College Coach Survey Discovers Crucial Commonalities in Ivy League Admissions Success
April 1, 2016 —College Coach’s annual survey of high school students turned up some unexpected common themes in students accepted to Ivy League institutions. Probably the most surprising was that students residing next door to Harvard and Princeton graduates were the most likely to have success at all eight of the Ivy organizations, with their applications accepted at a lot more than six times the average rate.
Other similarities amongst applicants accepted to Ivy League institutions:
- Students who also played the triangle in their senior high school orchestra were accepted at five times the average rate
- Those participating in competitive lawn dart teams (popular in the South plus mid-Atlantic states) were 25 percent more likely to be admitted than students playing more common sports
- Writing essays about shoveling snow, practicing good skin care, or favorite chocolate choices resulted in acceptance rates fifteen percentage points higher than average
- Interestingly, only five % of accepted applicants wrote regarding having a mother who returned to college to complete her degree more than 20 years after graduating from high school, despite getting one of the most popular topics in previous years.
“We have always suspected that possessing a neighbor who attended Harvard or Princeton positively affected admission to all of the Ivies, so it was excellent to see this corroborated by the survey results. It’s just one of those random things, ” stated College Trainer spokesperson, Elizabeth Heaton .
Takeaways with regard to families and students looking to increase their chances of acceptance at the Ivies? Begin spending summers perfecting your yard dart game, make some early decisions about whether Twix, Snickers, or Mars is the best candy bar, and be certain to check out your neighbors’ alma maters before buying a new home.
One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “When we relocated last year, we had our pick associated with Ivy League grad neighbors. I seriously wished we’d gone with the guy and his wife who both went to Princeton. Maybe I would have got into Cornell. ”
College Coach emailed more than 200, 000 students across the country who graduated in 2015 or 2016, inquiring them a series of questions about their own personal habits, activities, and situations, and the topics of their college documents. Final results were tabulated in the early hours of April 1, 2016, as the Ivy League schools, which includes Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, and the University of Pa, released their decisions to the class of 2019.
For more information about the survey, and also to see the full results, click here .