One of our former cases — an old one — has been referenced on the pages of CNBC in an article entitled “How much would you pay to get your kid in Harvard?” that we figured we’d share with our readers. It should be noted that this case, as it appears on our case study page, is from several years ago, when Yale was under an Early Decision policy and back when Princeton’s Jewish population was only around 7.5%. Princeton’s Jewish population now hovers at around 13% for its undergraduate student body (perhaps this rise is because so many Jewish moms and dads read our blog and have been encouraging their kids to apply to Princeton over the years based on our advice?). Anyhow, as quoted in the CNBC piece, “Sam, an orthodox Jewish student with an A average and between a 720 and 740 on each section of his SATs clearly understands the importance of understanding the stats. After being deferred from the early decision pool at Yale, he contacted Ivy Coach, a private college counseling practice in New York City, who advised him that Yale has a student body that is almost 30 percent Jewish and that his application brought no diversity to the school. Ivy Coach encouraged him instead to apply to Princeton, where the undergraduate Jewish population is only about 7.5 percent. He was accepted.”
It’s a representative case example of the kinds of ways in which we at Ivy Coach help our students. We know that Princeton University doesn’t have as many Jewish students as Yale University, that Jewish mothers and fathers are less likely to send their children to Princeton than they are to Yale. We’re aware of these numbers and trends. We are veritable data miners. So we help our students overcome the odds that are stacked against them by stacking the deck in their favor. We’ve got lots of this kind of expertise. Since CNBC happened to publish this case example, we’ve written about it on our college admissions blog but the vast majority of our most valuable expertise we leave off the pages of our blog. And that’s because we’re a business. While we love giving out free information, the juicy stuff we keep to ourselves…and to our clients. So thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your loyal readership. But if you don’t intend to become a client of ours — and that’s totally ok — know that you’e missing out on giving your child a big advantage in the admissions process.
And as to our web traffic cited in the article, that’s a total typo. We get way more traffic than that. We might get that kind of traffic in a couple of hours…not a whole day! Oy vey. But as the high schoolers like to say, “Whatever.” Also, while you’re here, read our related post entitled Ivy League Reject.