10 Ridiculous Things People Ask Private College Counselors

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Read the musings of the world’s premier private college consultancy.

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 for folks to ask us questions about our service offerings. Read more >

Good Private College Counselors Work Behind the Scenes

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At Ivy Coach, we are proud to work exclusively 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 our behalf? Read more >

College Advising

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We love our siblings at Ivy Coach.

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 our community. Read more >

American College Consultants

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Ivy Coach is a proud American business.

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. Read more >

Ivy Coach Protects Our IP

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Ivy Coach is a proud American business. And we proudly protect our intellectual property.

They say that imitation is flattery. We disagree. You see, just about every day, we come across private college counselors and other folks who copy our content verbatim. Maybe they plagiarize a paragraph from one of the thousands of pages of our website here and there. Read more >

An Ivy Coach Differentiator

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We’re all about spunk at Ivy Coach…if you haven’t noticed.

Folks often ask us, “What differentiates Ivy Coach from every other private college counseling firm?” The question makes us cringe. What doesn’t differentiate us, we wish to ask. Going through our heads are the many students over the years who first come to us as clients after they don’t get into their Early Decision / Early Action school(s). Read more >

Admissions Stats

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Ivy League admissions statistics can be appear daunting (photo credit: Gavin Huang).

Let’s talk about admissions stats, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Oh. Does that song not go like that? Well it does for the purposes of this particular post. When parents and students first come to us, there’s a whole lot of information they do know and a whole lot of information that they don’t know about highly selective college admissions. Read more >

Made in America

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Ivy Coach is proudly made in America.

At the height of this most unusual presidential election, we hear a lot of talk about bringing jobs back to America. The Republican nominee for President of the United States has made a point of stressing the importance of bringing jobs back from China (or “Jina” as his new “SNL” impersonator Alec Baldwin might say) and Mexico (although it was rather funny when Ford shot back that they’re certainly not moving their car manufacturing to Mexico). Read more >

The Two Faces of IECA

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While we surely don’t agree with everything Elizabeth Warren believes, her takedown of the CEO of Wells Fargo was warranted. And so too is our call today for the resignation of the CEO of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Mark Sklarow.

We have been quite vocal in the past about how we believe membership in the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) isn’t worth the paper it’s written on (read Part I, Part II, and Part III for the full picture). Read more >

Fit in College Admissions Counseling

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We love a good snickerdoodle cookie. Who doesn’t (photo credit: Visitor7).

Fit matters in college admissions counseling.

When you go into a small, family owned and operated bakery, you can bet that Ma and Pa behind the counter want you to make a purchase. Maybe they want you to buy the fresh cheesecake — whether you’re hungry for a cheesecake or not. Read more >


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