What Goes Around Comes Around

In the fall of 2007, the University of Virginia and Princeton University dropped their binding Early Decision plans and Harvard University eliminated Early Action. Now three years later, the University of Virginia will be implementing an Early Action plan for its applicants next fall and hopes to receive between 12,000 … 

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The Common Application’s Discipline Question

Thinking about checking “yes” to the discipline question on The Common Application? In our September 2008 newsletter, Discipline Questions on the College Application, we suggested that before students checked the “yes” box on The Common Application where it asked: “Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, … 

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What’s Your Rush?

It’s early in September — well before college application deadlines — and George Washington University has already received over 3,000 undergraduate applications. While we were surprised about this information when The GW Hatchet reporter, Becky Reeves, first contacted us about this story, it was only later that we found out … 

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There is Life After Being Rejected

For the Class of 2014, Harvard University received 30,489 applications and accepted 2,110 students. If you’re one of those 28,379 students who applied and were rejected, you may find some comfort in knowing that Harvard does indeed make mistakes from time to time. Take U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), for … 

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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Rankings

The magazines that rank our best colleges, graduate schools, boarding schools, hospitals, health plans, doctors, nursing homes, and high schools do so because they’re in the business of selling magazines. And, of course, we buy into this craze. Rankings have an important place in our American culture. Yet once you … 

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Senior Slide and its Impact on College Admissions

When reviewing our students’ senior course selections, we are often asked how senior year courses and grades are factored into college admissions decisions. The following are some typical questions that we receive: Q. Since college admissions officers will only see my transcript through my junior year, how will they know … 

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Double Depositing and Prolonging the Agony

For the past few weeks, colleges have been sending out their admissions decisions to applicants from across the country and around the world. The Ivy League colleges are notifying applicants today, April 1st. Hopefully, this is not an April Fool’s joke, the college has not made a mistake, and if … 

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More on YouTubing the College Admissions Rapids

Posting videos on YouTube in substitution for an application essay may be the latest craze in college admissions, but we at Ivy Coach doubt that too many colleges are going to adopt this practice. While a video may have value if it actually says something about the applicant, unless access … 

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