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Early Application Stats

By: Mimi Doe and Michele Hernandez

Since last summer, and all fall, we’ve been asked by the press, parents, and anxious students if we felt early applications would drop due to the financial crisis. Over and over, we’ve said NO, applications will RISE because students still don’t want the pressure of having to apply to 20 schools for regular. Plus, it’s the top colleges that give the most generous financial aid in the first place, and applying early NEVER decreases your financial aid package at comparable schools. In other words, you’ll get the same aid package in early as regular even if you don’t have several offers to compare to. Plus, it’s EASIER to get in early decision. In 2008, for instance, Yale had an overall acceptance rate of 8.29%. If, however, you had applied early, the acceptance rate was 18.11% and the regular round was a brutal 5.62%.

We were spot on…. Here’s the current early stats for the schools posting their numbers:

ED applications:
Wesleyan – Up 40%
George Washington University-Up 30%
Duke – Up 25%
Pomono – Up 20%
Northwestern – Up 15 %
University of Richmond – Up 14%
Colby – Up 13%
Haverford – Up 13%
Dartmouth – Up 12.5%
Middlebury – Up 12%
Hamilton – Up 8%
Union College – Up 8%
Bowdoin – Up 7.9%
NYU – Up 2.3%
St. Olaf – Up 50%
Brown – <4.5>
Williams – <6.5> (as of 11/14)
MIT EA Up 25%
Stanford EA Up 18%
Yale EA Up 10.4%

If you are applying in the regular round this year, 2009, you MUST stand out. It’s going to be tough at top schools. Just note above and realize that some schools take as much as 40% of their class from the early round.

We urge you to instantly download a copy of our Application Boot Camp® Self Guided Program and spend the next four days focused on creating a stellar application. As we’ve been saying for months, 2009 will be the most difficult year in history for gaining admission to top schools.

Don’t get lost in the pack…rise above the rest. You will also gain enormously from our audio recording: Rise Above the Rest: Creating Winning College Applications.

You might find the New York Times blog posting on this topic of interest:

3 replies on “Early Application Stats”

This is amazing. My son applied early to Yale and we are on pins and needles. I did read in past newsletters from you guys about how tough 2009 was going to be which prompted his early to Yale.

Thank you for all this information provided free of charge. It’s a complicated process to get into college these days.
You seem to be the best resource telling the truth…all the info sessions said “oh wait and apply regular”…ha…

Why do you think Brown was down? My daughter got deferred. Are the chances even slimmer for her now in regular decision? She is in a residential joint enrollment program at a state University (Univ. of West Ga / Advanced Academy of Ga). Her high school adds 7 points onto every AP and college course taken on her transcript. She did pretty well for a high school senior in all college classes- 3 B’s (Honors college sophmore World Lit, college Microecomomics and college Bio lab) and 2 A’s (college psychology, college Bio (The bio she took was higher than entry level) ) Her college GPA was 3.46. BUT in HS it’s a 4.0 (all A’s and it’s reported on her transccript as 102, 102, 92, 92, 92). her overall Gpa is a 95 and her ACT is a 31. Do you think her 3 B’s in college classes will hurt her or help her? What should we do now? If she gets rejected it’s not the end of the world she will go to Georgia Tech (a lot cheaper and closer to home), but Brown is really her dream! Any advice?

Hard to say why Brown was down as all schools have not released their numbers yet. Many schools were UP quite a lot in the early round. Once you are deferred, the odds are generally NOT good as the pool only gets more competitive, not less, in regular, so our advice is to 1 – move on and 2 – get some extra teacher recs 3 – have her school CALL to find out what they can
4 – have your daughter call to find out what she can about WHY and what she can do about it.

My gut feeling is that her grades, with many B’s, were just not strong enough. With 40% or so of the class being #1 or #2, a few B’s can make you pale in comparison. But without seeing teacher recs, scores, and her passions, it’s impossible to say more. And a 31 ACT is not high for Brown – most Ivy kids have 34 and higher.

Best of luck,

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