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Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. Since then, Georgetown has grown to be a major international research university with nine schools, an affiliated hospital, and many top-ranked academic programs.

Georgetown University comes in at #23 in the most recent US News and World Report rankings of National Universities, #12 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #29 on its list of Best Value Schools.

Today, the university has nearly 7,500 undergraduate students and approximately 5,000 graduate students on its campuses in the nation’s capital and in Qatar. Georgetown’s nine schools include:

Undergraduate applicants to Georgetown can enroll in the first four of these schools, allowing them to pursue subjects ranging from biochemistry to finance to international affairs. Georgetown actively seeks and recruits highly talented and motivated students from around the world. Like top schools around the country, the university has seen steady growth in application volume, paired with increasingly higher selectivity.


For undergraduate applicants, Georgetown offers Restrictive Early Action (November 1) and Regular Decision (January 1) application programs. Unlike the vast majority of top colleges, Georgetown has chosen to stick with its own institutional admissions application and not use the Common Application.


Just how hard is it to get into Georgetown these days? Let’s start with the stats:

ClassTotal ApplicantsTotal AdmitRate of AdmissionEarly ApplicantsEarly AdmitsRate of Early

The applicant pool, overall, has been fairly stable both in the early action and regular pool. Overall, Georgetown has averaged about 7,800 early action applicants and over 22,000 applicants per year, with roughly 12% admit rate in early and a 15% admit rate overall.

The rates of admission vary slightly by school. This year, the overall acceptance rates by college were as follows:

  • Georgetown College: 11%
  • Walsh School of Foreign Service: 13%
  • McDonough School of Business: 11%
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences: 12%

Georgetown has not seen the explosive growth in application volume that other top schools have experienced. Why? Two factors come to mind: 1) Georgetown is the one Common App holdout among the nation’s most elite schools. To apply to Georgetown means completing a stand-alone application. 2) Georgetown has historically been much more test-score driven than its peers, hanging onto its strong recommendation for three subject test scores until the College Board did away with subject tests during the pandemic with no sign of a return. 


In an interview with Georgetown’s student paper, Dean of Admissions Charles Deacon shared insights into the demographics of those admitted to the university this year. He noted that, of students admitted to the Class of 2025 (university-wide), 26% are Asian American, 12% are Latinx, 10% are Black, 1% are Native American and 10% are international students. Doing a bit of math, that means 41% of students admitted to Georgetown are Caucasian.


Generally speaking, students admitted across all colleges within Georgetown University are a high-achieving bunch. The mean class rank percentile for students admitted last year was 94.5%, meaning that students applying from high schools that calculate a class rank ranked in the top 5-6% of their graduating class. The average SAT for admitted students is a 1450 and the middle 50th percentile ranges from a 1370-1530. The average ACT is 33 and the middle 50th percentile ranges from a 31-34.

In the most unusual pandemic admissions season, Georgetown’s testing policies were changed to address the struggles that many students faced in sitting for the exams. Georgetown accepts both the SAT and ACT but doesnot participate in Score Choice. So, if you’ve taken the SAT or ACT, you must submit your entire testing record. Students who are not able to submit scores from either test due to the COVID-19 pandemic are welcome to apply for admission to the Class of 2025 without the tests.

While three SAT Subject Tests were highly recommended by Georgetown in the past, those tests were canceled as noted above and probably will never return.  This means that AP scores will be even more critical to supplement your admissions file. Bottom line, if you have solid test scores or better, submit them along with your application materials – but remember that Georgetown does not apply Score Choice.


It goes without saying that Georgetown admits students who have taking a rigorous college prep program throughout their four years of high school, pursuing the most challenging courses offered in their high school—and likely beyond. More specifically, the university notes the following factors as “most important” in their selection process:

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Class rank
  • Academic GPA
  • Application Essays
  • Recommendations
  • Talent/Ability
  • Character/Personal Qualities

Prospective applicants should also pay attention to Georgetown’s course recommendations for students applying to particular schools. The school recommends that applicants applying to Georgetown College with an interest in math or science take four years of mathematics and at least three years of science in high school. Applicants to the Nursing Program should take at least three years of math and one year each of biology and chemistry. Applicants to the Business School should complete at least three years of math, as well as a course in computer science, while students interested in the Walsh School of Foreign Service or the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics should have experience with at least one foreign language.

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Looking closely at Georgetown’s application, you’ll see short and long essays that are framed in such a way as to call out the very specific qualities that Georgetown ranks as most important.

In addition to completing two standard essays, applicants to Georgetown also have to write one essay tailored to their particular school of interest. These were the essay prompts on Georgetown’s most recent application:

Essay Prompts for All Georgetown Undergraduate Applicants:

  • Prompt 1: Indicate any special talents or skills you possess. (250 words)
  • Prompt 2: Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (approximately 1/2 page, single-spaced) 
  • Prompt 3: As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you. (approximately 1 page, single-spaced)

Additionally, you must respond to one school-specific Georgetown prompt:

  • Applicants to Georgetown College: What does it mean to you to be educated? How might Georgetown College help you achieve this aim? (Applicants to the Sciences and Mathematics or the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics should address their chosen course of study.)
  • Applicants to the School of Nursing and Health Studies: Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care at Georgetown University. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, Global Health, or Nursing).
  • Applicants to the Walsh School of Foreign Service: Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
  • Applicants to the McDonough School of Business: The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.


We’ve worked with many successful Georgetown applicants and welcome the opportunity to walk you through their unique application and guide you in producing authentic and compelling essays.

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Studying in the U.S. – 5 Things to Know

International students have long been eager to study in the U.S., drawn by the high quality of U.S. colleges and universities. Whether your goal is to study at Harvard, to study at UCLA, or another of the more than 3,700 four-year institutions of higher education in the U.S., you’ll find a diverse array of colleges and universities from which to choose.

As reported by the Institute of International Education, about 1.1 million international students were enrolled in U.S. institutions in 2019-2020. This was a slight decline from the prior year following a decade of growth and impacted by factors ranging from a difficult political environment for immigrants under the Trump administration to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We anticipate that these trends will begin to reverse themselves as the political environment improves and the pandemic recedes.


One in three international students studying in the U.S. chose colleges and universities in California, New York, and Texas. Not far behind were Massachusetts, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Perhaps not surprisingly, more international students decide to study at NYU than any other university in the U.S. For nearly the last 10 years, NYU has been the leading host of international students in the U.S. Interestingly, Northeastern University (Boston) had the second-highest number of international students enrolled, followed by the University of South California, and Columbia University. See the chart below from the Institute of International Education for the universities that round out the top 10 most popular destinations for international students who want to study in the U.S.:

Source: IIE, “Leading Host Institutions: International Student Data from the 2020 Open Doors report.


If you are planning to study in the U.S., here are five things to keep in mind to guide you in the process.


Whether your interests lie in the STEM fields, business, or liberal arts, the first step is to define your goals and priorities and then research the best options that match your priorities. For prospective undergraduate students seeking to complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, it is best to start your research at least 12 months before the application deadlines (typically, those range from November 1 – February 1, depending on the institution).

Today more than ever, you will find a wealth of resources online to help you research colleges and universities in the U.S. Do you like big schools or small ones? Urban or rural ones? Are you excited for a broad-based liberal arts education, or do you want to focus specifically on engineering? Because COVID-19 forced the closure of campuses across the U.S., colleges and universities have invested significant resources in virtual programming and digital outreach. If you want to study at Harvard or study at UC Berkeley, googling “Harvard + virtual visit” or “UC Berkeley + virtual visit” will yield a virtual campus tour and information session. You can repeat this Google search for every top university in the U.S.


Even before you start the admissions application process, be sure you have a plan to finance your education as the cost of a four-year degree, especially at the most coveted institutions, is significant. More importantly, you will need to provide evidence that you or your family have the resources to finance your education before you will be granted a visa to study in the U.S.

The costs to study at Harvard or NYU, for instance, range from $75,000 —$80,000 USD. At public universities, the costs are somewhat lower. The full cost to study at UCLA or another top public university will likely be $60,000—$65,000 USD per year. Top colleges and universities will offer some financial aid to international students but the competition for this funding is very high. If you hope to receive financial assistance from a university as an international undergraduate, be sure you understand that the competition is fierce.

There are a number of avenues for funding that international students can explore including International Education Financial Aid, scholarships for U.S. study offered by your home country, and international organizations ranging from the Fulbright Commission, AMIDEAST, Soros Foundation, World Health Organization, World Council of Churches, and United Nations. International students are not eligible for U.S. government-backed loans like Stafford Loans or Plus Loans, but they generally are eligible for private international student loans to study in the U.S. You will need to meet specific eligibility requirements like attending an approved school and having a co-signer in most cases.

A small handful of top universities in the U.S. are need-blind in their admissions process, meaning that students are admitted regardless of their families’ ability to finance their education. Once more common, today only five elite universities in the U.S. offer this to international applicants: MIT, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and Amherst College.

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Like every aspect of our lives, COVID-19 disrupted standardized testing, especially the SAT and ACT, the two most common college admissions exams for U.S. students. In response, just about every college and university moved to a test-optional admissions policy for students applying to college in the fall of 2021. It does look like many of these test-optional policies will continue to be in place for students applying to college this fall.

However, international students planning on studying in the U.S. should carefully consult the policies of the colleges and universities on their list to be sure that they understand the testing policies. Your SAT or ACT score will matter, especially for students who have not pursued an internationally recognized curriculum (GCE Advanced Level, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, International Baccalaureate or another school-leaving certificate). Even if you do not need an SAT or ACT for the admissions process, most universities will require you to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Duolingo, or other score to document your English language abilities.


The extremely high entrance criteria at top level schools have produced a ripple effect, and now all of the top 50-100 schools have tougher admissions standards. This year, the admissions process underwent significant disruption with the adoption of test-optional or test-blind admissions policies at nearly every top school in the country. As a result, admissions applications skyrocketed, with top schools posting huge increases in application volume – UCLA topping 120,000 applicants, NYU topping 100,000 applicants, Harvard’s pool growing by 57 percent, and Colgate seeing their application volume more than double in one year. Schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Dartmouth, and Hopkins had low single digit admit rates for the Class of 2025. Even schools like Amherst (8 percent acceptance rate), Williams (8 percent), Georgetown (12 percent acceptance rate) and NYU (12 percent acceptance rate) were extraordinarily competitive in their admissions processes and that trend will continue.

International students need to realize that they can’t simply look at overall admissions stats to determine their odds because most schools limit the international student population to 10-15 percent of the overall class and those numbers don’t vary much from year to year. If you look at a school that has a 20 percent overall admissions rate, the admit rate for international students is likely to be closer to 5 percent—not to mention the fact that international students compete with other international students from 80-plus different countries, plus their own country. Schools might receive 300 applicants from China and then accept two or three!


Like all students applying to elite universities, international applicants will also be evaluated on the rigor of their secondary school courses and their countries’ terminal exams. You simply won’t be admitted to elite institutions if your academic record is not tops in your school, region, or country. Remember, elite colleges and universities want high-impact scholars, not just diligent kids. You want to be a passionate and active learner, demonstrating an intense curiosity about the world around you and the intrinsic motivation to explore it. It helps to remember you will be compared to top students around the world.

Your academic profile will account for about 80 percent of the admissions decision, meaning that your extracurricular activities will account for only about 20 percent of the decision. Admissions officers are no longer just looking for a traditional set of typically American activities – participation in sports, debate, and service are quite commonplace and unless you are doing them at a level that is truly distinctive, they will not make you a more competitive applicant. Instead, your goal should be to develop an extracurricular profile highlighted by leadership opportunities and a level of impact that sets you apart in a competitive admissions process.  At Top Tier, we often refer to what we call “big bang” activities, i.e., those activities that students pursue that demonstrate leadership and a high degree of impact and connect with their academic niche. This is the kind of leadership that will make your application stand out.

Top Tier has a set of expert college advisors who bring significant experience in Ivy League admissions and college counseling, and a track record of success in working with international students aspiring to study at all elite universities in the U.S.

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Colleges with Strong Undergraduate Business Programs

For high school students, especially those worried about student debt or economic uncertainty post-pandemic, an undergraduate business major is especially appealing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029 (faster than the average for all occupations) adding about 476,200 new jobs. Given this exceptional job growth in business-related fields, college is a great time to build financial literacy and a concrete skillset that will allow you to pursue a career in profitable sectors like accounting, market research, economics, and management.


It is important to note that Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Stanford, and many other top schools do NOT offer undergraduate business degrees. Prospective students should ask themselves if business is something they want to pursue in college or if they would prefer attending a graduate business program once they have established a liberal arts foundation. For students who know they want to attend a school with course offerings on topics like accounting, finance, health care policy, legal studies, marketing, and real estate, there are many competitive options from which to choose. After graduation, undergraduate business majors often go on to graduate school in law, business, or public policy or move to financial hubs like New York, Boston, and San Francisco to work at investment banks, consulting firms, or Fortune 500 companies. Entry-level job titles for business majors might include “financial analyst,” “office manager,” or “accountant.”


Using data compiled from sources such as U.S. News and World Report, Rugg’s Recommendations, Poets&Quants, and Niche, we have gathered information about 10 of the strongest business programs, in no particular order, for undergraduates in the United States:

1. University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)

Wharton’s undergraduate program emphasizes a liberal arts curriculum, with over 30 percent of the degree requirements taken outside of business. Students may also apply to specialized programs with three other undergraduate schools: The School of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Nursing. These coordinated dual-degree options allow students to earn two degrees within four to five years, specializing in topics such as international studies and health care management. Although all students graduate from Wharton with a bachelor of science in economics, they are required to choose a concentration sophomore year in a more specialized area of business such as accounting, global analysis, legal studies and business ethics, management real estate, or statistics. Unlike many business programs, all Wharton undergraduate lectures are taught by professors, not graduate students. First year students begin their time at Wharton with introductory courses in economics, critical writing, and calculus, as well as Wharton 101. From there, students may select courses from over 4,000 electives and take classes at Penn’s 11 other schools along with MBA-level courses at Wharton. 

Fun Fact: Wharton emphasizes international experiences with over 20 programs with top business schools around the world. For shorter international programs, students can participate in a 10-day Wharton International Program to visit businesses and attend lectures in different countries. Students may also attend a Global Modular Courses, an intensive workshop that lasts 3-7 days on a specific topic. Recent examples include “Lessons from Israeli Innovation,” “Healthcare and Business on Ethiopia,” and “Global Supply Chain in China.”

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management)

Course 15, the MIT Sloan undergraduate program, provides a management education that emphasizes quantitative training. Students can select a major or minor in management, business analytics, or finance and are encouraged to pursue research with MIT faculty during the summer or as a semester-long project. Students who want to learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation can work with MIT start-ups or create their own company, taking advantage of the many funding opportunities on campus. Follow MIT Sloan Undergrad Program on Instagram for a more informal glimpse into campus life and opportunities: @mitsloanundergrad.

Fun Fact: One unique opportunity at MIT is the iDiplomats internship, which allows students to study entrepreneurship internationally.

3. Babson College

Babson College is the No. 1 undergraduate school for entrepreneurship, according to U.S. News & World Report. Students at Babson have many opportunities to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership through coursework, internships, and research experience. A hallmark of the Babson curriculum includes “Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME),” a yearlong course where teams are formed to create, develop, launch, and manage a real venture with up to $9000 of startup money loaned by the college. Babson is a great choice for students who are looking for this type of real-world experience and want to take skill-based, practical courses like “Platforms, Clouds and Networks,” and “Crowdfunding.”

Fun Fact: Babson is recognized globally for its Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A™) methodology, which teaches students how to “balance action, experimentation, and creativity with a deep understanding of business fundamentals and rigorous analysis.” Some of the ET&A™ course offerings include “Failure is good; ACT, LEARN, BUILT, REPEAT,” and “Silicon Valley Tech Ventures.”

4. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper School of Business)

The undergraduate business program at Carnegie Mellon offers programs in business and economics as well as an inter-college major in Computational Finance, which combines math, statistics, and business. Students have opportunities to engage in coursework that emphasizes technology, engineering, AI, robotics, and business analytics in smaller classes where they can receive personalized guidance and support. Through their chosen concentration, students study specific skills in greater depth such as marketing management, entrepreneurship, or business analytics and technologies. Students in the Economics program may also choose to pursue one of the three joint majors offered: a BS in Economics and Politics, a BS in Economics and Mathematical Sciences, or a BS in Economics and Statistics. Take a look at The Tepper Show, a new video series, to learn more about the undergraduate experience.

Fun Fact: Each year, roughly 10 to 15 percent of business students study business management abroad through Carnegie Mellon international programs.

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5. Cornell University (Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management)

Cornell and UPenn are the only Ivy League schools to offer undergraduate business programs. Cornell applicants have the choice of two undergraduate business programs, both housed within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Dyson School undergraduates major in applied economics and management, with a focus on business. Students may choose to pursue a double-major with life sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, or applied social sciences. There are 1,500 undergrads enrolled in these two programs and over 20 student organizations housed within the SC Johnson College of Business. For AEM majors, there are 11 concentration options, including “environmental, energy and resource economics,” and “food industry management” along with more conventional concentrations like marketing and finance. The School of Hotel Administration is a good choice for students who want to begin a career in the hospitality industry and learn how to apply business analytics to property management and real estate.

Fun Fact: 95% of business undergrads complete internships before they graduate and 36% travel internationally for study abroad programs or service learning.

6. Georgetown (McDonough School of Business)

Georgetown’s undergraduate business program requires students to complete 120 semester hours of courses in the liberal arts business core, a chosen major(s), and electives. The seven majors offered are: accounting, finance, international political economy and business, international business regional studies, management, marketing, and operations and analytics. There are many opportunities to compete in international case competitions, engage in undergraduate research, and take part in consulting projects for clients alongside faculty. As of Spring 2020, the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service now offer an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs (BSBGA). This degree is perfect for students who want to study the intersection of business, geopolitics, and global policy. As part of Georgetown’s unique Undergraduate Global Business Experience, students work in teams underfaculty supervision to complete a consulting project for an organization abroad. Some of the opportunities include a case study in Tel Aviv focused on innovation and technology and a case study on the global wine industry in Mendoza, Argentina.

Fun Fact: This spring, Georgetown McDonough introduced the Sustainable Business Fellows program for undergraduate students who are interested in sustainability-related issues in the business world.

7. New York University (Stern School of Business)

Prospective NYU students can apply directly to three different undergraduate business programs: the BS in Business, the BS in Business and Political Economy, or the BS in Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The most popular undergraduate business program, the BS in Business, offers 13 business concentrations and eight interdisciplinary tracks. The BS in Business and Political Economy focuses on the relationship between business, political economy, and international business. For students who know they want to study abroad, this is a great opportunity to combine coursework with international programming. In fact, almost 50% of NYU Stern students study abroad for at least one semester and take advantage of NYU’s 13 global locations. Finally, the BS in Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship includes a STEM-focused curriculum and emphasizes the intersection between business and technology.

Fun Fact: One of NYU’s unique dual-degree programs is theBS in Business/BFA in Film and Television. This 5-year program allows students to earn degrees from NYU Stern and NYU Tisch and prepare for a career in the entertainment industry.

8. University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)

The University of Michigan’s undergraduate business program prioritizes hands-on, student-run business experience through the Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning (REAL). Through the REAL Invest opportunity, students manage investment funds focusing on social ventures or early-stage companies. Students can also pursue their more specialized interests both through course electives and clubs like Michigan FinTech and the Finance Club. The undergraduate program offers a BA in Business Administration, a Business minor, an Entrepreneurship minor, and a Real Estate Development minor. There are also 14 Ross centers and institutes to provide interdisciplinary enrichment like the Sanger Leadership Center, which facilitates experiences like the Leadership Crisis Challenge and the Business+Impact Challenge. Students who are interested in international business can take advantage of global fellowship opportunities in China, Israel, and other locations around the world.

Fun Fact: 81 percent of Ross BBAs accepted jobs on the east coast, west coast, or Chicago.

9. University of Texas, Austin (McCombs School of Business)

The Texas Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program has been rising in the annual rankings based on peer school assessment. All Texas BBAs take foundational courses in business, but develop a specialty in one of ten majors to gain specialized skills: Accounting, Marketing, Management, Finance, Management Information Systems, Business Analytics, Quantitative Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Production/Operations, Real Estate, Insurance, and Supply Chain/Logistics. Within each major, there are opportunities to focus on a particular track to complement individual goals and gain professional experience. Students who major in Finance may select one of six specialized tracks: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, Energy Finance, Financial Markets/Banking; Investment Management, Quantitative, or Real Estate. High school seniors who are interested in the BBA program can also choose to apply to the Canfield Business Honors Program (Canfield BHP), a competitive, merit-based four-year major and honors community. When students complete the program, which follows a case-based MBA curriculum, they will earn a BBA in Business Honors. Other on-campus resources at McCombs include the Social Innovation Initiative (SII), which focuses on “corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and ESG investing.”

Fun Fact: At the end of sophomore year, McCombs students can apply to the Integrated Masters in Professional Accounting (iMPA), a five-year program that allows students to graduate with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Professional Accounting. The Texas MPA program has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report and the Public Accounting Report.

10. Wake Forest University School of Business

At Wake Forest, undergraduates can pursue a BS degree through the University School of Business in Accountancy, Business & Enterprise Management, Finance, or Mathematical Business (offered in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics). Junior year, students can apply to the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree, building on foundational concepts and practices or accountancy and business. Minors offered within the Wake Forest College of Arts and Sciences complement the School of Business program, especially the Business and Enterprise Management degree. Some of the most popular interdisciplinary minors include Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, Global Trade and Commerce, and International Studies.

Fun Fact: After graduation, 26% of graduating students go into finance, 14% are hired in consulting roles, 9% take jobs in marketing/sales, 4% pursue analytics, and 25% go on to graduate school.

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For more information and advice on this topic, see Mimi’s article in Entrepreneur, “10 Tips to Get into Undergraduate Business Programs” and take action now to create a strategic and compelling application. To be in range at competitive undergraduate business schools, you need to demonstrate advanced quantitative skills through high-level math courses, strong AP test scores, clear entrepreneurial achievements, and an academic niche in a particular area of business. Contact us today and learn how we can help you on your admissions journey through private counseling, test prep, or essay guidance.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications

The majority of our high school seniors are enjoying their spring semester, eagerly looking forward to a summer without any college admissions work and a fall at the school of their dreams. They put in the work and got the admissions results they hoped for.

We are aware, however, that this admissions cycle has been beyond rough for many seniors. We see YOU. We hear YOU. We KNOW and report the astounding admissions statistics. So, for you, we’ve compiled the below information. 


Here’s a short sampling of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications for their Class of 2025. *Note: The italicized schools have not yet updated their status on accepting additional students but have in years past. We will update as additional information is released, likely after May 1. For a full listing, visit the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) site, which is a voluntary opportunity for schools to post their status.

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Get Off the Waitlist

Thousands of college seniors are now sitting on college waitlists. What’s interesting about waitlists is that well over half of waitlisted applicants secured acceptances to other schools they love more, either in the early or regular round, and they no longer even want to take up space on a waitlist. That slices the list down quite a bit.  However, climbing off the waitlist of a top college or university is never an easy feat.

May 1st is an important date for waitlisted students –it’s deposit day. Schools will be able to quickly assess who, of their accepted applicants, is actually coming, and who either didn’t respond in time, didn’t pay up, or declined the admissions offer.

The waitlist gets another slice once waitlist response letters begin rolling in. If you’re a waitlisted student and you don’t take the time to submit a well-crafted waitlist response letter with updates on what you’ve been doing this spring and how you’re connected to and a unique fit for the university, then the admissions office can draw some serious conclusions on your love for the school, or your lack thereof.

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It would be much easier if, when you received a waitlist admissions decision, you were also given a number on a waitlist queue, i.e. you’re # 233 out of 470, or # 6 out of 380, like pulling a number out of a deli counter ticket dispenser. Alas, it’s not that simple. Thankfully, some colleges are forthright with information and their proposed steps on the waitlist process. Georgia Tech offers key input on why waitlists even exist:

“Colleges use historical trends and statistical models to predict ‘yield,’ i.e., the number or percentage of students that accept an offer of admission and choose to enroll. . . If yield drops (as it has most places in recent years), the college needs to be able to make additional offers to hit stated targets.”

Yet, hitting admissions targets has become less like target practice and more like freeze tag.

“You’re frozen, now you’re IT! You’re frozen, no, now you’re IT!” The pandemic has made admissions and yield-predicting way more complicated. Students applied to more colleges than ever before (test-optional policies across the board boosted students’ application confidence), gap year students from the Class of 2024 are now infringing on your territory, and everyone flooded the pool –actually all the pools, in the same year, at the same time.


How do you make room amongst all of those swimmers and climb out of the flooded applicant pool from the waitlist to admit territory?  Here are some key steps to take:

  1. Accept your position on the waitlist (if you want it) and prep a strong waitlist response letter for your admissions rep for the school, and perhaps the portal as well, depending on the instructions from that particular college. We can help you craft it.
  2. Lock in elsewhere. Review your list of where else you’re in, and make your final selection on the college at which you want to accept and pay the deposit (if you get off a waitlist and accept, you’ll have to forfeit that deposit though). The hope is that you make it off the waitlist, but your waitlisted college knows you’ll have to deposit elsewhere–you cannot (or should not) hold out for them and risk not accepting somewhere by May 1st.
  3. Own your April, May and June and finish school strong. Plan a scholarly summer –one that’s worth relaying to colleges.
  4. Examine your virtual touch points with the college. How in touch with them have you been and are you now? Is there a virtual conference they’re hosting in late April or May? How about a symposium in your targeted academic area?
    • EX: Did Duke waitlist you last Monday night? Is your main academic interest math?  Maybe check out this link and then mention how much you loved it in your waitlist response letter –and link it to what you did in early spring.

It’s a very stressful year to be a high school senior right now, and the parent of one too.

Getting off the waitlist as you review 4% acceptance rates (wow, Duke!) seems daunting to say the least. At some colleges it really is–and yet some students do get off of the waitlist at most schools. Last year, UPenn waitlisted 2,051 students and admitted 101. MIT typically waitlists 600 (more this year) and then accepts anywhere from 0-52 depending on the yields they obtain.

The University of Notre Dame waitlisted 3,101 students this month and they expect to take only 50-120 and will let them know in late May. Johns Hopkins University topped them slightly, waitlisting 3,400 applicants; their regular round admit rate was just 5%.

Hopefully, you’ll hear your final response sooner rather than later (either you’ll get off the waitlist and be admitted OR you’ll be released from the waitlist). Brown confirmed this week they’re aiming to tell waitlisted students if they’re in by the close of June.  That’s way better than early August, which Stanford has been known to do.

One thing’s for sure, if you’re in the Class of 2025, you didn’t have it easy.

Admissions officers know this; they’re mindful of it and they feel it too. Vanderbilt confirmed this week that “the students on our waitlist now would have been our top scholarship recipients five years ago.”


Try to focus on the good and on your admissions WINS.

A waitlist is infinitely better than a straight rejection, and you likely secured other acceptances that you can lock in just in case. Also, you have people in your corner who want to see you land at a college you love this August–and you absolutely deserve to have that happen! We’d love to assist you on your admissions path –consider our Waitlist Analysis Program and reach out to us for a consultation. We’re pretty great at playing admissions freeze tag and ready to help!