When Is Ivy Day 2021?
- Ivy Day is when all Ivy League schools release their first-year admission decisions.
- A huge increase in first-year applicants has forced the Ivies to push back Ivy Day.
- More students may be applying as a result of the schools' temporary test-optional policies.
If you've applied to one or more Ivy League schools, you're likely anxious to receive your admission decision. After all, the Ivies are some of the most competitive schools in the country. But did you know that in addition to being highly selective and competing in college sports together, all eight Ivy League institutions release their admission decisions on the same exact day?
This day, known as Ivy Day, varies slightly each year but usually comes in late March. However, a huge influx of first-year applicants has pushed this year's Ivy League decision day to Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. EDT.
Keep reading to learn more about what Ivy Day entails and why this year's Ivy Day has been scheduled for April instead of March.
What Is Ivy Day?
Ivy Day is the day each year when all eight Ivy League schools — Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University — release their admission decisions for first-year students starting that fall.
Only those who applied regular decision, rather than early action or early decision, to at least one Ivy League institution should expect to receive an admission decision on Ivy Day. (If you applied early, you should receive a decision much earlier than Ivy Day, usually in December.)
The Ivy League schools typically release their admission decisions online through either an admissions portal or email. The institutions release their decisions at the same exact time, normally 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Why Has Ivy Day Been Pushed Back This Year?
This year's Ivy Day will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 7 p.m. EDT. If you applied regular decision to any of the eight Ivy League schools, you can anticipate finding out whether you've been accepted on this date.
Ivy Day 2021 will happen about a week later than usual. In recent years, Ivy Day has consistently been scheduled at the end of March. Last year, applicants received their Ivy League decisions on March 26, 2020.
The reason behind this date change primarily has to do with the schools' unprecedented influx of first-year applications. Harvard, for instance, announced that it received a record 57,000 applications for fall 2021 admission. In comparison, the college received around 40,000 applications in 2020.
“More time is needed to ensure that all admission decisions can be conducted in the same careful and comprehensive manner as in the past.”
This jump in first-year applicants may be a result of the Ivy League's moratorium on standardized testing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without having to take and pay for the SAT or ACT, more students may find it easier to apply to Ivy League schools.
"With many standardized tests canceled, colleges have had to alter their academic criteria with most schools choosing to go 'test optional.' This change undoubtedly contributed to the increase in application numbers," said Jamie Beaton, CEO of Crimson, a college admissions support company.
The Ivies are also pushing back the deadline for responding to admission offers to May 3 (the traditional response deadline is May 1). This change gives applicants a little more time to compare offers from colleges and make final decisions on where to attend.
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