Got into Swarthmore, but rejected at Tulane

<p>Just had to share that with the world. Tulane was my safety. I truly think admissions is like throwing a dart at a board. Best wishes for everyone else.</p>

<p>Well congratulations! Hopefully this means you're a better fit for Swarthmore than Tulane -- in which case your dart found the right place after all.</p>

<p>Gazette, I was just wondering if you knew exactly how many applications Tulane had this year. Take a guess. You won't be right.</p>

<p>34,000. More than Harvard. More than Princeton. More than Yale.
They stopped accepting applications early because they simply could not review any more.</p>

<p>For the class of 2011, they have 1300 students.</p>

To whittle down an applicant pool of 34,000 to 1,300 students is not an easy task. I'm sure you're qualified, but getting rejected should not be as big a surprise as you're making it.**</p>

<p>Trackie, most applicants to Tulane use it as an ultra-safety, and wouldn't even consider it over their state school if accepted. (Which is why it's yield is around 11 percent)</p>

<p>Trackie, thanks for pulling those out. I was actually hoping somebody could give me some insight on that. I think it had something to do with the fact that Tulane has 1. No required essays, 2. No application fee</p>

<p>Isn't Tulane rolling? If so, that could have a lot to do with it. I know someone with very good stats that was waitlisted at Tulane after two other people at my school with lower stats were accepted--but she applied at least a month later. She thought it was because they had rolling admissions.</p>

<p>kat--Tulane does not say that it uses rolling admission, but just think about this: with soooooooo many applications how are they going to handle with them if they do not switch to rolling admission? They just have least this year.</p>

<p>Yeah, I dunno. I didn't apply, so I really have no idea; that's just what she told me.</p>

<p>Gazette: many, many people were accepted back in the fall with no obligation to respond before May 1; although they say they are RD, this year, they definitely used rolling....No way an indication of your qualifications.....Congrats on Swarthmore!!!</p>

<p>they def used rolling...i got my acceptance like 2 or 3 weeks after i sent in my app....
and who needs Tulane when you've got Swarthmore!? Congrats!</p>

<p>::waits for Tulane to skyrocket up the ranks because of the "99" selectivity rank they're about to get::</p>

<p>Lizziepoo, I doubt it because USNWR takes yield into account as well.</p>

<p>tulane is pretty crafty, i gotta say. i think it was at least partially based on a first-come first-serve basis--my friends all got into it with some sort of scholarship, and they all applied early.</p>

<p>tulane's already pretty high up on the charts though, no?</p>

<p>If you mean charts as in US News and World Report college rankings, Tulane is 50th.</p>

<p>Gazette, did you get an early write from Swarthmore? That's pretty amazing if you did. Congrats!</p>

<p>Gazette: What other schools besides Tulane and Swarthmore did you consider? Is Swarthmore your 1st choice? (If so, what makes it top of your list?) And, congrats!</p>

<p>Due to Hurricane Katrina, Tulane was afraid admissions would suffer. They sent out thousands of "pre-approved" applications via internet to students with top SAT scores and waived tuition if they responded before December 15th. No doubt this was a main reason for the number of applications they received.</p>