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A Salute to an Ivy League Coach

August 31, 2015
Ivy League Football Coach, Dartmouth Football Coach, Ivy League Coaching

Dartmouth head football coach Buddy Teevens has defied the status quo of college football. And he’s changing the game. Ivy Coach salutes Coach Teevens for his pioneering efforts.

Yes, we showed a lot of love yesterday for the Big Green in our post about Dartmouth’s football team, which finished second in the 2015 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll but we suspect will topple Harvard to claim the 2015 Ivy League crown. But we’re not done just yet. Because a piece on “NPR” brilliantly titled “Dartmouth Football’s Brilliant Dummies” is worthy of discussion on our blog. And it is worthy of a salute, both to the institution that is choosing to defy the status quo of college football, to the pioneering coach who has dared do what no other Division I college or professional coach we can think of is currently doing, and to two brilliant Dartmouth engineering students.

If you have a pulse, you likely know that football has a concussion problem. Too many players suffer from concussions and many of the symptoms of these concussions don’t present until years later. Too many former football players have committed suicide, like Junior Seau, likely as a result of traumatic injuries to the brain. Dartmouth College too has not been untouched by this sad reality, with a former Big Green football player committing suicide, as brought to the world’s attention by “The New York Times.” Too many former football players have suffered — and continue to suffer from ALS. Too many former football players are suffering from a variety of maladies. And it’s high time this ends. But actions speak louder than words. And Dartmouth head football coach Buddy Teevens is speaking softly with one very big stick.

As articulated in the “NPR” piece by Laura Wagner, “Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school’s football team readies for action during a preseason practice. The whistle blows, he makes his move and then is thrown to the ground by a teammate’s crushing tackle. This happens again and again and again, but every time, the new player pops right back up, completely unhurt. This player is an MVP — a ‘Mobile Virtual Player,’ that is. Developed by students at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, the new robotic dummies were designed to allow players to practice tackling without injuring one another in the process. ‘It’s very realistic,’ Dartmouth football head coach Buddy Teevens told NPR. He said the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-plus-pound MVP can weave, cut, stop and start — even ‘run’ a respectable 4.8-second 40-yard-dash. But, Teevens said, ‘the true value is in the reduction of injuries.'”

The “NPR” piece goes on, “Even before Dartmouth football began using the MVPs on Wednesday, the New Hampshire school was unique in its approach to tackling during practice — because it didn’t. Starting five years ago, Teevens decided to completely do away with tackles in practice, citing athlete-on-athlete collisions as a main cause of concussive injuries. Instead, he opted for drills with bags, sleds and stationary dummies. ‘To my knowledge, no one else does it at the Division I level,’ Teevens said about his no-tackling protocol, acknowledging that his players were initially skeptical. ‘It was not received well to be honest with you because [tackling] is sort of fundamental, but I was committed to it.'” Amen, Coach Teevens!

We salute Coach Teevens, these two extraordinary young and inventive Dartmouth engineers, and Dartmouth College for pioneering the use of this incredible ‘Mobile Virtual Player.’ We salute Coach Teevens for daring to forbid tackling in practices. So many players get hurt in practice and with the ‘Mobile Virtual Player,” this is going to stop this trend in its tracks. And when recruits criticize Coach Teevens’ policy and choose to attend another school because of it, we salute Coach Teevens for standing his ground. Coach Teevens is on the right side of history and his practices (literally) represent the future of football. Oh, and to those skeptical potential football recruits, good riddance. Dartmouth has a chance to win this year’s Ivy League title. With this policy firmly in place. If these recruits don’t like it, too bad for them.

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Ivy League Preseason Football Rankings

August 30, 2015
Ivy League Football, Ivy League Football Rankings, Ranking of Ivy League Football Teams

It is our prediction that Dartmouth College, ranked second in the 2015 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll, will upset Harvard this year and reclaim the Ivy League football title. You heard it here first.

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for some Ivy League football action and, for yet another year in a row, we’d like to report on the Ivy League football preseason rankings. And for those of you who are wondering why we write about Ivy League football, know that we write about all things Ivy League-related and it should be noted that the Ivy League was first formed as a football league. That’s right. A football league. Anyhow, Harvard, the defending Ivy League champion, enters the season as the preseason favorite to win it all again, securing 130 points (and 11 first place votes) in the 2015 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll. Dartmouth College, a university that has historically had the Ivy League’s strongest football team, found itself in unfamiliar territory of late, landing second in the preseason poll, buoyed by their resurgence last year and fight for the Ivy League crown that lasted through the final week of action. Upstart Dartmouth secured 116 points in the preseason poll, along with four first place votes. Well deserved indeed.

Finishing third in this year’s preseason poll is Yale University, with 98 points and one first place vote. Princeton University finished in fourth place with 82 points but no first place votes. Brown University finished in fifth with 80 points and one first place vote. The University of Pennsylvania, which has been a football powerhouse for much of the twenty first century but has fallen off a bit of late, finished in sixth place, with 51 points and no first place votes. Columbia University, which will be led by first-year Lions coach Al Bagnoli (the coach who led Penn through all of those successes) finished seventh in the preseason poll, with 29 points and no first place votes. Cornell University finished in last, with 26 points and no first place votes.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for this Ivy League football season. Will Dartmouth College reclaim the Ivy League crown, something that has eluded the College on the Hill for many years? Will Al Bagnoli lead a resurgence for Columbia, a university that claimed the Rose Bowl title in 1934 under the masterful play of our dear friend, and an inspiration for the formation of Ivy Coach over a quarter century ago, Cliff Montgomery? Will Harvard win it all again? We’re pumped to see it all play out on the gridiron.

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Writing Section of SAT

August 29, 2015
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A “Bloomberg” piece portrays a divided Ivy League on the topic of the SAT’s optional essay.

All in favor? All opposed? The Ivy League is in session. You may have read an article recently on the pages of the University of Pennsylvania’s newspaper, “The Daily Pennsylvanian” on the topic of the SAT’s optional essay. Ivy Coach is referenced extensively in the piece. Penn recently removed the requirement that applicants to the university submit the essay portion of the SAT or ACT. But not all Ivy League colleges are standing with Penn. In fact, the Ivy League institutions are entirely divided on the subject.

As articulated by Janet Lorin in a piece in “Bloomberg” entitled “Divided Over Whether To Require SAT Essay,” “Yale’s in favor; Brown is opposed. The Ivy League is in a dead split on requiring the SAT’s optional essay, leaving the country’s top students little option but to take that part of the test. Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth are lining up with Yale in telling applicants to submit results from the essay portion of the revamped SAT entrance exam, according to a Bloomberg poll of the schools. Columbia, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, along with Brown, are taking the opposite position.” And while Stanford University is not a member institution of the Ivy League, the “Bloomberg” piece goes on to state: “Breaking the tie is Stanford — too far West to be an Ivy member. The country’s most-selective school weighed in in favor of the ‘optional’ writing exercise.”

So, basically, applicants would be really limiting themselves if they don’t do well on the SAT writing portion. Who wants to select colleges based on whether or not they require a portion of the SAT? That would be quite silly. It’s of course preferable to select colleges based on whether or not an applicant actually wants to go to the school! And because the Ivy League schools are split, it would be unwise to not perform well on this section since many schools still do require it. If a student really can’t do well on the section, well then applying to schools that don’t require the section is a good course of action. But it’s not the ideal course of action. The ideal course of action is doing really well on this section. Duh! And, remember, that which is ‘optional’ in college admissions isn’t optional in our book. Colleges love to see great scores, whether they require them or not. And if they tell you otherwise, don’t believe it.

Have a question on the new SAT? Post your question below and we’ll be sure to write back.

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ACT Scores

August 28, 2015
ACT Score, Scores on the ACT, ACT Testing, ACT Examination

The newspaper of Woodward & Bernstein has really set the standard this year for its analysis of all things SAT and ACT.

There is a good piece by Nick Anderson in “The Washington Post,” the newspaper that has really set the standard this year for reporting on the SAT and ACT. The piece by Anderson is entitled “ACT college admissions testing grows, but scores stagnate” that points out, through the use of data, how while more and more students are taking the ACT these days, the scores of ACT test-takers generally aren’t improving as a whole. And the administrators of the ACT think that high schools need to better prepare their graduates for college and their subsequent careers.

As the piece points out, “The average score for the high school Class of 2015 was 21, out of a maximum of 36. That was unchanged from the year before and largely echoed results going back a decade. Of 1.92 million people taking the test, the share who met the ACT college readiness standard in English was unchanged from the previous year: 64 percent. The share who met the math benchmark — 42 percent — has slid each year since reaching a peak of 46 percent in 2012.” And the administrators of the ACT also expressed that they’ve found racial disparities in ACT results, attributable to the quality of educations students in disadvantaged communities are receiving (and, of course, their lack of access to prep for the ACT — which naturally went unstated by the ACT administrators).

Not all students are fit for college and particularly not for four-year institutions so we don’t happen to see the problem with the fact that these scores have remained relatively stagnant over the years. But it is certainly concerning that minority groups underperform on the exam. The fact is, though, the administrators of the ACT blaming schools for their educations they’re offering isn’t completely fair. The ACT is a very coachable exam. Scores improve with the help of expert tutoring. Certain groups, particularly minorities in disadvantaged areas, can’t afford such prep, though they would of course benefit from such prep. Maybe the administrators of the ACT should focus more on making the test more fair and less coachable rather than assigning blame to the schools? Just a thought.

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The Truth Behind Test-Optional

August 27, 2015
Test Optional Colleges, Test Optional Schools, Test Optional Universities

Ivy Coach salutes Stephen Burd for what we believe to be the best piece of journalism on college admissions of 2015.

We came across a phenomenal piece of journalism on college admissions that we wanted to share with our loyal readers. It’s a piece written by Stephen Burd for “The Hechinger Report” and it’s entitled “The real reason that colleges go ‘test-optional.’” And if you are a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that we don’t use the word ‘phenomenal’ lightly. But this piece deserves our praise because Mr. Burd, through the analysis of data, calls test-optional colleges on their PR spin. Test-optional colleges, after all, profess to be test-optional because they want to appeal to a more diverse applicant pool. They want to attract students from all different cultures, of all different ethnicities, of all different socio-economic backgrounds and not requiring the SAT or ACT helps them do just this. Right?

Wrong. Let’s take George Washington University, a school that has gone test-optional. Here’s what Burd writes: “But is increasing socioeconomic and racial diversity really the university’s motivation in making this change? Or does it have a less altruistic reason for doing so, such as raising its standing in the all-important college rankings game? We don’t know for sure. But a 2014 study by researchers at the University of Georgia suggests that we should not take G.W. at its word. The researchers examined U.S. Department of Education data at 32 selective liberal arts colleges that have adopted these policies and found ‘that test-optional policies overall have not been the catalysts of diversity that many have claimed them to be.’ The study did not find any evidence that test-optional colleges had made ‘any progress in narrowing these diversity-related gaps after they adopted test-optional policies.’ Instead, these policies had benefited these colleges ‘in more institution-promoting ways.'”

Indeed when a college goes test-optional, they now can attract a whole new applicant pool. They can attract many more students to apply, boosting their “US News & World Report” ranking and invariably lowering their admission rate. As we’ve said for years and years, colleges care about their “US News & World Report” ranking first and foremost. No matter what their PR spin may be. In Mr. Burd’s own words: “Colleges have used these policies to become even more exclusive than they previously were. Here’s how schools do it: by freeing prospective students from having to provide SAT and ACT scores, they tend to attract more applicants, many of whom may have scored poorly on the tests. (The University of Georgia study found that these schools ‘receive approximately 220 more applications, on average, after adopting a test-optional policy.’) For the colleges, more applicants mean more students they can reject, which lowers their acceptance rate and raises the institution’s perceived selectivity.”

Well said, Mr. Burd. Well said. Colleges may profess to have altruistic intentions, but their motives are often more calculating. And one motive common to all highly selective and selective colleges is that they want to improve in the rankings. Whether they tell you this or not. And we promise they won’t tell you this…

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Crazy Parents and College Admissions

August 26, 2015
Crazy Parents in College Admissions, College Admission and Crazy Parents, Parents and Admissions

Our company policy at Ivy Coach is to only work with nice people. It’s a policy that has served us well for a quarter century.

 

We have thousands of visitors to Ivy Coach’s website every day. Some are loyal readers of our college admissions blog. Some are clients, past and present whom we’ve gotten to know through the years. Some are prospective clients. Some like to come for free information (but if they’re loyal readers of our blog, they know that we keep our best secrets off the pages of our website…it’s our secret sauce). And, to paraphrase from a Dartmouth commencement address by comedian Conan O’Brien, when referencing how old people sometimes just come to commencement ceremonies, some just come because they’re interested in college admissions. Even if their child graduated from high school twenty-five years ago. You’d be surprised! It happens. Believe us.

And lots of folks click on our orange button and fill out our free consult form every day to arrange for a time in which we can discuss our service offerings at Ivy Coach. This is the method through which prospective Ivy Coach clients become our clients. Some prospective clients call, but we typically don’t pick up (who wants to have their brains picked about college admissions all day long or listen to boasts about how great their child is all day long? Not us!). And some send us boxfuls of childhood photos. We even once received a lock of hair. Weird!

But, by and large, most of the folks we speak to during our free consultations understand from our email they receive upon filling out our form that the free consult is only to discuss our service offerings, not to offer specific advice about their child. That’s a paid service. Hello, Ivy Coach is a business! And most are entirely pleasant, super nice people. The free consult is as much for us to gauge if we want to work with parents and students as it is for them to gauge if they want to work with us (many folks don’t seem to realize this). But every now and then we get a crazy. Someone who knows it all (so why are they coming to us if they think such?). Someone who is entitled and is only contacting us because they want to cover all the bases (if only they knew how many mistakes their child was making!).

We recently had a caller who said “What else you got?” after she rejected a piece of advice we offered. The caller then followed up by asking, “So how are you going to woo me as a client?” Our response? “We’re not. We don’t have to woo. We’re not interested in working with you. Good day.” Life’s too short. We only like to work with nice people. It’s a company policy and it has been for a quarter century. Oh, and another recent caller apparently sent her child’s resume in advance of the call. It’s a consult to discuss our service offerings. We’re not reviewing documents. That’s part of the paid one hour evaluation. And we’re quite clear about this in our email response. When she wasn’t happy that we weren’t offering her advice, she subsequently threatened to tell all of her friends (Bueller?) about us (we love when people talk about us!) and let us know that once we open her daughter’s resume we will regret not working with her amazing child. On what planet did she think we would waste the time to open her daughter’s resume after the free consult? Not on this one.

So to all the nice, normal folks who fill out our form as prospective clients, we welcome you with open arms. You pass through our filter, which is quite effective. And to the crazies out there, there are thousands of less well known, less effective private college counseling firms across America and we’re certain some — though not all — will try to woo you. Actually, maybe not. But try?

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College Admission Is Not Arbitrary

August 25, 2015
Admission Is Not Random, Ivy League Admission Is Not Random, Random College Admissions

There’s a good piece on college admissions in “Vanity Fair,” though it does present a couple of inaccuracies.

College admission is not arbitrary! There’s a very well written piece in “Vanity Fair” by Michael Kinsley entitled “Why White, Preppy Men Need an Affirmative-Action Reality Check” that we figured we’d share with the readers of our college admissions blog. While we love the writer’s entertaining writing style and much of what he writes is entirely accurate, we figured we’d point out a couple of inaccuracies that he presents to his readers. After all, one of the purposes of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the admissions process so when there are fallacies out there, we’re all over them.

Misconception #1: Mr. Kinsley writes, “People, notably parents, obsess about college admissions because it’s a lever in the mechanics of success that they feel they can control. But they can’t. College admission is one of the few explicit decision points in the murky workings of fate. But even so, as any college admissions officer will tell you, the decision to admit one person and reject another is highly arbitrary. It is arbitrary at every level.” Mr. Kinsley later goes on to write, “But it’s all luck. You deserve no credit and you deserve no blame.” No, no, no. Highly selective college admissions is anything but arbitrary, Mr. Kinsley. It is anything but luck. He even refers to the process as “a crapshoot.” Wrong, wrong, wrong. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to read Bev’s “Huffington Post” piece entitled “Ivy League Admission Isn’t Random.” Bev’s piece effectively squashes any erroneous claim that the process is random. And our quarter century of experience and track record in admissions also successfully counters this claim of randomness.

Misconception #2: “Some factors, such as grades and recommendations, are regarded as part of our machinery of meritocracy. Other factors, such as affirmative action, are regarded by some as a departure from it. Still other factors—the college orchestra needing an oboe player—are complete wild cards.” Extracurriculars are not complete wild cards. If Stanford needs a quarterback and a student at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California is the Stanford coach’s top target, this football factor is not a wild card. It will significantly help his case for admission. Any suggestion otherwise is just plain wrong. But we can imagine Mr. Kinsley thinks we’re misinterpreting his meaning. So we’ll use an example that is closer to oboe. Let’s take key club. Is key club a wild card in admissions? No. A student who attends key club to collect keys (or whatever it is they do) for two hours in a given week isn’t helping his or her case for admission one bit. It’s not a wild card. It simply isn’t an angle. Highly selective colleges want singularly talented students who together form a well-rounded class. These singular talents are not wild cards. Rather, they’re hooks. And we help our students find these hooks.

But the rest of your piece, Mr. Kinsley, is entirely amusing and extremely well written! Well done.

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India and the American Dream

August 24, 2015
Indian American Dream, Indian Americans, India and American Dreams

India’s “Economic Times” features a terrific editorial on the American Dream and how India could learn a thing or two from the American system of education. We happen to agree.

There’s a fantastic editorial in India’s “The Economic Times” written by Vivek Wadhwa entitled “What India could become if it learned from the American Dream” that we figured we’d share with the readers of our college admissions blog. As we work with many Indian American students as well as native Indians as they seek to gain admission to highly selective American universities, such as the Ivy League colleges, we thought it important to share an editorial in which the author, an American immigrant from India, compares the American system of education to the system in India and how these two different systems create vastly different opportunities. And by different opportunities, what Wadhwa argues — and we echo — is that if you’re bright and ambitious in the American system as exemplified, for instance, by the success of Indians and Indian Americans in Silicon Valley, you can achieve success in America whereas there is not as much opportunity for upward mobility in India.

As Wadhwa articulates in his piece, “It isn’t generally the poor from India who make it to America; it is the cream of the Indian crop of students and highly skilled workers. People who leave their friends and families behind to build success in foreign lands are inherently more entrepreneurial and risk-taking. Immigrants who come to America face discrimination just as foreigners in any land do. Most Americans are tolerant and open-minded, but racism remains an ugly reality.” Wadhwa goes on to write, “The greatness of America is that a person who achieves success receives the highest respect and is looked up to. Background, race, and religion all become irrelevant. This is the American Dream: an ethos of freedom that provides anyone who achieves success through hard work with the opportunity for prosperity and equality. There are no barriers to upward social mobility in America. That is why immigrants thrive and why America leads the world.” Well said indeed.

The caste system in India stymies upward mobility. So many young, smart, ambitious, and hard-working students within this country won’t be offered the opportunity to receive one of the finest educations in the world. But America does offer that to so many of its own students and even to students from nations such as India (admittedly, you need to have money to attend an elite U.S. university…so we’re not arguing that it’s all fair in America). It’s not, though it is better. With its massive endowment, Harvard, as an example, is very generous with aid to international students, including from India.

But, admittedly, every school is not Harvard. If those students who can afford to pursue their undergraduate studies in America play their cards right, they sure can achieve their American Dreams. And as we’ve recently set up an office within India, we aim to work with more and more native Indians as they seek to achieve their own versions of the this dream at America’s most elite universities (and no, contrary to what many private admissions consultants in India suggest, most universities within the United States are not elite…a select set are). With an education from the finest schools in the land, from this select set, these students can then go on to become movers and shakers in, say, Silicon Valley, as Wadhwa writes, or they can return to their native India and make their country stronger with all that they’ve learned in America.

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Trump and Wharton

August 23, 2015
Donald Trump and Wharton, Wharton and Donald Trump, Trump Wharton

Donald Trump went to Wharton. In case anybody missed this newsflash (photo credit: Michael Vadon).

We previously wrote about how Donald Trump has been dropping the fact that he went to Wharton quite a bit on the campaign trail of late. One reader wrote in to us mentioning that it’s great exposure for Wharton but it would be better if he’d mention the University of Pennsylvania too sometimes, not just Wharton. After all, Wharton is part of the University of Pennsylvania. This reader suggested that the University of Pennsylvania has a branding problem and we don’t completely disagree. We’ve corrected many people over the years who confuse the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, say, with Penn State. No offense, Penn State, but it’s not University of Pennsylvania, in terms of academics. Oh no, we just invited Penn State loyalists to write in with some angry comments. Oh well.

Anyhow, there’s a piece in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, that discusses Donald Trump’s undergraduate education and we figured we’d share it with our readers, since our post on Trump did generate quite a bit of traffic. Like him or not, the man is a media machine. What can we say. Here’s what Dan Spinelli wrote in his piece on Trump in “The Daily Pennsylvanian”: “Whenever his intellectual credibility is questioned or mocked, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is quick to remind everyone where he attended college. ‘I went to the Wharton School of Finance,’ he said multiple times in a July 11 speech in Phoenix, Ariz. ‘I’m, like, a really smart person.’ Trump transferred into Wharton’s undergraduate program — then known as the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce — after spending two years at Fordham University in New York. He graduated in 1968 and has embraced the school’s card-carrying prestige ever since.” He sure has.

The piece goes on to say, “In an Aug. 16 television interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ he described the school as ‘probably the hardest there is to get into.’ He added, ‘Some of the great business minds in the world have gone to Wharton.’ ‘Why do you have to tell us all the time that you went to Wharton?’ moderator Chuck Todd asked. ‘People know you’re successful.’ ‘They know it’s a great business school,’ Trump replied. Despite Donald Trump’s repeated touting of his Wharton diploma, the school has declined to comment to various news organizations about the famous alum…’In my opinion, that [Wharton] degree doesn’t prove very much, but a lot of people I do business with take it very seriously, and it’s considered very prestigious,’ Trump wrote.”

Do you believe that Trump’s flaunting of his Wharton degree while stumping on the campaign trail is good or bad for Wharton and the larger University of Pennsylvania? We’re curious to hear what our readers think so be sure to post a Comment below. Oh, and be sure to note how Donald Trump may well have been admitted to Wharton because of a ‘friendly favor’ from an admissions officer who happened to know his older brother. Who you know can matter. Anyone who suggests otherwise happens to be incorrect.

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Veterans and Admission

August 22, 2015
Veterans and College Admission, Ivy League and Veterans, Vets and College Admission

At Ivy Coach, we work with select veterans and members of our military each year on a pro bono basis. They are the only students whom we work with on a pro bono basis.

For many years, we’ve helped a few select students every year gain admission on a pro bono basis to the colleges of their dreams. Some of these students were from low-income families (we once had a remarkably impressive homeless young man who juggled his way into Harvard…literally!). Some were underrepresented minorities. Some were the first in their families to attend college. And some were veterans. But as our business took off, we couldn’t accommodate all of the requests for pro bono admissions help. Too many emails. Too many calls. At the end of the day, after all, we are a business. And, frankly, we don’t like receiving unsolicited calls. There, we said it. We’re very reachable via email! It’s not like we don’t let our visitors know this on our homepage. In fact, our new homepage will have a line that reads, “To paraphrase the great Nelson Mandela, don’t call us, we’ll [email] you.”

And so, some time ago, we decided that our pro bono services would be reserved exclusively for select veterans and members of our military. We always found that the veterans and members of our military whom we worked with on a pro bono basis were so incredibly impressive. And they were appreciative of our help. We’re glad we made this decision, because each veteran we work with reminds us why we do what we do. The incredible story of the three intrepid Americans with full hearts, two of whom are servicemen, who overtook a terrorist on a train headed for Paris reminds us once again why we work with those who’ve served. And our pro bono services are of course available to these men who’ve made our country so proud should they wish to pursue their educations at top universities after their service.

So, to our veterans, feel free to reach out to us as you seek to gain admission to a highly selective college. Maybe you’ve completed some college coursework at a school that isn’t particularly selective. Maybe you haven’t completed any college coursework. Maybe you never took the SAT or ACT. In any case, we’d be happy to set up a free 20-minute consultation to hear your story and see if we can be of assistance.

In the words of Zac Brown Band, “I thank god for my life; And for the stars and stripes; May freedom forever fly, let it ring; Salute the ones who died; The ones that give their lives; So we don’t have to sacrifice; All the things we love.”

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