@blankk the decision dates are on the website. I believe if you click applying, and then freshman application process, they have the current decision dates listed. I'm not sure what time they exactly send the decisions but I've always heard 5pm eastern time from past years but I've also heard they tend to be delayed until after 5pm for all decisions (accepted, rejected, deferred). For instance, I'm in seattle and I know most people here get their harvard decisions at 11 pm sometimes.
I did, but I decided not to show it to her since she did tell me not to bring anything. But still, I brought a folder that had my transcript, my resume and a hard copy of the ad campaign I had worked on, just in case these things came up in conversation and she wanted to see something. It really depends on how the interview will be. If it will be conversational, I don't think it is necessary.
They don't release the number of early action applicants and all those stats until the day after they begin releasing decisions. I don't know, I feel as though the number of applicants will remain in the same ballpark as last year or it might be more, just because Harvard has really revamped some aspects of the application process and school like its financial aid packages but you never know.
Last year, the NYTimes had an article discussing the amount of applicants on Nov. 21st. Yale, Penn, Dartmouth, etc came out the other day with their numbers, so I would guess we hear any day now about Harvard's.
I would think the number will hover around the same. Yale's number went up by 4%. That could be taking applicants away from Harvard or just signal that more and more people are applying early to these schools. It's really hard to tell.
Yes--last year H announced the number of applications around Thanksgiving (give or take). H announced the number of acceptances the morning of Dec. 15, making the wait until 5:00pm even more difficult. Many believed H's announcement was delayed last year because it was disappointed in the SCEA numbers. I don't have a crystal ball, but I don't expect the same disappointment this year. I'd be very surprised if the application number isn't higher this year.
Just my gut. I know nothing and do not pretend to know anything. My gut is simply that people will note the huge discrepancy in acceptance rates between SCEA and RD and more will roll the dice with SCEA (regardless of all the SCEA theories regarding athletes, legacies and URMs). I could very well be way off. We will know soon though.