Doesn’t every student who gets into an Ivy need some sort of admissions hook whether that be sports or legacy or Uber-rich parents who might make a huge donation or some unique talent or being part of an under-represented group? I was a very good student in high school. I used to tutor another white student. His parents were quite wealthy. They sent him to Africa every summer to build water systems so he had a very unique hook and got into multiple Ivies. I was much better on every academic metric from the same high school but I was a bus boy or waiter every summer. Apparently that didn’t jump off the page in Ivy admissions.
And where would this Message Board be if an Ivy had decided otherwise ?
They have proptrietary candidate assessment software...but are still capable of shooting an air ball because software can't measure all coaching skills. HC used a search firm for recent MBB hires. I thought the last time the expense and need for the service provided was debatable because the opening was the only one in the country.