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2021 Application Cycle - An Interesting Time and Things You Should Know

A CPC parent kindly forwarded this GA Tech admissions blog to me, knowing I am a data freak. The content deals with the issue of yield vs. the number of applications received. This year's application cycle was a flood, mainly due to the change in standardized test requirements.

According to this NYT article, the winners in the application increase race are highly selective and state flagship schools. Quality schools that accept >50% of students are in the trenches, fighting for their piece of the application pie.

What are our takeaways?

  • April 6th announcements - Ivy's and other schools that accept < 25% of applicants will announce by 4/6. Expect waitlists to expand as the game of musical chairs begin in which students place a deposit on school #1 and accept a waitlist position if they are not...

  • tired of the process

  • have the patience of Job

  • possess the humility not to disregard a top school that doesn't still quite want to commit to their talent unless another student rejects their offer.

  • Waitlists - The expectation is the more selective schools might slow-walk their waitlists. Last year, we saw schools dip into their waitlists before May 1st. This year the reach into waitlists may take a bit longer.