This year there have been some interesting trends in the early application pool. Despite total college enrollment in the United States falling for the second straight year, many competitive schools have seen an increase in the number of their early applications. Here’s what we’re talking about this week:

Early Application Trends: The University of Pennsylvania has already filled up more than half of its freshman class for Fall 2014. Early decision applications increased by 6.5% this year, with Penn accepting about 25% of its early applicants. Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Dartmouth all saw increases in the number of their early applications. Harvard, for example, accepted 992 students from their early poll while deferring 3,2197 others. So what does getting deferred mean anyway?

Deferrals: Getting deferred from your early school means that they like you and you’re still in the running. It’s now up to you to demonstrate your cFacebook-Logoontinued interest in the school. Some students show their interest through a letter to their regional representative. One Academic Access student redesigned her school’s newspaper with personal articles that highlight what she’s been up to. At the end of the day, you want your name to be the one that sticks in an admissions officer’s head.

Facebook: According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 31% of admissions officers look for their applicants on Facebook or other social media websites. 29% “Google” students to find out more about them. What does that mean for you? Make sure you think about what you’re posting online because you never know who will stumble across it.