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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How to Wow College Admissions Officers

There’s a piece in “Money” by Kim Clark entitled “How to Wow College Admissions Officers” that we figured we’d share with our readers. Now of course, we at Ivy Coach have many ways we help our students wow college admissions officers at our nation’s most elite universities but this particular … 

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Admissions Officer

An admissions officer at Tufts University, Matt Wittman, recently sent out an email that reads: “Sometimes, it’ll feel like everybody has university application advice. Your guidance counselor, your mom, your friend’s mom, your mom’s friend, your teachers, your best friend, your best friend’s best friend (shouldn’t that just be you?). … 

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Admissions Officers at Highly Selective Colleges

There’s an editorial on “Real Clear Politics” authored by Michael Barone entitled “Cheating Is Rife in Colleges — by Admissions Officers.” Mr. Barone believes that the most intellectually dishonest profession around is being an admissions officer at a highly selective college or university. We don’t agree with Mr. Barone but … 

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