Interested in a college admissions evaluation from Ivy Coach? One line we so often hear from the parents of rising seniors during the course of these students’ summer before their final year of high school goes something like this: “Isn’t it too late to shape my child into a competitive applicant? Isn’t it kind of what’s done is done?” The answer is a resounding no. Absolutely not. This statement couldn’t be more off-base that we almost want to scream no, no no. I don’t want to go to rehab. And I said no, no no. Ok sorry, we had Amy Winehouse lyrics in our heads. They’re catchy like that.
For starters, there are the senior year courses. Just because a high school recommends that a student take certain courses doesn’t mean that these are the courses a student should be taking. And it doesn’t mean these are the only courses a student can be taking. After all, students can be taking courses outside of their high school not only to stand out from other applicants applying to highly selective colleges but to stand out from other applicants applying to these very colleges from the student’s own high school. There may also be mistakes, mistakes that can indeed preclude a student’s admission, in terms of the courses the student has taken to date — and there is opportunity over the course of the summer before senior year and during senior year to correct those mistakes in coursework. There is also testing that may still need to be completed with respect to the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, etc.
And then there’s the bulk of the work, which concerns how a student will present his or her story to admissions officers. The angle. The activities the student is involved in. The narrative that will serve as a compelling throughline through not only the Personal Statement but the activities and all of the supplemental essays that need to be uniquely tailored to each individual school so that each school knows the student loves them above all other institutions. When students haven’t even begun completing the all-important applications to highly selective colleges, how on earth could “what’s done is done” possibly hold true? It doesn’t!
If you’re interested in a free consultation so we can answer questions about our service offerings, fill out our form and we’ll be in touch. The first step thereafter to working with Ivy Coach is through our one-hour admissions evaluation in which the aforementioned topics are all discussed, a strategy is laid out (including an Early Decision / Early Action strategy), and more.