Early Action Improves Ivy Admissions Chances

15 December 2015

Helping your child apply to university through an early decision or early action program can drastically improve their chances of getting in and it’s often the right choice when applying to elite universities like Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Be aware, however, this can be a very stressful time for you and your children!

The first semester of senior year is often marked by difficult classes, numerous extracurricular activities, and varsity sports. Adding a list of application deadlines surrounding November 1st can be a challenge. With this potential stress, however, comes a drastically higher chance of your child attending the Ivy League. Here are some stats from the class of 2020.

Harvard – 6,173 students applied early decision or early action to Harvard this winter. Of this group, 918 were accepted. (14.8%) The largest minority were Asian Americans who made of 24.2% of those accepted, which is higher than their 22.7% acceptance rate for early admissions for the class of 2019.

While Asian Americans made up nearly a quarter of the early action students accepted to Harvard, a study by Princeton sociologists showed that they were at a large disadvantage when compared to students with differing racial backgrounds. The average Asian student needed an SAT score of 1460 to be accepted while similar white students needed only a score of 1320. The divide goes even further when you compare Hispanic students (requiring an average score of 1190) black students who needed just 1010.

A lawsuit has been opened against Harvard, stating the illegality of creating racial classifications or adhering to quotas that can disadvantage minorities. The University continues to state that they are “fully compliant with the law.”

Stanford – Stanford admitted 745 of the 7,822 students who applied early action. That’s just 9.5% and they received more applications than any other elite university. Roughly 35,000 students are expected to apply regular decision.

Princeton – 18.6% of Princeton’s 4,229 early action applicants were accepted for the class of 2020. That’s 785 lucky students, and the remaining majority was deferred to regular admission.

Yale – Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton all tightened up their acceptance rates in 2020 but Yale relaxed slightly from 2019. They accepted 795 of their 4,662 applicants, or 17%. Only 29% were refused admission and the rest were deferred.

MIT – With 7,767 applicants for early action, MIT accepted just 656. This is 8.5% and one of the lowest rates among elite universities this year.

CalTech13% of the 1,901 early action applicants were accepted at CalTech. (248 students) While less competitive than MIT, this university’s smaller size leaves room for just one third of the students MIT was able to accept in 2020.

When you look at the data, it is clear that applying early acceptance or early action will give your child an increased chance of attending the Ivy League. Data from the class of 2019 shows this well. Harvard accepted 16.5% of their EA applicants and just 3.2% of regular decision applicants. Princeton showed 19.9% and 4.9%, Yale’s numbers are 16% and 4.7%, and this trend remains steady across America’s elite universities.

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Dr. Li

Executive Director, Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth; Co-President, OCSEF.

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