Cornell Admissions Leader Acknowledges Squeakers

Back in December, when folks asked us why our nation’s elite universities received so many more applications this past Early cycle than in years past, we attributed the spike to a few key factors. Such factors included: (1) students had no excuse to procrastinate this year by foregoing applying Early … 

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Revisionist History on Testing in Admissions

Talk about revisionist history! For decades, many folks claimed that the SAT and ACT unfairly advantaged the privileged. Their argument? High school students from families of means could receive tutoring for these exams. These folks, of course, were right. In spite of what College Board, the maker of the SAT, … 

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An Absurd Piece on AP Exams

A key objective of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog is to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process. You see, the admissions process to our nation’s elite universities is stressful enough. Parents and students don’t need admissions officers, school counselors, private college counselors, and the local handyman spreading … 

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NYU Goes Test-Optional for 2021-2022

In a surprise to no one, New York University has announced that it will extend its test-optional policy through next year’s admissions cycle for applicants to the Class of 2026. Of course, those applicants to NYU’s Class of 2026 who do have ACT or SAT scores are welcome to submit … 

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College Board Lays Off Employees

2020 was not a good year for The College Board, the maker of the SAT. In fact, with all the cancelations of SAT administrations due to the pandemic and all the colleges not requiring students to submit SAT or ACT scores, we’d argue it was College Board’s absolute worst year … 

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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Changes

Back in November, we reported that over a dozen parents filed suit against the Fairfax County Public Schools over its proposed changes to the admissions process at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. For those who don’t know, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, … 

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Praise for Georgetown’s Admissions Czar

Georgetown University’s admissions office deserves a special shout-out. You see, Georgetown’s longtime admissions czar, Charles Deacon, marches to the beat of his own drum. When admissions offices, decades ago, began notifying applicants of their decisions through online portals and email, Georgetown’s Deacon insisted on snail-mailing decisions. When other universities dropped … 

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