One of our mantras at Ivy Coach is: “Dare admissions officers not to admit you.” Our students, through their narrative — as powerfully detailed in their Personal Statement, in their supplemental essays, in their Letters of Recommendation, in their Activities — make powerful and compelling cases for admission. They make clear precisely how they are going to leave their mark on this world. They make clear how they are specifically going to contribute through their singular talent to the universities to which they’re applying.
We dare admissions officers to pass on our students.
A three-sport athlete who writes a Personal Statement about his grandfather does not dare an admissions officer at a highly selective college not to admit them. A piano player who dabbles in Science Olympiad and absolutely loves working at a local soup kitchen doesn’t dare an admissions officer at a highly selective college not to admit them. A student who brags of her achievements in the sciences in her supplemental essays does not dare an admissions officer at a highly selective college not to admit them. Rather, these students are playing into the hands of admissions officers. And they’re losing. These kinds of students, with these kinds of all over the place, unfocused, and cliche narratives, are not the students admissions officers seek at America’s most elite schools.
It’s difficult to explain precisely how the applications of our students dare admissions officers not to admit them — because that’s a big part of our secret sauce (we are a business at the end of the day!) but let’s just say that nobody — not one person — has ever suggested that our students’ applications are cliche. Not now, not ever. Dare to pass.