A Word on Good Private College Counselors

On free consultations with prospective clients, we’re sometimes asked, “Do you have connections with admissions officers?” Our answer? “No, we most certainly do not. We hire former admissions officers as consultants from time to time. But we most certainly do not have connections with admissions officers. And if any private … 

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Scrutinizing a College Consultancy

USA Today recently published a juicy take-down piece of a college consulting company known as Crimson Education. The piece, penned by Chris Quintana and Kevin McCoy, is entitled “This Harvard grad has made millions on U.S. college admissions for international students” and boy is it gripping. The take-down piece focuses … 

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IECA’s Restraint of Trade

As our loyal readers know, we don’t believe membership in the Independent Educational Consultants Association, known as the IECA, is worth the paper it’s written on. In fact, we are proudly not members of this organization, an organization that we firmly believe attempts to restrain trade in violation of America’s … 

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College Counselors Should Not Interact with Colleges

A prospective client recently sent us a laundry list of questions in advance of the free consultation that we offer via phone — a free consultation that is designed specifically to answer questions about our service offerings. So, yes, as students of the 80/20 principle of good business, we deeply … 

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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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