Saturday, March 30, 2024

Cornell Admitted 5,139 Students to the Class of 2028

 As the ground begins to thaw and students on campus grow excited by a taste of spring, newly accepted students celebrate their soon-to-be migration to Ithaca.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, regular decision applicants anxiously rushed to open the decisions from Cornell, joining accepted students from the early decision round. The highly-anticipated final Thursday of March is dubbed Ivy Day, referring to the release of regular decision results from all Ivy League colleges.

Cornell cumulatively offered admission to 5,139 students to the Class of 2028, a four percent increase to last year’s 4,994 acceptances. Students hail from all 50 states and all corners of the globe, and 16.5 percent of this year’s admits are first-generation students.
Accepted students described emotional reactions to seeing they would spend their next few years on the Hill.

“When I opened the letter, it took me about 30 seconds of just staring at my phone screen, and I didn’t even realize that confetti went off,” said Johanna Troelstra, an accepted student to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from Queensbury, New York. “I ran back into the school and told all my friends because I was so excited.”

Troelstra was not alone in sharing her excitement. Hannah Elfenbein, an accepted student to the Nolan School of Hospitality from Crested Butte, Colorado, recalled how, when opening her decision, she and her family showed their Cornell pride with their choice of clothing.
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“I had made all my parents wear red and we FaceTimed my sister.” Elfenbein shared. “After opening the letter and hearing the song play, all four of us cried.”

Many students said their acceptance manifested from years of dedication to academic and extracurricular pursuits and represents the realization of a lifelong dream.

“Cornell was my dream school since I was a kid,” said Audriana Varner, an accepted student to the College of Engineering from Indiana. “I always kept Cornell in the back of my mind as my ultimate goal. It was very shocking to have finally reached that moment.”

Duke Admitted 1,984 Students to the Class of 2028

 Duke University has offered admission to 1,984 students for the Class of 2028.

Those accepted through Duke’s Regular Decision process were notified starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Duke received about 4,700 more applications this year for a total of 54,190 applicants. Of those, about 1,250 were from North Carolina and South Carolina. The university announced last year that it will provide full tuition grants for undergraduate students admitted from the Carolinas whose family incomes are $150,000 or less.

“Even though we received 4,700 more applications than last year, the staff of the Admissions Office was committed to making sure that each applicant would receive full and careful consideration,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. “We look forward to welcoming this talented and diverse group of students to Blue Devil Days in April, and we know that the whole Duke community will be impressed with their abilities and enthusiasm.”

In December, Duke admitted 806 students to the Class of 2028 through its Early Decision application cycle, from 6,240 Early Decision applicants, the highest number in the university’s history.

In this academic year, Duke expects to provide about $152 million in need-based financial aid to support undergraduate students. That’s up from $140 million last year. The average grant offer is about $61,000 for aid applicants, up from 58,000 per year.

Duke aid offers are released with offers of admission. Students who are receiving need-based aid from Duke but have not yet received their offers from other institutions by the enrollment deadline may apply for an extension.

“Students can work with us individually to make sure they can enroll with confidence,” said Miranda McCall, associate vice provost and director of financial support.

JHU Admitted 1,749 Students to the Class of 2028

 Today 1,749 students from 52 countries, 49 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories were offered admission to Johns Hopkins University's undergraduate Class of 2028 in the Regular Decision cohort, joining 809 previously admitted Early Decision applicants.
"It's exciting to see the many creative ways these students are already applying what they learn to make an impact in their communities," said Calvin Wise, deputy dean of undergraduate admissions. "Together with our Early Decision cohorts, the Class of 2028 represents some of the brightest, most driven young people from across the globe."

The cohort includes the developer of an app providing multilingual resources for refugees, an award-winning playwright who launched a writing camp for local youth, the founder of a voting education program for students in the Philippines, and a Guinness World Record holder for fastest solve of the Square-1 Rubik's Cube. They've also published novels in multiple languages, written and secured grants, advocated for policy to benefit their communities, patented their inventions, and launched successful businesses. At the same time, many have also held part-time jobs, served as the main interpreters for their families, and spent time caring for younger siblings.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Yale Admitted 2,146 Students to the Class of 2028

 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Yale University officials say their applicant pool for the Class of 2028 was the largest in school’s history so far.

The first-year applicant pool was 10% larger than the previous year, and has grown by 66% since 2020.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan said they offered admission to 2,146 of the 57,465 students who applied for the Class of 2028.
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“The diverse range of strengths, ambitions, and lived experiences we saw in this year’s applicant pool was inspiring,” Quinlan said in a statement.

“We gauge the success of our outreach efforts by these qualities, and not by the total number of applications. But it is heartening to see that Yale College continues to attract exceptionally promising students from all backgrounds,” he continued.

Quinlan said he attributes the shift to Yale’s test-optional policy adopted during the pandemic.

In February, leaders voted to bring back their testing requirement- while expanding the list of qualifying exams- in the next admissions cycle.

Dartmouth Admitted 1,685 Students to the Class of 2028

 Having completed its review of a record 31,657 applications for the undergraduate Class of 2028, Dartmouth extended offers of admission to 1,685 students, many of whom will benefit from expanded financial aid.

The overall admission rate of 5.3%, a record low, is nearly a percentage point below the 6.2% rate of selectivity for the Class of 2027. Applications to Dartmouth rose by 10% from last year.

Students who applied for admission in this year’s regular decision round received their decisions through the Admissions Office’s digital portal on Thursday evening.

Those offered admission will be in the first incoming class eligible for a new middle-income affordability initiative—announced on Monday by President Sian Leah Beilock—that will enable Dartmouth to nearly double its current annual income threshold for a “zero parent contribution,” from $65,000 to $125,000 for families of AB undergraduates with typical assets. That threshold is the most generous of any college or university in the nation.

Coupled with the existing low-income threshold for a parent contribution of zero, which had been adopted last year, an estimated 19.3% of those offered admission for the Class of 2028 qualify to attend Dartmouth without financial assistance from their parents. Additionally, nearly 1-in-2 accepted applicants will qualify for a need-based scholarship.

At the time of decision release, the average aid award is $69,152, an all-time high. The full cost of tuition, housing, meals, and fees for a Dartmouth undergraduate education in the 2024-25 academic year is $87,768, and this year’s average scholarship covers 79% of that cost.

Lee Coffin, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, says that he and his admissions colleagues were struck by the “remarkable depth of quality” in the record pool of this year’s applicants. “The pool was bigger, and it was also holistically deeper,” he says.

Harvard Admitted 1,937 Students to the Class of 2028

 Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years — in the first admissions cycle since the fall of affirmative action prohibited the College from considering race during the process.

Harvard offered admission to 1,245 applicants at 7 p.m. on Thursday, all of whom join the 692 students who were accepted in the early admission cycle this December. In total, Harvard offered admission to 1,937 students to join the Class of 2028.

“We think they’re the greatest,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said of the admitted class in a Thursday interview. “We really want to see them come here.”

Harvard received a total of 54,008 applications, a 5.14 percent decrease from last year even as it marked the fourth year in a row that it received more than 50,000 applications.

Columbia Admitted 2,319 Students to the Class of 2028

  Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science released regular decisions for the class of 2028 on Thursday, admitting 2,319 students of 60,248 applicants, according to a press release from Columbia Undergraduate Admissions. The acceptance rate dipped slightly to 3.85 percent from last year’s 3.9 percent.

The class of 2028 is the first to be admitted after the Supreme Court overturned Grutter v. Bollinger in June 2023, effectively ending race-conscious college admissions policies. In July, Columbia reaffirmed its commitment to diversity, writing in a statement that “diversity is a positive force across every dimension of Columbia, and we can and must find a durable and meaningful path to preserve it.”

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A total of 60,248 students applied for admission to Columbia College and SEAS across its early and regular decision pools, the third-largest pool in the University’s history—a slight increase from the 57,129 applicants who applied during the 2022-23 cycle.

“My colleagues and I have treasured the time we’ve spent learning about individuals through their applications,” Jessica Marinaccio, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said in the press release. “In the weeks ahead, we are excited to support each admitted student as they endeavor to make the best possible choice for themselves.”

Applications remain significantly higher than pre-pandemic figures. For the 2019-20 admissions cycle, only 40,083 prospective students applied.

The increase aligns with a sharp increase in applications nationwide, largely due to test-optional policies introduced during the pandemic. Last year, Columbia became the first Ivy to extend its test-optional policy without time limits.

The admitted class of 2028 hails from 108 countries and all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the statement, Marinaccio said this year’s admitted students are “so much more than their impressive credentials.”

“These students are interdisciplinary change-makers, caring community members, and individuals who lead with genuine kindness,” she said. “We know that our entire community at Columbia will have great cause to celebrate when the class of 2028 joins us in Morningside Heights this fall!”