Missing Parts of Your Submitted Application

If you have submitted college applications that were due January 1st, you may have received letters, postcards, or e-mail notifications that a part of your application is missing. While you may have submitted your application online, teacher recommendations and evaluations, school reports, transcripts, and standardized test score reports are, for … 

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Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA: Is There an Advantage?

With high schools across the country having different grading scales, one may wonder how colleges understand and interpret an applicant’s transcript. Some high schools have grading scales based on 100%, while others are based on 4.0, 5.0, and we’ve even seen 15.0. At some high schools, honors classes are given … 

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Waiving Rights on the College Application

On the Secondary School Report (SSR) and the Teacher Evaluation of the Common Application, the question reads: IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), after you matriculate you will have access to this form and all other recommendations and supporting documents submitted … 

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Community Service as a Factor in Admissions

Hi Ivy Coach, My name is Hannah Sentenac, and I’m with FoxNews.com. I am currently working on a story about student volunteering and a part of the story is how participation in such activities factors into college admissions decisions, especially for the top colleges. Below I’ve posted the questions I … 

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Most Competitive Class in History

For many seniors, the college admissions process was a long, frustrating, and at times, worrisome ordeal, but just because it’s over does not mean that you can forget about the remaining months ahead before you begin college in the fall. Finals are coming up very soon and your final grades … 

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Demonstrate College Interest

In a personal and revealing op-ed piece in the April 3, 2009 edition of “The Los Angeles Times,” Angel Pérez, the director of admission at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA writes about his experiences in reviewing applications. He talks about how when he visited a high school in his assigned … 

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Early Admissions Notification

When students apply for Regular admissions, the deadline is typically January 1st and the decision letters are generally received during the first week of April. While many of Ivy Coach students were accepted in the Early Decision round, some students only applied Regular Decision and so for them the waiting … 

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Valspeak and the College Admissions Process

Jessica: “Should I like write on the cover page of like the graded paper? You know, like Union College Supplement – Graded Paper?” Ivy Coach: “You can write ‘Union College Supplement – Graded Paper,’ but please delete the word ‘like’ as this is not appropriate for oral or written speech … 

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Inconsistencies in the New SAT Score-Reporting Policy

In November, when we wrote the blog, “College Board’s New Score Reporting Policy – Score Choice,” we made references to our June blog on the same topic where we spoke to a College Board (CB) representative and learned that some of the particulars of this new policy were not yet … 

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