Ivy League Hopefuls Make Desperate Moves for Admissions

(TargetDailyNews.com) – According to the New York Post, parents are taking desperate steps to ensure their kids get into Ivy League universities.

College consultant Christopher Rim, the CEO of Command Education told the New York Post that the emphasis on an Ivy League education has “gone off the rails,” with parents taking drastic measures to get their children accepted.

Because admissions officers in many Ivy League schools are recruiting students from non-urban areas, Rim has seen parents pull their kids from prestigious prep schools in the city to move to more rural states like Arkansas and Kentucky.

According to Rim, some students who fail to get accepted to Ivy League schools are opting to take a year off and reapply rather than attend a “less prestigious” institution.

At any given time, Command Education pairs about 200 students with counselors, most of whom are between the ages of 23 and 30. The counselors meet with their students weekly and exchange daily texts. According to Rim, the counseling they provide is more like the mentorship of an older sibling.

According to Rim, about a third of Command Education’s clients are international students, particularly from the Middle East. He explained that for those from Qatar or Saudi Arabia who want to attend a top university, the governments will pay for their education.

High school students in the US who want to attend an elite university are often involved in multiple clubs or organizations. On top of their regular homework, they also find time to spend several hours working a week with an SAT tutor as well as consulting with an admissions counselor.

Rim told the New York Post that parents often tell him that they are so worried about their children’s college applications that they are unable to sleep.

While his college consultancy firm enjoys remarkable success, with 94 percent of Command Education’s clients getting accepted to one of their top three college picks, Rim told the Post that the process for college acceptance is broken.

He said sometimes a student does everything right but fails to get accepted because a classmate gets accepted instead after his family donates millions to the school.

“It’s an unfair game,” Rim said.

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