The Best Private College Counselors Work Behind the Scenes

File this one under please don’t ever confuse our company with IvyWise! Since Ivy Coach’s inception over 28 years ago, we have asserted that the best private college counselors work exclusively behind the scenes. After all, it does not behoove an applicant to acknowledge they had the help of a … 

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Our Favorite Two Types of College Counseling Clients

Historically, our absolute favorite students and parents at Ivy Coach are those who heed all of our advice. They listen to us on the student’s Early strategy. They listen to us on our activity, coursework, and testing recommendations. They appreciate our brainstorming and all of our revisions to admissions essays. … 

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Students Should Not Advertise Working with Private College Consultants

We came across an article today about a private college consultancy that we thought was an April Fools’ Day joke. But then we checked the calendar and we realized it’s only January 27th. Hey, life’s not going by that quickly during this worldwide pandemic. In any case, the piece, up … 

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Speaking Directly to Private College Counselors

We’re often asked during free consultations with prospective clients, “What differentiates Ivy Coach?” Where to begin? Our track record developed over the last 28 years? How we help make college applicants interesting? How our students sometimes get handwritten notes from admissions officers after they’re admitted or get cited in speeches … 

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Towards a More Perfect NACAC

An Open Letter to the Leadership and Members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling By Bev Taylor & Brian Taylor The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization that includes college admissions officers, high school counselors, and private college counselors, is an organization that has been vitally … 

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A Word on Good Private College Counselors

On free consultations with prospective clients, we’re sometimes asked, “Do you have connections with admissions officers?” Our answer? “No, we most certainly do not. We hire former admissions officers as consultants from time to time. But we most certainly do not have connections with admissions officers. And if any private … 

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More Interested in College Counseling

Are more parents and students seeking private college counseling this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, we can only speak for our own business but if our business is any indication of a trend in college counseling, the answer is a definitive yes. By our arithmetic, form completions are … 

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Our Admitted Students Get Special Shoutouts

Occasionally, we’re asked by prospective clients during free consults, “Why should I choose you? What differentiates you from other private college counseling firms?” Truth be told, we hate the question. You see, we understand that people have choices in a free market economy. Of course, most private college counseling options … 

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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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