Have you heard of the Harvard Z-List? If not, you must not be a regular reader of our college admission blog as we’ve written extensively about the Harvard Z-List over the years. But you shall be forgiven provided you read an article in “The Boston Globe” out just a few days ago on the Harvard Z-List, one in which Ivy Coach is cited. Each year, about 60 students earn admission to Harvard University through the Z-List. These students weren’t admitted in the Early Action or Regular Decision rounds like typical admits. They also weren’t waitlisted like so many students during the Regular Decision cycle. And they weren’t denied in the Early Action or Regular Decision rounds either. Rather, they were Z-Listed. So what exactly is the Z-List and who gets Z-Listed, you ask? Wonder no more.
The Harvard Z-List Unmasked
It’s unlikely that Harvard has ever wanted the public spotlight to shine on its secretive Z-List, but that hasn’t stopped us at Ivy Coach from writing about it over the years. And the list is now receiving renewed interest as part of the Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case in which the university is accused of discriminating against Asian American applicants. As court records now show, in all, about 60 students earn admission each year off the Harvard Z-List. These students must defer their college education by one year. And students on the Z-List tend, overwhelmingly, to be Caucasian (about 70%) and well-connected (about 50%, for instance, are legacies).
As Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, is quoted in a recent piece in “The Boston Globe” entitled “How do you get into Harvard? For the lucky few, there’s the Z list,” “The Z list is a way for Harvard to keep its alumni and donors happy while maintaining its reputation as a highly selective college, said Bev Taylor, the founder of New York-based Ivy Coach. A handful of students that Taylor has counseled through the admissions process have gotten into Harvard through the Z list. All had some legacy connection to Harvard and families willing to donate to the school — anywhere from $1 million over four years to several millions — Taylor said. And though Harvard’s offer came late in the admissions process and the gap year wasn’t always planned, most students accepted the conditions. They traveled, participated in gap-year programs, or worked for their parents’ companies, she said. One student rejected the offer and went to Yale University instead, concerned that he would be at loose ends with the year off, Taylor said. ‘We were thrilled they had that avenue,’ Taylor said of the Z list. ‘I’m happy for any way a kid can get to go to a dream school.'” We sure were happy…as was our student!
Money Alone Can’t Buy a Spot on the Harvard Z-List
Now parents so often ask us, “How much will it take for my child to get into Harvard?” It’s a ridiculous question. Harvard has the largest endowment of any university in the world. If you happen to think an offer of a million dollars — or even a few million dollars — is going to inspire Harvard to risk its reputation for a quick payday, you are mistaken. Note precisely how Bev describes the Z-List in “The Boston Globe.” These are not random people to Harvard. These are so often legacy students, including the children of major alumni donors. And if a student isn’t a legacy but made it on the Z-List, you can bet the family isn’t just wealthy…they’re influential, too. Maybe, for instance, it’s the child of a president. So save your money. Giving Harvard a million dollars isn’t going to get your child in and it will be perceived precisely how you think it’ll be perceived — that you’re trying to buy your child’s way in. That renders your child unlikable to college admissions officers which surely isn’t your objective.
Besides, why pay Harvard millions of dollars when you can work with Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, for $1.5 million and, well, her track record speaks for itself. If you’re interested in working with Bev Taylor, fill out our free consultation form and indicate that you’re interested in an Unlimited Package with Bev in the Comments section. It’s the only package through which she works with students.
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