Class of 2026 Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates

Wondering when you will learn of your admissions decision from an Ivy League school or from another elite university? Most elite universities release their decisions in mid-December. Sometimes schools are super specific about when they’ll be notifying applicants of their decisions, while other times they keep it vague. “Mid-December” is … 

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ALDCs at Harvard

Would it surprise you that 43% of white students at Harvard University fit neatly into one of the following categories?: recruited athletes, legacies, development cases (a.k.a. Dean’s Interest List), and/or children of faculty/staff? If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, it likely doesn’t surprise you one bit. … 

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UVA Class of 2026 Early Application Figures

The University of Virginia, one of our nation’s top public universities, has received a record number of both Early Decision and Early Action applications to its Class of 2026. The school, which offers Early applicants the option of applying under its binding Early Decision policy or its non-binding Early Action … 

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International Applicants Applying for Financial Aid

Many high school seniors are under the assumption that the college to which they’re applying is need-blind, meaning the college doesn’t take into account the student’s family’s ability to pay when weighing the student’s case for admission. And why do these students hold this assumption? Because admissions officers at these … 

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Dartmouth and Princeton Claim 2021 Ivy League Football Title

Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball has struck again. As loyal readers of our college admissions blog might remember, our crystal ball predicted that Dartmouth College would defend its Ivy League title in football. After a 2020 campaign that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dartmouth was indeed able … 

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Yale Class of 2026 Early Action Applications

Yale University has received 7,313 Early Action applications to its Class of 2026. To put this figure in historical perspective, it marks the second largest applicant pool in the university’s long history — eclipsed only by applications to the Yale University Class of 2025. Last year, Yale received 7,939 Early … 

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Standardized Tests in UC Admissions Process

The University of California schools, which are not test-optional but instead test-blind, will not be using any standardized test in its admissions process now or apparently ever in the future. After eliminating the SAT and ACT from the decision-making process, UC faculty were tasked with determining if an alternative to … 

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Dissecting the Argument Against Applying Early Decision

So many high school seniors across America and around the world choose not to apply to a school through an Early Decision policy because they’re not ready to make a binding commitment to attend an institution. They need time. They want to weigh their options. An apple might fall from … 

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MBA Starting Salaries

It’s a good time to be receiving an MBA degree. In a market in which jobs are plentiful and coveted employees are hard to land, it’s unsurprising that starting salaries for graduates of top MBA programs are skyrocketing. Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting salaries for MBA graduates leveled … 

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Some Wish to Eliminate Recommendation Letters

Imagine a world in which applicants to our nation’s highly selective colleges can earn admission without test scores, grades, letters of recommendation, activities, and essays. Imagine a world in which applicants to our nation’s highly selective colleges can earn admission with only a smile. We’re kidding. Or are we kidding? … 

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