What Now? Rejection after Ivy Day

Recorded Wednesday, April 7 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


The Ivy League's admissions decisions are here — with fewer acceptances than ever before, and over ten times as many students rejected. We understand many of you are not where you'd hope to be right now, and things may seem uncertain, so we'd like to emphasize: this is not the end.

Today at 5:00pm EST, we'll hosting an interactive panel to help you figure out: what now? Our hosts Elias, Shravya, and Hale will be sharing their experiences with the admissions process, as well as giving advice on how to make the most out of your current acceptance list.

Stop by to ask a few questions or stick around the whole hour to get a better sense of how to view rejection in a broader context.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
11:24@Payita:what if waitlisted? Any realistic chance? Is that a nice way to say no or are there any chances?
14:35@JayMelendy:I just got rejected from Harvard. 2.8% got in this year
23:27@asiah17:I am a senior who got rejected from Columbia
23:32@heyitsgiulia:hi! i applied but didnt get in :( i'll try again this year!!
32:20@Payita:From what you know by now, do you think the request for financial Aid will harm a waitlist? I'm an international student
33:11@Applesauce:With the increase in applications this year will waitlists be more difficult to get off of?
35:06@anonymous:weight of legacy seems to be huge
35:08@heyitsgiulia:How ivies see the gap year? I have more friends who got into the ivies on their gap years than directly from high school!
37:11@JayMelendy:Are they supposed to give you a reason for your rejection?
38:13@Payita:I remember my sister's admission process (3 years ago), and this year has been crazy (with COVID, SAT, financial stress). Indeed, I got 6 waitlists. Should I say yes to those that interest me, make % calculations (based on last year's data) or say yes to all?
39:17@ab2004:Why would someone reject a waitlist spot?
40:22@anonymous:What school did each person go to
40:42@ab2004:Have any of you experienced any significant rejections in your academic careers?
50:38@ab2004:Wow this story was full of ups and downs but period!
52:45@Sodetou:don't give up Elias!
57:26@ab2004:Do schools really reject students because they just think the student isn’t a good fit as a person?
61:43@Sodetou:can they reject on a whim?
62:57@ab2004:Why does legacy matter so much particularly for the Ivies?
63:00@anonymous:Did you answer how to deal with how many places go to legacy students?
64:13@Applesauce:can you talk about the quality of undergrad teaching given at ivys vs schools ranked down to about t30. Is there any difference?
71:43@ab2004:Catch me setting fire to Yale
72:11@Prudence:I was waitlisted at Northwestern. Do you guys know when they will get back to me?
72:34@Applesauce:I was waitlisted at northwestern too ayoo
73:37@ab2004:I got into an Ivy but am now very stuck in the decisions process. Is it worth visiting even if I can’t access campus facilities? Should I try to decide without visiting?
74:01@Applesauce:rejected by 5/5 ivys I applied to
76:10@Applesauce:probably going to UVA
76:35@anonymous:I have a junior--do you expect next year to be tougher than this year?
78:40@Applesauce:cmon shane
82:04@Sodetou:is the admission process into ivy's going to get tougher and tougher as the years go by?
86:38@Payita:Please hire some to help international students!!
88:35@Applesauce:anyone watch operation varsity blues? Opinions on it?
90:10@ab2004:What’s your personal opinion on test-optional policies?
95:10@Applesauce:I have a feeling that in the distant future, people are going to look back on how the college admissions process works today and reflect on how crazy it was. People paying millions of dollars to get in, praising the prestige of the ivy league, legacy students having large advantages, extreme competitiveness, standardized testing inequalities. I feel that all these things which seem so normal now will begin to hit people as very strange.
102:26@zaraadam:YOU WILL MAKE IT HALE
102:27@ab2004:I MEAN HALE
102:30@Prudence:Good luck Hale!!!!
102:36@ab2004:You’ve got this Yale just bs the rest
102:40@Prudence:In Nigeria, you take the JAMB before university.
104:14@ab2004:Shane just exposing CollegeVine
110:14@Applesauce:This is prob by the final stream I visit. Love you guys


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