One of the purposes of our college admissions blog is to demystify the highly selective college admissions process for our readers. We’re also all about debunking common misconceptions about the process. And so we thought we’d respond in a bit more detail to a Comment on a recent post. The Comment was in reference to a statement we made that highly selective colleges — including Duke University — recruit students to apply that have no shot of getting in. They do this to boost their application numbers, lower their admission rate, and improve their all-important “US News & World Report” ranking.
The Comment read as follows: “Your suggestion that ‘they (Duke) sent more brochures to students who don’t have a shot of getting into Duke’ is patently rediulous [sic]. While the University highly values ED candidates, the fact is the tremendous workload created by almost 3,200 (a single year 26 percent increase) early decision applications — probably with no Undergraduate Admissions staff increase — also causes great internal administrative and processing difficulties, from November and through mid-December. The far more logical — and simple — reason is this: serious, qualified applicants know their opportunity to attend Duke is substantially enhanced through Early Decision, the [sic] ardently wish to do so, and they therefore opt for ED.”
To put it in this Commenter’s words, this suggestion is patently ridiculous. Do you really think the Duke admissions office would prefer fewer students apply Early Decision so as to lower the “tremendous workload” or decrease the “great internal administrative and processing difficulties”? What difficulties exactly? Do students who apply Early Decision to Duke have better odds of getting in than do those who apply Regular Decision? You bet. But what does this have anything to do with the fact that Duke — and just about all highly selective colleges — recruit students who don’t have a shot of getting in simply to boost their ranking. That “US News & World Report” ranking has a major impact on a school like Duke.Categories: College Admissions, Early Decision / Early Action Tags: Duke Early Decision, Duke University Early Decision, Early Decision at Duke University, Early Decision Duke Admissions, ED at Duke University
Princeton Early Action figures are up this year. 3,831 students submitted Early Action applications to Princeton this fall, up slightly from the 3,810 students who submitted Early Action applications last fall to the university. This is the third year that Princeton has had Early Action admissions so one can’t really compare the Early stats with trend lines and such just yet. In a couple of more years, this will be possible. As you may remember, Harvard and Princeton re-instituted Single Choice Early Action policies for the Class of 2016 and on (read our post on the Harvard and Princeton admissions spin).
According to an article on the Princeton Early Action numbers in “The Daily Princetonian,” “[Dean of Admission Janet] Rapelye said the Office of Admission is aiming for a class size of 1,290 students. Two years ago, 726, or 21.1 percent, of the 3,443 early applicants for the Class of 2016 were accepted, approximately half of the resulting class of 1,357 students. For the Class of 2017, 697, or 18.3 percent of 3,810 early applicants were accepted, again approximately half of the 1,291 class size.”
For the Class of 2016, 83% of students admitted to Princeton under their SCEA program chose to matriculate, while this number stood at 81% for the Class of 2017. What do you think Princeton’s Early Action yield will be for this year’s class? Will it drop again or will it go up? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Early Action Applications to Princeton, Early Action at Princeton, Princeton Early Action, Princeton Early Action Figures, Princeton Early Apps
The Yale Early application figures are in for this fall. And this year, Yale received 5.6% more Early applications as compared to last year. With a total of 4,768 applications received during the Early round this year, it marked an increase from last year’s 4,514 applications. According to the “Yale Daily News,” “ In the three years prior to 2011 — the year that Harvard and Princeton reinstated their early application programs — Yale’s early applications topped 5,000, with an all-time peak of 5,556 early applications in 2008.” The figure for this year isn’t quite as high but it is certainly on the rise.
The increase in Early applications to Yale this fall is in line with increases seen at many highly selective colleges. But there is a quote in the article on the Yale Early applications in the “Yale Daily News” that we wanted to draw your attention to: “‘The five percent increase makes it tougher, but everyone who applied early realizes that the process has always been very tough at Yale,’ said Gregory Hosono, a high school senior at Philips Academy Andover, adding that applicants cannot control anything beyond how they present themselves to schools. Hosono said he applied early to Yale as a way of signifying that it was his top choice.” This quote is a bit misleading.
When Gregory Hosono says as a statement of fact that the five percent increase makes it tougher, he’s not necessarily correct. Just because more students apply to a highly selective college doesn’t mean that it will be tougher to get in. If ‘C’ students are applying to Yale, that doesn’t make it tougher for the ‘A’ student to get in. And, as we’ve written many times on our college admissions blog, many highly selective colleges actively recruit students who don’t have a shot of getting in — just to boost their admission rates and, ultimately, their “US News & World Report” ranking. Yale University is no exception.
Have a thought on Yale Early applications? Let us know by posting a comment below!Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Applying Early to Yale, Early Applications to Yale, Yale Admissions Statistics, Yale Early Applications, Yale Early Apps
The Columbia Early Decision application figures are in for the year. And the numbers dictate that this marks the largest Early Decision applicant pool in Columbia University’s history. With 3,296 student submitting applications to Columbia, the applicant pool grew by 5.4% over last year. But does a larger applicant pool necessarily mean that this year’s pool is more competitive than last year’s? Absolutely not. As you may know from reading our blog, colleges — including highly selective colleges like Columbia — encourage lots of students to apply, even students who don’t have a shot of getting in. They do this to boost their selectivity and, ultimately, their ranking in “US News & World Report.” A “C” student applying to Columbia doesn’t make the field more competitive for a strong candidate.
According to Columbia’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Jessica Marinaccio, as quoted in an article on the Columbia Early figures in “The Columbia Spectator,” “This is the largest Early Decision applicant pool in our history, reflecting a tremendous response to our outreach efforts, which included visits by admissions officers to over 40 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) and more than 30 countries on 6 continents; almost a dozen on-campus events; outreach by our alumni, faculty and other members of the Columbia community, and the dedicated involvement of hundreds of Columbia student volunteers who are members of the Global Recruitment Committee, the Multicultural Recruitment Committee and the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. We look forward to the admissions committee conversations in the weeks ahead as we select the first members of the Class of 2018.”
Have a question on the Columbia Early Decision numbers? Let us know your questions by posting below. We’ll be sure to get back to you.Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Columbia Early Applications, Columbia Early Decision, Columbia University Early Decision, Early Applications at Columbia, Early Decision at Columbia
The Northwestern Early Decision figures are in for the fall and the university saw a major rise in applications. In fact, Early Decision applications at Northwestern are up 14% over last year. 2,794 applications for Early Decision admission have been received, as compared to 2,450 applications last year. 40% of the incoming class is expected to be filled by Early Decision applicants to Northwestern, a sizable percentage for sure.
According to an article on the Northwestern Early Decision figures in “The Daily Northwestern,” “‘(Northwestern) certainly continues to be a popular school both nationally and internationally,’ [Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christopher] Watson said. ‘We’re seeing that this trend is continuing, and more and more students beyond the Midwest are looking at Northwestern as a destination more than ever before.’ Watson added that NU’s increased presence in the news has also played a role. ‘We certainly are a more visible university,’ he said. ‘The president travels quite a bit, and a lot of what happens on campus makes national news. The admission office tries to do its fair share of travel as well.’”
Northwestern had extended its Early Decision deadline by a week due to the glitches with the Common Application. Do you think this extension had anything to do with the 14% rise in Early applications? Keep in mind, many highly selective universities pushed back their deadlines due to the problems with the Common App. Let us know your thoughts by posting below!Categories: Early Decision / Early Action Tags: Early Applications at Northwestern, Early Decision at Northwestern, Northwestern Early Applicants, Northwestern Early Decision, NW Early Decision
UChicago Early applications are up this year, continuing a trend at the university. Early Action applications to the University of Chicago have in fact increased each of the last five years. With 11,143 students applying via Early Action to UChicago this year, it marked an 8% increase from last year’s record applicant pool of 10,316 applicants. The official percentage increase, however, is 6.7% as, according to “The Chicago Maroon,” it’s “due to an additional 130 early applicants from last year not accounted for in the initial official numbers that were released.”
According to “The Chicago Maroon,” “The College has seen, on average, a 20-percent increase in the number of early applicants every year since 2010. According to University spokesperson Jeremy Manier, what this year’s comparatively low rate of increase signifies is unclear for now. ‘I think the expectation is that at some point you’ll see the number reach the natural level, and it’s difficult to tell whether we’re there yet,’ Manier said. Last year, early applications comprised about a third of the total pool of 30,396 applications. The overall acceptance rate was 8.8 percent.”
Additionally, the University of Chicago received more applications from Latino and African American students in this year’s Early Action pool. And it should come as no surprise that the countries outside of the United States with the highest number of applicants are China, India, Canada, and Singapore. Not exactly shocking! These countries have large contingencies at a number of highly selective colleges.
Have a question on the UChicago Early Action figures? Let us know your thoughts by posting below. We look forward to hearing from you!Categories: College Admissions, Early Decision / Early Action Tags: Early Apps at UChicago, Early Apps to UChicago, UChicago Early Admission, UChicago Early Applications, University of Chicago Applications
Applications for Early Decision at Duke are up tremendously this year. With almost 3,200 students submitting applications in the Early Decision round, Duke saw a whopping 26% rise in applications this fall. The applicant pool was in fact up by more than 600 students over last year’s pool. According to an article on the Early Decision figures at Duke in “Duke Today,” “The jump from last year’s 2,540 applications to this year’s 3,191 represents a record for the number of students applying Early Decision (ED) as well as the largest jump in ED applicants in a single year.” 26% is indeed quite the jump for a university!
According to the article in “Duke Today,” “‘We’re very pleased with this increase in interest in Duke,’ said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. ‘It’s not always easy for students to be ready to make this level of commitment to a college so early in their senior year. The breadth of the pool this year reflects an understanding of the value of a Duke education and the Duke experience among a wide range of students.’”
An additional 600 applicants is quite the unusual jump in application numbers for Early Decision. We’re curious what Duke did differently this year to increase its applicant pool so dramatically. Their basketball team didn’t win the NCAA title and applications at Duke are always up the year after a great basketball run in March Madness. Do you think they sent more brochures to students who don’t have a shot of getting into Duke? Probably so. Last year, 44% of the incoming class was filled through Early Decision applicants. Do you think this figure will stand for this year? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!Categories: College Admissions, Early Decision / Early Action Tags: Duke Early Applicants, Duke Early Decision, Duke University Early Applications, Early Applications at Duke, Early Decision at Duke
Penn Early Decision applications reached a record high this fall. 5,133 students applied to Penn this year, marking a 6.6% increase from the Early Decision pool at Penn just last year. That’s a nice rise in applications for the Quakers. Just in 2008, Penn received only 3,631 applications, so this figure of 5,133 marks a 41% increase from only five years prior.
According to an article in “The Daily Pennsylvanian” on the Penn Early Decision figures, “‘It’s surprising to me!’ Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said. ‘I am really proud of my staff, but this has been a collective Penn effort.’ Furda said that the efforts of campus maintenance staff, student leaders, alumni volunteers, parents and tour guides all deserve credit for the successful results. There has been an increase in the academic quality and diversity of the newest applicant pool. ‘It has been a broad base increase, with numbers increasing across all schools and all geographic regions,’ Furda said.” Eric Furda is always one of — if not the — most colorful deans of admissions at highly selective colleges.
Do you think Penn saw such a marked increase in applications from just last year because of the ten day extension it granted to students due to glitches with the Common Application? The rise in Early applications to Penn was not as big as the rise at Dartmouth, which saw a 6.7% increase in Early Decision applications from 2012. But Dartmouth was outdone by Northwestern University, which saw a 14% — yes, 14% — increase in ED apps. What do you think is in the water at Northwestern this year? We’re curious to hear your thoughts!Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Early Decision at Penn, Penn Early Applications, Penn Early Decision, Penn Early Decision Applications, UPenn Early Applications
Brown Early applications reached a record high this year, with 3,086 students applying via Early Decision. The 3,086 applicants marked a 2% increase from last year’s Early Decision pool at Brown. Last year, 3,010 students applied Early to Brown. According to “The Brown Daily Herald,” minority applicants comprise about a third of the total Early Decision applicant pool to Brown this year, and that’s a figure that has been consistent for a few years now at the university.
According to an article on Brown Early applications in “The Brown Daily Herald,” “International early decision applicants comprise nearly 13 percent of the early decision pool, an increase of 25 applications over last year, with 409 international students applying early to the class of 2018, Miller said. Applications to the Brown-Rhode Island School of Design Dual-Degree program rose 54 percent this year, at 77 applicants this cycle as compared to 50 last cycle, Miller said. But he said this increase is not significant, because the class of 2016 early cycle had 70 applicants to the program, so the “50 was more of an anomaly.”
Early applications were on the rise at Yale University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Pennsylvania as well this year. Figures for the other Ivies are still being released. Have a question about Brown Early Decision applications? Let us know your questions by posting below. We’ll be sure to give you answers.Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Brown Early Applications, Brown Early Apps, Brown Early Decision, Brown University Early Applications, Early Applications to Brown
1,678 students submitted Dartmouth Early Decision applications this admissions cycle. This figure marks a 6.7% rise from the Class of 2017. As you may remember, last year, Early Decision applications at Dartmouth were down 12.6%. As quoted in an article in “The Dartmouth” entitled “Early decision applications rise 6.7%,” Dartmouth’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Maria Laskaris, said, “Obviously, numbers do fluctuate. Last year we were down after many years of increases, so if you look across at other schools’ data, some years they’re up, some years they’re not.” Fair point.
There are many who believe that the drop in Early Decision applications last year at Dartmouth was a result of the media attention paid to the College on the Hill after a hazing scandal in which a former student blasted the school in an a feature within “Rolling Stone.” It’s unbelievable that one bad apple, one media event can have such an impact on a school’s admissions figures. Some years earlier, at Duke University, students who were proven innocent (not not guilty — innocent) of rape charges had a major impact on the university’s reputation. But that had more to do with a rogue DA and a university PR department forced to deal with a whole lot of bad press.
What do you think of the rise in Early Decision applications to Dartmouth College this year? And what do you think about the drop that the university experienced the year before? Let us know your thoughts on these Early Decision numbers by posting below. We look forward to hearing from you!Categories: Early Decision / Early Action, Ivy League Tags: Dartmouth Early Applications, Dartmouth Early Decision Applications, Dartmouth Early Decision Apps, Early Apps to Dartmouth, Early Decision at Dartmouth