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Stanford will no longer announce undergraduate application numbers

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  • CaspiantopiaCaspiantopia 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
    The admission process is already opaque by the nature, maybe sharing one indicator doesn't matter really to the game.
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 6409 replies127 threads Senior Member
    Four year graduation rates are important financial considerations. Five year plans not embedded into a co op program. Extra semesters and overseas adventures cost money.
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  • jzducoljzducol 795 replies14 threads Member
    edited September 2018
    I don't know if Stanford is trying to reduce the number of applications or to increase it. It seems to me that effect of the move would be to increase it. I imagine Stanford knows this too. Its like telling people the odds of winning a lottery ticket before they buy it --- if the odds are daunting not publicizing them would likely create more sales. This is indeed a brilliant move by the school to generate some good coverage and interest in the media while further increase its selectivity.
    edited September 2018
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  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 1114 replies107 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2018
    As they want to stay very selective, it’s a good idea to stop flaunting their selectivity. It discourages many quality applicants from applying. My high achiever who got accepted at many top 20 schools including two Ivies, didn’t even apply to Stanford as he thought there is very little chance of admission and he is not interested enough to bother.
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  • jzducoljzducol 795 replies14 threads Member
    edited September 2018
    The kids who are competitive, do their research and start their college apps in summer will gauge their chance with or without the published data. If there is little current information available they will probably assume the worst for their cohorts. It is the kids who would not start their apps till the two weeks before the deadline that are more likely to be affected by the school's new approach; they are the ones who are more upbeat about their chances and the absence of data probably makes more so.
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  • bicoastalusabicoastalusa 53 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Since Stanford has to release numbers anyway, this is non-news.
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  • notrichenoughnotrichenough 9309 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Stanford announces they won't announce acceptance rates any more.

    Two weeks later, it comes out that USN&WR is not using acceptance rates in their rankings any more:
    U.S. News is also no longer factoring in a school's acceptance rate. It used to give a boost to schools with lower rates — a measure many colleges sought to achieve by leaning more on early decision admissions

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/10/us-news-college-rankings-formula-813559

    Coincidence? Maybe.
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 13231 replies247 threads Senior Member
    CDS still will have it so...what @bicoastalusa said.
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  • lostaccountlostaccount 5331 replies90 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2018
    Very funny notrichenough. Figures Stanford's willing to give up posting acceptance rates once they no longer brought goodies for the administration! For those that think there is no reason to be cynical about college administrators, well it usually just takes a few minutes to prove otherwise. College Administrators tend to be snakes (and not the cute kind) who wormed their way up the college snarky pole via extensive brown nosing--not concern for the academic climate or for students (unless there is another type of payoff, say political, for appearing to care). Don't worry if you are one and are reading this...I didn't mean you...not explicitly anyway. Those I've known have been poison to the intellectual climate of the university that employ them, command far greater % of the resources then warranted and were all snakes in the grass--each of them.
    edited September 2018
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  • JBSeattleJBSeattle 1057 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Lostaccount:
    So you are saying you don’t like College Administrators? LOL
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