Former University of Pennsylvania Admissions Officer

Are you the parent of an 8th grader? Or maybe you’re the parent of a senior? In either case, of if your child happens to be in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades, we recommend Ivy Coach’s one-hour evaluation, which we offer with our own Jayson Weingarten, a former admissions officer … 

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Major Independent College Counseling Players

While today isn’t April Fools’ Day, we came across an article up on “Forbes” that gave us a giggle and we wanted to share it with our loyal readers. The piece, penned by Richard Vedder, a distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University, is entitled “Helping Make College Application … 

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Data Underestimates Use of Private College Counselors

Some years ago, the marketing firm Lipman Hearne conducted a nationwide survey of 1,264 students who scored at the 70th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT to gauge the use of private college counselors in the admissions process. Their study concluded that 26% of these students admitted to … 

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The Importance of Being Likable in College Admissions

A line we hear from time to time during free consultations with prospective clients in which we answer questions about our service offerings goes something like this: “We’re looking for a college consultant with connections to highly selective colleges…” We cut these folks off right there and — if anyone … 

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A Global Private College Consultancy

When over 26% of high-achieving high school students have acknowledged using private college counselors as they navigate the admissions process, you can bet the figure is actually a whole lot higher. After all, in our experience, most students and their parents don’t like to admit they had help earning admission … 

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The Use of Private College Counselors

The wealthy have an advantage over the underprivileged in college admissions. We know. It’s revelatory. There’s an editorial in “The Daily Texan,” the newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin that focuses on the use of private college counselors in the admissions process. In the piece, Ian Sims, a … 

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10 Ridiculous Things People Ask Private College Counselors

We’ve been in the private college counseling business for a quarter of a century. Needless to say, folks have asked us quite a few ridiculous questions over the years. What can we say — we bring out the crazies. Most of these questions occur during free consultations which are designed … 

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Good Private College Counselors Work Behind the Scenes

Good private college counselors work behind the scenes. Not in front of the scenes. They’re producers, not actors. During free consultations in which parents and students ask questions about Ivy Coach’s service offerings, we sometimes hear a pair of questions that go something like this: “Will you contact colleges on … 

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College Advising

Are you seeking college advising? We write a whole lot about the highly selective college admissions process on our blog, but every now and then we can’t resist injecting some color commentary on our college advising business. Maybe it’s our way of venting or just sharing our experiences in business with … 

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American College Consultants

We understand that when you’re in the market for car insurance, you’ll call around to figure out who offers the best, most affordable coverage. Maybe it’s Geico. Oh wait, maybe it’s Allstate. Decisions, decisions. We Americans live in a free market and we personally wouldn’t have it any other way. … 

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