Teen Jeopardy Winners

Like many of our readers, we were captivated earlier this year by Jeopardy James and his record-breaking run. It’s not often that the long-running syndicated show breaches mainstream pop culture, but we’re always happy when it does. We love Jeopardy! We love Jeopardy James! …Which leads us to this year’s … 

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Parents Exploiting Financial Aid Offers

We are experts in highly selective college admissions. We are not experts in financial aid. Do we know more than most about financial aid? Of course. But we don’t hold ourselves out to be experts namely because our students at Ivy Coach do not apply for financial aid. And why? … 

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How to Influence What Teachers Write in Letters of Recommendation

When many students and especially their parents — students and parents who are not our clients but are instead reaching out to us as prospective clients — hear us mention teacher letters of recommendation, they often say something like, “We already asked the teachers for letters. That’s all set. We … 

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Yale Coaching Endowment Changes

Back in May, The Boston Globe shined a spotlight on endowed coaching positions at elite universities, including at Yale University. If you’re not familiar with the term “endowed coaching positions,” think of the name that precedes the coach’s position. At Yale, for instance, there’s the Joel E. Smilow 1954 Head … 

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Dartmouth Grades on the Rise

Over the last ten years, the average GPA of Dartmouth College undergraduates has shot up — as has the number of A grades given out to students. And, in fact, we’d argue that the jumps are rather significant. During the 2007-2008 academic year, 29.5% of students received A’s. During the … 

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Preferential Treatment of Legacy Applicants

If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know where we at Ivy Coach stand on the issue of legacy admission: we have called for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment to the children and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base. For years from … 

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Seniors Can Still Fix Mistakes Before Application Deadlines

Our one-hour evaluation is the first step in our college admissions advising. But whether students and their parents work with us beyond the one-hour evaluation or not, they’ll come away with invaluable advice from that one-hour session alone. Of course, their success will come down to the execution of the … 

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Admissions Scandal Movie of the Week

As our loyal readers know, we write about college admissions every day of the week. Imagine that: figuring out a topic related to the highly selective college admissions process and then opining on it. Every. Single. Day. Thursdays. Sundays. Christmas Day. Yom Kippur (hey, we’re no Sandy Koufax!). This year, … 

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The Fruits of UChicago’s Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Just a little over a year ago, the University of Chicago made headlines for becoming America’s most highly selective university to go test-optional in admissions. It was, unquestionably, a bold move. But, hey, the University of Chicago is nothing but bold. The school is home to the renowned economist who … 

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Admitted Students to the University of California

The University of California offered admission to a record number of applicants to its nine undergraduate campuses this year. In all, 108,178 students were offered admission to the UC schools for the 2019-2020 academic year. These students were drawn from a pool of 176,695 applicants — to Cal, UCLA, UCSD, … 

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