College Consultants Boasting of Relationships with Colleges

Every now and then, a parent during a free consultation asks, “What kind of relationships do you have with college admissions officers at the colleges my child will be applying to?” We usually take a deep breath in and exhale before answering this ridiculous question from a know-it-all parent. And … 

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Fees of College Consultants

There was recently a piece up on “CNBC” that focused on how more and more students these days are turning to private college consultants in the hope of earning admission to the Ivy League. The piece, written by Jessica Dickler, focuses on the dwindling number of school counselors available to … 

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Plenty of College Consultants

We like to keep folks on their toes at Ivy Coach. It’s our style. We’re a lifestyle brand in that way. We kid. Quicksilver is a lifestyle brand. And we do like their t-shirts and board shorts but we’re not sure we have much else in common. But as a … 

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Independent Educational Consultants Association: Part 3

We’ve received a few phone calls over the last couple of days from folks in the college admissions community. Some folks who are dues-paying members of the “Independent Educational Consultants Association” (IECA) were upset that we’ve criticized an organization they pay good money to be in. But we’ve received even more … 

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Independent Educational Consultants Association: Part 2

This blog, originally posted on February 16, 2015, is being reposted today in response to the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s (IECA’s) demand that we remove it. First the Independent Educational Consultants Association tried to tell us what we can and cannot charge. And now they’re trying to tell us what … 

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College Admissions Consultants

There was a great piece written by Lynn O’Shaughnessy about college admissions consultants and how highly selective universities like to deny their effectiveness as a group. Are there college admissions consultants who aren’t effective? You bet. Just like in any industry, you’ve got good companies and you’ve got bad companies. … 

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College Consulting

Mark Sklarow, the Executive Director of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), an organization we’ve been a member of but nonetheless believe to be somewhat of a joke (what a waste of $600 a year!), reports that an AP poll indicates high school students are not happy with the college counseling … 

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College Consultants

A study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education points out that the percentage of college applicants who have college consultants providing college admissions assistance to them is on the rise. This should come as no surprise. In fact, the author of the study, Alexis Brooke Redding, finds, “‘22% of … 

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