Ivy Coach is featured today in America’s oldest college newspaper, “The Dartmouth,” the newspaper of Dartmouth College. The piece, by Alex Fredman, is entitled “New York Times reports on inequality at College” and its focus is on how Dartmouth students come from families of disproportionately wealthy backgrounds. We find it a bit ridiculous that Dartmouth happened to be singled out for attracting students of wealthy backgrounds since all highly selective colleges, including all Ivy League colleges, are guilty of the same, but the piece in “The New York Times” reports that the median household income for Dartmouth families is the second highest in the Ivy League. And Dartmouth ranks highest among Ivy League colleges with respect to having students whose parents are among the top 1% of earners.
Our Founder, Bev Taylor, is quoted rather extensively throughout the piece in “The Dartmouth” but here’s one particular quote we thought was rather funny. Funny because it’s true! “‘Wealthy families can send their children to the best high schools,’ Taylor said. ‘They can get the best SAT, ACT, subject test and AP tutoring. They can hire the best consultants, and when their child is getting an A-, or worse, a B+, they can hire a tutor for that course.’ Taylor added that parents with higher incomes often have college in mind even when considering preschool options for their children. ‘You’d be amazed at how we get phone calls from parents who are just looking for nursery schools, and the right pre-K, because if they’re not in the right pre-K, my goodness, they might not get into the right kindergarten and the right elementary school,’ Taylor said.”
But an article in which Ivy Coach is cited extensively would not be complete without our critique of so-called need-blind admissions. After all, need-blind admissions is a farce. If admissions officers didn’t take into account a student’s ability to pay, if admissions officers were truly blind to this detail, then why oh why on the vast majority of college supplements does it ask if students need financial aid? Wouldn’t it be on a separate document that admissions officers aren’t privy to? One would think. And that all leads us to the last word in the piece in “The Dartmouth,” uttered by the college admissions industry disruptor, Ivy Coach’s Founder: “‘There is no such thing as totally need-blind,’ Taylor said.” And that’s The Last Word with
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