Avoiding Sob Stories in College Admissions Essays

Many students and parents are under the mistaken impression that sharing sob stories in college admissions essays will pull on the heartstrings of admissions officers at highly selective college and inspire them to want to offer the student admission. Maybe it’s a story about enduring a childhood illness, like leukemia. … 

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Use the Maximum Word Count in College Essays

If the maximum word count for a college admissions essays is 650 words, applicants should not write 500 words. They should write 650 words — or pretty close to it. When you’re a real estate developer in Manhattan and you’re allowed to build twenty-five stories, you don’t build ten stories … 

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Done with College Essays

When folks write in saying that they’re basically done with their college essays, including their Personal Statement and all of the supplemental essays required of the universities to which they’ll be applying, we typically cringe. Just because a student has entered 650 or 500 or 250 words into a document … 

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Words in College Essays

At Ivy Coach, we love data. We consider ourselves to be the purveyors of Ivy League admissions data. Nowhere will you find more comprehensive information on admissions statistics than on Ivy Coach’s website. And we’re always intrigued by a Moneyball approach to highly selective college admissions. After all, it’s an … 

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College Essays About Nothing

Have you ever seen the TV show “Seinfeld”? If not, know that it was a major hit in the 1990’s and it served as a staple of NBC’s “Must See TV” Thursday night comedy block. It starred Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards and it was a … 

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College Essay Writing Over Summer

It is our strong recommendation that rising seniors write their college admissions essays — and there are tons of them — over the course of the summer months. We suggest this every year and each and every summer, we work with students on their college admissions essay, brainstorming topics and … 

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