In the coming days, Harvard University releases its Early Action decisions. Our fingers and toes are crossed for our Ivy Coach students as they seek to earn admission to the most coveted university in America. And if you’re about to argue, “But Ivy Coach, what makes you say it’s Harvard — why not Stanford,” know that when students are admitted to both Harvard and Stanford, they overwhelmingly choose to attend Harvard. So that makes Harvard, in our book, more coveted. Sorry Stanford, but we show you plenty of love so you’ll get over it. You’ve got nothing to be ashamed of!
When Harvard releases its decisions, our floodgates open. All of the students (and their parents) who thought they had a great shot of getting into the most selective college in America find out the cold hard truth. Some will earn admission. But the vast majority will be deferred or denied admission. And they’ll wonder what they did wrong. All deferred or denied students can benefit from our Postmortem Evaluation in which we offer our insights into precisely why the student didn’t get in, what mistakes were made (many of which likely were avoidable), and what can be done in the Regular Decision round so the student receives more uplifting decisions come April. After all, to make the same mistake not once but twice, three times, four times — that’s just, well, silly.
Deferred at Harvard? We can help. But first you need to come to terms with the fact that your odds of admission in the Regular Decision round are not strong. All we can do is give you the best chance possible of turning that deferral into an offer of admission.
For students who are deferred at Harvard, we’ve had great success over the years when students who first come to us as clients after being deferred work with us on crafting powerful and compelling Letters of Enthusiasm. Most students who are deferred won’t end up earning admission. As a rule of thumb at highly selective colleges across America, about 10% of deferred students will get into their Early schools in the Regular Decision round. Is it a guarantee that, with our help, you can submit a powerful Letter of Enthusiasm that earns you admission? No. Nobody can guarantee this to you and, if they do, you should run fast, run for the hills, and never look back. But we do a whole lot better than 10% — that’s for sure.