Ending the Legacy Advantage

The Editorial Board of The New York Times recently penned a piece calling for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment to legacies in the college admission process. As we’ve long championed ending legacy admissions, we sure did like the editorial — and particularly because the editorial board … 

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The Insecurity of Elite Colleges

Want to understand why our nation’s elite colleges favor Early applicants over Regular Decision applicants? Want to understand why, say, the University of Pennsylvania admitted 18% of Early Decision candidates while it accepted only 5.5% of Regular Decision candidates? Or why Princeton University admitted 13.9% of Early Action candidates while … 

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2020 US News Liberal Arts College Rankings

Williams College has repeated as the grand prize winner of the annual US News & World Report college ranking of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” In fact, just like last year, Amherst College has claimed the runner-up prize, while Swarthmore College and Wellesley College have taken the bronze. Pomona College … 

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A Singular Hook in Admissions

If you happened to check out US News & World Report‘s “Best Colleges” issue published this week, you’ll note Ivy Coach was cited in the edition, referencing the importance of a singular hook for applicants to highly selective colleges. Heck, it’s a point we’ve been making for over a quarter … 

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2020 US News College Rankings

US News & World Report has released its annual college ranking. For those unfamiliar with college rankings, lots of publications release annual college rankings but the kingpin of all college rankings is none other than US News & World Report. As we’ve liked to joke for decades, in parts of … 

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Echoes of a Call to End Legacy Admission

From atop our soapbox in college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have been calling for an end to the practice of colleges offering preferential treatment to the progeny of alumni — a practice known as legacy admission — for many years. We’ve denounced the practice for many reasons over the … 

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The Forthcoming Decision in the Harvard Case

Someone wrote in to us today asking, “Do you know when the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University ruling will be released?” We responded, “We have no idea. Likely some time this year, we imagine.” And how did the inquirer respond? It gave us a giggle: “But you’ve got … 

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Colleges Discriminating Against Asian American Applicants in Admissions

A number of folks have been asking us if we happened to see the editorial penned by Jay Kaspian Kang in The New York Times Magazine entitled “Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?” Of course we’ve seen the editorial! And, yes, it’s excellent — the story is well told and … 

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The Hypocrisy of a School Counselor Defending the SAT Adversity Index Concept

When The College Board announced its newly devised SAT Adversity Index back in May, we slammed it and announced it wouldn’t be around long. We slammed it on the pages of our college admissions blog. We slammed it in newspapers and magazines. We slammed it on national television. We used … 

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2020 Wall Street Journal College Rankings

Do you know how many admissions officers like to say at information sessions that college rankings don’t matter to them? Well, let those words go in one of your ears and out the other because college rankings matter big time to admissions officers — in spite of what they so … 

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