Stanford Legacies

As a direct result of the Varsity Blues scandal, California state legislators passed a bill that was signed into law that requires California-based universities to submit data to the state on their admission of legacy students. Specifically, these schools must include the number of applicants who both did and did … 

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Colleges Rescinding Offers

Do our nation’s elite colleges on occasion rescind offers of admission? Absolutely. If a student’s grades drop drastically subsequent to their admission, that student could very well receive notice that their offer of admission has been revoked. If a student faces disciplinary action by their school (or arrest), that student … 

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Activities and the Influence of the Pandemic

Many high school students and their parents think that students’ activities during the age of the novel coronavirus should reflect the pandemic. As examples, maybe students feel they should deliver food to older folks or go on a run to CVS to pick up a tube of toothpaste for a … 

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The Toughest Year Ever in College Admissions

At the conclusion of many admissions cycles, students and parents would sing a popular refrain: “It was the toughest year ever.” Our nation’s elite colleges, in their press releases in which they reported record application numbers, would boast, “It was the most competitive year yet.” But as we have long … 

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Deciding Between Harvard and Stanford

Over the years, many of our students at Ivy Coach have earned admission to both Stanford University and Harvard University. These students are then faced with a decision: Harvard or Stanford? And while these are two of the most elite universities in all of the world, would it surprise our … 

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A Call to Increase African American Enrollment at Elite Universities

Every one of America’s elite universities espouses diversity. In its mission statement, Yale University writes, “Yale educates aspiring leaders worldwide who serve all sectors of society. We carry out this mission through the free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.” … 

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International Students at Stanford

When President Trump won the 2016 election, many speculated that his America first, anti-immigration platform would lead to a significant drop in the number of international students at America’s universities. But our loyal readers may remember our crystal ball’s forecast at the time, one that foretold a drop in international … 

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How the Pandemic Will Change Colleges Forevermore

Once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides — as we cross our fingers and toes, hoping a vaccine comes out later this evening — we anticipate that some parts of the college experience will return to normal. We believe students will go back to learning in classrooms. We believe students will go … 

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NYU Plans Fall Reopening

New York University, a university located in the epicenter of the world’s COVID-19 pandemic, has announced plans to hold in-person classes in the fall. No, you are not reading The Onion. It’s true. As many universities across the nation still grapple with how they can restore the in-person college experience … 

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Georgetown’s Handling of Gap Year Applications

Georgetown University is catching some flack for their handling of gap year requests from members of the incoming Class of 2025. In a Business Insider piece, one in which Ivy Coach is cited, Juliana Kaplan describes how Georgetown initially included language on its gap year application that stated “I don’t … 

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