Decision day comes and when you hear from your dream school you discover you have been waitlisted. While this may leave a bad feeling in your stomach, don’t despair! Keep in mind that the Ivy Leagues and elite Top 20 universities that you applied to are extremely competitive and getting on the waitlist is an accomplishment in itself. Many students on waitlists get out of limbo with an eventual acceptance so keep the faith. Here are some of interesting facts to keep in mind. Around 10% of students who are waitlisted end up getting in and last year that was even higher. Students are applying to more and more of the Ivy Leagues every year so predicting the percentage of admitted students that matriculate is a moving target, especially when students gain admission to multiple universities. You can be notified of admittance as early as April or as late as August depending on the school. You still have control over what you decide to do, don’t assume things are out of your hands. I can help you develop a plan of action! Transferring to an Ivy League college can also be an option, and colleges accept transfer after only one
Previously, there was never a question as to which one to take, most high school students took both. But now things are a little different with some colleges adopting test-optional or test-blind policies. Test-optional means the college doesn’t require testing but will take your scores into account if you submit them. Test-blind means that standardized tests such as the ACT and/or SAT will not even be considered during the admissions process. It’s important to know what the policies are for the Ivy Leagues or elite Top 20 universities that are on your list. It’s good to check periodically because right now policies are changing daily! Many of the Ivy League schools currently have test-optional policies for now. But don’t overlook that it can only help your application if you study hard and get great scores on the SAT/ACT to submit! The SAT and the ACT share quite a bit similarities - both tests have optional essays, math sections, reading comprehension sections, grammar sections. The essays for both are different, not harder or easier but just different. The ACT also does focus on slightly more complex math problems and has a science section which is related to graphs and charts. The
Sometimes you don’t get into your first or even second choice college when you apply to the Ivy Leagues or any elite Top 20 university. The top Ivies and colleges are flooded with thousands of applications every year and the most elite schools have very limited spots. It doesn’t mean you need to completely give up on your Ivy League dream, though: you can always apply as a transfer student and give yourself a second chance to get in! Here are some positives that you can take away from a perhaps delayed entrance into your dream school Ivy. Ivy League school tuition is typically more expensive so one or two semesters at another college could help you save money in the long term. During your time at another college you could also work to improve your grades, in case your GPA was a determining factor as to why you didn’t get in the first time around. Also, you could take the time your freshman year elsewhere to get a better understanding of what you want to study and why. All of these things could help create an even stronger application as a transfer applicant and lead to the acceptance into
Applying to college and submitting your Common App is an amazing accomplishment – exciting and a little bit daunting when you first start. It’s important to understand the process so that you showcase yourself as a potential Ivy League or top college applicant in the best possible way. To make sure your understanding of the college application process is clear, I’ve listed the steps required to complete your application successfully –and don’t forget, as a former Harvard admissions interviewer and Harvard grad I’m also here to help you further if you’re looking to hire a college admissions consultant who specializes in the Ivy League. So, here we go! 1. Create an account on https://www.commonapp.org/ 2. After you created your account, go to “My Colleges” by selecting the My Colleges tab. This is where you can complete specific university supplemental information, questions and manage your recommendation letters for every college to which you are applying. 3. Next fill out the “Questions” section under the Application header. This can be found if you look to the left-hand side of your screen. This is where you’ll include things like your activities. You’ll be able to “Review and Submit” once you’re completely done. 4.
Though most of my Ivy League college admissions blog posts center around high school seniors applying to the most competitive and elite US universities, every year I also work with students who are already in college, and are thinking about transferring (or thinking about trying to transfer) into an Ivy League school. Did you hear that correctly? YES, YOU CAN GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE, like Harvard, Princeton, or Yale...by transferring. And, I'll tell you another secret: it's easier to get in. Each year, I get students into some of the top colleges in the country as transfers. Now, don't get me wrong, you need to have done really well your first semester at whatever school you did decide to attend, but I have had students who got completely rejected from Harvard (for example) -- as in, not even deferred if they applied Early Decision -- not even waitlisted, who ended up going to not another Ivy League school, but say some "easier" or mid-ranked college that is not even in the Ivy League (someplace like NYU, Boston College, Emory University, "Seven Sister" schools, or even state schools like Georgia Tech) who end up applying as transfers to Harvard
Hello 2020 Ivy League college applicants! This is my first Ivy League college admissions blog post of the new year, and we're going to touch on everything! First things first, your college interviews, and specifically, your Ivy League college interviews -- as if you applied to college this year, your interviews should be quickly approaching! The question now is: how to best prepare? You spent so much time on your college applications, not to mention all the years and years of your life trying to do well in high school, and amassing extracurriculars, and trying to get your SAT and ACT test scores up, and doing interesting and unique things with your outside school time, and your summers, and your mind, and your personality, just so you can GET INTO A GREAT IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE. In other words: don't blow it now. There is too much at stake. Educate yourself. Know what to EXPECT from the interview process, and you'll be so way ahead of the game! To help out the students who worked with me on their essays this year, as well as help out those students just finding my blog now, I've put together an extensive "Ivy League