Admissions Officers Are a Little Bit Racist Just Like Everyone Else

As we have long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog and in the press, the vast majority of admissions officers at our nation’s elite colleges do not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants. No, the vast majority of admissions officers discriminate against Asian American applicants unknowingly when … 

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Admissions Officers Often Admit Students They Don’t Want

There was a piece published recently in The New York Times Magazine penned by Paul Tough that focuses on how our nation’s elite colleges covet diversity in all forms — including socioeconomic diversity — but they also covet money. And ultimately, their “thirst for tuition revenue means that wealth trumps … 

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Admissions Officers Want to Root for Applicants

Twenty-four admissions czars, among them two of the heroes of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog (Angel Perez of Trinity College and Eric Furda of the University of Pennsylvania — both of whom are typically quite forthright) recently penned an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed addressed to college-bound students and … 

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Polling Admissions Officers is Unproductive

A parent who was considering using our services — but, thankfully, will never be our client — recently asked, “How do you know what admissions officers want? Do you ask them? How frequently do you meet with admissions officers?” Oy vey is right. Where to get started dissecting this parent’s … 

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Our Students Offer Admissions Officers Fighting Words

We write a lot on the pages of our blog about how we at Ivy Coach help our students present themselves not only as singularly talented but as weird. That’s right. Weird. Our students aren’t cookie cutter one bit. No two students whom we’ve ever worked with have presented themselves … 

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Connections with Admissions Officers

One question we’re occasionally asked by prospective clients goes something like this: “Do you have connections with admissions officers that can help improve my child’s case for admission?” Our answer is a categorical no. And if any private college counselor should suggest to you that he or she has connections … 

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5 Lies Perpetuated by College Admissions Officers

It’s a refrain we’ve heard so many times before: “But an admissions officer said so.” Oh? If an admissions officer said so, then it must be true? No. If p, then not necessarily q. You see, admissions officers — even at our nation’s most elite universities — tell untruths. Sometimes … 

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The Importance of Ignoring Much of What Admissions Officers Say

One of the most common refrains we hear from students and parents goes something likes this: “But an admissions officer said so!” We nod…for quite a while. And we watch, silently. We watch as the parent and student come to the realization themselves that what the admissions officer said doesn’t … 

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Why Admissions Officers Often Don’t Tell It Like It Is

There’s a common refrain we’ve heard from high school students and particularly their parents over the years. It goes something like, “But that’s what the admissions officer told us.” We know. College admissions officers at highly selective schools say many things. Some of these things are true and some of … 

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Daring Admissions Officers

One of our mantras at Ivy Coach is: “Dare admissions officers not to admit you.” Our students, through their narrative — as powerfully detailed in their Personal Statement, in their supplemental essays, in their Letters of Recommendation, in their Activities — make powerful and compelling cases for admission. They make … 

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