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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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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