Likely Letters from Admissions

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Ivy Coach is referenced today on the pages of “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian, the Director of Ivy Coach, is quoted today on the pages of “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. In a piece by Caroline Simon entitled “Likely letters aim to recruit top applicants,” Brian discusses the kinds of students most likely to receive likely letters. If you’re not familiar with likely letters, many colleges send out likely letters in February and early March to let students know that they will ‘likely’ be admitted. To clarify, if you get a likely letter, you’re in. Don’t get arrested. Don’t let your grades drop significantly. Don’t do anything crazy. And you’re in. It’s a college’s way of making like Meredith Grey of “Grey’s Anatomy” and saying “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.” Yes, we quoted “Grey’s Anatomy.” Get over it.

As quoted in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” “‘They’re colleges basically showing their insecurity,’ Brian Taylor, director of Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said. ‘They want to get these students to attend their college over every other college because these students have options.’ Taylor believes that reaching out to applicants early is a very effective way to attract their attention. ‘When you hear from Penn very early that they love you, that’s very powerful,’ he said. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said that the purpose of likely letters is to initiate early communication with some of the most desirable prospective students. ‘We’re going to get a start on some students who are going to have a number of options,’ he said. Taylor added that likely letter recipients tend to have special qualities that will enhance the reputation of their chosen college, such as top-ranked athletic abilities or Intel Science Fair awards. These applicants are ‘the kids who they can brag about,’ Taylor said. ‘Those are the kids who get the likely letters, the kids who are exceptional.'”

Dean Furda has a reputation for being quite a colorful character. At Ivy Coach, and much like “USA,” we’re all about colorful characters…although this television network has since changed its ‘Characters Welcome’ tagline. Eric Furda is a dean of admissions who is always open and honest about the admissions process and that is something we applaud.

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  • Donna says:

    I have a question. In reading comments on another website, it seems that many people received likely letters. And, I know that Penn did two rounds of likely letters this year. Is it really still true that likely letters are the exception rather than the rule?


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