Attack on AP Curriculum by DC-Area Schools

Every year we designate one editorial on college admissions to be the best piece of the year. That distinction this year is an easy one and it belongs to Jay Mathews of “The Washington Post” for his recent piece entitled “Attack on AP by 8 D.C.-area private schools flunks the … 

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The Practice of Legacy Admission Has Got To Go

From atop our soapbox in college admissions, we’ve been calling for an end to the practice of legacy admission for many years. We’ve shouted, “Hey hey, ho ho legacy admission has got to go.” We’ve written editorials that have raised the question of whether or not legacy admission is a … 

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The Attempt to Dismantle Affirmative Action

As President Trump prepares to nominate a new judge to the highest court in the land tomorrow to fill the seat of the iconic Justice Kennedy, supporters of the practice of Affirmative Action are, in many ways, scared. They’re scared the addition of another far-right judge to the Supreme Court … 

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Guidance on Use of Race in College Admissions

It’s not exactly breaking news that the Trump administration is throwing its muscle behind the fight to end the practice of Affirmative Action. The United States Department of Justice, under the stewardship of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made no secret of its support for Students for Fair Admissions’ case … 

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A Call for Female Veterans Seeking Admission to Top Colleges

We’ve issued the call before but we will issue it again this Independence Day: we want to work with more female veterans seeking admission to top colleges. Each and every year, we at Ivy Coach work with select veterans on a pro bono basis to help them earn admission to … 

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Parents of Rising High School Seniors

Over the years, we’ve noticed that many parents of rising high school seniors give up on fighting the fight to give their child the best case possible for admission before the fight even begins. You see, when prospective clients first approach us during the summer before senior year, they often … 

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The Subjectivity of Parents in College Admissions

Use a thermometer to check your temperature and you can bet that’s an objective reading. Use a tape measurer to figure out the length of a wall and you can bet that’s an objective reading. Ask a mother if her child’s grades and scores would impress a highly selective college … 

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NACAC Opposes Travel Ban

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which Ivy Coach is a member, has come out against this week’s decision of the United States Supreme Court to uphold President Trump’s controversial travel ban. The ban, of course, restricts entry to citizens of the following seven nations to … 

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#MeToo Fallout in Academia

In October of 2017, we reported on an investigation related to sexual misconduct of three Dartmouth College professors of psychological and brain sciences, an investigation sparked by the #MeToo movement. As we reported back then and as we’ve reported since, it’s not as though Dartmouth is alone in addressing sexual … 

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UChicago Risking Admissions Fairness

When the University of Chicago recently announced that the school would no longer be requiring applicants to submit an SAT or ACT, it marked what could prove to be a watershed moment in the history of college admissions. While many colleges have gone test-optional over the years — long before … 

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