Holier Than Thou Admissions Officers

We make a point on this college admissions blog of shining a bright light on admissions leaders who have a habit of telling it like it is. We call them the heroes of our college admissions blog. The University of Pennsylvania’s outgoing Dean of Admissions Eric Furda has a long … 

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Admissions Officers Often Don’t Tell It Like It Is

Many of our nation’s elite colleges went test-optional this year due to the pandemic. But as we have advised students and parents on the pages of this college admissions blog, test-optional policies should be taken with six grains of salt. So long as a university allows students to submit test … 

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We Don’t Ask Admissions Officers What They Want

We’re sometimes asked by prospective clients, “How do you know what admissions officers want? Do you ask them? Do you interface with admissions officers?” The entire line of inquiry is rather annoying because of course we don’t interface with active admissions officers — nor should any good private college counselor. … 

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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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