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Henry David Thoreau taught his readers to “simplify, simplify.” We happen to agree. So many students when applying to highly selective college admissions overly complicate their stories. They overly complicate their experiences, their accomplishments, their interests. They don’t heed the advice of the great transcendental American philosopher. And that’s their mistake. … 

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College Summer Enrichment Programs

We came across a radio segment on “Public Radio International” that we figured we’d share with our readers. The segment focuses on college summer programs. For those of you who read our blog regularly, you know where we stand on the topic of fancy summer programs. We think they’re a … 

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Wharton LBW Program

Thinking of attending the Wharton LBA program? A regular reader of our college admissions blog knows precisely where Ivy Coach stands on the issues of summer enrichment programs at highly selective colleges. We stand against them. We assert that many parents and students falsely believe that attending one of these … 

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Well-Rounded College Applicants

It never ceases to amaze us how parents and students still believe that being well-rounded is a positive in highly selective college admissions. The regular readers of our college admissions blog sure do know better. Being well-rounded not only hasn’t been a plus but it’s been a major negative for … 

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Summer Activity Planning

It’s June. For rising ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders, it’s high time to begin your summer activity planning. And, no, that fancy summer enrichment program at Stanford University (or any other highly selective college) won’t do. If you don’t know why, you are not a regular reader of our … 

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Junior Summer Plans

For high school students, it’s high time to formulate summer plans. This is the case for juniors (or rising seniors), sophomores, and freshmen alike. If you were planning on attending a summer enrichment program at a university such as Stanford, it may sound fantastic but you clearly have not been reading … 

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Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer enrichment programs at highly selective colleges are a great way to stand out in the highly selective college admissions process, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. You may think that attending, say, a summer enrichment program at Stanford will help you stand out in the Early Action round at this very school. … 

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Electives and Ivy League Admission

Ivy Coach is featured in “The New York Observer” today in a piece entitled “Can Video Game Classes Get Kids Into College?” written by Helaina Hovitz. In the piece, the question is raised whether or not new high school courses on creating video games and apps — generally offered at … 

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Passion and College Admission

There’s an interesting editorial in “The Wall Street Journal” entitled “The College Admissions Passion Play” written by M.N. Stabler that we thought we’d bring to the attention of our readers. In her editorial, Ms. Stabler discusses how it’s kind of ridiculous that highly selective colleges — like the Ivy League … 

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Summer College Enrichment Programs

The Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, has an article up today on “The Huffington Post” entitled “Summer College Enrichment Programs Are Sleep-Away Camps” in which she discusses how summer college enrichment programs are essentially a waste of one’s time and money. So many students and parents believe that attending … 

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