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Stanford will no longer announce undergraduate application numbers

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,696 Senior Member
"Stanford’s policy shift is intended to help de-emphasize the perceived importance of low admit rates at colleges and universities. The university will continue to publicly report application data to the federal government at the end of the admission cycle." ...

https://news.stanford.edu/2018/08/30/stanford-will-no-longer-announce-undergraduate-application-numbers/
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Replies to: Stanford will no longer announce undergraduate application numbers

  • CenterCenter Registered User Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    Since all Acceptance rates have been hugely impacted by the common app (more applicants for the same spaces) its rather dishonest for schools to tout these rates especially in light of the lawsuit against Harvard where the numbers are even smaller than "advertised" It may be a quasi legal move as well.
  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 1,775 Senior Member
    or (gasp!), Stanford thinks it will get less applications next year
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 4,538 Senior Member
    @evergreen5: I agree with your observation. In my opinion, this is a ridiculous announcement that even spoof writers wouldn't try to pass off as serious.
  • GnocchiBGnocchiB Registered User Posts: 2,057 Senior Member
    edited August 30
    This is a ridiculous and self-congratulatory move. Of course reporters will be all over the data as soon as it is released - it just pushes back the admit rate reveal date and will make everyone even more anxious about it.

    If Stanford were really concerned about their admit rate being too low it would stop doing ANY marketing/outreach to any students. No emails, no glossy mailings. Full stop.
  • hayisforhorsehayisforhorse Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    you’d think that, with the ever-increasing demand for education, they’d maybe expand class sizes or something, even just slightly, to help stabilize their numbers, rather than hide negative data
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 2,720 Senior Member
    Actually I think they do have plans to increase class size significantly.
  • washugradwashugrad Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    Well.... that's an interesting new wrinkle.
  • fredtheredfredthered Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    This is worrisome. First, Stanford stops announcing numbers for REA. Now, it apparently will delay releasing numbers until federal filings mandate that certain data be revealed.

    The question is: why this opaqueness? My guess is to encourage even more applications. The vast majority of applications to a school like Stanford are—or should be—doomed from the start. But the retort is “you never know—why not apply?” Downplay the odds to get some additional applicants. Sort of like encouraging people to buy lottery tickets?

  • ewhoewho Registered User Posts: 1,397 Senior Member
    edited August 31
    By focusing on the admit rate, talented students who would thrive at Stanford may opt not to apply because they think Stanford seems out of reach. And that would be a shame.”

    So, it is the talented students who don't apply. The best way to do is probably accepting the beat ones.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,261 Senior Member
    We need more transparancy not less. The law suit from Asians which the DOJ just backed against Harvard tells us this.
  • EmpireappleEmpireapple Registered User Posts: 1,073 Senior Member
    Stanford will never have trouble attracting qualified students. Yes...it's the lottery ticket sale price. Makes a nice fundraiser.
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