Brad Baldridge recently interviewed College Coach expert Elizabeth Heaton for his podcast Taming the High Cost of College.
Beth and Brad spoke in depth about what it takes to be admitted to highly selective schools like those in the Ivy League, covering everything from admissions officers’ qualitative to quantitative expectations.
April 1, 2016—College Coach’s annual survey of high school students turned up some surprising common themes in students accepted to Ivy League institutions. Perhaps the most surprising was that students living next door to Harvard and Princeton graduates were the most likely to have success at all eight of the Ivy institutions, with their applications accepted at more than six times the average rate.
You’ve identified your dream school(s) and you have a strong list of other colleges to apply to. Your numbers (GPA, standardized test scores) are where they need to be. You’re working on an essay that’s going to show your admission officer (AO) who you are and how you’ll fit into her school.
But have you shown them the love?
At a significant number of schools, demonstrating interest matters in the admission process—if you don’t show the AO that you are very interested in their school, they won’t show their interest in you (in the form of an acceptance letter).
In my former life as an admissions officer, I was often cornered at the end of my information sessions by a student or parent who wanted to know the “secret” formula, the undisclosed algorithm, for getting into MIT or Caltech:
I have heard that applying Early Decision at Georgetown and Harvard doesn’t offer an advantage. How can that be? Doesn’t ED send a strong message of interest to your schools of choice?
I think the first issue here is that you are confusing early programs. Both Georgetown and Harvard offer Early Action (EA) rather than Early Decision (ED). ED is binding, which means that students applying via this program are agreeing to attend those institutions if they are admitted. EA is non-binding, which means students using these plans are not required to attend if admitted and instead have until the common reply date of May 1 to notify schools of their decisions.
In part one of this blog series, I outlined the reality of the waitlist at Ivy League schools. Today I want to share some quick thoughts on acts that can help or hurt your odds of going from waitlist to admit.
Hoping to take some action to support your application? Try these things:
It’s that time of year again: waitlist season. If you’re currently waitlisted by an Ivy League school (i.e., a member of the most famous sports conference in the world), here are a few things to keep in mind: