Working on College Applications

Two years ago, we were asked by a prospective client, “Why would I work with you on 10-20 college applications when 100% of your students earn admission to one of their top three college choices?” The mom’s question, delivered with a dollop or two of snark, felt more like a … 

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Ivy Coach Challenges Student Whose Admissions Garnered Press Attention to Debate

Should a high school student be allowed to submit 20 or more college applications? Our answer is absolutely yes, provided the student isn’t admitted through a binding Early Decision program. The Common Application allows students to submit a maximum of 20 applications and if the student also happens to apply … 

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How Many College Applications Students Should Submit

Are you a rising high school senior wondering how many colleges you should be applying to this coming year? Ideally, you’ll only be applying to one college — that’s right, one — because you’ll hopefully apply in the Early round, under an Early Decision or Single Choice Early Action policy. … 

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Working on College Applications

The summer months are when we work with rising high school seniors on their college applications. Of course, it’s not all these rising high school seniors are doing over the summer — they’re also involved in compelling summer activities, activities that were likely vastly different from the activities they were involved … 

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The Number of Colleges Applications

Curious about the number of college applications you should be submitting? We’re often asked, “How many colleges should my child be applying to? What’s too many? Too few?” The answer is that it absolutely depends on the student. Well, duh, Ivy Coach. Tell us something we don’t know. We know that’s … 

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Unnecessary College Applications

There was a piece in “The New York Times” a couple of days ago in which a high school student laments how students apply to too many colleges, only making the process more stressful and more competitive. The student, Peter Kang, is right. But we’d like to make a smaller point. … 

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The Myth of More Applications Signifying Increased Competitiveness

Let’s tackle the myth of more applications signifying increased competitiveness. The more applications a school receives, the more competitive the school will be in a given admissions cycle, right? After all, the more applications a school receives, invariably the lower that school’s admission rate will be. If a school receives … 

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New College Application

Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, has been quoted (well, somewhat misquoted this time!) on the pages of “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. In an article written by Bookyung Jo entitled ” Penn likely to join new college app platform, once it’s created,” it is … 

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Too Many College Applications

Is there a such thing as submitting too many college applications, you ask? There was an article a couple of days ago in “The New York Times” entitled “Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets” written by Ariel Kaminer that we figured we’d bring to the attention … 

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College Applications

There is an article in today’s “Los Angeles Times” that discusses how high school seniors are applying to more colleges than ever before. It must have been a slow news day with all of the rain in LA as this is not a new trend in college admissions. Rather, it’s … 

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