Ivy League admissions

To the thousands of students grappling with a recent rejection from an Ivy League or similarly selective university, the college admissions process can seem unfair. And guess what? They’re right. The competition among the highly selective universities to recruit what amounts to a virtual handful of students leads to a purposeful lack of transparency in their admissions practices. This opacity encourages among families unrealistic expectations, undue stress, and, for the vast majority of applicants, eventual disappointment. Is this anxiety and heartbreak simply a natural consequence of a brutally selective process? No, says College Coach’s Ian Fisher. In his 3-part series on the Huffington Post, Ian explores the recruitment practices of the most elite colleges and proposes solutions to the pressure-cooker of Ivy League admissions. Check out Ian’s series here:

Part 1: Why Elite Admissions Offices are Unfair to Students

Part 2: Should We Expect More Transparency from Highly Selective Admissions?

Part 3: How Highly Selective Admissions Offices Can Be Better for Students


Written by Ian Fisher
Ian Fisher is an experienced educational consultant, part of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Ian received his master’s in policy, organization, and leadership studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining College Coach, Ian worked as a senior admissions officer at Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Ian Fisher.