Harvard and Princeton Reverse Course, Reinstate Early Admission Programs

February 24, 2011

In 2006, Harvard and Princeton made a splash by announcing that they would end their respective early admission programs to even the playing field between wealthier applicants (who tended to apply early) and those who needed financial aid (more low income and minority) that tended to apply in the regular decision pool. Since nobody else – except Virginia – jumped on the bandwagon, both schools announced that they are reinstating early admission programs. Virginia made a similar announcement last year. So, where did the venerable Ivies go wrong? The lack of an early admission program at Harvard and Princeton resulted in a deluge of early applications at the other Ivy League schools, and more applications in the regular pool as high school seniors tried to hedge their bets. Further, the elimination of early admission programs did not result in attracting more low income and minority applicants to Harvard or Princeton, which was the point. Ironically, in announcing the reversal, Harvard cited trends that low income and minority students were choosing programs with early action and early decision programs, and bypassing Harvard. Both schools will offer single-choice early action programs, similar to those at Yale and Stanford, where students can apply early to only one school. Princeton’s dean of admission called the new plan a "win-win" for students. I guess we will find out. Stay tuned!

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


Did You Know?

Looking to apply Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) to college this year? Many high school guidance counselors require students to provide their completed application two weeks prior to the deadline. This allows the guidance counselor enough time to complete the school forms and submit them in a timely manner. For the unprepared student this can be quite a shock. Suddenly that November 15 deadline becomes November 1. The best way to reduce your stress level is to ask your guidance office what they need and when they need it. Less surprise equals a smoother process for you and your guidance counselor.



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