Thursday, December 22, 2022

Brown Admitted 879 ED Students to Class of 2027

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Brown University invited 879 prospective students who applied through its early decision program to become the first members of its undergraduate Class of 2027.

The pool of 6,770 early decision applicants, which increased 10% compared to the Class of 2026, reflected the University’s sustained commitment to making a Brown education more accessible to students from every socioeconomic and geographic background with a broad array of talents and experiences, according to Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Logan Powell.

“This is the foundation of the Class of 2027 and the beginning of the next generation of great Brunonians,” Powell said. “They represent a remarkable group of academically superlative students with a wide array of perspectives.”

For the fifth consecutive year, applications increased for the early decision program, which is intended for prospective students who express a commitment to attend Brown if accepted.

Powell said that the trend coincides with dedicated outreach to prospective students who come from rural, first-generation and low-income backgrounds. Brown has also strengthened its financial aid packages and introduced new access initiatives — replacing loans with grants in initial University financial aid packages, eliminating consideration of a family’s home equity as an asset when calculating available financial resources, and working toward becoming fully need-blind for international students starting with the graduating Class of 2029.

“We’ve made incredible strides in making Brown accessible and affordable for students from all backgrounds, and our work on this will continue,” Powell said. “We do everything we can to make sure that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds with a high level of academic success know that they should never discount the opportunity because they think Brown is not affordable.”

Among the admitted students, Powell said flexibility in challenging circumstances and a determination to seek and build community support were some of the characteristics that stood out most — in part, in reaction to impact of COVID-19 on their high school experiences, in which remote learning, time spent away from friends or family, and health and financial hardships were realities for many.

“These students were incredibly adaptive to all of the changes that were forced upon them as a result of the pandemic,” Powell said. “We are impressed by the ways they sought to overcome the challenges that were placed in their way and how they continued to try to find opportunities for joy — both for themselves, and to share joy with others.”

Among this year’s diverse cohort of admitted early decision students, 62% will apply for financial aid and 15% of students will be first in their family to attend college. Geographically, they represent 50 nations, 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The top countries represented outside the United States are Brazil, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Turkey and Ukraine.

Among the 879 accepted students are 62 admitted through Brown’s partnership with QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that works to equalize access to top colleges and universities for high school students from low-income families. That number continues to grow each year and is up from just three students as recently as seven years ago.

Powell, who is leading a new Enrollment Division that includes the offices of College Admission, Financial Aid and the Registrar, said an increasingly integrated approach across those University functions will support the newest class of admitted students all the way through their Brown experience to graduation.

“Everything we do is driven by individuals — the individuals who apply and the individuals here on the Brown campus who support the application process,” Powell said. “That’s the heart of everything we do, and as I reflect on this talented cohort of students who will begin to form the Class of 2027, it’s just an incredible honor to help build a class of individuals who will contribute to the Brown community and support each other.”

Applicants were able to learn their application status beginning at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 20, via a secure website. All early decision applicants indicated that Brown was their first-choice college and agreed to accept an offer of admission if the University extended one.

The deadline for regular decision applications for Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2027 is Jan. 5, 2023.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Duke Admitted 800 ED Students to Class of 2027

 Duke admitted 800 students to the Class of 2027 through its Early Decision application cycle, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag.

There were 4,855 Early Decision applicants, the second highest number in Duke's history, which brought the Early Decision acceptance rate to a record low 16.5%. This represents a 4.5% decrease from the 21% acceptance rate for the Class of 2026. The Class of 2025 had an Early Decision acceptance rate of 17%, the second lowest in University history.
This is also Duke’s third-year of being test-optional, after first becoming test-optional for the 2020-21 admissions cycle as a result of the pandemic.

All students admitted through the Early Decision cycle are required to enroll at Duke upon being admitted. Of those accepted in this cycle, 55 were admitted through the QuestBridge National College Match Program, the highest number in Duke’s history. The remaining 745 applied as Early Decision applicants.

Of the admitted students, 634 students plan to enroll in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and 166 plan to enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering. In addition, 10% are international students, 52% identify as students of color, and 57.5% are female.

“We were struck in particular by the personal qualities and commitments of the students admitted Early Decision this year,” Guttentag said. “They are community-minded, eager to make a difference, and committed to the environment and sustainability.”

North Carolina, New York, California, Texas and Florida are the states most represented among the Class of 2027’s Early Decision admits.

Guttentag did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Chronicle about trends in applications, standardized testing and legacy admissions.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

MIT Admitted 685 EA Students to Class of 2027

 This year, 11,924 students to the MIT Class of 2027, and as of *checks watch* right now, we have offered early admission to 685. Though they are all different in their own way —  muralists and mountaineers, locksmiths and lifeguards, baristas and blacksmiths — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to make the world a better place. We can’t wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,638 outstanding undergraduates already enrolled at MIT.

We deferred 7,892 applicants;⁠ these students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. If you are deferred, you are not expected to send us any new information besides the February Updates and Notes Form, which will be posted in mid-January to your application portal. We have posted more information for deferred students here; you can also read posts from bloggers who were deferred here, here, here, here, and most recently here and here. 

Given the competitiveness of our pool, we have also informed 2,815 students that we will not be able to offer them admission this year. This decision has been made with care, and it is final. I know this can be a difficult decision to receive, but trust me: it works out okay in the end. Take a deep breath, shake it out, and go crush the rest of your college applications (or whatever else you choose to do) this year.

The balance of our applicants —  532 —  withdrew from our process before we issued their decision. 

We recognize it’s a lot of effort for all of you to apply to MIT. It’s an honor and a privilege for us to read your applications. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2027. I’ll be closing comments on this post to focus the conversations on the open threads for admitted, deferred, and not admitted students.

All best, everyone; wishing you a healthy and happy end of 2022, and bright beginnings to 2023.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Dartmouth Admitted 578 ED Students to Class of 2027

 The 3,009 students who submitted early decision applications represent a 14% increase from last year, the College’s third record pool in the last five early admission cycles. Over the past three years, Dartmouth’s early decision pool has increased by 45%.

“The growth in our early applicant pool paired with its clear depth has been remarkable for my admissions colleagues and me to witness,” Coffin says.

Dartmouth extended acceptances to 578 early decision applicants. Earlier this month, an additional 47 students matched with Dartmouth via QuestBridge, a national access program that introduces high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to many of the leading institutions of higher education. The match cohort was drawn from a pool of 1,260 candidates.

The initial offers of admission were extended to students from 47 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and from 43 countries in addition to the United States. Of those who are American citizens, 41% are people of color, a record high for the early rounds, and 15% are in the first generation in their families to attend college. Fourteen percent are the children of Dartmouth alumni.

“The sustained growth of our early pool reflects the continued expansion of Dartmouth’s footprint around the world,” Coffin says. “Within that pool, we’re seeing some extraordinarily accomplished students who are strikingly good fits for our academic program and community.”

JHU Admitted 533 ED Students to Class of 2027

 Five hundred thirty-three students representing 37 U.S. states, 20 countries, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., were offered admission to Johns Hopkins University today in the Early Decision I cohort of the undergraduate Class of 2027.

"We're proud that a record number of students thought of Hopkins as their top choice when applying to college this year," said Ellen Chow, dean of undergraduate admissions. "This group of newly admitted students represents one of the most talented, diverse, and community-minded student bodies in the nation. They have already shown their ability to make a mark on the world around them through their academic and co-curricular endeavors, and they're pursuing what matters to them in highly impactful ways."

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Five hundred thirty-three students representing 37 U.S. states, 20 countries, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., were offered admission to Johns Hopkins University today in the Early Decision I cohort of the undergraduate Class of 2027.

"We're proud that a record number of students thought of Hopkins as their top choice when applying to college this year," said Ellen Chow, dean of undergraduate admissions. "This group of newly admitted students represents one of the most talented, diverse, and community-minded student bodies in the nation. They have already shown their ability to make a mark on the world around them through their academic and co-curricular endeavors, and they're pursuing what matters to them in highly impactful ways."

The cohort includes a writer who published a book of poetry on mental health, the founder of a podcast that highlights achievements of women of color and that was featured in The Washington Post, and the leader of a movement to provide more funds for healthy food at city schools. Students have published research on racial pluralism, the cause of high school dropouts, and the quality-of-life impacts of COVID-19. They've also won worldwide competitions, supported family members through illness, tutored younger siblings, and organized national conferences on climate change.

Their high school teachers and counselors describe them as deeply reflective, insightful, and passionate; students who not only do their absolute best but want to support those around them; role models who inspire others; and those who will leave behind a true legacy in their schools. During high school, 93% held part-time jobs, internships, or summer jobs; 52% were active in the arts; and 42% were involved in student government or advocacy work, showing their initiative to drive change in their communities.
Of the admitted students, 17% will be among the first in their families to go to college. A third plan to enroll in the Whiting School of Engineering, and the remainder plan to enroll in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

"These are students who will enrich our campus with their diverse perspectives and lived experiences, who are able to work together to find opportunities, and who are eager to make a positive difference," Chow said. "We can't wait to see how their involvement will shape our community in the years to come."

The remainder of the Class of 2027 will be selected from the Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicant pools. Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 3. Early Decision II decisions will be released Feb. 17, and regular admissions decisions will be announced March 17.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Harvard Admitted 722 EA Students to Class of 2027

 Harvard College admitted 7.56 percent of early applicants to the Class of 2027, marking the second-lowest early acceptance rate in the College’s history.

The College notified 722 of 9,553 early applicants of their acceptance to the Class of 2027 on Thursday at 7 p.m. The early acceptance rate marks a 0.3 percentage point decline from the Class of 2026 and nearly a 0.2 percentage point rise from the Class of 2025, who faced the College’s most competitive early admissions cycle in history.

Dean of Admissions William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 described the applicants admitted early to Harvard’s Class of 2027 as “amazing” in a Thursday interview.

“Not just in terms of their accomplishments but in terms of their life stories and the kind of educators they’ll be of each other once they’re here,” he said.

This is Harvard College’s second biggest early applicant pool, up from 9,406 for the Class of 2026 but still shy of the 10,086 students who applied for early admission to Harvard’s Class of 2025.

Of the applications received, roughly 78 percent of applicants were deferred and 9.5 percent were denied. Approximately 5 percent of applications were either withdrawn or incomplete.
“I think people realize, if you apply early anywhere, it usually is competitive, and that there’ll be some wonderful people who do not make it early who will, in fact, make it later on,” Fitzsimmons said. “So it’s a good situation.”

Students identifying as Asian American comprise 29.1 percent of admitted early applicants, a roughly 3 percentage point increase from the year before and the highest percentage of Asian American early admits in the College’s history.
The number of students admitted early who identify as African American reached 14.4 percent, a slight increase from last year’s 13.9 percent. Latinx students comprised 8.4 percent of the admitted pool, down from last year’s 10.5 percent. Native American and Hawaiian students made up 1.7 percent, down from 3.7 percent in the Class of 2026 but higher than the 1.3 percent for the Class of 2025.
“The whole idea has been, over a long period of time, to get out there and encourage talented people from all backgrounds to consider higher education,” Fitzsimmons said. “Harvard — and other institutions, and society in general — has succeeded in lots of respects.”

In October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments brought by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, which alleges Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants in its race-conscious admissions processes.

Harvard has defended its admissions practices, advocating for the value of diversity in the classroom and on campus. The percentage of Asian Americans in the College’s admitted classes has grown by more than 27 percent since 2010, per Harvard’s website.

International students represent 14.1 percent of the admitted class, up from 12.6 percent for the Class of 2026. Over 14 percent of those admitted under the early action plan are first-generation college students, an increase from approximately 12 percent last year. In addition, 10.8 percent of admitted students qualify for federal Pell Grants.

The Class of 2027 will be the third class admitted under the test-optional policy enacted by the College in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting with the Class of 2026, families that earn incomes under $75,000 per year will have no cost of attendance, following an increase in the threshold from $65,000 in previous years. Fitzsimmons called the expansion of Harvard’s financial aid program a tool for “attracting talent.”

“I think that is enormously encouraging,” Fitzsimmons said.

Students applying for the regular decision cycle or who were deferred from the early action round will receive their decision at 7 p.m. on March 30, 2023. All admitted students are invited to the College’s admitted students weekend, known as Visitas, which returned to an in-person format for the Class of 2026.

Emory Admitted 903 ED I Students to Class of 2027

 Senior year is the one of the most exciting and tense times for high school students and their families. By this time of year, they wait on pins and needles hoping that the demands of courses, clubs and competitions have paid off. Some 903 students breathed a sigh of relief when they received emails Dec. 14 announcing they had earned Early Decision admission to Emory University’s undergraduate Class of 2027.

From Georgia to China, they cheered with excitement. Out of a pool of 2,414 Early Decision I applicants, these students are the cornerstone of their class, ready to embark on a new adventure in their education and make the world a better place for themselves and others.

“We are delighted to see record levels of interest in Emory education,” says John F. Latting, associate vice provost for enrollment and dean of admission. “There has never been a pool of Early Decision applicants with such academic preparation, life experiences, talents and interests.”

In keeping with the trends of recent years, Emory’s Early Decision I applications increased roughly 10% over last year. The academic strength and diversity of students who apply also continues to grow, confirming that Emory’s reputation reaches far beyond the immediate area and attracts high-caliber students from around the world.

“It’s clear we’ve taken a step forward,” Latting says. “Early Decision I admission has been growing over the years, and what’s driving that growth is the presence of really strong students in the applicant pool.”

One unique aspect of Emory is that first-year students choose between two options for where they will begin their Emory experience: Emory College of Arts and Sciences or Oxford College. Emory College, which shares the Atlanta campus with the university’s graduate and professional schools, offers the experience of a liberal arts college in the midst of the energy and pace of a leading research university.

“I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome such an extraordinary group of students admitted in our Early Decision and QuestBridge selection process,” says Carla Freeman, Emory College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean. “These students have already demonstrated remarkable talent, creativity, curiosity, and a determination to excel academically and make the world better! I know they will bring terrific energy to our campus and flourish here.” 

Oxford College, located 38 miles east of the Atlanta campus, is set on Emory’s original campus. This campus, only for first- and second-year students, is a unique opportunity for students to join a close-knit community.

“Oxford students arrive from around the nation and world with open minds and a desire to explore, discover and grow,” says Oxford Interim Dean Ken Carter. “These first admitted students will form the foundation of our next class, and we look forward to welcoming them from their communities to ours.”

As juniors, all Oxford students continue to the Atlanta campus, earning degrees from Emory College, Goizueta Business School or the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

This year, Emory College admitted 722 students and Oxford College admitted 353 students for Early Decision I, with 233 applicants admitted to both campuses. These students may now select which campus they’d like to attend.

Early Decision students are a foundational first step in creating Emory’s Class of 2027 (students who apply to Early Decision commit to enrolling if they are admitted with adequate financial aid). Completing high school and preparing for college can be stressful under any circumstances and impacts of the pandemic are present in these students’ records.

While the pandemic began during these students’ freshman year, its impacts are still visible in their records through pivots in extracurricular activities, new emerging interests and recommendation letters from teachers who never taught the student in person. Initial indicators, however, show that these students are hardworking, compassionate and creative despite less-than-ideal circumstances — and they are eager to build on that foundation while at Emory.

Emory remained “test optional” for first-year applicants, meaning students were not required to submit ACT/SAT test scores. Those who chose to submit test scores still could, but removing the requirement alleviated one aspect of college application stress.

“Since going test-optional, we’ve seen that testing was playing a role we didn’t fully understand,” says Latting. “It was serving as a kind of obstacle for some students, especially in high schools with fewer resources. Not having a testing requirement has really broadened the gateway of students coming into our applicant pool in a variety of dimensions, including students who have been less well-represented here, such as rural and low-income applicants.”

This year, 38% of the admitted Emory College Early Decision class and 41% of the Early Decision class admitted to Oxford College applied without an ACT or SAT score.

Multiple factors guide the admission committee’s decisions as they consider applicants. Academic records are important, including whether the students made the most of the academic options within the context of their high school and community. Student interests and involvement are also considered, along with letters of recommendation from teachers and school counselors and three short essays from the student.

“We’re enthusiastic about the characteristics of this year’s applicant pool,” says Kelley Lips, assistant vice provost and dean of Oxford enrollment. “Not only are we having more students indicate that Emory is their first choice, the strength of the applicant pool and their academic excellence is really impressive.”

Like Latting, Lips has also noticed the shift in applicants. “This admissions staff has a real challenge ahead of them if this year’s Early Decision 1 applicants are indicative of the overall applicant pool, because we’re seeing some of the brightest and most dedicated students. The first students of the Class of 2027 are very diverse in many senses of the word — they’re ethnically diverse, and they also bring diversity geographically, socioeconomically, in their interests and in why Emory is attractive to them.”

Prior to the Early Decision announcement, on Dec. 1 Emory welcomed a new group of 61 QuestBridge Scholars to the Class of 2027, five of whom chose to enroll at Oxford College. The university admitted the same number of scholars last year, reinforcing Emory’s commitment to providing access to higher education to talented, low-income students who might not have access to college through their own resources.

“These are the first students who are a part of the Class of 2027, and it’s also the most diverse group of students we have in our incoming class,” says Timothy Fields, senior associate dean of admission. “Some have dealt with homelessness or having parents who have battled drug abuse. Others come from families where they are first-generation Americans or the first in their families to go to college. The perspective these students bring goes way beyond their identity. They bring a different voice and perspective to the class.”

The QuestBridge National College Match program is a nonprofit that links highly qualified students from low-income backgrounds with 48 of the nation’s leading universities. Through this unique partnership, QuestBridge Match Scholars receive a four-year financial aid award covering full tuition and fees; room and board; and books and supplies.

This year, Emory reviewed 1,026 QuestBridge applications during the early admissions cycle, with the majority — 81% — being among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college in the U.S. Across the entire admissions period, many more QuestBridge applications will be reviewed.

“These students come with great high school academic records, and they have a lot of great accomplishments out of the classroom,” says Fields. “There are students from urban and rural areas. There are students who are accomplished in community service and the arts. They are all so different, which makes Emory stronger.”

Emory boasts one of the largest QuestBridge Scholars Networks in the country, with 500 students currently enrolled at the Atlanta or Oxford campuses. Members include the previous years’ match scholars as well as other QuestBridge students who enroll through Regular Decision. This active student-run organization provides an authentic and supportive community, helping students navigate the transition to college.

“Emory's ability to attract students from all over the country speaks volumes about its commitment to providing a stellar education to students of all income levels,” says Fields. “Diversity is an institutional priority, and our relationship with QuestBridge continues to help us achieve that across multiple areas within a class.”

QuestBridge scholars fully appreciate the significance of the program and their future at Emory. It’s safe to say they’re excited about seeing their hard work pay off and ready for what comes next.

“QuestBridge gave me an actual, clear goal for what to do after high school,” says Leonardo Lazarevic from Boise, Idaho. “As a kid, I always heard, ‘Go to a school that can give you the best education and financial stability.’ It hit me in the beginning of junior year: ‘How exactly do I get into those schools?’ After some time panicking about how I literally didn’t know what to do next, a teacher recommended the QuestBridge program. From then on, I had a clear goal: apply to the top schools in the country through QuestBridge.”

Rouida Siddiqui from Riverside, Missouri, plans to double-major in Arabic and biology. She explains that the QuestBridge program has made her “more motivated than ever to pursue my education” knowing that she can attend a prestigious college and not worry about being burdened with student loans and interest.

“When we were hit with the match page, it was overwhelming joy,” says Siddiqui, who got the news while shadowing a team of residents at her internship. “It took a while to sink in, but I had been counting on getting matched for so long and it finally paid off.  When I got home, I had my dad open the email — he cried, and I hadn’t seen him cry. It was a whole family moment, I wish I could’ve recorded it, but it’s one to remember and we were all so relieved and joyful.”
For Athens, Georgia, resident Matias Campos-Ladinez, QuestBridge opened doors. “As a first-generation immigrant, college was something I was always aware might not be a possibility for me. When I got the notification that I not only matched with Emory but it came with a full ride, I felt like I could finally breathe,” he says. “Since I was young, I’ve had big dreams of leaving a legacy behind and becoming someone younger me could be proud of, but with the glass ceiling many immigrants face, I recognized I might not be able to. With the QuestBridge program, I finally saw a way to make my dreams a reality.”

With the world at their fingertips, what drew these bright students to Emory and Atlanta?

“I’m very passionate about philanthropic work and I run a lot of community programs in my mosque and my school,” Siddiqui says. “I wanted a school that would support my ideas and help me start other projects I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.” Emory’s connections to the rest of the world help, too — she’s particularly interested in the Arabic Study Abroad program, offered through Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.

Campos-Ladinez was impressed with Emory from the get-go, particularly with class sizes, location, the prestige of Goizueta Business School and dedication to community. He plans to study both business and computer science — and eventually start his own technology company — but knows that Emory offers more than a great education in the classroom.  “Apart from just getting a normal computer science degree, I wanted to attend Emory because they push students to find their true passion and relate it to making the world a better place.”

“I chose Emory and the Atlanta campus for the simple reason that I want to be close to the city,” says Lazarevic. “Being near the city, I’ll have a better chance to build connections and more opportunities to explore job paths and do things I like. I’m excited for Emory and the new environment. I can’t wait to go there and explore.”