Update at 5:15 PM EST: Deferred students seemed to find out first this year, then admitted applicants, and finally denied applicants.
While this may not be the case this year (as in today), when Harvard University released their Early Action results last Early admissions cycle at 5 PM EST on December 11, 2014, they did so in a very interesting fashion. Students who were denied admission found out first. A short time later, students who were deferred admission found out. And the admitted students found out last, some around 5:30 PM EST.
Don’t be upset if you don’t learn of your Harvard decision promptly at 5 PM EST. This might be an occasion where waiting pays off big time.
We’re not certain if this was intentional on Harvard’s part last year. We believe the school released the decisions in batches — with the denied students learning first to pull those bandaids off, the deferred students finding out second (welcome to limbo), and the future Harvard grads (unless they end up getting into and choosing Stanford, Yale, or Princeton in the Regular Decision round) finding out last. Again, we don’t know that this will be the case this year but if last year is any indication, it would not surprise us.
Good luck to all students who applied Early Action to Harvard. We hope you don’t find out in two minutes and it instead takes quite a long time to learn of your decision. As the saying goes, the best things in life…take time. We know you thought we were going to say are free. But we fooled you. Deal with it.