Well, that was awful. 2020 decided to end on-theme with a huge increase in rejections for early applicants.

Here's the chain of events that led to this very 2020 result:

  1. The pandemic disrupted pretty much everything, so ...
  2. Over 1,500 top schools — including MIT, Stanford and the Ivys — suspended or made optional SAT and ACT tests for this cycle, which lowered barriers to entry so …
  3. Many more students decided to apply to those schools early, but …
  4. Perhaps because schools were uncertain what their regular decision pool would look like …
  5. They rejected or deferred a higher percentage of students than in past years.
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