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Ivy League Acceptance Rates Expected to be Lower

Recently, I reported that the Ivy League received a historic number of early applications—breaking admissions records. This resulted in six of the eight Ivy League colleges reporting record-low early acceptance rates. The increase in applications continued to the Regular Decision round, and it is expected that the Ivy League will again report lower acceptance rates from last year.

In my article published on the Huffington Post, I discussed important strategies for high school students to increase success applying to the Ivy League, as my students get accepted to Ivy League colleges each year. Here is a summary of the advice I provided.

To be successful, a student must creatively stand out from other applicants by presenting unique information. I call this a student’s Application Positioning™.

Application Positioning™ is key for Ivy League admissions—even for top students. The Ivy League colleges seek students that uniquely contribute to the overall vibrancy and health of the college to continue attracting students to its college year after year. Relying on high grades and test scores, alone, are not enough to accomplish this.

It is also important for students to have a balance of reach, target, and safety schools. Then, you should focus on the quality of your applications. By strategically applying to only a handful of best-fit colleges, you will increase your college success—in contrast to quickly applying to many schools.

For more tips and advice, you may read more of my articles here.


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