Ivy Coach is featured today in America’s oldest college newspaper, “The Dartmouth.” In the piece in Dartmouth College’s newspaper written by Joyce Lee entitled “Early decision students to comprise 47 percent of class,” the Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, praises Dartmouth for its outreach in the last couple of years in particular to international applicants. While Dartmouth, like just about all highly selective colleges, have been trying to woo international applicants for many years, Dartmouth in particular has made strides in this department over the last few years and we’ve taken notice.
As Lee writes, “Bev Taylor, founder of college admissions consulting firm Ivy Coach, said that Dartmouth has been working to have more international applicants and has seen an increase in its application numbers over the past two years. She said that the increase in applications and their quality, as well as the diversity in the pool, was cause for praise.”
As the piece points out, more and more students are (wisely) applying Early these days too. Just think about it — 47% of Dartmouth’s incoming first-year class is already filled before the Regular Decision round. That means almost half the slots are taken. To not apply Early, to not use one’s Early card wisely is to make a costly mistake in highly selective college admissions.
As Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Lee Coffin states, “Over the last ten years, more students are being counseled to apply early somewhere, and college counselors say half or two-thirds of their senior class file an early decision or early action application…That’s a growing trend that’s showing up in our pool too. There’s a consciousness about early decision, as a strategy.” You bet there is.
Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to Dartmouth via Early Decision this year…to be members of the Dartmouth College Class of 2021!
The numbers are in for the Early Decision pool at UPenn for the Class of 2021! The University of Pennsylvania has a history of filling a sizable chunk of its incoming classes through its Early Decision program. This year, for the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2021, has proven to be no exception. Of the record-breaking 6,147 students who applied Early Decision to the University of Pennsylvania this Early Decision admissions cycle, 1,354 earned admission — marking an admission rate for the Early Decision round of 22%. This bests last year’s Early Decision admission rate, which stood at 23.2%.
As Julia Bell reports in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” “So far, Penn’s incoming class includes students from 46 states and 44 foreign countries. Penn also partnered with over 40 community-based organizations that represent underserved students, like the national nonprofit program QuestBridge and Philadelphia’s Steppingstone Scholars program. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.”
And, marking a first in the university’s storied history, half of all students admitted to Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were female this year. Of course, the trendsetter in this department remains Dartmouth College but how cool it is that other highly selective colleges are following in Dartmouth’s wake!
The Harvard Early Action decisions are out! Run for the hills, for higher ground! The floodgates usually open the day that Harvard releases its Early Action decisions. The main office phone rings off the hook (we don’t answer it, as our voice message and the permanent Nelson Mandela banner on our homepage instructs — “Don’t call us. [We’ll email] you.”). The emails come in. The free consult forms are completed. We’re not sure why it all typically starts with Harvard but we’ve been doing this long enough to know to close our electronic devices immediately upon the release of Harvard decisions — except of course to check in with our students who’ve applied Early to Harvard. It’s like boarding a plane. “Please turn off all electronic devices.” We adhere to the instructions of flight attendants on Harvard’s decision day even if we’re not up in the air.
It never ceases to amaze us how confident so many parents are that their children will earn admission. Maybe they think their children are simply the greatest (it’s very common). Or maybe they didn’t think they needed the assistance of a private college counselor (now they know otherwise). Or maybe they just thought they had it in the bag because they were legacy applicants and Grandpa Harry had donated a building in 1964. Either which way, when the children of these parents receive word they’ve been deferred or denied, they have this awakening. And while that’s all well and good, there are literally only two weeks left before most Regular Decision applications are due after this great awakening.
Even more interesting, most parents of students who are deferred are solely focused on turning this deferral into an offer of admission when they contact us after their awakening. We always want to reawaken them like Kate Chopin. Hello parents! Your focus during the next two weeks before most Regular Decision applications are due should be on not making the same mistakes your children made with their Early Decision or Early Action schools. Duh. Of course your child wants to make the best case possible to their Early school — but that’s not nearly as time sensitive as correcting mistakes on Regular Decision applications. Because if your child didn’t get in Early, there likely were mistakes — sometimes big ones — that could very well have cost your child admission.
But alas these parents are horses led to water who do not wish to drink. They usually remain focused on that deferral — and turning it into an offer of admission (which we at Ivy Coach help students do better than anyone but it still should not be their focus in mid-December!). Sigh.
There are lots and lots of confident parents out there across America and around the world. We love confidence. Parents often lead off free consults with us by discussing their children, their accomplishments in musical theatre, their rare genius, their good looks, kindness, athletic prowess — you name it. It’s why we make a point of articulating on our website and in our email exchanges that free consults are just to ask questions about our service offerings. Because as much as we love to hear about Johnny’s swim times, we’d probably rather bake an apple pie. Sorry, Johnny. Rotate those hips on your backstroke, keep your head steady, and don’t flip too far away from the wall so you can create some speed going in and out of your turns.
When parents brag to us about their children, we sometimes just want to blurt out: “But did your son harness the wind?” You’re probably like, “Ivy Coach, what are you talking about? We know you love your tangents but this one is a bit ridiculous. Who harnesses the wind?” You see, the “Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is, in our view, the greatest college applicant ever. His name is William Kamkwamba. He is now a graduate of Dartmouth College and what a college applicant this young man was!
William Kamkwamba harnessed the wind. And then he applied to college. Spoiler Alert: He got in!
Prior to enrolling at Dartmouth, William had co-authored a book entitled “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” that was a “New York Times” bestseller. The book told his life’s story. A native of Malawi, William built a windmill out of old bicycle parts and other discarded junk to power his village and, in so doing, change the lives of those around him. William Kamkwamba harnessed the wind to power his village in Malawi, thereby changing the world.
So as much as we love to hear stories about Johnny’s efforts in the 200 backstroke and Lily’s stories about playing just about every musical instrument, until your child has harnessed the wind, save your wind. We’ll give Johnny and Lily the best shot possible of getting into the best school possible. It’s just not necessary to listen to a half hour of brags to do so. Mic drop?
There was a piece on “Good Morning America” that featured a high school senior finding out that he had earned admission to Cornell University…in front of his entire school. As it turns out, at T.M. Landry College Prep in Opelousas, Louisiana, it is a school tradition for students to view their “college acceptance notices” in front of, well, virtually everybody. While it sounds really nice on the surface (and while we love watching everyone’s reactions in the video), we feel like we need to ask the obvious: what happens when it’s not a “college acceptance notice” — as “GMA” calls it — that students at T.M. Landry open? After all, it’s not the only kind of college decision that universities release — particularly the highly selective schools like Cornell.
So while it worked out this time and it made for a wonderful video that we really enjoyed watching, we can’t help but think that this is quite an ill-conceived tradition at T.M. Landry. The student in this case marked the sixth student in the small private school’s history admitted to an Ivy League institution. So it sounds like they’re kind of new at the whole
applying to highly selective colleges school thing (you see what we did there?). Experience informs us that, from a psychological standpoint, college decisions are best viewed in the privacy of one’s home, either alone or with a loving, supportive parent at one’s side.
Congratulations to this young man for earning admission to Cornell. We’re very happy for his success and we’re sure his school played a big part in helping him achieve this dream. But that doesn’t change our position that this is one “tradition” that needs to go. Hopefully the school realizes this sooner rather than later. It’s kind of obvious if you ask us. But that’s just our two cents.
The Early Action numbers are in for the Harvard Class of 2021. This year, applications rose by a margin of 5% — 6,473 students ended up applying Early to the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Of those 6,473 applicants, 938 earned offers of admission. Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who are among the 938! To compare the figures to last year’s Early Action pool at Harvard, 914 students earned admission to be members of the Class of 2020 (so they offered admission to 18 extra students) and 6,167 students applied. So indeed it was a good year for Harvard this year.
As reported by “The Harvard Gazette,” “The demographics for the Class of 2021 early action group are similar to last year’s group. Slightly more women (48.0 vs. 47.4 percent) make up the new class thus far, and more African-American students were admitted (12.6 percent vs. 9.5 percent last year). In addition, 21.7 percent of admitted students identify as Asian-American (compared with 24.1 percent last year), 8.8 percent as Latinos (vs. 9.5 percent), and 1.1 percent as Native American and Native Hawaiian (vs. 1.6 percent). Geographic patterns were also similar, although there were somewhat more admitted students from the Midwest and Mountain states and fewer from the South and the West. Intended academic concentrations were similar, although there were slightly more humanists and social scientists this year.”
And to those students who earned admission to Harvard in the Early Action round and are considering applying to other schools in the Regular Decision round, don’t be ridiculous. You’re going to end up going to Harvard anyway (yes, the vast majority of students who are admitted to both Harvard and Stanford still choose to attend Harvard) so go out and celebrate. You, members of the Harvard Class of 2021, are done with the college admissions process!
The Early Action data is in for the Princeton Class of 2021. Out of a pool of 5,003 applicants to the university, 770 were offered the chance to be Tigers — although these admitted students don’t have to matriculate since they applied under non-binding Early Action. But who would pass up the chance to go to Princeton University, particularly if you applied Early Action? When our students apply to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Stanford in the Early Action round, earn admission, and then later tell us they’re applying to other schools, we roll our eyes, figuring they’re applying to other schools just to boost their egos. After all, in our experience, they typically end up going to the school that admitted them under Early Action anyway and we don’t like it when students apply to other schools with no intention of going, just to see if they can get in. It takes away slots from other deserving candidates and it’s simply not right.
Anyhow, we digress. Back to the Princeton Class of 2021. This year’s pool marked the largest pool in six years. And it was significantly bigger than last year’s Early Action pool — by a margin of 18.3%. That’s quite significant indeed. Last year (for the Class of 2020), the increase over the previous year (for the Class of 2019) was 9.8%. As reported by Min Pullan for “News at Princeton,” “The admitted students represent 45 countries, 42 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Forty-three percent of the admitted students are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students. The admitted students are balanced in terms of gender: 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men. Fifty-seven percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 14 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Sixteen percent of the admitted students are children of Princeton alumni. Twenty percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.”
But we’ve buried the lead. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget. Princeton’s admit rate this year for its Early Action pool stood at 15.4%. Curious how this compares to other recent classes in Princeton University’s history? Look no further than the most comprehensive source of Ivy League admissions statistics you’ll find anywhere. Oh, did we link to our own site? It’s no mistake. Congratulations to our Ivy Coach students who earned admission to Princeton — every last one of you (and there were quite a few) earned admission and we’re very excited for you! Go celebrate!
Word on the street, as reported by “Politico,” is that the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting Vice President Joe Biden to join the university in an endowed chair position. Recruiting a well respected vice president to join a university soon after leaving office is like trying to lure Megyn Kelly away from “Fox News.” Ok, maybe our analogy is a bit ridiculous but you get the idea. Do you think Penn will land the popular VP? Will Fox be able to retain Megyn Kelly or has she grown tired of battling with Bill O’Reilly?
As reports Manuel Balce Ceneta for “The Associated Press,” “Biden, a former Delaware senator who has taught at Widener University’s law school, launched his ‘moonshot’ initiative to cure cancer at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center in January. Biden’s late son, Beau, a Penn grad, died of brain cancer last year at age 46. Biden also attended his granddaughter Naomi’s graduation from Penn in May, and he served as Penn’s commencement speaker in 2013.”
So the VP sure does have ties to Ben Franklin’s university. There are also rumors that Penn is trying to land President Barack Obama as well. What a coup it would be to land both the president and vice president, although we’ll go on record here and now that we do not anticipate they’ll land both men. But Penn’s aspirations, if indeed this is true, are admirable. It’s kind of like trying to recrui LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play in South Beach and we all know how that turned out. Ok, we’ve made another ridiculous analogy. Deal with it. It’s a light news day and we’re gearing up for the holidays.
Do our readers think Penn will be able to recruit Vice President Biden to join its faculty? We’re curious to hear from you so post a Comment below and we’ll be sure to join in on the conversation.
The Yale Class of 2021 Early Action data is in and we’ve got it for our readers. Regular readers of “The Yale Daily News” may remember that Yale intended to admit 15% more students for the Class of 2021 than in the recent past due to the opening of two new residential colleges this coming fall, a topic we weighed in on in the school’s newspaper. In all, for the Yale Class of 2021, 5,086 students applied for admission to the university in New Haven. Of those 5,086 applicants, 871 received word they got in. This marks an Early Action admission rate for Yale’s Class of 2021 of 17.1%. And how about the 82.9% of students who did not earn admission? Well, 53% of the entire pool of applicants was deferred, while 28% were denied admission, and 2% either withdrew or submitted incomplete applications.
As reports Luke Ciancarelli for “The Yale Daily News” on the subject of the Yale Class of 2021, “The early action application pool this year is 9 percent larger than that of the year prior, an uptick marking the first major increase in early application numbers after a three-year period of relative stagnation.” So while it wasn’t an all-time record year for Early Action applications this year, it was Yale’s best year over the last several years.
And what did Yale’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions have to say about the incoming Class of 2021? As reported in “The Yale Daily News,” “‘The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension. We are very pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2021, but we also look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our regular decision process this spring,’ Quinlan said.” We sometimes wonder if deans of admission at highly selective colleges cut and paste their quotes year after year. We kid, we kid. Or do we?
Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to Yale University as members of the Yale Class of 2021!
The Early Decision results are in for the Brown Class of 2021 and we’ve got them for our readers. In all, 695 students earned admission to Brown University this Early Decision cycle, out of a pool of 3,170 applicants. This marks an Early Decision admission rate for the Class of 2021 of 22%. The 3,170 students marked the largest Early Decision applicant pool in the university’s history.
Of the remaining 78% (not including the 22% of students who earned admission), 60% were deferred admission to the Regular Decision round while 18% were denied admission. So the majority of students who applied for admission to Brown this Early Decision cycle were deferred, with a little less than a quarter earning admission. As reports Suvy Qin and Kasturi Pananjady for “The Brown Daily Herald,” among admitted students “411 checked off ‘female’ and 284 checked off ‘male’ on the Common Application question that asked applicants what sex they were assigned to at birth, [Dean of Admission Logan] Powell said.” So did it help to be male if you were applying Early Decision to Brown this year? You bet it did.
The school also secured a a record number of underrepresented minorities among their admitted students with 36% identifying as URMs. This same statistic for the Class of 2020 stood at 31%. So a nice bump indeed. And, on the topic of bumps, fist bumps around for our Ivy Coach students who earned admission to Brown’s Class of 2021 this Early Decision cycle!