The Harvard Early Action decisions are out! Run for the hills, for higher ground! The floodgates usually open the day that Harvard releases its Early Action decisions. The main office phone rings off the hook (we don’t answer it, as our voice message and the permanent Nelson Mandela banner on our homepage instructs — “Don’t call us. [We’ll email] you.”). The emails come in. The free consult forms are completed. We’re not sure why it all typically starts with Harvard but we’ve been doing this long enough to know to close our electronic devices immediately upon the release of Harvard decisions — except of course to check in with our students who’ve applied Early to Harvard. It’s like boarding a plane. “Please turn off all electronic devices.” We adhere to the instructions of flight attendants on Harvard’s decision day even if we’re not up in the air.
It never ceases to amaze us how confident so many parents are that their children will earn admission. Maybe they think their children are simply the greatest (it’s very common). Or maybe they didn’t think they needed the assistance of a private college counselor (now they know otherwise). Or maybe they just thought they had it in the bag because they were legacy applicants and Grandpa Harry had donated a building in 1964. Either which way, when the children of these parents receive word they’ve been deferred or denied, they have this awakening. And while that’s all well and good, there are literally only two weeks left before most Regular Decision applications are due after this great awakening.
Even more interesting, most parents of students who are deferred are solely focused on turning this deferral into an offer of admission when they contact us after their awakening. We always want to reawaken them like Kate Chopin. Hello parents! Your focus during the next two weeks before most Regular Decision applications are due should be on not making the same mistakes your children made with their Early Decision or Early Action schools. Duh. Of course your child wants to make the best case possible to their Early school — but that’s not nearly as time sensitive as correcting mistakes on Regular Decision applications. Because if your child didn’t get in Early, there likely were mistakes — sometimes big ones — that could very well have cost your child admission.
But alas these parents are horses led to water who do not wish to drink. They usually remain focused on that deferral — and turning it into an offer of admission (which we at Ivy Coach help students do better than anyone but it still should not be their focus in mid-December!). Sigh.
The Early Action numbers are in for the Harvard Class of 2021. This year, applications rose by a margin of 5% — 6,473 students ended up applying Early to the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Of those 6,473 applicants, 938 earned offers of admission. Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who are among the 938! To compare the figures to last year’s Early Action pool at Harvard, 914 students earned admission to be members of the Class of 2020 (so they offered admission to 18 extra students) and 6,167 students applied. So indeed it was a good year for Harvard this year.
As reported by “The Harvard Gazette,” “The demographics for the Class of 2021 early action group are similar to last year’s group. Slightly more women (48.0 vs. 47.4 percent) make up the new class thus far, and more African-American students were admitted (12.6 percent vs. 9.5 percent last year). In addition, 21.7 percent of admitted students identify as Asian-American (compared with 24.1 percent last year), 8.8 percent as Latinos (vs. 9.5 percent), and 1.1 percent as Native American and Native Hawaiian (vs. 1.6 percent). Geographic patterns were also similar, although there were somewhat more admitted students from the Midwest and Mountain states and fewer from the South and the West. Intended academic concentrations were similar, although there were slightly more humanists and social scientists this year.”
And to those students who earned admission to Harvard in the Early Action round and are considering applying to other schools in the Regular Decision round, don’t be ridiculous. You’re going to end up going to Harvard anyway (yes, the vast majority of students who are admitted to both Harvard and Stanford still choose to attend Harvard) so go out and celebrate. You, members of the Harvard Class of 2021, are done with the college admissions process!
It’s December 11th. Yesterday, Harvard notifed its Early Action applicants of their fates. Some students earned admission. Some students were denied admissions. And still other students were deferred admission. For this latter group, their fate at Harvard will be decided during the Regular Decision round. And for the vast majority of these deferred students, they will not earn admission in the Regular Decision round either.
Deferred at Harvard? Ivy Coach can help. But when students (not ours) come to us and we ask them what they’ve done since first getting deferred and they recite a laundry list of things, there isn’t much we can do. So do absolutely nothing and only then can we help.
But for students who’ve never worked with us before who come to us after they’ve been deferred, we’ve had great success with helping them turn their deferrals into offers of admission months later. The quick instinct for deferred applicants is to let Harvard know everything they’ve accomplished since first applying. Because Harvard really cares that you have now built sixteen houses for Habitat for Humanity rather than the fourteen you built prior to applying. Yes, this is sarcasm. The fact is that bragging about all one’s accomplished since applying just a month and a half ago is going to have a net negative impact on one’s candidacy.
But submitting a powerful Letter of Enthusiasm sure can help one’s case. And students who come to us for the first time after being deferred have found great success in the Regular Decision round because of the unique Letters of Enthusiasm we help our students craft. And everything you think should be in this letter — realize it’s likely the opposite. But we won’t give away our secrets on the pages of our college admissions blog. Our secret sauce is expressly reserved for our clients. And, no, we make no apologies for this.
In the meantime, feel free to peruse Harvard’s Early Action statistics from last year if you want to check them out. And be sure to check out Harvard’s statistics last year for Regular Decision too while you’re at it.
Interested in help with crafting a persuasive Letter of Enthusiasm? Fill out our form and we’ll be in touch via email within the day. Indicate Letter of Enthusiasm. But if you’re looking for free information on what should be included in this letter, you’ve come to the wrong place. We’ve got tight lips and have a famous no tolerance policy within our industry for brain-picking.
Update at 5:15 PM EST: Deferred students seemed to find out first this year, then admitted applicants, and finally denied applicants.
While this may not be the case this year (as in today), when Harvard University released their Early Action results last Early admissions cycle at 5 PM EST on December 11, 2014, they did so in a very interesting fashion. Students who were denied admission found out first. A short time later, students who were deferred admission found out. And the admitted students found out last, some around 5:30 PM EST.
Don’t be upset if you don’t learn of your Harvard decision promptly at 5 PM EST. This might be an occasion where waiting pays off big time.
We’re not certain if this was intentional on Harvard’s part last year. We believe the school released the decisions in batches — with the denied students learning first to pull those bandaids off, the deferred students finding out second (welcome to limbo), and the future Harvard grads (unless they end up getting into and choosing Stanford, Yale, or Princeton in the Regular Decision round) finding out last. Again, we don’t know that this will be the case this year but if last year is any indication, it would not surprise us.
Good luck to all students who applied Early Action to Harvard. We hope you don’t find out in two minutes and it instead takes quite a long time to learn of your decision. As the saying goes, the best things in life…take time. We know you thought we were going to say are free. But we fooled you. Deal with it.
The Harvard Early Action figures for the Class of 2018 are in and we’ve got them for our readers. For the Class of 2018, slightly over 21 percent of students who applied via Early Action to Harvard earned a spot in the incoming class. In all, 992 students received positive word from Harvard University, as announced on Friday. This marked the highest Early Action acceptance rate since Harvard re-instituted the Early Action program (after it was on hiatus for four years). After overseeing a 15 percent increase from 2011 to 2012, this year’s Early Action pool at Harvard was down 3 percent.
According to an article on the Harvard Early figures in “The Crimson,” “‘This year’s applicants are remarkable by any standard. Their academic and extracurricular strengths are impressive—as is their ethnic, economic, and geographic diversity,’ Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in a press release.” Can you imagine the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard — or at any college for that matter — saying anything other than the fact that they’ve got this outstanding class of talented students? We think not. Why do they even bother writing these press releases? If you compared the quotes of deans of admissions at various highly selective college year to year, we bet you’d find the same quotes verbatim.
Have a question on the Harvard Early Action figures? Let us know your questions by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you. And, while you’re here, read about last year’s Early Action numbers at Harvard.
The Harvard Early Action numbers are in. For the Class of 2017, 895 students were admitted to Harvard University via Early Action. Last year, only 774 were admitted, marking an increase of 16%. As you may remember, Harvard’s Early Action pool increased this year by 14.7% as compared to last year, the first year that Early Action was back after four years of being on hiatus. You can read more about the spin Harvard (and Princeton) put on re-instituting Single-Choice Early Action Policies for the Class of 2016 by checking out this post on the Princeton and Harvard Early Action PR.
And what’s the breakdown like for the students admitted via Early Action to Harvard for the Class of 2017? According to “Harvard News,” “‘We continue to make progress in attracting outstanding minority students in our early program,’ said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. ‘The number of admitted Asian-Americans increased from 170 to 194, African-Americans from 74 to 78, and Native Americans from nine to 14, while the number of Hispanic-Americans declined slightly from 76 to 70, and Native Hawaiian from four to two,’ she said.”
If you were deferred from Harvard this year after applying Early Action, it’s always good to check out the number of deferred students they admitted last year to see where you stand. Last year, Harvard admitted a little over 100 students through Regular Decision who had been deferred through Early Action. So the odds aren’t great, but it is indeed possible should the numbers hold for this year as well (as we expect they will).
Have questions for us on Early Action admission to Harvard? Send them our way and we’ll be sure to answer!