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 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 by … 

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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 doesn’t 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 must … 

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Demonstrate College Interest

In a personal and revealing op-ed piece published 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 reviewing applications. In his piece entitled “The hard no,” he details how when he visited … 

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Early Admissions Notification

When students apply for Regular Decision 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 this year were accepted in the Early round, some students only applied Regular Decision and so for them … 

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Score Choice or No Score Choice?

Nearly eight months after The College Board announced its cryptic new Score Choice policy, we are just beginning to get answers as to how some colleges are going to handle the reporting of SAT scores. As a result of all of the confusion surrounding the Score Choice announcement, some students … 

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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

When The College Board first announced in June 2008 a new policy as it relates to the reporting of SAT scores to colleges, the organization offered few specifics on just how this would all work. Then in November 2008, The College Board alas revealed some of these long-awaited specifics — … 

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How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

Wondering how you can increase your chances of securing great teacher letters of recommendation to go along with your college applications to elite universities? Simply asking your teachers to write letters of recommendation on your behalf is an unlikely strategy to securing powerful letters. You don’t want to leave things … 

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