fbpx

When are Admissions Decisions Released?

Deadlines for regular decision applications are coming up or already passed, and once your applications are in the long wait for results begins. This is the most stressful part of college admissions for many students since you can no longer affect the outcome; you just have to wait to learn your fate. While this can feel like an endless period of time, don’t worry, it’ll be over before you know it.

In this article, we’ll tell you when you can expect to hear back from various universities you applied to RD. This parallels our article on ED admissions decisions. Let’s jump in!

Admission Decision Release Dates

SchoolDecision Release Date
Babson CollegeMid-March
Boston CollegeApril 1st
Boston UniversityLate March
BrandeisApril 1st
BrownEarly April
CaltechMid-March
Carnegie Mellon UniversityApril 1st
Case WesternMarch 19th
ColumbiaEarly April
CornellEarly April
DartmouthLate March-Early April
DukeLate March-Early April
EmoryApril 1st
GeorgetownApril 1st
Georgia TechTBA
HarvardEnd of March
Johns HopkinsApril 1st
MITMid-March
NYUApril 1st
NortheasternApril 1st
NorthwesternLate March
Notre DameLate March
PrincetonApril
RiceApril 1st
Rochester Institute of TechnologyMid-March
SMUMid-March
StanfordApril 1st
TuftsApril 1st
TulaneApril 1st
UC SystemMarch
UChicagoLate March
University of MichiganEarly April
UNC-Chapel HillMarch 31st
UPennApril
USCApril 1st
University of VirginiaApril 1st
VanderbiltLate March
Wake ForestApril 1st
Washington and LeeApril 1st
Washington University of St LouisApril 1st
William & MaryApril 1st
YaleApril 1st

What Does “Mid-March” Mean?

Many universities are irritatingly vague about when they will release their decisions. This is intentional; colleges want to give themselves leeway, and not make promises that they can’t deliver on. While this causes irritation for students, universities have judged this annoyance better than the alternative.

Mid-March generally means you can expect to see your results anywhere from the 10th to the 20th, although this can and will vary depending on the school and year; just because results were released on a certain date last year doesn’t mean they will be this time around. When the results come out is dependent on a number of different factors.

The reason for this uncertainty is the number of applications schools receive. Colleges receive and need to process tens of thousands of applications. Each of these needs to be read, sometimes multiple times weighed, evaluated, and judged in the context of its peers.

While schools want to say with certainty when applicants will hear back, they don’t know how many applications they will receive. Therefore, they don’t want to make commitments they won’t be able to deliver on. Admissions officers are dedicated professionals, but they are people too, and can’t spend all their time reading applications in order to finish before a hard deadline.

Thus while softer deadlines are unpopular with students, they are unlikely to go anywhere, especially if the trend of increasing applications continues.

What is “Ivy Day?”

All eight Ivy League schools release their decisions on the same day. While the exact date for this has not yet been decided on for 2022, we can assume it will be in early April this year. They do this on purpose, it is part of their branding as an elite group of schools, and helps bolster their prestige and reputation.

For students, it is nice to know when exactly to expect results, but due to the number of people trying to access these systems at once, crashes and long load times are quite common. 

Other schools will sometimes release their results at the same time to try and take advantage of the cache associated with Ivy Day, but they generally receive far less attention.

Don’t Panic

The most tempting thing for you to do now is sit and stew on your applications, agonizing over the long hours and minutes until decisions are released. We urge you not to do this. For one thing, it’s terribly dull; just waiting for something to happen. For another, you still have high school left to do! Ace a test, continue your activities, hang out with friends! Enjoy your final hurrah before college starts; you can’t impact the results anymore, so why waste energy worrying about them?

You may get into your dream school, or end up falling in love with a school that you applied to on a whim and got into. Do not begin making specific plans about attending college until you are accepted, but making general plans about finances, housing, or what you want to study is a good way to spend time. Overall, we urge you to enjoy yourself.

Final Thoughts

While it may take longer than you want for admissions decisions to come out, do not worry, they’re coming quicker than you expect. This wait will feel long and agonizing, but that’s another reason to keep busy; it makes the time go quicker. 

College admissions is a stressful time, and the stress doesn’t necessarily end just because the apps are finished. We urge you to take some time for yourself and to do things you enjoy. Make the most of your time, and your high school activities; you’ll be off to college before you know it!

5/5
Wendy Y.
Parent
Below is my son's review. He was accepted to his dream Ivy League school!

From an admitted student's perspective, I am incredibly grateful to have met Sasha - he has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational dreams (Ivy League), all while being an absolute joy (he's a walking encyclopedia, only funnier!) to work with.

Many people are dissuaded from seeking a college counselor because they think they can get into their desired college(s) either way. Honestly, going that route is a bit short-sighted and can jeopardize your odds of acceptances after years of hard work. The sad truth is, the American education system (even if you attend a fancy private school and ESPECIALLY if you go to a public school) doesn't really tell students how to write a compelling and authentic application. Going into the admissions process alone, without speaking with an advisor, is like going to court without a lawyer - you put yourself at a significant disadvantage because you don't have all the facts in front of you, or the help you need to negotiate the system.

That said, you need a good lawyer just like you need a good college counselor. And that's where Sasha distinguishes himself from the crowd of people claiming they'll get you into Harvard. I came to Sasha worried about and frankly dumbfounded by the college admissions process. I was unsure what to write about and how to go about drafting the essay that perfectly captured my passion, interests, and self. And I was highly skeptical that anyone could really help me. But, damn, did Sasha prove me wrong. From the beginning, Sasha amazed me with his understanding of the process, and ability to lend clarity and direction to me when I desperate needed it. After interviewing me about my background, experiences, activities, outlook, and vision, he helped me see qualities about myself I had not previously considered 'unique' or 'stand-out.' This process of understanding myself was so incredibly important in laying the groundwork for the essays I eventually wrote, and I'm certain I would've drafted boring, inauthentic essays without it.

Looking back, Sasha's talent is that he can see where your strengths lie, even when you don't see them. The truth is, although we don't always realize it, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sasha helped me see mine, and with his big-picture insight I was able to write the application that truly encapsulated my life and vision. He inspired me to dig deeper and write better, challenging me to revise and revise until my essays were the most passionate and authentic work I had ever written. As clichéd as that sounds, that's really what universities are looking for. In retrospect, it makes sense - in the real world passionate (not simply intelligent) individuals are the ones who make a difference in the world, and those are the individuals colleges would like to have associated with their brand.

In the end, I was accepted to the college of my dreams, a feat I could not have achieved without the direction Sasha lent to me. Essays (and the personal narrative you develop through your application) matter so much, and can literally make or break your application. I have seen so many of my 'qualified' friends receive rejections because they wrote contrived essays that didn't truly represent who they were; conversely, I have also seen so many friends with shorter resumes accepted because they were able to articulate their story in a genuinely passionate and authentic way - I fall into the latter category.

As a former admissions officer at Johns Hopkins, Sasha knows what types of essays jibe well with universities, an invaluable asset to have in the admissions process. He is responsive, flexible, creative, positive, and witty. For anyone who is serious about going into the college admissions process informed and prepared, I highly recommend Sasha.
5/5
Arda E.
Student
I used Ivy Scholars to mainly help me with college applications. Within weeks of using this service, Sasha was able to simplify the already complex process. When it came to writing the Common App essay, Sasha didn’t just help with grammar and syntax, he brought my essays to life. Sasha also worked tirelessly to help solidify my extracurricular activities, including research and internship opportunities. Without his help, I would have never had an impressive resume.

Sasha is not only an extremely knowledgeable tutor, but also a genuine brother figure. His guidance, throughout my last two years of high school, was everything I needed to get me an acceptance letter from my dream schools (UC Berkeley, Tufts, Emory).

When it came to testing, Ivy Scholars worked like a charm. Sasha offered a very comprehensive plan when it came to completely acing my standardized tests. Without his test taking strategies I would have never gotten straight 5s on my AP tests and a 35 on the ACT.

Working with Sasha, I didn’t just become a good student, I became a genuine scholar.
5/5
Samson S.
Parent
We worked with Ivy Scholars during my son's senior year. I was concerned that we may be too late to take advantage of college advising but the Ivy Scholars team quickly and confidently directed us through the steps to ensure no deadlines were missed. Sasha's knowledge about schools, what they looked for in candidates, and how to maneuver the application process was invaluable. Mateo and Ryan worked with my son to help him create an essay that would get noticed and I am so appreciative he had their guidance.

Prior to securing Ivy Scholars, we tried using a less-expensive online service which was a terrible experience. As a parent, Ivy Scholars brought peace of mind to an area that was frankly overwhelming. This service was invaluable in the knowledge that we gained throughout the process. He has also met with my freshman daughter to provide guidance for her high school courses, career paths, extracurricular activities, and more.

Prior to signing with Ivy Scholars, I tried a less expensive online service and was very disappointed.

As a result of our work with Ivy Scholars, I am pleased to say that my son will be attending Stern Business School at New York University this fall! I highly recommend Ivy Scholars. Highly recommend!