The Ivy Coach Daily
April 9, 2020
The Harvard Waitlist
Ivy Coach is cited this week on the pages of The Harvard Crimson, the newspaper of Harvard University, in a piece that focuses on Harvard’s Class of 2024 admissions cycle and just how deep the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university will likely go on its waitlist this year. If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that we believe Harvard — a school that typically turns to its waitlist in three waves (mid-May, mid-June, and mid-July) will go deeper down its waitlist than any year in recent memory. And if you’re wondering how Harvard typically informs waitlisted applicants of their admission, don’t wait by your email inbox. They typically call. And why? Because they’re so excited to be delivering this news. Hey, we all need a little joy right now.
Ivy Coach Cited in Harvard Newspaper on the Harvard Waitlist
In a piece out this week in The Harvard Crimson by Benjamin L. Fu and Dohyun Kim entitled “For Class of 2024, Smaller Applicant Pools Meant Less Competitive Admissions at Harvard, Peers,” they write, “Brian Taylor — managing director of private college consulting service Ivy Coach — said the schools have seen higher acceptance rates in light of smaller applicant pools across the board this year. ‘They still have to fill around the same class sizes overall. So when you have fewer applications — just basic math — you’re going to have higher acceptance rates,’ Taylor said. ‘But I would say that this year, in particular, they also accepted more students because they couldn’t predict their yield as accurately as they could in previous years.’ Taylor added that higher acceptance rates — as well as secondary factors, such as admitted student weekend cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic — will change how colleges draw from their waiting lists this year. ‘Schools which are notoriously insecure about their yield will admit more kids. And they’ll also offer longer waitlists,’ Taylor said. ‘This year, I anticipate that schools will go deeper into their waitlist than in prior years.'”
Even Traditionally Secure Harvard is Insecure About Its Yield This Year
We agree with our assessment. We kid, we kid. Harvard is a school that doesn’t typically worry much about its yield. And why? Because Harvard admits overwhelmingly choose to attend Harvard. Students who are admitted to Harvard and Yale tend to choose Harvard. Students who are admitted to Harvard and Princeton tend to choose Harvard. And students who are admitted to Harvard and Stanford tend to choose Harvard. Are there exceptions? Of course. But this is the general rule of thumb. Yet in a year in which every school is fretting about the ability of international applicants in particular to attend in the fall, you can bet that even typically secure Harvard is concerned about its yield for the Class of 2024. And, yes, we believe Harvard will be taking more students off of its waitlist this year than in any year in recent memory.
It is a Spring of Uncertainty in Highly Selective College Admissions
Heck, if you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth himself, Harvard’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid says it very clearly in this same piece in The Harvard Crimson: “Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said he was uncertain about how current events could impact how many students are admitted from the waiting list. ‘It is truly impossible to know in any year. It would be the most difficult year in our history, you know, to try to make any kind of a guess,’ Fitzsimmons said. ‘We do stand ready for whatever might happen but there are lots of unanswerable questions.'”
So if you’re a Harvard waitlisted applicant who wishes to optimize your case for admission, fill out our free consult form and indicate waitlist at the bottom to learn how we can help you craft a compelling Letter of Enthusiasm to give you the best chance possible of admission (which you’d learn of via a phone call from a Harvard admissions officer, of course)!
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