Yale Class of 2027 Early Action Applications

Early Action applications to the Yale Class of 2027 rose this year — to 7,777 students. It marks the second largest Early Action applicant pool in Yale’s history, trailing only the Early Action pool for the Yale Class of 2025 when 7,939 students applied to the Ivy League institution by … 

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On Binding Early Decision

We had a student a few years back whose dream was Columbia University. She thus applied Early Decision to Columbia, her first choice school. But just because she applied Early Decision to Columbia doesn’t mean she wasn’t able to also apply to schools under non-restrictive Early Action policies. After all, … 

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PreMortem for High School Seniors

If you’re a high school senior, you’re a little less than a week away from Early Decision / Early Action deadlines. That’s right. November 1st is inching closer and closer. So, if you’re freaking out, unsure if your essays are expressing what they should be expressing, if your activities are … 

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Early Decision Under Fire

A new report, published by a group known as “Education Reform Now,” has sharply criticized Early Decision policies. What? A group is against the notion that students should not have to make binding commitments to universities in exchange for increased odds of admission? This is a radical rebuke of a … 

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Correcting an Early Admission Misconception

One of the core objectives of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog has long been to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by the press, admissions officers, high school counselors, private college counselors, and, heck, even moms and dads in line at the local grocery … 

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Keep Your Early School A Secret

It never ceases to surprise us when a student shares with their classmates where they’re applying to in the Early Decision / Early Action round. Why share this valuable piece of information rather than keep it close to the vest? Other students are surely keeping their choice a secret — … 

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Vanderbilt University Class of 2026 Early Decision II Admissions Statistics

Vanderbilt University has released Early Decision II notifications for the Class of 2026. Approximately 250 students earned admission through the school’s second binding decision program, drawn from a pool of 2,407 ED II applicants. In total, between Early Decision I and Early Decision II, approximately 900 students earned admission to … 

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Notre Dame Class of 2026 Early Action Statistics

The University of Notre Dame has notified Early Action applicants to its Class of 2026 of their decisions. In all, an all-time record 9,683 students applied Early Action to Notre Dame this fall. Last year, this same figure stood at 7,744. EA applications were thus up over 25% year-over-year, an … 

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