a piece up on “CNBC” that focused on how more and more students these days are turning to private college consultants in the hope of earning admission to the Ivy League. The piece, written by Jessica Dickler, focuses on the dwindling number of school counselors available to … 

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DNA Testing in College Admissions

Will DNA testing play a role in college admissions in the not too distant future? Well, that’s an easy one because it already is playing a role — albeit a small one — in the admissions process. But, Ivy Coach, what on earth are you talking about? Well, you see, … 

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Attending Film School is Silly

Each and every year, parents and students contact us interested in learning how to optimize their case for admission to film schools. Typically, these students (and their parents) have their sights set on NYU or USC. NYU and USC are home to the two most renowned film schools in America. … 

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