You have to commit to one college eventually. You might as well commit to a school for the Early Decision or Early Action round so your odds of admission are significantly improved.
Applying Early to college is a must. If you’re a rising senior and you’re hoping to gain admission to a highly selective college next year, we hope you’ll be applying Early Decision or Early Action to your dream school(s). If you want to go to Columbia, we hope you’ll be applying Early Decision. If you want to go to UNC, we hope you’ll be applying Early Action. If you want to go to Duke, we hope you’ll be applying Early Decision. It’s the way to go. It’s the only way to go.
Let’s say that you’re undecided on where you want to go to college next year. That’s very common! The vast majority of students haven’t yet honed in on exactly which university is their first choice school. It’s only the beginning of July, after all, and high school students are known to be procrastinators. The Early Decision and Early Action deadline isn’t tomorrow morning so they figure they still have time and maybe they won’t even apply Early and instead just wait it out and apply in the Regular Decision round so they don’t have to make any sort of commitment.
But these students are making a major mistake. The odds of gaining admission to your dream college are significantly better in the Early Decision or Early Action round as compared to the Regular Decision round. Just check out our comprehensive Ivy League Admissions Statistics if you want to see the data for yourself. It’s not up for debate. The data is the data. Come a year from now if you’re a rising high school senior, you’ll only be attending one school anyway. You’ll likely have to make a commitment to a university at some point (unless you’re denied admission by all but one school — yikes!). So why not make it now? Why not use one of the best cards you have available to you by applying Early?
So apply to your dream school Early. And if you don’t yet have a dream school, find one. Don’t be a dreamer, be a doer, as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes said in her recent Dartmouth commencement address. Start doing now.
Be proactive if you’re deferred from your Early Decision or Early Action dream school.
For students who were deferred at their Early Decision or Early Action school, doing nothing is not the answer. It’s a lesson in highly selective college admissions and it’s a lesson in life. Doing nothing if deferred via Early admission will usually get you nowhere. What you should do is be proactive. For instance, sending a “letter of enthusiasm” to the college that deferred you is a great idea. But this letter should absolutely not just reiterate what the college already knows about you. This letter must be powerful. It must be moving. It must greatly add to your application. We help many students — who come to us as clients after their deferrals — with these very letters of enthusiasm.
We’ve also got a few other strategies up our sleeve for students who were deferred at their dream schools that we advise students to employ. Sure, you might have moved on since your deferral and hopefully you have. You’re focused on gaining admission to your Regular Decision schools. But what’s the harm in continuing to fight for admission to the school that you applied Early to? What are you going to hold a grudge because they didn’t admit you in the Early round? That’s very silly.
Don’t wait too long to start working on your letter of enthusiasm. Contact us today by filling out our consultation form or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Only around 10% of students who were deferred at highly selective colleges in the Early admission round end up gaining admission in the Regular Decision round. We can help you be part of that 10% of students. We look forward to hearing from you.
Harvard and Princeton are to OkCupid what Stanford is to Tinder with respect to Early Action deferral versus rejection rates.
College admissions can be a lot like dating. If the rejection and deferral rates at a few of the top colleges were compared to dating apps, you’d find that Princeton and Harvard are closer to OkCupid, while Stanford is more of a Tinder or, in the gay community, Grindr. Yes, Grindr has come up on our college admissions blog. Whatever. Get over it. As a loyal reader of our college admissions blog, you likely know that we’re not shy about saying things that may be perceived as a little controversial to some. We are unapologetic. We don’t sugarcoat. And if you don’t like it, you’re welcome to find a better college admissions blog. Oh wait, our only daily, respected competitor (“The Choice” of “The New York Times” stopped publication several months ago). We guess you’re caught in quite the pickle there then! We suppose you’ll just have to read on. Hey, times are tough.
Anyhow, in an article of “The Yale Daily News” in which our Founder, Bev Taylor, is quoted, the deferral versus the rejection rates at a few top colleges are compared. This year, among Early applicants, Harvard deferred 68.1% of applicants. Princeton deferred 78.9% of applicants. And Yale deferred 57.6% of applicants. How about Stanford, you ask? They deferred only 8.5% of the pool. That means that if you were deferred at Stanford, you’ve got a much more likely shot of getting in there than do students deferred at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard based on the numbers alone. Stanford, as our Founder states in the article, lets most students off the hook. This year, Princeton rejected 1.3% of applicants, Harvard 7.8%, and Yale 25.8%. Stanford’s rejection rate? 80.7%! That’s quite a lot of rejection. Keeping with the dating analogy, one could argue that Stanford doesn’t like to string dates along. In this way, Princeton and Harvard are OkCupid in that they tend to string students along they have no intention of admitting. It’s like agreeing to a second date a week in advance when you have every intention of canceling that date. Maybe they’ll even suggest a location. It’s lame if you ask us! Stanford is more of a Tinder or a Grindr. They cut to the chase and, well, we respect them for it. Go Cardinal!
Find that kind of analogy on another college admissions blog. We dare you! Hey, we write every single day — including weekends and holidays — about highly selective college admissions. We’ve got to keep things interesting, right? Anyhow, while you’re here, check out our compiled Ivy League Statistics.
Bev Taylor of The Ivy Coach was featured in an article of “The Yale Daily News.”
The Ivy Coach was featured in an article of “The Yale Daily News” a couple of days ago. Entitled “Early programs not created equal,” the piece, written by Rishabh Bhandari, the piece focuses on the difference between Early Decision programs and Early Action programs (including Single Choice Early Action programs). According to the article on Early admission, “Bev Taylor, the founder of The Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said there are only a handful of schools — MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and Yale — that do not have to worry about their yield rates. These schools know that students who apply early will likely matriculate even though they are not obligated to, she said. Taylor added that she rarely sees students who are accepted early by any of the aforementioned schools submit applications to other schools outside that list.”
And that’s why a school like Harvard doesn’t have an Early Decision program. They don’t need that commitment from a student. They have confidence that if they admit a student, that student will in all likelihood matriculate. It’s like dating. Harvard doesn’t need to demand that the student marry them on the first date. They’re confident enough to wait it out should marriage be in the cards. Our Founder, Bev Taylor, goes on to question how many students who get into Yale via Early Action then choose to apply later to Cornell? Not many, she bets. And why would they? It wouldn’t be right for them to apply to Cornell via Regular Decision if they have every intention of matriculating to Yale. And most folks have a sense of ethics, we find.
Do you think there are other colleges not listed in this post that don’t worry about their yield rates? If so, let us know which colleges you think are also generally apathetic and we’ll share with you our opinion on the school. We look forward to hearing from you!
Don’t waste your valuable Early card. Students should absolutely apply Early Decision or Early Action to the college(s) they most want to attend.
Applying Early Decision or Early Action is very wise. If you’re a high school junior and you’re starting to seriously think about where you want to attend college in less than two years from now, we’ve got some advice for you. If you read nothing else on our college admissions blog, we urge you to apply Early Decision or Early Action to the college(s) you most want to attend. Just take a look at our Ivy League Admissions Statistics if you’re not buying into the fact that you should apply Early Decision to Columbia if you dream of being a student there. Or Dartmouth via Early Decision if you dream of being a student there. Or Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, or Yale via Single Choice Early Action if you dream of being a student at one of these institutions.
Take a cold hard look at those Ivy League admissions statistics. Notice the disparity in the admissions rate when comparing Regular Decision to Early Decision or Early Action? If you choose not to apply Early, you’re applying to a college in which about half the class is already filled through their Early program. That’s the cold hard truth of the matter! Why apply to a college when it’s already half full? College admissions at the top universities in America is selective enough. Don’t make it harder on yourself.
The fact of the matter is that you can only attend one college anyway. Unless you transfer. But who wants to transfer? You want to go to a school where you’ll be happy. It’s quite simple. So if you can only attend one college, you might as well commit to that college in the Early round rather than making no commitments and applying to a host of universities in the Regular Decision round. Don’t waste your Early card! It’s so very valuable. Use it wisely. And absolutely use it!
Deferred applicants should not be doing nothing. They should be proactive (photo credit: David Emmerman).
We’ve got some deferred applicant recommendations for the readers of our college admissions blog who happened to be deferred at their Early Decision or Early Action school. Now is not the time to do nothing. Maybe you’ve moved on from thinking about your dream college. Maybe you really wanted to go to Cornell. Perhaps you dreamed of taking a swim in Cayuga Lake or eating their fabulous food (it’s absolutely the best campus food of any college in the nation and as it should be with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and all). And now you’re just trying to think about other things. Maybe you’re trying to replace those thoughts with thoughts of climbing Mount Moosilauke at Dartmouth or going to a Duke basketball game as a Cameron Crazy. Now that would be fun!
But college admissions isn’t dating. You need to move on but don’t move on entirely. After all, what good comes from moving on entirely? A clear head? Sure, that’s nice. But there is still a shot you can get in to the school that deferred you Early. You were not denied admission. You were deferred. So swallow your pride, dream about other schools, but still pursue trying to gain admission to the school that deferred you.
That means that you should write a very powerful letter of enthusiasm to that school, letting them know why you should earn admission, what you can add to the community, what you love about the school, etc. Your letter of enthusiasm should not simply reiterate what was on the rest of your application. It should not be a slightly different version of your other college admissions essays. it must be different. It must be moving. There was a reason you were deferred and weren’t admitted so you’ve got to shine here. And, yes, we sure do help students craft incredibly powerful letters of recommendation so if you’re in this boat, click on our orange button and sign up for a free consultation today.
Is writing a letter of enthusiasm all you should be doing if you’re deferred? No. Check back to our blog to find out what else you should be doing to turn that deferral into an offer of admission. Yes, it can happen. It happens to applicants every year.
The University of Chicago Early Action stats for this year are in.
The University of Chicago Early Action figures are in. And for the fifth consecutive year, more students applied than ever before via Early Action. In all, 11,143 students applied Early Action to UChicago (UChicago’s Early Action policy isn’t binding) and this marked an 8% increase from last year’s 10,316 applicants from last year’s pool. The official count is apparently a 6.7% increase and this is due to 130 students who weren’t accounted for in last year’s initial official release numbers.
According to an article on the University of Chicago Early Action figures, “The Chicago Maroon,” “The number of early action applications has risen 89.4 percent since 2009, when James Nondorf became the dean of college admissions and financial aid and when the College began using the Common Application. The College has seen, on average, a 20-percent increase in the number of early applicants every year since 2010. According to University spokesperson Jeremy Manier, what this year’s comparatively low rate of increase signifies is unclear for now. ‘I think the expectation is that at some point you’ll see the number reach the natural level, and it’s difficult to tell whether we’re there yet,’ Manier said. Last year, early applications comprised about a third of the total pool of 30,396 applications. The overall acceptance rate was 8.8 percent.”
The University of Chicago application is famously very creative and unique. The admissions office, in their letter to applicants, said that they laughed at the jokes, cried a little at “some touching essays,” and “contemplated your mantis shrimp” (hey, they didn’t say they aren’t strange). Imagine what the numbers would be like if the University of Chicago didn’t have essays that only fit for their school (it discourages students from applying). But we salute the University of Chicago for their unique essays. In defiance of their “US News & World Report” ranking, they dare to go against the trend. They dare to seek out students who actually want to go to the University of Chicago. Good for them, we say!
If you are admitted to Stanford via Single Choice Early Action and have every intention of matriculating, don’t apply to other colleges via Regular Decision. You are taking spots away from your peers and it’s just not right (photo credit: Jawed Karim).
When students apply Early Decision to, say, Dartmouth, they must attend that institution if admitted. It’s a binding agreement. By applying Early Decision to Dartmouth, you committed to them. You told them that you love them. And, in return, you have better odds of getting admitted than do students who apply to Dartmouth in the Regular Decision round. In this way, Dartmouth shows you a little love back! But what about students who apply via Single Choice Early Action to universities such as Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard and earn admission…is it then ethical to apply to other schools via Regular Decision? Because if you are admitted via Single Choice Early Action, you still have the option of applying to other schools through Regular Decision.
We would argue strongly that it’s not ethical, with exception. If you’re admitted to Stanford via Single Choice Early Action and have every intention of matriculating to Stanford that next fall, you should not be applying to Columbia, UCLA, and Duke just to collect feathers for your cap. By doing so, you are simply taking spots away from students who actually want to earn admission and, yes, go to Columbia, UCLA, or Duke. Why would you do that? Because you’re so insecure that you need to know if you’d earn admission even though you have absolutely no intention of ever going there? That’s super lame!
If you get into the college of your dreams via Single Choice Early Action, we urge you to go out and celebrate. Soak it in. Relax. Kick your feet up a little. But do not then apply to a host of other schools via Regular Decision. If there’s one school you might consider attending other than the school to which you were admitted, it’s ok to apply to that school in the Regular Decision round, but don’t just apply to colleges so you can collect feathers for your cap. That’s just plain unethical.
All Early Decision figures for Columbia have not yet trickled out. Hang tight.
The application count for Early Decision at Columbia University is in and we’ve got this number for our loyal readers. In all for the Class of 2018, Columbia University received 3,298 applications (this includes applications to Columbia College and SEAS). These 3,298 applications marked the largest applicant pool in the history of Columbia University. And what do you know? Their Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid has a statement in the press boasting of what a wonderful pool of Early applicants they’ve got. We’re not poking fun at Columbia’s Dean of Admissions per se as much as we’re poking fun of how every dean of admissions each and every year boasts of how they’ve secured such a tremendous applicant pool.
Anyhow, here is Jessica Marinaccio’s, Columbia’s Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid’s statement about the incoming portion of the Class of 2018 that was admitted via Early Decision: “Over the last several weeks, my staff and I have spent many hours reading about and discussing the 3,298 students who comprised the largest Early Decision applicant pool in Columbia’s history. While our decisions were not always easy, we are thrilled to celebrate today the individuals who have demonstrated that they are ideally suited for Columbia. They will come to Columbia from all over the country and around the world, bringing their singular insights, passions, questions and stories to enrich every corner of our campus.”
Do you think most deans of admission recycle these quotes year after year? Can you imagine a dean of admission saying anything different? Let us know your thoughts by posting below!
The Early Decision figures for Williams’ Class of 2018 are in (photo credit: SERSeanCrane).
The numbers for Early Decision at Williams are in and we’ve got these much anticipated figures for our readers. 237 students have been admitted to one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges via Williams’ Early Decision round. Of these 237 students, 124 of them are women and 113 of them are men. Together, they will comprise approximately 43% of the incoming Williams Class of 2018 as Williams’ target class size is 550. By our math, 263 students will ideally matriculate to Williams through the Regular Decision round (though they’ll make more offers of admission than that because in Regular Decision, students aren’t required to matriculate).
In an utter shock — if you’ve been reading our admissions blogs daily, you know how we feel about deans of admission saying they’ve secured terrific classes (would they say anything different ever?) – Richard Nesbitt, Williams’ director of admission, said, as quoted on the Williams website, “554 students applied under Early Decision and the quality of the pool was superb. “With so many highly qualified applicants to choose from, the selection process was as keenly competitive as it’s ever been,” he said.
For test scores, this year’s Early class is stronger than any other Early class in Williams’ history. With an average of 716 on Critical Reading on the SAT, 713 on the Math on the SAT, 724 on the Writing on the SAT, and 32 on the ACT, the Early class also boasts a nationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, an award-winning Hellenic dancer, and much more. Now those are the kinds of anecdotes that we love to hear from deans of admission. Good job for putting that out there in the press, Richard Nesbitt. You’re showing there, rather than telling. Like any good applicant should do in their college essay. We at The Ivy Coach salute you for that!