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University of Pennsylvania Class of 2028 Early Decision Admission Statistics

The University of Pennsylvania on Thursday announced an increase in the number of students who applied under the school’s binding Early Decision policy, with a record-breaking over 8,500 students applying ED to the Class of 2028, up from over 8,000 for the Class of 2027, and 7,795 for the Class of 2026. In prior cycles, Penn’s Early Decision application pool never hit 8,000, capping out at 7,962 for the Class of 2025.

December 15, 2023

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Harvard University Class of 2028 Early Action Admission Statistics

Out of a pool of 7,921 Early Action applicants to the Class of 2028, Harvard admitted 692 students for an EA acceptance rate of 8.74%. While this is the highest EA acceptance rate since the Class of 2024, it is still the fourth-lowest in the university’s history.

December 15, 2023

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What To Do After Being Deferred by Rice University

As Rice states on its website, “We defer only those applicants whom we intend to reevaluate for admission again later in the process.” So, unlike some elite universities, Rice doesn’t just defer all Early candidates (hi, Georgetown!).

December 15, 2023

What to Do After Being Deferred by Cornell

Were you deferred in the Early Decision round by Cornell University to the Class of 2028? After making a binding commitment to the Ivy League school in the Early, it’s undoubtedly not the news you had hoped for when you submitted your application at the beginning of November.

December 14, 2023

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Deferred from Carnegie Mellon: Statistics and Next Steps

Were you deferred by Carnegie Mellon University this Early Decision cycle for the Class of 2028? If so, turn that frown upside down. It’s not over ’til it’s over — and it’s not over yet.

December 13, 2023

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Class of 2028 Early Action/Decision Notification Dates

When will the school you applied to in the Early Action/Early Decision round notify you of their decision?

December 13, 2023

Deferred From MIT Early Action: Statistics and Next Steps

Were you deferred by MIT in the Early Action round? If so, learn how to improve your odds of admission in Regular Decision.

December 13, 2023

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Deferred by Stanford: What It Means and Next Steps to Take

Learn what you should do if you receive a deferral from Stanford University in the Early Action round.

December 13, 2023

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Deferred by the University of Chicago: What It Means and Next Steps

Were you deferred by the University of Chicago after applying Early Decision or Early Action? If so, learn the game plan you should follow!

December 13, 2023

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The Postmortem Strategy Session for Deferred or Denied Early Applicants

If your child has received word that they’ve been deferred or denied admission to their dream school in the Early round of admission to the Class of 2028, take a moment to mourn the decision. And in the next moment, get over it because you simply don’t have time to go through the five stages of grief right now. With most Regular Decision applications due on January 1st, you don’t have the days to waste.

December 13, 2023

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What To Do After Being Deferred by Tufts

Note that for some of these years, including the most recent years, Tufts did not release its Early Decision admissions statistics. So, while you can find such figures online, we at Ivy Coach don’t believe any are accurate since none, in our calculations, stem from Tufts.

December 12, 2023

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Brown Early Decision Deferral: What to Do Next

Learn what to do if you’ve been deferred by Brown in the Early Decision round of college admissions. Learn the right game plan!

December 12, 2023

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The Power of a Great Letter of Continued Interest

Learn the power of a great Letter of Continued Interest. Learn how to best position yourself after a deferral or waitlisting.

December 12, 2023

When Do College Decisions Come Out for the Class of 2028?

Find out when college decisions come out for Regular Decision during the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. Decisions are right around the corner!

December 12, 2023

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What To Do After Being Deferred by the University of Virginia

The ED admission rate ranges from 45.17% for the Class of 2026 to 24.47 for the Class of 2027. Meanwhile, the EA admission rate ranges from 16.51% for the Class of 2027 to 26% for the Class of 2023.

December 12, 2023

The Main Building with its Golden Dome, is featured at the University of Notre Dame.

What To Do After Being Deferred by Notre Dame

Were you deferred in the Early Action round to Notre Dame’s Class of 2028? If so, all hope should not be lost. After all, Notre Dame is the alma mater of Rudy Ruettiger — you’ve got to march on to victory (though we hope you didn’t write about him or Notre Dame football at all in your Notre Dame essays)!

December 11, 2023

Gasson Hall is featured beyond a road on a fall night at Boston College.

What To Do After Being Deferred by Boston College

Were you deferred by Boston College, one of this year’s first schools to release notifications to the Class of 2028, in the Early Decision I round? If so, you’re likely wondering if you genuinely have a shot of earning admission to your dream school in the Regular Decision round or if it would be more worthwhile to cut bait and focus on the other schools to which you’ll be applying. So, let’s dive in!

December 11, 2023

Washington University in St. Louis' crest, which includes the Latin inscription for "This is our truth," rests atop an iron gate on campus.

What To Do After Being Deferred by Washington University in St. Louis

In recent years, WashU has been one of the more cryptic elite universities, withholding most of their key Early Decision I and Early Decision II admissions figures. That said, the school has released some Early Decision admissions statistics over the last five years — just not many.

December 10, 2023

Healy Hall, with its gothic architecture, is featured at Georgetown University.

What to Do After Being Deferred by Georgetown

You applied Restrictive Early Action to Georgetown. As such, you must have really fallen in love with the Jesuit institution. So, why would you give up now when you’re still alive and kicking? Instead, learn about your post-deferral chances at Georgetown and what you can do to optimize your case for admission in Regular Decision.

December 10, 2023

The Game Plan for Deferred and Denied Students

Did your child receive a deferral or, worse, a denial from their dream Ivy League or other highly selective university in the Early Action / Early Decision round of admissions to the Class of 2028? If so, grieve the decision for a few minutes — and then get over it because you don’t have time to go through all five stages of grief right now. Regular Decision applications are due in just a couple of weeks. The time is now for your child to take corrective actions to avoid making the same mistakes in the Regular Decision round. So what’s the game plan?

December 9, 2023


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