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Waitlisted? It’s Not Too Late

This has been an unbelievable year in college admissions.  We’ve worked with students and families for over 15 years and nothing stays the same, we promise that.

The sheer number of applications is rising. Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Pomona, Stanford, U Penn, Emory and Yale are just some of the schools who report the largest number of applicants in their school’s history and UCLA broke all records with 100,000 applications this year for the Class of 2021. Cornell University received the highest number of applications in the Ivy League with 47,038 applications. Stanford was the most selective college in the country, with an acceptance rate of 4.65% for the Class of 2021.

The number of early applications is also off the charts this year.  A small school like Colby, for instance, had an increase in early decision applications for the third year in a row. This year they received 11,190 applications for 500 spots for the Class of 2021, up 14 percent from last year and 117 percent from 2014.  Georgetown accepted 11.9 percent of 7,822 early action applicants to the Class of 2021, which is 1 percent lower than last year’s 13 percent –it was the lowest acceptance rate they’ve ever had.

Of course, this means it’s a record year for low acceptance rates overall.  And, the Ivies are no longer the toughest schools to get into! Pomona had an 8 percent acceptance rate; Georgetown was 15.43 percent; Vanderbilt 10.19 percent; Northwestern 9.1 percent; Duke 9.06 percent!

All this to say it’s been a tough year for many seniors and we’ve heard from many parents and students who didn’t work with us and wish they had.  If you were waitlisted, take a breath and plan a response! If you were rejected and yes, we’ve heard from kids who were rejected at all their colleges. Perhaps they aimed too high or they simply didn’t have strong applications and with this many applications and rise in quality of applications there were many surprised applicants.  It’s not the end of the world.  Take heart and take action.



What’s the good news if your college outcomes weren’t what you hoped? It’s not too late!

  • Option 1: Take a gap year and prepare your freshman applications again, but this time with our help at Application Boot Camp this August 2017 in BostonWe can help you craft a gap year strategy and refine essays that put you in the best possible light and we’ll develop an application strategy with you to prepare early action, early decision, regular, and rolling applications to submit in fall 2017 for an August 2018 start date as a freshman at your top-choice colleges!
  • Option 2: For waitlisted students, we offer a Waitlist Analysis Program that includes a thorough analysis of your submitted essays and applications, a personalized student report, and customized input and advice on how to get accepted from the waitlist.
  • Option 3: Apply to additional colleges this April 2017, for an August 2017 start date as a freshman. For students who received rejection letters and are aiming to apply to additional colleges this April, it’s not too late. Many colleges still have rolling deadlines and are accepting applications. Review the Essay Guidance Program and consider some colleges still accepting applications.

As of April 5, 2017, the following colleges are still accepting applications: (and this is just a sampling)


Application Deadline

Bowling Green State University


Cal State U –San Bernardino


Nazareth College


Rochester Institute of Technology


Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)


U Wisconsin Parkside


University of Charleston


University of New Orleans


University of Washington-Tacoma campus


University of Wyoming


UT Dallas


How can you find colleges still accepting applications?

  • Use the Universal College Application website: They offer a simple list of colleges still accepting applications HERE.

Always check college admissions websites to confirm deadlines. Additional questions? Let us know!

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Class of 2021 Early Admissions Stats

The building of the Class of 2021 has begun! Many schools saw an increase in early applications, Princeton was up 18 percent and Columbia, Duke, Dartmouth, and Cornell reported the largest early application pools in their respective histories.

All Ivy League institutions and many other top colleges have released their early admissions stats. We’ve compiled them below and will continue to update.

(*all information extrapolated from each institution’s website, respectively)

**Northwestern info updated below graphic.

Early Admissions Stats In a Nutshell

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Brown: Brown accepted 22 percent of its early decision applicants to the Class of 2021, offering spots to 695 students out of 3,170 applications — the largest number of students ever admitted early decision. Brown accepted 22 percent of early applicants to the class of 2020, 20 percent to the class of 2019 and 18.9 percent to the class of 2018.

Columbia: Columbia has not released acceptance rates but we can tell you they received 4,086 early decision applications to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science this year, once again setting a record for the largest number of early decision applicants in Columbia history. The number of early decision applicants rose by 16 percent from last year, when the office received 3,520 applications.

Cornell: A record number of 5,384 students applied early decision for admission to Cornell’s Class of 2021 with 1,378 acceptances representing a 10.3 percent increase from last year. This year’s numbers broke the record, set last year by the early decision Class of 2020. Cornell’s early decision pool has increased by 78 percent within the past decade. Of these applicants to Cornell, 25.6 percent were admitted — a smaller fraction than last year, when the University accepted 27.4 percent of applicants.

Dartmouth: Dartmouth accepted 555 students into the Class of 2021, selected from a record-large pool of 1,999 applicants. The admitted students will form approximately 47 percent of the incoming class. This year’s 27.8 percent acceptance rate is an increase from last year’s 25.6 percent. The overall number of applications went up by 3.7 percent.

Davidson: TBD

Dickinson: Dickinson extends offers of admission to 203 Early Decision (ED) applicants for the Class of 2021.

Duke: A record number of students (3,516) applied early with Duke accepting 861 applicants into the Class of 2021 (691 into Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, 170 in the Pratt School of Engineering). This reflects a 24.5 percent acceptance rate, which is the second most selective early decision process in Duke’s history. These 861 students admitted through early decision will make up 50 percent of the Class of 2021.

This year’s 3,516 applicants are 2 percent more than last year. Last year, 3,455 students applied early decision, and 813 were admitted—an acceptance rate of 23.5 percent. The early decision acceptance rates for the Class of 2019 and Class of 2018 were 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

Georgetown: Georgetown accepted just fewer than 12 percent (931) of its 7,822 early action applicants to the Class of 2021, a record-low rate being 1 percent lower than last year’s 13 percent. The early applicant pool increased by 11 percent from last year as well.

Harvard: Applications for early action rose 5 percent this year to 6,473, and 14.5 percent, or 938 students, were admitted to the Class of 2021 representing a 5 percent increase in early applicants compared to the Class of 2020. Last year, 6,167 applied early, and 14.8 percent, or 914 students, were admitted.

Johns Hopkins: The 1,934 early decision applicants this year represent a slight increase from the then-record number of 1,929 who applied early decision last year. With 591 early decision acceptances for the Class of 2021, this reflects a 30.56 percent acceptance rate.

Middlebury: TBD

MIT: This year, 8,394 students applied for early admission to MIT, and early admission was offered to 657 applicants reflecting an early acceptance rate of 7.83 percent.

Northwestern: *UPDATED* Northwestern accepted approximately 26 percent of early decision applicants (a record high 3,736 in total), an increase of about 23 percent from last year.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame admitted 1,470 early action applicants to the Class of 2021. 6,020 students applied for consideration under the Restricted Early Action program reflecting a 24.4 percent acceptance rate. Early applications were up 10 percent over last year.

Princeton: Princeton University has offered admission to 770 students from a pool of 5,003 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2021. The pool was the largest in the last six years, representing an 18.3 percent increase over last year’s early applicant pool. The admission rate was 15.4 percent. In 2015, the early admit rate was 18.6 percent.

Stanford: Declined to release early decision data for Class of 2021.

U Chicago: TBD

UPENN: Penn admitted 22 percent of its early decision applicants to the Class of 2021 this year, slightly lower than last year’s rate of 23.2 percent. A record-breaking total of 6,147 applications were submitted in the early decision round. Of that number, 1,354 were accepted. The number of early decision applications increased by 7 percent from last year, and has grown by 28 percent in the last four years since the Class of 2017 applied. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.

Williams: Williams College has offered admission to 257 students under its Early Decision plan reflecting a 35 percent acceptance rate. These students make up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550. 728 students applied, a 25 percent increase over last year and a record number for Early Decision.

Yale: Yale welcomed the largest group of admitted early action students in several years, inviting 871 students to join the class of 2021. The admitted students represent 17.1 percent of a pool of 5,086 early applicants. The early action application pool this year is 9 percent larger than last year, an uptick marking the first major increase in early application numbers after a three- year period of relative stagnation.