Class of 2025 Admissions Rates – Ivy League and Highly Competitive Colleges/Universities

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In an April 7th Washington Post article: Applications Boom, Admit Rates Plummet: Prestige College Admissions Get a Little Crazier in the Pandemic the following was stated “The chase for the Ivy League and other prestige colleges…grew a few degrees more frenzied during the coronavirus pandemic as applications soared and admit rates plummeted to, in some cases, crazy-low single digits. On Tuesday, the eight private universities “identified with the brand of the climbing vine released admission decisions for the entering fall class.”

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, even during economic uncertainty and even with the effect of fewer international students applying to US colleges and universities, Ivy League schools still maintain their brand and value. In one of my blogs, “Why Attend an Ivy League University ?“, I addressed the value of an Ivy League education.

For students who were waitlisted or even rejected, now is the time to discuss off-waitlist strategies or re-application strategies as a transfer student. College Transfer Admissions

Here are some of this year’s total admissions rates for Ivy League and some of the highly selective colleges and universities:

  • Boston College:  18.9%
  • Boston University:  18.3%
  • Brown University:  5.4%
  • Columbia University:  3.7%
  • Cornell University:  8.6%
  • Dartmouth College:  6.2%
  • Duke University:  5.7%
  • Harvard University:  3.4%
  • Johns Hopkins University: 7.4%
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  4%
  • New York University:  12.8%
  • Princeton University:  3.9%
  • Stanford University: TBA
  • Swarthmore College:  8%
  • Tufts University: 11%
  • University of Chicago:  TBA
  • University of Pennsylvania:  5.7%
  • University of Southern California: 13%
  • University of Virginia:  20.6%
  • Yale University:  4.6%

This year, 93% of our clients were accepted to one or more of their top-three choice colleges /universities including the Ivies and highly selective colleges and universities. 

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Regular Decision Notification Dates: 2021

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Based on our research and discussions with directors/deans of admissions and admissions officers, regular decision applicants will be receiving their decision notifications in March and early April. It will be another highly competitive year!

Ivy League and highly selective colleges are already reporting a surge in regular decision applications.  The reason for this dramatic increase is likely multifactorial.  Perhaps, this is primarily because many students who took gap years and are now applying.  Additionally, more international students are applying and the prestige and brand of elite colleges is more coveted in a market of uncertainty.  Add to these facts many colleges have accelerated planned changes their standardized testing requirements since the start of the pandemic, which has encouraged more high school seniors to apply. 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESULT? Harvard surged by 42% to 57,000 applicants, Brown surged by 26% to 46,469 applicants and Princeton surged by 15% to 37,000 applicants.  The increase in applications has affected the highly competitive schools as well as the institutions that top students usually considered “safety schools”.  NYU surged by 20% to 100,000 applicants, UCLA surged by 28% to 139,000 applicants and Colgate surged by 102% to 17,392 applicants (last year Colgate had 8,582 applicants).

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Within a month or so high school seniors will begin to discover, after all their hard work that they will be accepted, wait-listed or rejected. In this case, many will be rejected! Specifically, based on our projections, over 95% of students who applied to the Ivies will be rejected!

Here are regular decision notification dates (and approximate times) for Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities:

  • Barnard College:  Late March 2021
  • Boston College:  April 1, 2021
  • Boston University: Late March 2021
  • Brown University:  April 6, 2021
  • Bucknell University:  April 1, 2021
  • California Institute of Technology: Mid-March 2021
  • Carnegie Mellon University:  April 1, 2021
  • Colgate University: Mid-March
  • Columbia University:  April 6, 2021
  • Cornell University:  April 6, 2021
  • Dartmouth University:  April 6, 2021
  • Duke University:  Late March, 2021
  • Georgetown University:  April 1, 2021
  • Georgia Institute of Technology:  Late March 2021
  • Hamilton College:  Late March 2021
  • Harvard University:  April 6, 2021
  • Johns Hopkins University:  April 1, 2021
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Mid-March 2021
  • New York University:  April 1, 2021
  • Northwestern University: Late March 2021
  • Princeton University: April 6, 2021
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: March 6, 2021
  • Stanford University:  April 9, 2021
  • Swarthmore College: Mid-March 2021
  • Tufts University:  Mid-March 2021
  • University of Chicago:  Late March 2021
  • University of Michigan: Early April 2021
  • University of Notre Dame:  Late March
  • University of Pennsylvania:  April 6, 2021
  • University of Virginia:  April 1, 2021
  • Vanderbilt University:  April 1, 2021
  • Vassar College:  Late March 2021
  • Villanova University:  Late March 2021
  • Wesleyan University:  Late March 2021
  • Yale University:  April 6, 2021

WHAT CAN YOU DO? For seniors, if you are rejected, you may want to begin to consider transferring (College Transfer Admissions Advisors). For current juniors, you may need to consider hiring an admissions expert who specializes in Ivy League admissions (Ivy League Admissions Advisors). Year after year, our clients are accepted to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and BS/MD programs because they recognize the importance and the value that we add to their student profile… We are DIFFERENT and that makes us the BEST!

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“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe

“Parents hire us because they choose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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