Ivy Coach’s Crystal Ball Strikes Again

Early December seems like an eternity ago in the world of highly selective college admissions. Back then, some asserted that Ivy Coach’s crystal ball forecast that Class of 2025 Early Decision / Early Action applications to our nation’s elite universities would surge, admit rates would plummet, and the schools would … 

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The Secret Sauce of Ivy Coach’s Letters of Enthusiasm

If your child was deferred from a highly selective university in the Early Action / Early Decision round, doing nothing is an unlikely strategy to earn admission to this same university in the Regular Decision round. Likewise, throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks is as unlikely a … 

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Princeton’s Cancellation of Early Action Does Not Explain Application Surges

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton University opted to forego offering students the chance to apply Early Action this fall. Instead, they offered students only the opportunity to apply Regular Decision on January 1st. The announcement, made just a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, read, “The University will move … 

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International Applications Rise

On the eve of the Trump presidency, which seems like eons ago, we forecasted that international applications to our nation’s elite universities would continue to climb. We felt that even isolationist, “America First” national policies wouldn’t deter young people around the world from applying to the best universities in the … 

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The Virtue Signaling of The Common Application

When you’re feeling blue about the state of our country and the heinous acts of sedition committed at the United States Capitol this week by a group of domestic terrorists, it seems natural to want to reach out to someone to express your thoughts, right? Well, enter The Common Application, … 

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Candidates to the Class of 2025 Applied to More Schools

Earlier this fall, you may have read headlines that college applications to the Class of 2025 were down across American universities. And while college applications to the vast majority of our nation’s 900+ colleges were slightly down this fall, applications were — of course — not down at our nation’s … 

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Columbia University Class of 2025 Early Decision Statistics

Columbia University historically releases its admissions statistics for the Early Decision and Regular Decision round later on in the year. But the early word is that Early Decision applications to Columbia University’s Class of 2025 were up 49% this fall. That’s right — 49%! As Melissa Korn reports for The … 

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Early Decision I and Early Decision II Are Not Created Equal

Early Decision I and Early Decision II are basically the same thing, right? Wrong. First, let’s start with the most obvious difference. For those schools that offer both Early Decision I and Early Decision II policies (and there aren’t tons of these universities among the highly selective institutions), the Early … 

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The Glitches of The Common Application

Over the years, we’ve chided The Common Application for their technical glitches, for asking a question that at times disadvantaged underrepresented minorities, and a whole host of other issues. Well, we’re not done yet. Today, we wish to scold them for, yes, more technical glitches. After all these years, you’d … 

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