Senior Year Is Not the Time for Experimentation

We know you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking, “Duh, students shouldn’t get into trouble by doing all sorts of crazy new things after they get into college senior year.” And while that’s not untrue, this post is not about that sort of experimentation. Rather, this post is about seniors … 

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The Importance of the Five Core Subjects

A core objective of this college admissions blog is to demystify the elite college admissions process and debunk common misconceptions — misconceptions so often perpetuated by high school counselors, teachers, parents, students, the press, and the local police chief. Today, we’d like to debunk a misconception in a recent US … 

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The Early Advantage at Tulane University

Thinking about applying to Tulane University this year? If so, you might strongly consider applying during the Early round of admissions. After all, Tulane, which has in recent years seen its overall admission rate plummet to below 10%, doesn’t admit many students in the Regular Decision round. Case in point? … 

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Colleges with Diminishing Admission Rates

Town & Country, which recently featured Ivy Coach in a piece on why college applicants should not try to secure letters of recommendation from famous people, is out with a new piece on universities outside of the Ivy League at which admission has become increasingly competitive over the past four … 

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Affirmative Action at Harvard

Alan Dershowitz, the constitutional law scholar and professor emeritus of Harvard Law School who sure does love to see his mug on TV, recently penned an editorial for The Wall Street Journal calling for an end to the consideration of race in Harvard’s admissions process. As Dershowitz points out, the … 

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The Importance of Education in the Indian American Community

Are you the child of immigrants from India? Do your parents’ friends go up to you at Costco and ask where you’ll be applying to college? Do you regularly Google the US News & World Report college rankings? If so, know that you’re not alone. Like many other young Indian … 

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The Best Apple Pie in American College Admissions

Oh loyal readers, you’re in for a treat. Today, we thought we’d share with you how to bake an apple pie. But not just any apple pie. America’s best apple pie. An apple pie you’ve never eaten. An apple pie that appeals to all apple pie eaters. You see, Ivy … 

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UVA 2022-2023 Admissions Essay Prompts

The University of Virginia has released its 2022-2023 application essays. Applicants to the UVA Class of 2027 will be asked to complete three essays in total on the UVA supplement to The Common Application. The first essay should be about 100 words in total. The second and third essays should … 

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The Boon of HBCUs

Would it surprise our readers to know that applications submitted on the Common Black College Application, an application exclusively for historically Black colleges and universities, have skyrocketed in recent years? In fact, applications reached about 40,000 strong this year, four-times the amount submitted in 2016. And enrollment at these institutions … 

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Superfluous Material in Admissions Files

Is your child thinking of submitting an art portfolio to showcase her artistic chops even though she’s interested in studying chemistry? Is your child considering submitting a fourth letter of recommendation from a former trustee who has never met your child or maybe even a famous person your child met … 

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