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

spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
Now that the first decisions are out for the Class of 2021, I'm restarting this popular discussion topic for another year. I hope one of the moderators will pin this to the top of the thread so people can share the admissions rates and statistics as they are released.

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

  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Starting off with Penn:

    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)

    BREAKING: Early decision acceptance rate drops to 22 percent

    By Julia Bell

    Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said the University of Pennsylvania's Early Decision applicant pool expanded geographically and socioeconomically.

    Penn admitted 22 percent of its Early Decision applicants to the Class of 2021 this year, slightly lower than last year's rate of 23.2 percent.

    For the first time in Penn's history, half of students admitted to the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Early Decision round are female, according to a press release from the Office of Admissions.

    The application pool was also record-breaking. A total 6,147 applications were submitted to Penn in the Early Decision round, more than Penn has ever received. Of that number 1,354 were accepted.

    The number of Early Decision applications increased by seven percent from last year, and has grown by 28 percent in the last four years since the Class of 2017 applied.

    “The continued growth in Penn’s Early Decision applicant pool is a reflection of a greater breadth of interest in Penn,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said in a statement.

    So far, Penn’s incoming class includes students from 46 states and 44 foreign countries. Penn also partnered with over 40 community-based organizations that represent underserved students, like the national non-profit program QuestBridge and Philadelphia’s Steppingstone Scholars program.

    Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    I've heard that Stanford and University of Georgia have already announced.

    Here's a UGA blog post:
    While official statistics will come out early next week about the admitted freshman, here are some limited statistics on this group:

    Quick Early Action Numbers*

    Applications Received: 15,614
    Offers of Admission: 8,059
    Mid 50% Admitted Average GPA: 4.00-4.26
    Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (old, CR+M): 1300-1480

    Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (new, EBRW+M): 1300-1430
    Mid 50% Admitted Average ACT: 30-33
    Mid 50% Admitted AP/IB/MOWR courses (over 4 years: 6-11)
    -Academic Rigor is based on an overall core course review, but this gives a good glance at the challenge of our admitted student's curriculum.

    * Please Remember that these numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums.

  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)
    University of Georgia EA 8059 out of 15,614 (51.6%)
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    @Erin's Dad Any chance of getting this discussion pinned to the top of the thread so people can find it? Lots of interest in last year's discussion.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,710 Senior Member
    edited December 2016
    How did UGA all of a sudden get so hard to get into? Those stats are very, very high
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    edited December 2016
    Here's Williams:
    Williams College Admits 257 to Class of 2021 in Early Decision Plan

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 12, 2016—Williams College has offered admission to 257 students under its Early Decision plan. These students make up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550.

    Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, said 728 students applied, a 25 percent increase over last year and a record number for Early Decision. “We were particularly pleased with the increase in applications from high-achieving, low-income students, which I attribute to our intensive efforts to extend our message of access and affordability to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds,” he says.
    Of the 257 admitted students, 140 identify as men, 94 as women. One identifies as agender and 22 students did not respond to an optional question about gender identity (but did answer a required binary question that appears on the application).

    American students of color are 30 percent of the Early Decision admits, including 27 who identified as African American, 30 as Asian American, 18 as Latino, and one as Native American. Twelve students opted not to share information about their race or ethnicity. Twenty-five are first-generation college students (that is, neither parent has a four-year college degree), and nearly 20 percent of Early Decision admits come from low-income families. Eighteen students admitted through Early Decision participated in Windows on Williams, an all-expenses-paid program that provides talented, high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to visit campus during the fall of their senior year.

    Applicants to the Class of 2021 had the opportunity to submit standardized test scores for the ACT, the redesigned SAT, or the old SAT, and their test score averages are in line with previous Early Decision cohorts: ACT average of 33, old SAT averages of 731 in critical reading, 727 in math, and 725 in writing, and redesigned SAT averages of 724 in evidence based reading and writing and 720 in math. Of those admitted who reported class rank, 83 percent were among the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Adding Williams:

    Penn ED 1354 out of 6147 (22.0%)
    Williams ED 257 out of 728 (35.3%)
    University of Georgia EA 8059 out of 15,614 (51.6%)
  • IN4655IN4655 Registered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
    I've always thought that early decision acceptance rates includes students who were originally accepted in Early Decision, as well as students who were deferred and then later accepted. I'm assuming now this is not the case?
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    @IN4655 ED/EA acceptance rates do not include the deferred and later accepted students. A handful of schools do report this figure, but, for obvious reasons, it is not until the spring when the final RD acceptances are sent.
  • IN4655IN4655 Registered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
    I'm curious then, considering that more of these applicants are accepted than I originally thought how much easier is it really for an Early Decision applicant to be accepted? Say for instance Northwestern whose Regular Decision Acceptance Rate hovers around 8-11% but ED acceptance rate hovers more around 30-37%. Adjusted this could mean that 8-10% of people who apply RD first are accepted while over 40% of people who applied ED could be sooner or later accepted. Is this mostly due to a more competitive class or are students getting in that much easier? It would be interesting to see an average SAT for ED to RD admittance to compare the two in a case like this where there is such a gap between the two.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    It's a perennial question, whether there is an advantage to apply ED or not. I think the school admissions officers say no, that there is no advantage, because once you take out the athletes and legacies, the numbers even out. At some point with the gap as wide as it is with some schools, it's hard to disguise that advantage.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Columbia ED release, but as is their usual practice, they do not provide data on the number of students accepted.
    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received 4,086 early decision applications to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science this year, once again setting a record for the largest number of early decision applicants in Columbia history.

    The number of early decision applicants rose by 16 percent from last year, when the office received 3,520 applications. At the time, last year’s pool was just 4.4 percent larger than the 3,373 applicants in 2014.

  • mjrube94mjrube94 Registered User Posts: 363 Member
    edited December 2016
    There has been a pretty large increase in the number of ED apps for Penn (up 7%), Williams (up 25%) and Columbia (up 16%). Do you think that the number of ED apps are up overall, or do you think the total number is about the same, which would mean other schools showing a decrease in ED apps?

    (Can you tell I'm hoping that the school my D is EDing to shows a 25% drop in ED apps, LOL).
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