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Class of 2026 sets early application records, while The Ivy Dean’s students see incredible admissions results

Here at the Ivy Dean, there has been much cause for celebration recently: we helped our students to achieve phenomenal early acceptance results for the Class of 2026. Despite unusually low acceptance rates at top colleges, including those in the Ivy League, our students gained admission to Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Georgetown, NYU and Colgate, among others.

While not surprising, these results are noteworthy given the current and unprecedented higher education climate. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools waived the requirement for SAT/ACT scores, leading more students to apply to schools that would have ordinarily been beyond their reach. The early applicant pool for many top colleges was therefore unnaturally large, driving down acceptance rates for many of them, making this one of the most competitive early admissions cycle in the Ivy League’s history. Nevertheless, we still had exceptional results.

As leaders in college admissions counselling, our mission is to use our experience and expertise to give students their best chance of being admitted to their preferred college. We do not select our clients based on their academic performance or extra-curricular activities; rather, students and their families of all backgrounds and capabilities come to us because they want our help. We then provide one-on-one coaching and our unique Application PositioningTM service to help all of our students present themselves in the best possible way to colleges, dramatically increasing their chances of being accepted.

If you are interested in learning more about how The Ivy Dean can help you or your child get accepted into a top college, please call us at (845) 826-5310 for a free consultation. We look forward to helping make your family’s college dreams a reality.


On paper, I am by no means a perfect student. However, thanks to my Application Positioning, I was able to maximize the strengths that I bring to a college to compensate for other factors. Thanks to The Ivy Dean Team, I will be attending Princeton University, my dream school, in the fall.

Douglas R. – Princeton University

Dee provided excellent advice and guidance throughout the application process. Her overall expertise in admissions, professionalism and warmth made the experience a great one. I was thrilled that I was accepted to several of the most selective colleges in the country and will be attending Stanford in the fall.”

Laurel P. – Stanford University
It's my pleasure to inform you that I've been admitted to my first choice college: the University of Southern California. My dream is becoming reality! I am thrilled to get the chance to belong to the USC and to start a new adventure there. It is also thanks to your great help that I've been accepted, I'm very grateful! Thank you so much for everything.
Sonia G. – From Switzerland
Our son and daughter wanted to go to colleges in the same city but they had different interests and different strengths. She matched them each with their ideal college, one Columbia University and the other NYU, and worked to get them admitted. We couldn't have been more pleased.
Niki and Roger S.
I was a serious student but also wanted a university where I could continue competitive cycling. There weren't many schools that met my needs and fit my personality. From her experience, she was able to hone right in on what became my first choice school. I graduated last year and the entire college experience was awesome.
Colin J.
My parents and I didn't know how helpful it could be to have someone who understood things from the inside working with us. Ms. Blackman was able to identify just what would make me the most attractive candidate to colleges.
Bob M. – Harvard University