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April 5, 2021

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Hi friends,

Greetings from Princeton!

We are excited to announce that registration for the spring cohort of Write Your Way Into College is now open. Designed for ambitious 11th graders, it's really for anyone ready to kickstart their application process with a stand out personal statement.

Live interactive Zoom sessions with Peter and I will run April 13 to April 30

<Click here for the details> 



🎓Dear Admissions Committee


Obnoxious.” That’s the term the Wall Street Journal used to describe the length of waitlists this year.

Tomorrow is Ivy Day and we can expect more stories like this. Waitlists are just one way that colleges manage their acceptance rate and yield (the fraction of admitted students who actually matriculate at that university).

Because a college's ranking partially depends on a how low they can engineer their admit rate, putting students on a waitlist—and then admitting only those they can be sure will attend—serves the institution well. 

While the chances of getting off a waitlist are low, savvy applicants understand that a great letter of continued interest can give them the best shot.  You should update a college on what you’ve accomplished in the intervening months since originally applying, but equally important is expressing genuine gratitude. 

You can acknowledge your disappointment, but also tell them why you feel grateful for the opportunity to be on the waitlist. Having the humility to understand the admission process perspective, how fortunate you were to be in a position to be considered a competitive applicant, can be very attractive.

Writing this letter from a negative headspace won’t help you. Focus on expanding the narrative that you sold yourself to the school with in the first place. If that story is compelling, and the college has a spot open, you just might get another look.


Here's what else we want to share with you:


  • 🖥️On Camera Interviews: This year college interviews are likely happening virtually. Aside from the technical set-up (many of you are more than familiar with the logistics of making yourself look good on camera), practice articulating the stories you've decided to tell. Remember, as the admissions officers at Yale say on this podcast, the interview is a chance to compliment your application. 

  • 🎯Target Colleges: Developing a list of 10-15 colleges that are both a good match and a good fit for you is a process. Typically students would be hitting the road for their spring visits, but those have gone virtual this year as well. Take advantage of college specific events. To find them google "[college name] virtual information session."  There are also a few major college fairs coming up this month.  

  • 🏫Vaccine Required: While Harvard recently released plans to have students live and learn on campus this fall, Rutgers became the first university to announce it will require all students to be vaccinated before returning to campus. We expect this will ultimately be the case at many more schools.  


Based on experience, we know that students write the best college essays (with the least amount of stress) do it over a time horizon of 9-10 months.

Write Your Way Into College is designed to accelerate the process. If you have questions, please let us know by responding to this email. We look forward to seeing some of you in the course!