Gap Year Students Tend to Be Wealthy

A parent recently asked us, “Because so many students admitted to the Class of 2024 opted for gap years and because students who tend to take gap years are wealthy, will elite universities compensate this year by admitting more low-income students and fewer privileged applicants?” The answer is an unequivocal … 

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Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

For many years, we’ve stood atop our soapbox in college admissions and made it known that our nation’s highly selective universities unjustly discriminate against Asian American applicants. It has been our long and deeply held belief that admissions officers at these universities, with their implicit biases, hold Asian American applicants … 

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The Worriers of College Admissions

Yesterday, we reported on information from our sources that Early applications are up at a number of highly selective universities this fall. We also reported that applications from low-income students as well as from international students are also up rather significantly at these institutions. And while we are not surprised … 

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Abolishing Legacy Preference

As our loyal readers know all too well, we at Ivy Coach are ardent supporters of ending the practice of legacy admission. Legacy admission, the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the children and grandchildren of a university’s alumni base, is an anachronism in our post-Trump administration America. … 

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Colby College Career Services

Colby College wants it graduates to find work. Yet so too do all of America’s highly selective colleges. But the Waterville, Maine-based institution doesn’t just talk the talk; Colby walks the walk. Through their Pay It Northward Initiative, which began this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the school pledged to … 

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The Mistake of Choosing a Major Over a University

If a student is interested in studying computer science, he or she should apply to the school that ranks highest in computer science, right? Wrong. And it’s not just wrong for computer science. It’s wrong for every single major. Yet just about every day during a free consultation with a … 

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UNC Defends Affirmative Action

The baton has been passed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC marks the latest school asked to defend its consideration of race in the admissions process. In a trial that will take place over these next two weeks before U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs in … 

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A Victory for Diversity in Admissions

Today’s historic election of President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris marks a victory for colleges and universities across this land. It marks a victory for the building blocks of the holistic college admissions process — and a victory for so many students and parents navigating its churning … 

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Affirmative Action Measure Fails in California

Affirmative Action was on the ballot this Election Day in the state of California. The measure, Proposition 16, proposed to repeal a constitutional provision that outlawed California’s government to discriminate against — or offer preferential treatment to — people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, or sex. Affirmative Action … 

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College Applicants Want the Truth

There’s lots of misinformation out there about the college admissions process. This is particularly the case this admissions cycle as admissions officers, high school counselors, private college counselors, and baristas at your local coffee shop spread misconceptions about, say, “test-optional” policies at our nation’s elite universities. Today, we figured we’d … 

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