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Why is BU ED2 so selective?

IvyHopeful413IvyHopeful413 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
I read that BU only admits 14% of ED2 Applicants, which is 1/3 the percent of students accepted ED1...can anyone confirm this/explain this? Because I applied ED2 and I am starting to get scared.
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Replies to: Why is BU ED2 so selective?

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,727 Super Moderator
    Where did you read that? That doesn't seem to line up with reported stats from last year.
  • IvyHopeful413IvyHopeful413 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Reported stats from last year are 245/1721 ed2 candidates were accepted, it's in the 2020 college admissions statistics for ea/ed
  • paveyourpathpaveyourpath Registered User Posts: 1,296 Senior Member
    The stats from last year seem seem to align with the link above. @IvyHopeful413 it is possible that the applicant pool for ED1 is stronger than ED2. I say that only because the deadline to apply for merit is Dec 1. If a student is going to apply ED and is interested in merit aid, they would apply ED1. Not to say that there aren't many highly competitive candidates applying ED2 but those that applied ED2 may have waited because they applied ED elsewhere first and have already heard from their first choice ED/ EA schools. I don't know if BU defers from the ED2 round but it's also possible they just defer a high number and then will accept them in the RD round? Try not to worry. It's just a waiting game now. Good luck!
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,008 Senior Member
    "The university has sent letters of acceptance to 916 students in December, resulting in a 42 percent acceptance rate for those who applied for the first of two Early Decision rounds."

    42% overall ED acceptance rate.
  • mrs.smithisheremrs.smithishere Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Below is cut and paste from dailyfreepress.
    crunch the numbers... a lot less will be admitted ED2

    The university has sent letters of acceptance to 916 students in December, resulting in a 42 percent acceptance rate for those who applied for the first of two Early Decision rounds.

    Another 2,039 prospective students applied for the second round of Early Decision, and they will receive their decisions from BU by mid-February.

    By the end of the second round, the university plans to enroll 1,190 students in total, making up about 35 percent of the class of 2021, according to Walter.
  • paveyourpathpaveyourpath Registered User Posts: 1,296 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    42% ED acceptance rate for the first early decision round. Not 42% overall ED. If that were the case, 1700+ kids would get accepted and the articles says a total of 1190 from ED1 and ED2 will be accepted. The article jumps around a bit but the numbers seem to be:

    ~4181 ED 1 and 2 apps (this number is provided in the article
    ~2142 ED1 apps (this # assumed)
    ~2039 ED2 apps (this # is provided in the article)

    916 of 2142 accepted = 42%
    1,190 will enroll from ED1 and ED2
    274 slots left to be admitted from ED2 (274/ 2039 = 13%)

    3500 freshman class/ 35% enrolled ED1 & ED2 is 1190.

  • GMKoonGMKoon Registered User Posts: 564 Member
    edited January 2017
    Maybe ED I has a stronger applicant pool? Guys stop jumping to conclusions so quickly. (if you are)
  • rosemarie2021rosemarie2021 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    it's more likely that a lot of people who apply ED 2 applied ED 1 to more competitive schools and got denied, leading them to apply ED 2 to BU? Why the university accepted so many people ED 1 (76% of their target ED amount according to the data above) is beyond me, however.
  • yoga99yoga99 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    So, do people have a better chance applying RD then?
  • GMKoonGMKoon Registered User Posts: 564 Member
    @rosemarie2021 So you're saying that ED II is less competitive?

    @yoga99 Statistically, it seems so. But you need to take into account things like competitiveness and stuff. This is information that isn't released to us.
  • yoga99yoga99 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    @GMKoon so do you think that if I have the avg. GPA and slightly lower SAT score avg. do I still have a shot at EDII??
  • normanfnormanf Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    I think overall ED acceptance rate is 42%
  • paveyourpathpaveyourpath Registered User Posts: 1,296 Senior Member
    @normanf

    "The university has sent letters of acceptance to 916 students in December, resulting in a 42 percent acceptance rate for those who applied for the first of two Early Decision rounds."

    The article states 42% acceptance rate for the first of two ED rounds.

    Also, the math doesn't support 42% overall ED acceptance rate. 42% of 4181 apps is ~1750. The article states they intend to enroll 1190.
  • GMKoonGMKoon Registered User Posts: 564 Member
    @yoga99 I don't know your profile, but I am aware that colleges evaluate applicants holistically. So you have a chance as long as it's not TOO low given you have other factors of your application that may balance out the lower GPA/SAT score.
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