The Mistake of Not Applying Early

If you’re a high school senior who isn’t applying this Early Decision / Early Action round, you have made the biggest mistake in the college admissions process. That’s right. We said it. You see, you’ll hear others tell you that it doesn’t matter when you apply, to take your time, … 

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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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The Harvard and Princeton Admission Spin

Harvard and Princeton’s announcement this past Thursday that they will be re-instituting Single Choice Early Action programs for the Class of 2016 after they announced the elimination of similar programs in 2006 came as no surprise in the world of highly selective college admissions. And neither did their PR spin. … 

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