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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SAT Score Choice

In June of 2008, when the College Board went public with their new score reporting policy, there was little specific information about the plan. In fact, before we wrote our June 23rd blog on “Change in SAT Policy Expected to Increase Revenues and Market Share,” we called the College Board … 

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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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