10 of the Silliest Things Parents of College Applicants Say

We’ve been in business for over a quarter of a century. As you can likely imagine, we’ve thus heard some parents of college applicants and college applicants themselves say some outlandish things over the years. Most of these students and parents say such things during free consultations; they typically do … 

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College Applicants Collecting Feathers for Their Caps

About a month ago, we questioned why a young man, Micheal Brown, whose accomplishments have been lauded in the press and who earned admission to Stanford University in the Early Action round — a school his mom has publicly stated has been his dream school — would apply to 19 … 

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College Applicants Who Harness the Wind

There are lots and lots of confident parents out there across America and around the world. We love confidence. Parents often lead off free consults with us by discussing their children, their accomplishments in musical theatre, their rare genius, their good looks, kindness, athletic prowess — you name it. It’s … 

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Where You Go To College Matters

A piece up on “The Huffington Post” by Nelson Cheng discusses how in certain parts of the country, like the City of Angels, where you went to college doesn’t matter as much as some folks may think. And, while it may surprise our readers, we both agree and disagree with … 

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Making College Applicants Interesting

We received a very thoughtful “thank you” note recently from a student who really honed in on what we do at Ivy Coach. As this student mentioned, we help make students interesting. Indeed we helped find the interesting within this student. In fact, we’re currently in the final stages of redesigning … 

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College Applicants

A piece in “The LA Times” published recently highlights demographic declines in college applicants over the next decade. According to the piece on college applicants, “High school graduates will face less competition for college admission in the next decade due to a demographic decline in their ranks, according to a report … 

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College Application

The makers of The Common Application, the college application used by just about every high school student who applies to universities, debated whether or not to include a question about applicants’ sexual orientation this year. Sexual orientation is certainly a hot topic in the world of college admissions. The makers … 

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The Common Application

New questions have been added to the Common Application, announced the Common Application, Inc. The questions won’t apply to the vast majority of college applicants but rather reflect the diversity of applicants who now apply to college. Marital status, children, and an optional question on military status have all been … 

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Completing the Common Application

Colleges that subscribe to the Common Application are on the rise…again. So next year, expect the most competitive college admissions class ever with more college applications than ever before! Only we know that this isn’t really the case. Next year’s admissions class will not be significantly more competitive than the … 

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