Should I apply for Early or Regular Decision?
Under either scenario, applicants may be admitted, not admitted, or waitlisted.
- Early Decision admits receive offers 8 or more weeks sooner than Regular Decision admits.
- Candidates wait-listed during Early Decision will be automatically reconsidered during Regular Decision. In the meantime, they will have opportunities to enhance their files with new honors, grades, awards, or references.
- Regular Decision waitlisted candidates will have much less time to improve their profiles before final decisions are rendered.
How much do the various requirements count, e.g., SAT, teacher and counselor references, transcripts, and interviews?
No pre-determined weights are assigned to any file elements, and no formulas or computer programs are used to select students. Candidates are evaluated case-by-case and the odds of admissions cannot be estimated without reviewing the entire file. Admission will be based not only on scores and transcripts, but also on motivation, maturity, career interest, interviews, algebra tests, teacher and counselor evaluations, and behavioral record.
What if I attend a school that does not offer pre-AP or Honors classes?
Candidates should take the most challenging courses available for sophomores at their schools. Pre-AP, AP, and Honors courses are not prerequisites since they are not offered universally. Candidates from schools not offering pre-AP will not be penalized, but they must perform well in courses that are available. Students from larger schools that do offer pre-AP and enriched courses should take advantage.
Are home-schooled students admitted?
Yes, but they may require additional screening.
May I apply as a non-U.S. citizen?
Students who have Permanent Resident Cards or the I-797 Notice of Action approving permanent residency are eligible to apply. Some students with select visa types are eligible for admissions consideration provided English proficiency can be demonstrated. Inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org.