Universities Must Reckon with Their Pasts

Just a few days ago, we at Ivy Coach saluted Princeton University’s Board of Trustees for alas deciding to cease honoring the legacy of Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, a former Princeton and U.S. president, was the namesake of Princeton’s school of public policy and one of its six residential colleges. But … 

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Dartmouth to Open Campus This Fall

Dartmouth College has announced plans to re-open its campus this fall. But it won’t be an ordinary fall term in picturesque Hanover, New Hampshire — certainly not as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket across America. Rather, the College on the Hill has plans to invite a bit more than half … 

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Activities and the Influence of the Pandemic

Many high school students and their parents think that students’ activities during the age of the novel coronavirus should reflect the pandemic. As examples, maybe students feel they should deliver food to older folks or go on a run to CVS to pick up a tube of toothpaste for a … 

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Harvard Class of 2024 Profile

Curious about the breakdown of the admitted students who chose to matriculate as members of Harvard’s Class of 2024? Wonder no more as we’ve got this data for our readers. A few headlines? More than half of matriculants will be women. A year after Harvard claimed victory — pending appeal … 

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Princeton Kicks Woodrow Wilson to the Curb

Princeton University has sung, “I know that I can’t take no more; It ain’t no lie; I want to see you out that door; Baby bye bye bye” to President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, the 28th president of the United States who also served as the 13th president of Princeton, has … 

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Harvard Class of 2024 Yield Holds Steady

During the months of March and April, as folks in the college admissions community stressed about how many students across America would be taking gap years next year, we expressed that the vast majority of American students would not choose to take gap years. Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball … 

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UPenn Will Open Campus This Fall

One by one, each of the eight Ivy League institutions announced that they’d be going test-optional for the Class of 2025, waiving the SAT / ACT requirement for next year’s batch of applicants. The fact that the institutions each successively announced their policy changes didn’t come as much of a … 

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The Toughest Year Ever in College Admissions

At the conclusion of many admissions cycles, students and parents would sing a popular refrain: “It was the toughest year ever.” Our nation’s elite colleges, in their press releases in which they reported record application numbers, would boast, “It was the most competitive year yet.” But as we have long … 

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Duke Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

Duke University has joined the ranks of test-optional schools for applicants to the Class of 2025. Like each of the eight Ivy League institutions and many other highly selective colleges, Duke will not require applicants to next year’s class to submit SAT or ACT scores. These changes — brought on … 

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Yale to Resume Grading in the Fall

Yale University, which switched to a pass / fail grading system this spring due to the closure of the campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume issuing grades this coming fall semester. Students were notified this week that grading will be back on — even if in-person classroom instruction … 

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