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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Admissions Strategies - the Stats

In a previous post, I described the various admissions types - Early Decision, Early Admission, Regular Admission, and Rolling Admission.

It is helpful to take a look at the statistics.  The average acceptance rate for early decision to the 8 Ivy schools is 23%.  To Stanford and MIT, it is a mere 12%.  To other selective schools like my alma mater, Northwestern, it is about 34%.  That doesn't sound too promising until you note that the regular decision acceptance rate at these schools averages about 11%. That's not much of a change for Stanford or MIT.  But, for the rest, that is rather a significant difference.

Applying early roughly doubles or triples your chance of acceptance.  It's still not a high rate and there are factors which will boost your personal chances of acceptance but, applying early absolutely does make a difference.

Many students have trouble getting themselves pulled together and all the pieces of the application done by the early deadline.  That's when having a college planner like myself in your corner is a powerful aid.  Another route is to attend an application jump start summer program.  I'm offering one in August, 2011.  The information and registration is at  If you need accommodations because you are coming in to San Diego from another city, let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.

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