Admissions Misconceptions

One of the chief purposes of our college admissions blog here at Ivy Coach is to demystify the highly selective college admissions process for all and to correct admissions misconceptions. Today, we came across an article in “The Boston Globe” that is abounding in inaccuracies about the highly selective college admissions process that we don’t even know where to begin in our critique! For starters, we’ve written before about fancy summer enrichment programs. The Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, has been on “The Huffington Post Live” and corrected folks before who espouse attending — and paying big bucks for — these programs. Check out the video below:

Anyhow, in an article in “The Boston Globe” entitled “Summer fun takes a back seat to college resume-building” by Beth Teitell, it is written: “It is no wonder that LeRoy Watkins, co-owner of Viking Sports Camps, is bombarded by parents trying to burnish their children’s ‘leadership’ credentials. ‘They say, ‘We’ll pay you whatever, my son really needs to be a [counselor in training] for his college application,’’ Watkins said.” Oh my goodness. A Counselor-In-Training? Being a Counselor-In-Training is not going to help your child’s chances for admission! It will hurt their chances for admission because all it says to admissions officers is that you couldn’t come up with anything better to do during your summer. Being a CIT isn’t exactly intellectually engaging. Viking Sports Camp. Oy! Don’t send your kids to camp in the hope it will boost their chances for admission to highly selective colleges. It won’t!

Here’s some more misinformation in the article in “The Boston Globe”: “But even as he counsels de-escalation, [Don] McMillan points to daunting statistics that show how much harder it has become to get into school than it used to be. At Boston University, 1,742 students applied for early decision for Fall 2014, up 16 percent just from last year…” More students applying to a university does not mean that it’s more difficult to get in. Students with ‘C’ averages applying doesn’t make it more competitive for an ‘A’ student to get in. Highly selective colleges are simply encouraging students who don’t have a shot of getting in to apply. It boosts their application numbers, lowers their admission rate, and boosts their “US News & World Report” ranking. It’s a big fat myth that college admissions gets more competitive every year. Anyhow, we haven’t even touched on other inaccuracies in this article but we wanted to give you a little taste to wet your appetite.


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