The Ivy Coach is frequently featured in the national and world press about the highly selective college admissions process. In particular, we’re featured as experts on the Ivy League admissions process. On every subject from why it’s helpful for college applicants to express interest in colleges to how students can stand out in their college essays to what not to do on college alumni interviews, The Ivy Coach is a globally recognized source of expertise on the college admissions process. Read More >< Less Text
There’s a dearth of accurate information out there on the Ivy League admissions process. We make a point of trying to get the right information out there. In this way, misconceptions can be debunked and anxieties about the application process can be quelled. We’ve been featured in “US News & World Report,” “The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and “The Washington Post.” We are quoted in Ivy League newspapers. From Harvard College’s “The Crimson” to Dartmouth College’s “The Dartmouth” to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Daily Pennsylvanian,” to Cornell University’s “The Cornell Daily Sun” to Brown University’s “Brown Daily Herald” we’re a trusted source on the highly selective college admissions process.
If there’s an article or news segment on the college admissions process, chances are that The Ivy Coach is in it. We’ve appeared in “The New York Post,” “USA Today,” “Forbes,” and “Beijing Kids.” We’re in the pages of “Worth Magazine,” “Bloomberg News,” and “The Washington Times.” “Newsday,” “American Way,” and “Parent Dish” have all featured quotes from The Ivy Coach. As have “Fox College Funding,” “Mood Indico,” and “Boston Magazine.” We’ve spoken on NPR and we’ve made television appearances on FOX News. And many more…
Click on a publication below to read the full articles or watch the news segments in which we’re featured or simply scroll over one of the publications to see an excerpt of one of our quotes.
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US NEWS & WORLD REPORTNovember 2012
Graduate Schools’ Political Leanings Concern Some Students
Taylor's clients care about academic reputation and rarely weigh schools' political leanings. "And there's little reason for them to do so," she says. "Whether one is conservative or liberal, most U.S. universities lean left and some of the most prestigious universities—the Ivy League universities—lean especially left."
THE NEW YORK TIMESNovember 2012
Video Gaming on the Pro Tour, for Glory but Little Gold
“Colleges want to see kids who are passionate in one area,” said Bev Taylor, founder of the Ivy Coach, a college admissions consultancy.
WALL STREET JOURNALDecember 2008
Manage College Application Anxiety
"Not every question requires an answer," says Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach.
For instance, she says, some colleges ask applicants to list all the other schools to which they've applied -- which Ms. Taylor believes can hurt an applicant if the college concludes the student is treating it as a safety school. She suggests skipping the question.
How To Get Into College
"Show that you've got other people involved, that you did something great in your own backyard," says Bev Taylor, founder and president of New York-based college counseling firm The Ivy Coach.
THE HUFFINGTON POSTJanuary 2013
Unacceptable Changes to the Common Application for College Applicants
Beginning this fall, the Common Application is imposing a strict 500-word limit on the personal statement. While our students have always complied with college essay word limits, many applicants ignore directions and upload longer essays. We at The Ivy Coach have no issue with word limits, but we do have an issue with what the Common Application is proposing to do to enforce it.
WASHINGTON POSTOctober 2010
Will USC be next to join the Common Application?
Says Bev Taylor of The Ivy Coach, "Students are not happy when they are applying to Georgetown or MIT and they have to go through another application."
BEIJING KIDSOctober 2009
The International Edge
"Highly selective colleges have a certain number of international students that they accept in a given year, so students from China compete against other students from China,” says Bev Taylor, president of The Ivy Coach.
Colleges Ship Freshmen to Paris to Boost Tuition Coffers
“Most students are not going to accept this right off the bat,” said Bev Taylor, a New York-based college admission consultant. “What they envisioned was graduating, going to college and being enmeshed in college life.”
BUSINESS INSIDEROctober 2012
The Biggest Difference Between Applying To College In The US Vs. The UK
To differentiate themselves from the tens of thousands of other candidates applying to the same college, they have to have a real hook — a singular, unique talent or expertise. They have to be able to ‘tell their story’ and articulate who they are in powerful college essays.
THE WASHINGTON TIMESOctober 2009
Giving Admissions Essays the Old College Try
Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, a New York-based college admissions consulting firm, says applicants should never repeat in their essay what is already on their application.
STANFORD DAILYMarch 2013
Connections to University can affect admissions decision
According to Bev Taylor, president and founder of the college consulting business The Ivy Coach, both legacies and development cases benefit from the fact that admissions offices will look for reasons to accept them.
THE CORNELL DAILY SUNMay 2012
Cornell University Waitlist Prospects Grim
Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, gave a different explanation. She said that with so few students nabbing acceptances off the waitlist, colleges and universities often strategically waitlist thousands of students who will not be accepted in an attempt to evade offending applicants in the touchy admissions game.
FOX NEWSDecember 2006
What is the Interest Quotient?
Bev Taylor of The Ivy Coach strongly believes that the Interest Quotient in some cases can be the tipping point to a student getting admitted to a college.
Seeking College Admissions Help with Pricey Counselors
Says Bev Taylor of The Ivy Coach, "I just feel that college admissions counselors will look down upon the fact that they have the advantage over another student who is doing this on their own. Face it, they have help. Another student doesn't."
NEW YORK POSTJune 2008
Private School Rejects
Bev Taylor, the founder of The Ivy Coach, confirms that lowballing is common at prep schools, whose worst nightmare is having graduating seniors who haven't been admitted to any college at all.
BROWN DAILY HERALDApril 2012
Female Applicants Face Lower Acceptance Rates
Though Taylor said the 3.2 percent lower admit rate that female applicants to Brown experienced last year is not a major difference, other schools show more bias against female applicants.
THE DAILY PRINCETONIANNovember 2012
Princeton early admission applications jump 10 percent
Unlike Princeton, other colleges only extended the deadline for students affected by Sandy. Taylor said that this may have given students who were not affected by the hurricane some additional time to complete their Princeton applications.
THE STREETSeptember 2011
The Do’s and Don’ts of College Applications
“[Not having enough extracurriculars] is rarely the problem,” says Bev Taylor, founder of college counseling service the Ivy Coach. “The mistake is not shining in a specific extracurricular. Too many applicants are all over the place and unfocused.”
USA TODAYNovember 2003
Undergrads Face Major Decisions
"While a few teens are absolutely certain about their career goals, the average kid is not, says Bev Taylor, an independent college counselor. "How certain can they be at 17?" she asks.
The Tour Is the Cure
Taylor said some highly selective colleges are even rating students' interest in their campuses. "It's called an IQ, for interest quotient," she said.
THE DARTMOUTHJanuary 2013
Applications decline by three percent from last year
Dartmouth has not been able to convince accepted minority applicants to matriculate to the College, according to Taylor. As a result, future minority students are unlikely to consider Dartmouth as a serious option.
THE HARVARD CRIMSONApril 2012
Regular Admits May See 3% Acceptance Rate
Bev Taylor, founder of college consulting practice The Ivy Coach, said the students she advises typically attend Harvard if they are admitted early. “When they apply early action to Harvard, yes, they go to Harvard,” she said.
THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIANFebruary 2013
Former admissions officer mocked applicant essays
"If we're telling students to be careful about what they're posting on Facebook, I think admissions officers need to go above that and be even more scrupulous about what they're discussing online," said Bev Taylor, founder of college consulting firm The Ivy Coach. "I don't know if you're going to stop people from having a casual conversation about an essay they read, but something as open as going onto social media with that information is absolutely wrong."
DETROIT FREE PRESSNovember 2012
Applying Oneself to Writing a Memorable, Original College Admission Essay
Students see how competitive it is. They're aware that kids with perfect scores and the perfect grades have gotten wait-listed everywhere.
FOX NEWS CHANNELMay 2012
The Ivy Coach on FOX News
Bev Taylor, Founder of The Ivy Coach, talks about a devious student who tried to game the college admissions system on Fox News.
MOOD INDICOSeptember 2006
Getting Into A Good School
"The first priority of an Indian family is always education," says Bev Taylor, president of The Ivy Coach, an independent college counseling service in Manhattan and Roslyn Heights, New York.
THE CAVALIER DAILYFebruary 2011
Playing the college application game
Bev Taylor, founder of New York-based college consulting firm The Ivy Coach, compared hiring a college consulting firm to hiring an attorney or an accountant; it helps students “get that extra attention” that comes from working in a more individualized, one-on-one situation.
BOSTON MAGAZINEApril 2012
Harvard Posts Record Low Acceptance Rate
“It gets more difficult every year,” says Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, a college consulting firm based in New York. “That’s only because every year we see, not so much more students applying to colleges, but these kids are applying to 20 schools."
BERGEN RECORDMarch 2007
Getting Into College
"You have to let a college know you really care," advised Bev Taylor, director of The Ivy Coach. "While you are on the wait list, be proactive; put some work into telling them why you think you will be a good addition to the school."
Is Getting Into College at 15 the Next Big Thing?
The Ivy Coach has helped hundreds of high-schoolers get accepted into top-tier universities as a private educational consultant.
AMERICAN WAYAugust 2009
"The tour guides will give you the script, but the students are going to tell it like it is," says Bev Taylor, director of The Ivy Coach. "Visit the buildings, including the dorms."
Highly Selective Colleges and the Applicants They Accept
Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective.
THE HEIGHTSFebruary 2008
Buying internships: Trend on the rise
In the last 15 years, 100 percent of students counseled by The Ivy Coach were accepted to one of their top three choices, and 93 percent were accepted to their first choice.
Five Common Interview Questions
"There's always going to be a question ‘Why do you want to come to our school?' so you really have to know the school," says Bev Taylor, an independent college counselor and director of The Ivy Coach.
GW HATCHETSeptember 2010
Thousands submit early college admissions applications
Bev Taylor, director and founder of The Ivy Coach, said that she discourages students from submitting their applications unnecessarily early, for fear of a change of heart.
WORTH MAGAZINEJanuary 2012
Expert Advice – Lifestyle
Another important tip, Taylor says, is to apply to as many schools as possible. “Kids used to apply to six or eight colleges, but now many are applying to 20,” she says. “Years ago, colleges were looking to accept; now they’re looking to reject.”