Students discover admission status on ‘Ivy Day’


Students logged into their emails to find out if they were accepted to Ivy League colleges.

Wednesday, March 28th, 6:00 p.m. Senior Rachel Stutz was on a bus back from the FBLA state competition. Jack Jenkins was in his house staring at a wall anxiously. It was the notorious “Ivy Day,” the day when deferred and regular decision applicants to Ivy League colleges find out if they will be cutting a check for the tuition of their dream school.

Approximately 30 seniors applied to what are considered the top private schools in the nation. These institutions receive tens of thousands of applications each year, but the acceptance rate varies between 4.5 percent for Harvard and 10.3 percent for Cornell, according to the admission statistics from both schools.

“A lot of people got deferred who applied early action to Ivies, so there were a lot more people waiting on decisions than I expected,” senior Rachel Stutz said.

Rachel was one of the two students from BVN accepted into Cornell. Stutz had an idea that she had been accepted to the school even before Ivy Day since she received emails about school events for women in engineering. However, she was hoping for acceptance into Princeton but did not get in.

“In some ways it’s kind of nice just so you get everything over and done with at the same time. But, if you apply to a lot of Ivies, it can be a lot of pressure and anxiousness for that day,” Stutz said.

Jack Jenkins is another graduating senior who found out he was accepted into an Ivy League school. Jenkins was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania and was waitlisted at Cornell.

“I opened up Penn and then I read it and it didn’t say, ‘congratulations,’ it said, ‘on behalf of…’ and I thought it was going to say ‘I’m sorry to inform you…’ But, instead it said ‘I’m delighted to inform you,’ and then I was super happy,” Jenkins said.

Of those who applied from BVN, there have been no reports of students accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth or Brown University. However, according to Jenkins, this acceptance pool doesn’t necessarily reflect the students who applied.

“I got rejected from Northwestern and waitlisted from Vanderbilt and Rice, and then I got into Penn,” Jenkins said. “So college definitely has an aspect of randomness to it. You never know where you’re going to get it, so you might as well try.”