A New Weapon for Upper Middle Class Students Trying to get into Ivies

Changes in College Admissions Disfavor Upper Middle Class Students Applying to Ivies. One Firm is Fighting Back.
BETHESDA, Md. - Jan. 10, 2021 - PRLog -- Vohra Method, a college strategy firm based in Washington, DC, announced today a program designed to protect upper middle class students from changes in Ivy League Admissions, which will be kicked off with a January 30th seminar. Ivy League colleges have made the SAT optional this year, and possibly into future years.

According to Arvin Vohra, founder of Vohra Method, Ivy Admissions officers consider both objective achievement (through the SAT, ACT, etc.) and personal demographics (race, income, and geographic location).

With the SAT gone, Ivies can now admit the previously underrepresented groups, including those whose parents did not attend college, without worrying about their lower academic achievement. The result is that parents who work hard, sacrifice for their kids, prioritize education, and provide a stable home are being punished for their hard work and achievement. Kids who work hard and sacrifice leisure in favor of achievement are also being punished. In the past, many from underrepresented racial groups or geographic locations were automatically disqualified from consideration based on low SAT scores. Now, they're back in the running - and given heavy preference based on their demographics.

According to Vohra Method's Director of College Strategy, Chelsey Snyder, "The new admissions policy is punishing parents and children for working hard - which is wrong. We've created a program, starting with a seminar, to make sure that people who work hard and prioritize education get the rewards they've earned. We have built up our earlier strategies, and created entirely new strategies in response to these changes in admissions policy."

The financial pressures from the past that forced Ivies to accept wealthier students is also gone. According to Ms. Snyder, "Any student can get a federally backed student loan. When they default, the upper middle class families will end up paying for them anyway, through their taxes. Either way, upper middle class suburban families will be paying for the education, even if their children don't actually go to the best colleges."

Vohra is unimpressed by social pushback against the new program. "Despite what some detractors say, we aren't 'defenders of privilege'. We're proponents of hard work and achievement," he says. "If you work hard, if you achieve more, you should be rewarded."

The first seminar in this program will be on January 30, 2021. It is an online seminar. Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ivy-league-admissions-have-changed-seminar-tickets-135403289885

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