NYU Sets New Application Benchmark

New York University received more than 100,000 applications to its Class of 2025. The figure marks an all-time record for the university. It also marks the fourteenth year in a row in which NYU has set a new application tally benchmark. In all, 100,131 students applied to NYU this year … 

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Duke Is A Harbinger of Class of 2025 Regular Decision Figures

The early word is that Duke University has received just over 49,500 applications to the Class of 2025. It’s a figure that includes both Early Decision and Regular Decision applications. In the Early round, as our readers may remember, over 5,000 students made binding commitments to attend the Durham, North … 

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The Future of Test-Optional Policies

Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know that we believe test-optional policies, which were implemented at the vast majority of highly selective universities this year in response to test cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aren’t worth the paper they are written on. It is our unwavering position that, … 

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Ivy Coach’s Crystal Ball Strikes Again

Early December seems like an eternity ago in the world of highly selective college admissions. Back then, some asserted that Ivy Coach’s crystal ball forecast that Class of 2025 Early Decision / Early Action applications to our nation’s elite universities would surge, admit rates would plummet, and the schools would … 

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The Secret Sauce of Ivy Coach’s Letters of Enthusiasm

If your child was deferred from a highly selective university in the Early Action / Early Decision round, doing nothing is an unlikely strategy to earn admission to this same university in the Regular Decision round. Likewise, throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks is as unlikely a … 

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Princeton’s Cancellation of Early Action Does Not Explain Application Surges

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton University opted to forego offering students the chance to apply Early Action this fall. Instead, they offered students only the opportunity to apply Regular Decision on January 1st. The announcement, made just a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, read, “The University will move … 

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International Applications Rise

On the eve of the Trump presidency, which seems like eons ago, we forecasted that international applications to our nation’s elite universities would continue to climb. We felt that even isolationist, “America First” national policies wouldn’t deter young people around the world from applying to the best universities in the … 

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The Virtue Signaling of The Common Application

When you’re feeling blue about the state of our country and the heinous acts of sedition committed at the United States Capitol this week by a group of domestic terrorists, it seems natural to want to reach out to someone to express your thoughts, right? Well, enter The Common Application, … 

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Candidates to the Class of 2025 Applied to More Schools

Earlier this fall, you may have read headlines that college applications to the Class of 2025 were down across American universities. And while college applications to the vast majority of our nation’s 900+ colleges were slightly down this fall, applications were — of course — not down at our nation’s … 

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