The Ivy Coach Daily

November 3, 2021

Sugarcoating the College Admissions Process

We tell it like it is at Ivy Coach. We always have.

Good doctors don’t sugarcoat. If, god forbid, one is ever diagnosed with a significant illness, a good doctor isn’t going to beat around the bush before cutting to the straight talk about the illness. The same is true of college counselors. Good college counselors, we firmly believe, don’t tell you what you or child wants to hear. They tell you what you need to hear. If your child, with B+ grades dreams of Harvard, we at Ivy Coach will burst that bubble in a fraction of a second. And then we’ll tell your child what their new dream can — and should — be. In our experience, telling them the cold, hard truth will better serve them.

How do we know? Well, lots of students who did not work with Ivy Coach come to us in mid-December after being deferred or denied at their Early Decision / Early Action school. These students so often wonder what went wrong and why they didn’t get in. For some of these students — many in fact — it’s quite obvious their first mistake (of many typically) was their Early Decision / Early Action choice of school. In so many of these cases, the student had little to no chance of admission to this school. Yet, when asked, we learn they worked with their high school counselor and even their private college counselor in formulating their college list and Early Decision / Early Action strategy. So why, we wonder, didn’t anyone tell them their grades or scores or activities or storytelling in their applications was never going to land them a spot in the incoming class of their Early choice? The likely answer? Too many high school counselors and private college counselors either don’t know or sugarcoat too much.

Yet Ivy Coach was founded by a lifelong New Yorker. And New Yorkers, well, they’re known to tell it like it is — which is precisely what we pride ourselves on at Ivy Coach. In fact, America’s oldest college newspaper, The Dartmouth, once exclaimed, “Way to tell it like it is, Ivy Coach!” Tell it like it is, we do. Even if it’s not what you want to hear. If you want to hear what you want to hear, students should ask their grandparents if they can get into Harvard. “Of course, dear!” We’re no grandparents. We give it to you straight.

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