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      Class of 2021 Early-Application Acceptance Rates of Ivy League and Top Colleges

      Class of 2021 Early-Application Acceptance Rates of Ivy League and Top Colleges clearly showed the advantage of applying early – early decision and early action rounds. The formation of the Class of 2021 at the Ivy League and Elite Colleges has started. Like the previous year, the early decision acceptance rates are significantly higher than the regular decision and overall acceptance rates. So, the incentive for applying early is indeed there.


      Admission Stats of the Ivy League and Elite Colleges for the Class of 2021


      Most of Ivy League and other top colleges have announced their stats of early admission. Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, Amherst and Davidson are yet to announce their figures. Columbia University, as usual, do not publish their stats. Majority of the colleges and universities have seen a record-high number of applications this year.


      Read the Early Admission Results for Class of 2024.


      Below is the table showing the figures for top colleges (source: TopTierAdmissions).

      Harvard has the lowest acceptance rate (14.5%) this year among all the Ivy League Schools. Overall, MIT has been the toughest for all with the acceptance rate of 7.83%, and received the highest number of applications (8, 394). Dartmouth College and Brown University received the maximum number of applications in their history. Whereas, Princeton University, which received 4, 229 applications in 2015, got 5, 003 applications this year, an increase of 18%. William College and Johns Hopkins University have been the most generous in the early action round with the highest acceptance rates. Notre Dame, Columbia and Pennsylvania admitted maximum number of applicants – 1, 470, 1, 378 and 1, 354 respectively. Have a look the following infographics with admission stats.

      Dreaming of getting into Ivy League Schools? Be the Early Bird!

      MIT has been the toughest of the lot irrespective of the applying round. Still, be the Early Bird!

      So, The Best Hack of Getting into Top Elite Cooleges – Be the EARLY BIRD!

      For those who are not too familiar with the rules at the Ivy Schools. Harvard, Yale and Princeton are restrictive early actin schools. It means, applicants can apply to one school at the early action round, but can decide whether they want to join or not by the summer (May). On the other hand, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Pennsylvania (UPenn) are strictly early decision schools. If accepted, applicants must enrol.

      Candidates who got deferred in the early admission or early decision round will be eagerly waiting for the regular round decision. Getting deferred from the top choice college is obviously disappointing. But, the deferred candidates can take the following steps:

      Find out what the college is asking from you

      Compose a deferral letter

      Reach out and arrange additional letters of recommendation

      Visit the college in person, if possible

      Continue to apply to other colleges for the regular decision round


      Check out the Class of 2023 Early Admission Stats at the Ivy League and Elite Schools.

      Author: Tanmoy Ray

      I am a Career Adviser & MS Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage online marketing at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).


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