The Ivy Coach Daily

March 31, 2022

Ivy Coach’s Perfect Sweep of Harvard

Ivy Coach can report a perfect sweep of Harvard among students who completed applications with us to the university (photo credit: Caroline Culler).

Another year, another perfect sweep of Harvard for Ivy Coach’s applicants — in both the Early Action round and the Regular Decision round. In the Early round, as our readers may remember, 100% of Ivy Coach’s students who completed applications with us to Harvard got in. And we were never particularly worried about our students’ Regular Decision results this year to Harvard. And why not? Because all of our Regular Decision applicants had already earned admission to either Stanford, Princeton, or Yale. They already had one of these schools in their back pocket. How’s that for stress relief? In any case, Ivy Coach’s Harvard admits were among the record-low 3.19% of applicants to the Harvard Class of 2026 who earned admission. That’s right. 3.19%. It doesn’t take a Harvard mathematician to discern that means that 96.81% of applicants to Harvard’s Class of 2026 didn’t receive good news.

In all, between Early Action and Regular Decision, 61,220 students applied to the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institution this year. This marked a 7% spike from last year’s record application tally when 57,435 students applied. Of this year’s applicants, 1,954 earned admission (740 through Early Action and 1,214 through Regular Decision). This year’s record-low acceptance rate eclipsed last year’s record-low 3.43% admit rate.

And what’s the breakdown of the admits to the Harvard Class of 2026? As Kelsey J. Griffin reports for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “Harvard College Accepts Record-Low 3.19% of Applicants to Class of 2026,” “The Class of 2026 includes the highest percentage of students eligible for Pell Grants, typically awarded to low income students — 20.5 percent of admitted students are eligible for the federal program, up from 20.4 the previous year. Out of the admitted students, 20.3 percent will be the first in their families to go to college, down slightly from 20.7 the previous year. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a lawsuit alleging Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants, the College saw a slight increase in the percentage of admitted students who are Asian — 27.8 percent, compared to 27.2 percent in the Class of 2025. African American or Black students comprise 15.5 percent of the class, a decrease from the previous year’s 18 percent. Latinx students make up 12.6 percent of the cohort — down from 13.3 percent in the Class of 2025, but roughly on par with the Class of 2024. The percentage of Native American admitted students shot up to 2.9 percent, more than double the previous year’s total of 1.2 percent. The percentage of Native Hawaiians also increased to 0.8 percent of the class, from 0.6 percent last year.”

Congratulations to all of Ivy Coach’s students who completed applications with us to Harvard this year. You all got in! The same was true at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, Duke and more. In fact, we were perfect at all but two Ivies in the Early round — Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Yet we can now add Cornell University to our list of perfection since our deferred candidate got in and we remained perfect at all the aforementioned schools in Regular Decision among students who completed applications with us. And our candidate to UPenn? Well, that deferred candidate got into Yale in Regular Decision. So there’s that.

If you didn’t work with Ivy Coach on applications and you’re currently waitlisted for admission to an elite university such as Harvard, fill out our free consultation form so we can be in touch to discuss the best path forward. Hint, hint: it’s all about submitting a powerful Letter of Enthusiasm. No brags. No updates. No ordinary letter.

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