Rejected Early Decision? Ivy League College Admission Help
A lot of students this week rejected from their early decision (ED) schools, and the heartbreak is horrible. Maybe it was a “reach” school, maybe it was Princeton or Harvard or Brown University, or maybe you just really, really wanted to go there from the time you were 8.
Getting rejected from your first choice college though, doesn’t mean you can’t still get in to a really good school — To make sure you don’t make the same mistake TWICE that you want to take a serious look (or have someone like me) at your previous application and essays.
Often, the essays are the reason people rejected from their Early Decision schools. When everything else in their application (their stats, SAT scores, grades, extracurriculars, rec letters, etc) are stellar and up to par. It comes down to the writing, and more specifically.
This is good news and bad news. The good news is, you can change or revise your essay now. Before you submit to your other schools and make the same mistake twice. The bad news is, you have to be confident enough to know that maybe you don’t know how an essay really “reads” via the college’s admission office, and you should seek out someone who does know how things work, so pure pride and “but I liked my essay” doesn’t get in your own way.
I will repeat myself: most often, when everything else in a student’s background is “good” or even “excellent”. At the level, it needs the school targeted. The reason for the college’s Early Decision rejection is The Common App Essay.
So, my one piece of advice to any of you who just rejected by your Early Decision school. And are now maybe panicking a little as you apply to your other schools. If you have the resources, take the time to reach out and have someone like myself (a former Harvard admissions interviewer + Harvard grad) look over your “rejected” Early Decisions application. And tell you what you need to do or change.
A huge number of my students go on to get in to ALL of their other schools. The worst thing you can do if you rejected my friends, is nothing. If it didn’t work the first time, something needs to change. My advice = figure out what that is.
An Early Decision rejection is a warning shot. Heed it, and make the changes. Otherwise, you’re only throwing the same dart at the college. Or even Ivy League college board, and just hoping it will stick.
[I’m a former Harvard interviewer and Harvard grad, and currently run the top Ivy League College Admissions Firm: www.IvyCollegeEssay.com out of Manhattan. I work with the top students all over the world. Contact me today for a free consultation, and get into the school of your dreams!]