The lesson learned I want to pass on for next years top applicants who aspire to get into one of the 8 Ivy League schools is to apply Early Decision. I can't stress this enough. I recognize this might not be possible for some due to financial concerns, but if your family can afford it or if the Net Price Calculator indicates you will receive enough need based aid for it to be affordable for you to attend, then Early Decision will substantially increase your odds of admission. Anecdotally I know of a few valedictorians and salutatorians this year (with stellar credentials including standardized test scores and research and extracurricular activities) who wanted badly to get into an Ivy League school but were uncertain which one, so they applied to Regular Decision to several Ivy League schools, only to be disappointed at being denied admisson at each on. And yet I know several lesser credentialed applicants who applied Early Decison to an Ivy League school and several of them got accepted or guaranteed transfer for sophomore year.