College Applicants Should Not Fear Commitment

“My son doesn’t want to apply Early because he’s not ready to commit to any given school.” It’s a statement we hear quite often during free consultations with prospective clients. And it’s a statement that drives us bonkers. As we have long expressed on the pages of our college admissions … 

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Early Admission Policy Changes

Just about every year, some schools choose to change their Early Decision or Early Action policies. This year — for the Class of 2023 — is no exception. Some schools have added Early Decision II programs, while others have removed Early Decision II programs. Still other schools have changed the … 

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Not Applying To College Early Is A Major Mistake

We have argued for many years that to not apply to college during the Early Decision / Early Action round is to make the biggest mistake in highly selective college admissions. Now, regular readers of our college admissions blog know all too well that there are tons of mistakes applicants … 

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Why Applying Early to College is Vital

Many students and parents wonder if they should be applying Early Decision or Early Action or if they should be waiting until the Regular Decision round before submitting applications. The fact that students and parents even debate this issue drives us mad. If these students and parents wish to make … 

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2016 Early Decision Notification Dates

For those students waiting to hear from their Early Decision / Early Action schools, we figured we’d update you with anticipated notification dates. After all, there’s no sense checking your phone every day, every hour on the hour if you know the decision isn’t coming for another several days, right? … 

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Crazy Students Don’t Apply Early Decision

We firmly believe that only crazy students don’t apply Early Decision or Early Action. The odds of getting in through the Early Decision or Early Action round (depending on the college’s policy) are so much stronger than are the odds of getting in during the Regular Decision round. Just look … 

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More Colleges Should Switch to Early Decision

One of the core purposes of our college admissions blog is to demystify the highly selective college admissions process. When colleges tout need-blind admissions policies, we debunk this myth since the vast majority of America’s elite colleges are not actually need-blind — they’re need-aware. When high school counselors suggest that … 

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Early Decision Commitment

If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that we encourage our students at Ivy Coach to make an Early Decision commitment by applying to a college with an Early Decision policy, or to apply to a college that offers an Early Action policy. It’s one of … 

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Harvard Admissions

There is an editorial in today’s “Boston Globe” that the return of Early Action to Harvard makes the admissions process more equitable: “The admissions advantage for athletes has been a source of contention at Harvard for decades. A situation in which athletes get an early word, but few other applicants … 

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Harvard and Princeton Early Programs

There’s been a great deal of reaction circulating with regard to Harvard and Princeton’s recent decisions to reinstate their Early admissions programs. In this editorial by a current Cornell student, Ruby Perlmutter dissects why she thinks the decisions of Harvard and Princeton reflect an elitism that counters Harvard and Princeton’s … 

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