The Rubber Stampers in Admissions

There are some parents who come to us each and every year — parents whose children did not work with us through the college admissions process – who want us to look over their child’s application to essentially rubber stamp our approval. They want Ivy Coach to give it our … 

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Surging Applications to Elite Universities

If you watch a news segment on college admissions, you might scratch your head when you hear that applications to our nation’s colleges are down. But, remember, there are hundreds of colleges across America. Only a small percentage of these colleges are selective or highly selective. At most colleges across … 

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Applications Really Are Read

Do admissions officers really read every application? It’s a question we get asked every year and, year after year, our answer remains the same. Yes, even this past year when admissions offices at our nation’s highly selective universities were inundated with applications in an unprecedented fashion. Admissions officers really do … 

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Misleading Headlines on Applications This Fall

Headlines in college admissions are too often misleading. In a recent article up on Insider Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik entitled “Applications Are Decreasing,” Jaschik writes about how 8% fewer college applicants submitted applications through November 2 on The Common Application platform. He also writes how 60% of the 921 … 

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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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