More Interested in College Counseling

Are more parents and students seeking private college counseling this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, we can only speak for our own business but if our business is any indication of a trend in college counseling, the answer is a definitive yes. By our arithmetic, form completions are … 

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A Word to the Class of 2025

If you’re a student applying to college this year, you probably already know that with respect to the highly selective college admissions process, you were born in the wrong year. We know it hurts to hear but, hey, we tell it like it is at Ivy Coach. And why were … 

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Details on Harvard’s Class of 2024

Curious to meet the Harvard University Class of 2024? As our readers may remember, we previously detailed the breakdown of Harvard’s incoming class — by gender, race, geography, first-generation college student status, etc. — but, hey, we know our readers are always craving more details. And The Harvard Crimson‘s recent … 

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Coronavirus Ushering in Admissions Changes

Will the COVID-19 pandemic inspire real, lasting change in the highly selective college admissions process or are the changes for this admissions cycle only temporary? There’s an editorial in today’s New York Times by Frank Bruni, “The Coronavirus May Change College Admissions Forever,” that praises the release of a forthcoming … 

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Elite College Admissions Is Not Arbitrary

There are a couple of letters to the editor in The Wall Street Journal today under a headline that reads “The Arbitrariness of Elite College Admissions.” As our loyal readers know all too well, the core objective of this college admissions blog is to demystify the highly selective college admissions … 

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UC Schools Developing New Admissions Test

A few months back when the University of California system announced the suspension of the standardized testing requirement for California residents, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced, “Today’s decision by the Board marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions. We are removing the ACT/SAT requirement for California … 

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Consideration of SAT or ACT at University of California Schools

Just months ago, the University of California’s Board of Regents waived the SAT / ACT testing requirement at the UC schools for the Classes of 2025 and 2026. They also announced that for the Classes of 2027 and 2028, the UC schools would no longer consider the submission of these … 

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The Resilience of the Class of 2024

Each year, admissions officers at our nation’s most elite universities boast how they’ve secured the greatest class ever — the highest achieving, the most diverse, the most engaged, you name it. But of course, most years, admissions officers essentially cut and paste how they describe each incoming class, changing only … 

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NACAC Issues Report on Testing

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which we are a member, has published a report that essentially calls on colleges to reconsider testing requirements in the admissions process post-pandemic. You see, while so many elite universities have gone test-optional this year due to the pandemic, NACAC … 

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