How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

1. Since some colleges have different guidelines, make sure you read the instructions on each application before you choose the people who will write your recommendations. 2. For the majority of colleges, however, restrict your choices to the following junior year courses (English, math, history, science, and foreign language) and … 

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Ivy Coach College Admissions Seminars in China

On July 19th and 22nd, Ivy Coach gave seminars in China on the U.S. college admissions process. One seminar was at Beijing University and another was at a high school in Nanjing. The turnout was fantastic for both. What was so wonderful was that we met some incredible students who … 

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He Who Guards His Tongue

It is imperative in the college admissions process (and in life) that students think before they speak because once the words are spoken, even an apology can’t take them back. If before you write anything you read it over several times, checking your grammar, spelling, punctuation and certainly your tone, … 

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Deciding on the College to Attend

You have been through the stressful and at times grueling application process. Once your applications were mailed, you began the long waiting period for admissions decisions but now the decisions are up to you. You have received multiple offers of admissions, you are excited about many of them, and you … 

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Harvard College, Shame on You!

The administrators at Harvard College should take a course in business planning at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business because obviously they haven’t learned anything from what’s being taught at HBS. The deadline for applications for transfer students for fall 2008 was February 15th but a few days before the 15th, … 

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Expensive Summer Programs

Back in the nineteenth century, French novelist Alphonse Karr was quoted as saying: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which roughly translates to “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” We couldn’t help but think of this quote as we read “Pricey summer programs raise fairness … 

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Study Abroad Freshman Year

Admitted – Yes! …But Freshman Year Must Be in Paris, London, Florence, Madrid… With more students applying to college than ever before and with each of those students submitting more applications than in previous years, college administrators are finding new and innovative ways of not rejecting qualified applicants. Offering these … 

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Admissions Counselors Actually Read

According to an article in today’s “New York Times,” “Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year, promising another season of high rejection rates and dashed hopes for many more students:” “Harvard said Wednesday that it had received a record number of applicants — 27,278 — … 

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