Here on the East Coast, we continue to see that Early Action/Early Decision applicants have an edge in schools such as Northeastern, Boston University, and Tufts. We believe that the Regular Decision pool skews the probability out of favor for most students, but of course, is still a route to applying to schools.
We also believe that families who qualify for financial aid also were given a certain degree of advantage. This is because financial aid is paid directly by the government, and not the University itself. For families who don't qualify for financial aid, yet have their teens presenting median-level data for their applications, we objectively believe these applications have the largest uphill battle. The ability to pay full-tuition or the need to have financial aid coverage presented two types of students types that we saw have preference in the process.
Just like many observations we are seeing in the U.S., the middle class - and in this case the middle part of the distribution curve for students academically - is being squeezed.
The best way for middle class families to stand out in the admissions process is to continue to focus on the 3 proven pillars: the GPA, the SAT, and the Extracurriculars.
Focus on what you can control, and in many cases, a bit of hard work and determination will lead to progress in all three of those pillars.
If you need help on these areas, Jack and I can help you. Jack focuses on College Planning while I focus on Academic Growth on the SAT while simultaneously building stronger study habits for college success and beyond.
We wish you continued luck in the college admissions process.