It’s Getting Tougher To Get Into The Ivies

It’s Getting Tougher To Get Into The Ivies


By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe

On Wednesday, March 28th, the Ivies notified high school seniors of their admissions decisions. Thousands of students and parents were disappointed.

Here is a list of the acceptance rates, number of students admitted, total number of applicants and rejection rates –

Many of the applicants “looked perfect” on paper. Princeton reported that more than 14,200 of the 35,370 applicants had a 4.0 grade point average. Brown reported that 96% of its admitted students are in the top 10% of their high school classes, while at Dartmouth that rate hit 97%.

So why were so many qualified and paper perfect applicants rejected? They sounded unique just like all the other applicants who were rejected. High SAT’s, high GPA, top class rank, outstanding volunteer, skilled musician and/or athlete, leader in extracurricular activities, “amazing” letters of recommendations, perceived “unique” application essays and the “perfect” connections.

In my firm, I emphasize your “Personal WOW-Factor,” your character and being different (based on your personal characteristics, accomplishments and achievements). I spend countless hours with my team analyzing how to spotlight my client. This arduous process works because, this year, 98% of our clients who applied to the Ivies were accepted. My associates and I must be doing something right! I am very proud of our success and extremely happy for our students and their parents!

“Admissions is a competitive sport! Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Greenwich Admissions Advisors. Tel. (203) 542-7288, and founder of Ivy League Admissions Advisors a part of the Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.

Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for families and students who are interested in applying to top private schools, Ivy League and highly selective colleges and combined BS/MD programs. Dr. Lowe also helps students gain admissions into their top choice private schools and colleges after they have been wait-listed and rejected. Dr. Lowe and his Greenwich Admissions Advisors team provide house-calls for families with extremely busy schedules who can’t come to their office.