GRE Requirement for UC Berkeley Graduate Programs

The University of California, Berkeley has suspended its GRE requirement for most of its graduate programs for another year. This will apply to the vast majority of the 125 graduate programs at Cal and it marks an extension of the suspension of the GRE since the requirement was initially suspended … 

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2022 Wall Street Journal College Ranking

‘Tis the season for college rankings. The Wall Street Journal has released its annual college ranking. And while no college ranking is as significant as that of US News & World Report (have a look at our take on the Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History episodes on the magazine’s ranking), every … 

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Harvard Business School Moves Online

Harvard Business School began the semester with in-person instruction but, in a sign of the times due to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, the school is switching to remote instruction for at least a week. Beginning this week, all first-year and some second-year HBS students will transition … 

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UK Students Eschewing Oxbridge

Many students in the United Kingdom are eschewing applying to Oxford and Cambridge (a.k.a. Oxbridge). And why? Well, they’re instead choosing to apply to elite universities in the United States, particular as both Oxford and Cambridge are raising the bar for students from the UK’s elite private schools. Hey, did … 

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A Boycott to End Legacy Admissions

From atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we have long called for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions decision-making to the progeny of a school’s alumni-base. The practice, known as legacy admission, is as much an anachronism these days as are CDs and typewriters. … 

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Cornell Extends Test-Optional Policy

Cornell University, the first of the Ivy League institutions to go test-optional in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has extended its test-optional policy in admissions through fall 2024. Fall 2023 and 2024 applicants will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. And why is Cornell’s … 

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UPenn Changes Recommendation Requirement

The University of Pennsylvania has changed up its recommendation requirement. Previously, students were required to submit three letters of recommendation: from the school counselor as well as from two teachers. Going forward, students hoping to earn admission to UPenn will still have to submit three letters of recommendation. But instead … 

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We Forecast Fewer Record Application Pools This Year

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we at Ivy Coach have a crystal ball. Heck, our crystal ball has even been cited on the pages of America’s oldest college newspaper. And what does our crystal ball predict for this upcoming admissions cycle? It predicts … 

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