Our College Counseling Has Been Virtual For Years

We can’t remember the last time we met with a client in person. We can, however, remember an instance many years ago when a parent and his son came to our offices for an in-person college admissions evaluation. The man was well dressed with the appearance of good hygiene. Oh … 

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The 5 Most Obnoxious Questions Parents Ask During Free Consultations

What are the five most obnoxious questions certain prospective clients ask us during free consultations? Wonder no more. Not only will we share these questions with our readers today but we’ll share our typical responses, too. Do keep in mind when reading these questions and answers that these parents are … 

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Scrutinizing a College Consultancy

USA Today recently published a juicy take-down piece of a college consulting company known as Crimson Education. The piece, penned by Chris Quintana and Kevin McCoy, is entitled “This Harvard grad has made millions on U.S. college admissions for international students” and boy is it gripping. The take-down piece focuses … 

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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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