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College Admissions Statistics Class of 2021: Early and Regular Decision Acceptance Rates

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  • 098123Student098123Student Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    I believe the change in FAFSA filing from Jan to Oct has greatly contributed to Early Admissions numbers.
  • osuprofosuprof Registered User Posts: 302 Member
    A couple of remarks:

    I think ED applications are increasing because students/parents/counselors are figuring out that it is the most likely path to a top 15-20 school. Also, everyone is starting preparation for exams early, so very few of the strong applicants are not ready with scores by 1st November or even 15th October.

    Schools like ED because it helps them both report a lower admission rate and higher yield. Suppose a school has 2000 seats, about 40% yield for RD, 3,000 ED applicants and 32,000 RD applicants. Now, if you accept 50% of the class in ED, you need to admit 2500 in RD. This means an acceptance rate of 10%, and yield of nearly 57%.

    Now, instead if you shoot for a smaller fraction of class from ED, say, 500. This will mean admitting 3750 from RD, leading to an acceptance rate of 12%, and yield below 50%.

    Which one will a university prefer?
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Cornell ED data and newspaper article. It contains a chart that I could not copy, but it contains this additional information:

    Accepted 25.6%
    Deferred 20.9%
    Rejected 53.5%
    The early decision applicant pool for the Class of 2021 was the biggest in Cornell's history.

    http://cornellsun.com/2016/12/13/cornell-sees-10-percent-boom-in-early-decision-applications/
    Cornell Sees 10 Percent Boom in Early Decision Applications

    A record number of 5,384 students applied early decision for admission to Cornell’s Class of 2021, representing a 10.3 percent increase from last year, according to Jason Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment.

    This year’s numbers broke the record, set last year by the early decision Class of 2020. Locke noted that this growing number of applicants represents the continuation of a general trend — Cornell’s early decision pool has increased by 78 percent within the past decade.

    “With a smart, focused recruitment strategy in place, we have been experiencing a general upward trend in applications for many years,” he said.

    Columbia University, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, among others, also saw their biggest influx of early applicants yet.

    Of these applicants to Cornell, 25.6 percent were admitted — a smaller fraction than last year, when the University accepted 27.4 percent of applicants, and 2015, when it took 26.1 percent.

    In addition to growing larger, the early decision pool has also become more diverse throughout the years, according to Locke.

    “The University experienced increases in early decision applications across all racial and ethnic groups and across almost every region of the United States,” he said.

    Locke said 50.1 percent of admits were women and 14.4 percent were international students. In addition, 35 percent of students admitted were students of color — a group that includes African American, Asian American, Native American, Latinx and multicultural students.

    Legacy students make up 23.3 percent of early admits and athletes make up 13.4 percent, he added.

    Locke also pointed out that this year’s applicants were the first to submit the new SAT, which was revised in 2014 and was first administered this spring.

    Forty-four percent of applicants submitted the new exam, while 35 percent submitted the old and 53 percent chose to take the ACT, Locke said, adding that many students choose to submit more than one test.

    The University plans to notify its regular decision applicants — who have just under a month to complete their applications — on March 30, according to Locke.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Wesleyan ED article, but Wesleyan continues practice of not releasing their acceptance rate.
    http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/12/12/early-decision-applications-up-more-than-16/
    Early Decision Applications Up More than 16%

    Wesleyan received 742 applications for early decision this fall, an increase of 16.6 percent over last year. The increase of more than 100 applications provided Wesleyan with its biggest pool ever in early decision, according to Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid.

    Additionally, Wesleyan received the most ever applications from international students, up 75 percent. Other diversity measures were also strong, with a 44 percent increase from students of color in the United States and a 56 percent increase from African American students.

    “These results are most gratifying,” Meislahn said. “Potential applicants hold Wesleyan in high regard and to have so many see Wesleyan as their first and only choice should make us all proud.”

    The early decision application increase follows a substantial jump last year in applications overall. For the class of 2020 entering this fall, 12,026 students had applied, marking a 22 percent increase over the previous year and a 10 percent increase over the previous all-time high three years ago for the Class of 2017.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Adding Cornell:

    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)
    Cornell ED ~1379 out of 5384 (25.6%)
    Williams ED 257 out of 728 (35.3%)
    University of Georgia EA 8059 out of 15,614 (51.6%)
  • HotmomaHotmoma Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    You seem to be completely dialed in...any info on Syracuse ED?
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Sorry, no info on Syracuse. Waiting on Harvard, Smith et al. which are notifying applicants tonight.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Barnard released a thoughtful essay on the college choice and offered some tidbits of ED information. For the full essay, click on the link.https://barnard.edu/admissions/focus-early-decision
    This year, Barnard College received the largest number of Early Decision applications in our history, 674, representing an increase of just over 40% from five years ago and 12% from last year. The overall quality of application was incredibly strong and the applicants continue to be independent-minded and intellectually driven.

    Applicants came from 31 states and 17 countries, with perspectives and profiles as diverse as their geography.
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    Early Decision enrollees will likely make up nearly 40% of our first year class (we also defer and deny applications in Early Decision*), so students who are sure Barnard is the right choice for them should consider applying early.

    * Applicants deferred to our Regular Decision process typically represent 1/5 - 1/6 of our early pool.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Supplementing Cornell and since Barnard provided sufficient data, adding it to the ED list with the caveat that it is a very rough estimate:

    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)
    Cornell ED ~1379 out of 5384 (25.6%)(def=20.9%, rej=53.5%)
    Williams ED 257 out of 728 (35.3%)
    Barnard ED ~248 out of 674 (~36.8%)(~18% def=120)
    University of Georgia EA 8059 out of 15,614 (51.6%)

  • DaykidmomDaykidmom Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    Harvard took 938 out of 6473 (14.5%). Harvard Crimson article just published.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Thanks! Harvard Gazette article adds details:

    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/938-admitted-early-to-harvard-college-class-of-2021/
    938 admitted early to College Class of 2021

    Applications for early action at Harvard College rose 5 percent this year to 6,473, and 14.5 percent, or 938 students, were admitted to the Class of 2021. Last year, 6,167 applied early, and 14.8 percent, or 914 students, were admitted.

    “Early admission appears to be the ‘new normal’ now, as more students are applying early to Harvard and peer institutions than ever before,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “At the same time, we have continued to stress to applicants, their families, and their guidance counselors that there is no advantage in applying early to Harvard. The reason students are admitted — early or during the regular action process — is that their academic, extracurricular, and personal strengths are extraordinary.”

    The admissions committee is careful to ensure that only those students who are, in Fitzsimmons’ words, “100 percent certain” to be admitted in regular action are admitted early. “This is particularly important because in recent years we have received record numbers of applications,” said Fitzsimmons. Last year, 39,041 students applied for admission to the Class of 2020. Ten years ago, 22,754 students applied for admission to the Class of 2010.

    The demographics for the Class of 2021 early action group are similar to last year’s group. Slightly more women (48.0 vs. 47.4 percent) make up the new class thus far, and more African-American students were admitted (12.6 percent vs. 9.5 percent last year). In addition, 21.7 percent of admitted students identify as Asian-American (compared with 24.1 percent last year), 8.8 percent as Latinos (vs. 9.5 percent), and 1.1 percent as Native American and Native Hawaiian (vs. 1.6 percent).

    Geographic patterns were also similar, although there were somewhat more admitted students from the Midwest and Mountain states and fewer from the South and the West. Intended academic concentrations were similar, although there were slightly more humanists and social scientists this year.
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    “Financial aid remained critically important to prospective Harvard students. Many used Harvard’s easy-to-use net price calculator to determine that Harvard was a realistic possibility for them,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. More of those admitted early this year were estimated by staff to have high financial need, and slightly higher numbers of first-generation college students were admitted (8.7 percent vs. 8.2 percent).

  • NASA2014NASA2014 Registered User Posts: 1,666 Senior Member
    News from Boston university?
  • odannyboySFodannyboySF Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    I wonder with the increase in ED submissions, if the percent of ED acceptances will rise or fall. I can see arguments on both sides. One one hand, colleges want the high yield. On the other side, more kids are trying ED as a means to get into reach schools.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    edited December 2016
    It appears that there is an incremental increase in the number of accepted students from 2015 to 2016 but it's not enough to drop the acceptance %.

    Penn 1335-->1354
    Williams 246-->257
    Cornell 1338-->1379
    Harvard 918-->938
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Adding Harvard:

    Harvard SCEA 938 out of 6473 (14.5%)
    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)
    Cornell ED ~1379 out of 5384 (25.6%)(def=20.9%, rej=53.5%)
    Williams ED 257 out of 728 (35.3%)
    Barnard ED ~248 out of 674 (~36.8%)(~18% def=120)
    University of Georgia EA 8059 out of 15,614 (51.6%)
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