Bev Taylor, Founder of The Ivy Coach, is quoted on the pages of Yale’s newspaper today.
Bev Taylor, Founder of The Ivy Coach, has been featured on the pages of “The Yale Daily News,” the newspaper of Yale University. In an article entitled “Number of early applications falls slightly” written by Tyler Foggatt, Bev is quoted as saying that the slight decline in Early applications to Yale University this year was not to be expected. And it’s not a reflection on Yale. It’s a reflection on the fact that the Early deadline was extended last year because of so many issues with the Common Application. This year, the deadline was not extended so without those extra days, fewer students will invariably apply. There are a whole lot of procrastinators across American high schools!
As stated in the piece on Yale Early admissions in “The Yale Daily News,” “Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said last year’s early application numbers cannot be compared with this year’s, since many schools were forced to extend their deadlines last winter when the Common Application crashed. Last fall, Yale extended its early action deadline by four days. Taylor added that this year’s early application numbers still saw an increase from the 2012 numbers — the last year Yale had a normal early admissions cycle. ‘I would discount last year, because how can you compare this year’s numbers with last year’s when the deadline was extended by so many days in 2013?” Taylor said. “And now, you’re still seeing a rise in applications from two years ago. I might be concerned if [this year’s numbers] were less than the class of 2017, but the class of 2018 is an anomaly.'”
Do you agree? Do you think that all of the problems with the Common App. last year, which led to extended deadlines at so many highly selective colleges like Yale, led to reduced applications this year at Yale as compared to last year since deadlines weren’t extended this year? Let us know your thoughts on the matter by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Johns Hopkins extended their Early Decision deadline this year for no particular reason.
We completely understand why Early Decision and Early Action application deadlines were extended for the Class of 2018. After all, we were helping lead the charge against the Common App., letting it be known so many issues students were having with the platform as they sought to complete and submit their applications. But this year, there weren’t issues with the Common Application. So we’re curious as to why Johns Hopkins University chose to extend their Early Decision application deadline to November 10th.
As Johns Hopkins noted in an email to potential applicants from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, “Greetings from Johns Hopkins University. We’ve extended our Early Decision application deadline to Monday, November 10. While we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, we want to make sure you have ample time to produce your best work as you consider applying Early Decision to Hopkins.” Can you guess what we have to say about this? Likely story.
In 2013, problems with the Common Application led to extended Early Decision and Early Action deadlines. In 2012, Super Storm Sandy led to extended Early Decision and Early Action deadlines. And in 2011, a snowstorm that hit the northeast led to extensions. But in 2014, no act of God or the Common Application should have led to extended deadlines. This can only mean…Johns Hopkins wanted to receive more applications and chose to extend their deadline in an effort to attract more Early Decision applications.
We’re curious to hear what you think about Johns Hopkins extending their Early Decision deadline. Do you share our suspicions? Let us know by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Bev Taylor, Founder or The Ivy Coach, has been quoted on the pages of the University of Pennsylvania’s newspaper about applying Early Decision to Penn.
Bev Taylor, Founder of The Ivy Coach, has been quoted in an article of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Daily Pennsylvanian” on the topic of the rise of Early Decision applications to the school this year (a 5% increase for an all-time record). We’ve long discussed on the pages of our college admissions blog the importance of using your Early Decision or Early Action card. And this is particularly the case at Penn. Just take a look at our compiled Ivy League admissions statistics over the years and compare the Early Decision admit rate at Penn to the Regular Decision admit rate. The difference between these two numbers says it all.
In the article on Early Decision at Penn in “The Daily Pennsylvanian” written by Bookyung Jo, it states: “Bev Taylor, a college admissions expert and founder of The Ivy Coach, said there is a general trend of more students applying early. Parents and students — both within the U.S. and worldwide — are becoming more aware of the benefits of the early application option because newspaper articles and blogs emphasize the higher possibility of getting in, she said. Last year, Penn’s early decision acceptance rate was 25.2 percent, compared to 7.3 percent for regular decision. ‘Another piece is that students who are applying early are typically very motivated high-achievers,’ Taylor said. ‘They have [their application] all done by Nov. 1.’” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Oh wait.
The article in Penn’s newspaper goes on, “Even though Penn’s early application deadline was not pushed back this year — like it was for each of the past three years — [Dean of Admissions Eric] Furda indicated that the number of applicants was most likely not affected by the stable deadline. On the other hand, Taylor thought the extended deadline increased the number of early applications. ‘We have a huge number of 17-year-olds who are by nature procrastinators,’ she said.” And, yes, for all of those students and parents who reached out to us around the November 1st deadline, we are referring to you!
Duke’s Early Decision applications are down this year and, yes, we do believe Mercer’s upset of Duke in March Madness had something to do with it.
The figures for Early Decision at Duke are in. In all, 3,146 students applied through Duke’s binding Early Decision program this fall. The 3,146 students are not a high for the university and are indeed down from last year’s mark of 3,180 Early Decision applicants — a drop The Ivy Coach accurately forecasted months ago. As we’ve been saying on the pages of this college admissions blog for years (and as we accurately predicted back in March), Duke is one of America’s most prestigious universities but the number of students that apply — both through its Early Decision program and through Regular Decision — is correlated with Duke’s success in March Madness. As much as Duke may be one of the nation’s greatest universities outside of basketball, basketball still impacts the undergraduate admissions figures if you track the data over the course of many years. Are there years in which there are exceptions? Yes. But you’ll note that the 3rd seeded Duke Blue Devils were upstaged by the 14th seeded Mercer Bears in one of the NCAA Tournament’s greatest — if not the greatest — upset last March. Duke did not advance far in the tourney and their admissions figures are down. Coincidence? We think not.
According to an article on Early Decision at Duke in “The Duke Chronicle,” “Through the mid-2000s, Duke consistently admitted approximately 30 percent of each incoming class through early decision. As applications have increased, however—more than doubling from 2002 to 2013—Duke has admitted more of its class early, hitting nearly half of the class last year. ‘We’re pleased at the number of students who have already decided that Duke is their absolute top choice for college,’ [Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph] Guttentag said in the release. ‘These are students who have outstanding academic and personal qualities, and who are excited at the prospect of attending Duke. They’ve applied from all 50 states and from 62 countries, and we look forward to reading their applications and hearing their stories.’ According to the release, the Pratt School of Engineering saw an increased number of early applications. The most popular states for applicants were North Carolina, New York, California, Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.”
Do you disagree with our assessment that Duke’s admissions figures are tied, in some way, to Coach K’s team’s success in March Madness? Have you read our blog on the admissions impact of our friend Jim Larranaga’s run with George Mason University to the Final Four in 2006? If not, check it out and then get back to us on Duke.
The stats for Early Action applications at Georgetown are in. Applications are steady from last year.
The total application number for Early Action at Georgetown is in. In all, 6,624 students applied Early Action to Georgetown, completing their applications in advance of the November 1st deadline. This number might go up a bit since the university will still be accepting applications submitted by mail so long as they’re postmarked November 1st. But since nobody we know applies by mail these days, we’re not so sure Georgetown should expect to see a rise in their Early Action application figure.
According to an article on the Early Action stats at Georgetown this year, “The current 6,624 early action applications number is slightly lower than last year’s 6,749 early applicants for the Class of 2018, although exact comparisons will not be determined until all applications are received by mail this week. The number of early action applications peaked with 6,840 in 2013 for the Class of 2017, following 6,831 in 2012 for the Class of 2016 and 6,655 in 2011 for the Class of 2015…The number of early action applications acts as a predictor for the overall number of applications to come, making up an average of about 34 percent of total applications. This year’s early applications predict an overall applicant pool between 19,000 and 20,000, consistent with the last four years, [Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles] Deacon said. Last year, Georgetown had 19,501 total applicants.”
Deacon also noted that he’s particularly hoping to attract more Latino applicants this admissions cycle. That’s interesting that he would say that to the press. Deans of admissions aren’t typically as open about those sorts of things. We appreciate his candor and hope that Georgetown is indeed able to attract more Latino applicants this year.
Dartmouth has set a new benchmark for Early Decision applications this admissions cycle.
Record applications at Dartmouth! Dartmouth College marks the first Ivy League college to report their Early Decision / Early Action application figures for this admissions cycle. And what an Early Decision pool it is for Dartmouth. The school in Hanover, New Hampshire has received 1,856 Early Decision applications. This figure is up 10% from last year, when 1,678 applicants applied through the binding program. And while last year was an off year for Dartmouth, the school has more than bounced back with this new record mark.
Last year, Dartmouth experienced a 14% drop in Regular Decision applications (read our Founder, Bev Taylor’s, remarks on the decline last year on the pages of “The Dartmouth”), though the College on the Hill did indeed secure a high yield. 1,801 marked the previous Early Decision record for Dartmouth and that was for the Class of 2016. According to an article on the record applications at Dartmouth via Early Decision this year, “Average standardized test scores, class ranks and racial and geographic makeup for the Class of 2019 early decision applicant pool are currently unavailable because admissions officers have not yet fully processed secondary school reports, dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris said, but she noted that this marks the first time in two years that more women than men applied early decision. Laskaris said the higher early decision application numbers likely resulted from recruiting road trips and connections that prospective applicants make on campus visits.”
Congratulations to Dartmouth College on their record Early Decision applicant pool for this admissions cycle. Do you think the other seven Ivy League colleges will also break records? Let us know your thoughts by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Don’t wait until the deadline to write your admissions essays for Regular Decision. While this photo from Yale is from a long time ago, waiting a long time to write your Regular Decision Yale admissions essays is a really bad idea.
Now that the deadline for most schools with Early Decision and Early Action policies has passed, it’s high time that high school seniors get to work on their Regular Decision applications. If you were a student who completed your Early application under a lot of stress at the deadline, do you really want to put yourself through that again? Also, it’s unlikely that your admissions essays came out as good as they could have come out had you started the process of working on them much earlier — like during the summer when school was out. So don’t make the same mistake twice. Get started now.
If you’re thinking something along the lines of, “Why do all the work on my Regular Decision applications when it might well be a waste after I get into my Early Decision school in six weeks,” you need to stop thinking like that at once. Would it be great if you got into your Early Decision school? Of course! That would be fantastic. But you’ve got to prepare for the worst. You’ve got to have your Regular Decision applications ready to go in the event you get deferred or denied admission at your dream college. It’s a wise approach to the highly selective college admissions process. It’s a wise approach to life.
And what if you do get into your Early Decision or Early Action school…you’ve done some extra work completing unnecessary applications? Big deal. As the trite but true expression goes, “better to be safe than sorry.” So stop procrastinating. Stop just crossing your fingers that you won’t have to do any Regular Decision applications because you’ll get into your Early school. Uncross those fingers. The highly selective college admissions process is not about luck. And, with those uncrossed fingers, get to work on your many Regular Decision admissions essays.
If you’d like our assistance with helping you craft powerful, compelling, and memorable admissions essays that make you stand out in the competitive admissions process to Ivy League and other highly selective colleges, reach out to us today by filling out our free consultation form. We look forward to hearing from you.
There is still time for The Ivy Coach to review your Personal Statement and supplemental essays for the November 1st Early deadline (photo credit: Gavin Huang).
It is not too late for The Ivy Coach to review your (or your child’s) Personal Statement and supplemental essays for Early Decision or Early Action. Yes, we are fully aware that the deadline is looming. It’s October 29th…it’s nearly November 1st. The last day of the Major League Baseball season is today when the upstart Kansas City Royals look to win their first World Series in 29 years by upstaging the San Francisco Giants on their home field. But it’s not November 1st quite yet and year after year, students and parents come to us in these final days. While it’s not ideal, hearing our critiques of essays and listening to our proposed changes can greatly improve a student’s odds of admission. And, yes, we are available over these next couple of days to help you shape your revisions into outstanding essays.
If you’re interested in last-minute college admissions essay help, we recommend emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can schedule a one-hour consultation to be conducted via Skype or phone — whichever you prefer. Submitting that essay about grandpa is a terrible idea, even if you already wrote it. It’s not the most difficult thing in the world to rework an essay in a couple of days. There’s no need to stress about it. We help students get it done all of the time. It is what it is. There is no coming back from an essay about grandpa, no matter how well you think it is executed. The same is true about that foreign travel essay. Or that sports, violin, or volunteering essay. Such essay topics are unredeemable and we at The Ivy Coach can help you come up with great topics and direction even in these final days before the deadline.
So email us today to help you pinpoint a fantastic essay topic for you. The best essays, as we’ve said on the pages of this college admissions blog for years now, are about absolutely nothing. Just like the show “Seinfeld.” The best essays are about small stories that shed insight into who you are and what you’re all about. When students try to tell big stories and boast of their accomplishments, they fail miserably and, in so doing, sway admissions officers to root against rather than for them. We look forward to hearing from you.
Applying Single Choice Early Action at Princeton has its advantages. But that doesn’t mean Princeton admissions officers will tell you this…
We recently had a parent call us and she happened to mention that she is a loyal reader of our blog and has been for a couple of years. She told us that she appreciated our candor and our tell-it-like-it-is approach. And so because her daughter was applying to Princeton through its Single Choice Early Action policy, she decided to call Princeton to ask them whether applying Single Choice Early Action really gave students a benefit as compared to applying Regular Decision to the university. As a loyal reader of our blog, she knew well what we’ve been espousing for years and that is…of course there’s a benefit to applying Early! But when this mom called Princeton on two different occasions, she received a different answer to her question than what we’ve been saying for years. And that should absolutely be no surprise!
If you check out our Ivy League Statistics Page — a page that we’ve been adding statistics to for the past 11 years — you can see for yourself the advantage of applying Early vs. Regular. These numbers are clearcut and straightforward! And by the way, in case you’re ever wondering about where we get our statistics from…we get them from our dear friends in admissions at these very schools. Including Princeton.
But getting back to this mom, two different people at the Princeton admissions office told her that it was no easier to get into Princeton in the Single Choice Early Action round vs. the Regular Decision round. Uh huh. Their responses are indeed the exact opposite of what the numbers tell you. But this is to be expected and it’s exactly what we’ve been telling folks on our college admissions blog for years — colleges lie. Yes, colleges lie. Even Princeton. And what’s Princeton’s rationale for the discrepancy in the figures between the Single Choice Early Action round and the Regular Decision round if the two rounds are supposed to be created equal? “The students who apply SCEA to Princeton are just more competitive, and that’s why they get admitted at a higher rate.” Our response to that?: Yeah right!
Do you actually believe that an admissions officer at Princeton would say something along these lines?: “The reason that those students who apply SCEA get accepted at a higher rate is because we know that if we admit them, they’re more likely to attend.” They would never say such a thing. It’s simply not in their interest to do so. And yet it’s the truth. Because Princeton — like all highly selective colleges — cares about their yield statistic. They just can’t tell you that when you call them up over the phone. It’s not a Princeton thing. It’s an every highly selective college thing. Accept it. It is what it is.
It’s not too late to rework your college essays. Don’t submit bad essays. Submit outstanding ones! Contact The Ivy Coach today to help you do just that.
There is still time to fix bad college essays! It never ceases to amaze us that so many students (and their parents) are confident about their choice of essay topics…and their execution of these topics. We so often get calls and emails around now, mere days before Early Decision and Early Action deadlines, that go something like this: “My son has already written his Common Application Personal Statement and I think it’s in really good shape. I was wondering if you could just read through it and let me know what you think.” And we will of course read through a student’s Common Application Personal Statement and let the student and parent know what we think. For a fee of course. After all, we are an American business, and our expertise does not come for free…even though many parents seem to think it should! We’ll give a free 20-minute consolation to discuss our service offerings but if you want our opinion on essay topics and execution, you’ll need to become our client.
But anyway, enough venting about that. What parents and students are typically surprised by is how we can tell in mere seconds if an essay should be completely scrapped. That’s right. Mere seconds. If we hear that an essay is about a trip to India, we don’t care one bit how well that essay is executed. It’s not going to work. It’s going to put admissions officers to sleep. It’s going to hurt — and not help — the student’s chances for admission to a highly selective college. The same is true of that essay about Key Club or that essay about coming back from a major back injury to lead your soccer team to the state finals. We don’t need to read on. We know. These essays should sooner be burned than submitted to highly selective colleges. That’s right. Burned.
What also amazes us is that parents (more so than students usually) aren’t willing to encourage their children to change their essays at this late date. They figure it is what it is at this point. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. You’ve still got several days to entirely change a Personal Statement. Will it require a little bit of work? You bet. But this is work we take on with parents and students at the last minute all of the time. Would you rather not put in the work now and live to regret not getting into Yale or would you rather take a chance and put in the work. Writing a 650-word essay is not like building a skyscraper. It can be done with the time that remains. And there is absolutely no need to get super stressed about it either. That’s one thing we do. We take away the stress. We help you realize that crafting a powerful Personal Statement is entirely achievable with just a little bit of time and energy.
Just because you’ve written 650 words doesn’t mean those 650 words are any good. Want an evaluation? Contact us today to get started since those deadlines are indeed approaching.