Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, has been quoted in an article of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Daily Pennsylvanian” on the topic of the rise of Early Decision applications to the school this year (a 5% increase for an all-time record). We’ve long discussed on the pages of our college admissions blog the importance of using your Early Decision or Early Action card. And this is particularly the case at Penn. Just take a look at our compiled Ivy League admissions statistics over the years and compare the Early Decision admit rate at Penn to the Regular Decision admit rate. The difference between these two numbers says it all.
In the article on Early Decision at Penn in “The Daily Pennsylvanian” written by Bookyung Jo, it states: “Bev Taylor, a college admissions expert and founder of Ivy Coach, said there is a general trend of more students applying early. Parents and students — both within the U.S. and worldwide — are becoming more aware of the benefits of the early application option because newspaper articles and blogs emphasize the higher possibility of getting in, she said. Last year, Penn’s early decision acceptance rate was 25.2 percent, compared to 7.3 percent for regular decision. ‘Another piece is that students who are applying early are typically very motivated high-achievers,’ Taylor said. ‘They have [their application] all done by Nov. 1.’” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Oh wait.
The article in Penn’s newspaper goes on, “Even though Penn’s early application deadline was not pushed back this year — like it was for each of the past three years — [Dean of Admissions Eric] Furda indicated that the number of applicants was most likely not affected by the stable deadline. On the other hand, Taylor thought the extended deadline increased the number of early applications. ‘We have a huge number of 17-year-olds who are by nature procrastinators,’ she said.” And, yes, for all of those students and parents who reached out to us around the November 1st deadline, we are referring to you!
While you’re here, read more about Applying Early to Penn.