Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Dartmouth Admitted 1767 Students to Class 2026

 Dartmouth offered admission to 1,767 applicants — 1,207 of whom were admitted during the regular decision process — to the Class of 2026 from a pool of 28,336 applications, according to an announcement from the admissions office on Thursday evening. The acceptance rate of 6.24% is among the lowest in the College’s history. 

According to the College’s announcement, this year’s applicant pool contained 21 fewer students than  last year’s record pool, which marked a 33% increase from previous years. 

63% of admitted students applied for need-based financial aid, with an average projected scholarship of $61,000. Additionally, 19% of the U.S. citizens and permanent residents admitted qualify for Pell Grants — a federal program for students whose families demonstrate exceptional need. Both statistics represent record highs for the College.

Yale Admitted 2234 Students to Class 2026

 Yale College admitted 2,234 students to the class of 2026 from its largest-ever pool of 50,015 applicants, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced on Thursday.

The acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle is 4.46 percent, the lowest in recent history. It dropped from 4.62 percent for the class of 2025, 6.54 percent for the class of 2024 and 5.91 percent for the class of 2023.

Of the admitted students, 800 received their acceptances through early action and 81 matched with Yale through QuestBridge in December. Yale also offered 1,000 students seats on the college’s waitlist Thursday. The class will be joined by 46 students who were admitted during last year’s cycle but chose to defer their matriculation to fall 2022. Earlier this semester, the Admissions office reported that 50,022 students applied to Yale, but this number included these 46 students who postponed their attendance and excluded 39 students who were granted application extensions due to extenuating circumstances.

Admitted members of the class of 2026 hail from 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and 58 countries. Yale denied admission to 44,783 applicants, and 1,998 applications were incomplete or withdrawn.

“The applicant pool’s strength and diversity are always more important to the admissions committee than its size,” Jeremiah Quinlan, Yale’s dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said. “By these measures, the students who were admitted to Yale College this cycle are truly extraordinary. The committee was deeply impressed by their academic and extracurricular achievements, their wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and the positive contributions they have already made to local and global communities.” 

According to Director of Undergraduate Admissions Margit Dahl, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accommodated the deluge of applications by hiring more staff members and spending more time reading applications and holding committee meetings. Nevertheless, she maintained that the office retained its “whole-person review process” for all applicants, despite the workload.

Dahl emphasized that “in the end, it is all about the individual student and their fit with Yale.”

The number of applications was not the only thing that set this newly-admitted class apart. The class of 2026 is the third cohort of admitted students to receive their acceptances during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are the second to apply without a standardized test requirement, which Yale originally suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle due to pandemic-related challenges.

Nevertheless, this year’s class of admitted students will be the first group to be invited to New Haven for Bulldog Days — an admitted students program that showcases academic and extracurricular life at Yale — since the class of 2023 came to Connecticut in 2019. The event, which was held remotely during the last two admissions cycles, is set to run April 25-27.

Quinlan said that he and his colleagues are eager to see the event return to campus after two years of virtual programming.

“For decades, Bulldog Days has been a special experience for both admitted and current students,” Quinlan said. “I am excited to re-establish this important campus tradition and am grateful to the countless students, faculty, and staff across Yale College who will help to make this year’s event a success.”

Admitted students from low-income backgrounds are eligible for funding that will enable them to travel to campus for Bulldog Days.

Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid Scott Wallace-Juedes emphasized that the Class of 2026 will be the first to benefit from four years of new financial aid support. These changes, which the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid announced in October, include eliminating what Yalies dubbed the “student income contribution,” covering the marginal tax rate for international students and subsidizing childcare for student parents.

Wallace-Juedes said that “for most students receiving financial aid, this new policy will reduce costs and increase the amount of Yale Scholarship by $7,500 over four years.” 

The 2022-2023 academic year will also be the first in which Yale meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for Eli Whitney students, students who have taken non-traditional paths to higher education.

Admitted students must respond to their offers of admission by May 2.

Harvard Admitted 1954 Students for Class of 2026

 Harvard College accepted 3.19 percent of applicants to its Class of 2026 — the lowest rate in the school’s history — as it saw a record high number of candidates apply for the second straight year.

A total of 1,214 students received offers of admission at 7 p.m. on Thursday, joining the 740 students who were accepted via early admission in December. The acceptance rate is down from the 3.43 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2025 last year — which marked the previous record-low.

Applications to the College jumped by almost 7 percent, with 61,220 students submitting applications to the school, compared to 57,435 last year.

“It’s truly a wonderful class,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in an interview Thursday. “I think anyone who is in the Class of 2026 could certainly claim — as we claimed for the Class of 1967 — that it’s the greatest class in the history of Harvard.”

Harvard also announced Thursday that it will cover the full cost of attendance — including tuition, room and board, and all fees — for students whose families make under $75,000. The previous threshold for full financial aid was $65,000. The College expects the average aided family contribution to be $12,700.

Fitzsimmons said more generous financial aid policies allow “students from every conceivable background” access to Harvard, which he said would help make the world “a better place.”

“The world’s greatest students can now realistically think about coming to places like ours,” he said.

The Class of 2026 includes the highest percentage of students eligible for Pell Grants, typically awarded to low income students — 20.5 percent of admitted students are eligible for the federal program, up from 20.4 the previous year.

Out of the admitted students, 20.3 percent will be the first in their families to go to college, down slightly from 20.7 the previous year.

Friday, March 25, 2022

JHU Admitted 2408 Students to Class of 2026

 Johns Hopkins University admitted 1,586 students today to the Class of 2026. They join the 822 early decision students who were offered admission in December and February.

"We're excited to welcome these students to our newest class," said Ellen Chow, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. "It was promising to see what they were able to accomplish during one of the most challenging times in our history. They were pursuing things that mattered to them, whether pioneering a school program for suicide prevention efforts or researching contact-tracing methods during the height of the pandemic, many while balancing incredible responsibilities at home or working full-time at a family business."

This year, more than 37,150 students applied from 7,774 high schools around the world, including 729 with first-time applications to Hopkins. The admitted Class of 2026 represents 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, as well as 63 other countries. 91% held part-time jobs, internships, or summer jobs during high school; 34% were involved in student government, showing their initiative to drive change in their communities; and 20% will be the first in their families to go to college.

Those offered admission have also shown a dedication to causes meaningful to them, devoting their time to a variety of interests. They're advocating for justice and equity—one student is a member of the Youth Policy Initiative in India to improve policies around transgender rights, where they've worked with victims to understand sexual abuse laws, and another student created a menstrual health booklet in Arabic while engaging in anti-stigma campaigns. They're probing important questions of history and engaging with future generations of scholars—one student created and taught a course on models of imperialism, while another conducted an eight-week workshop to teach elementary-aged students about unconventional careers in STEM. And already, they're contributing to research advancements—an admitted student holds two patents for the first multi-probe injection EpiPen in the world, and another published research on using computational medicine to predict ovarian cancer.

"Their applications showed us their motivation to make a positive impact on those around them and their ability to respond to the changing world," Chow continued. "We can't wait to see how they'll pursue their interests and shape our community over the next four years."

Students who applied regular decision can view admissions decisions online at Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their spot in the class.

Monday, March 14, 2022

MIT Admitted 1,337 students to Class of 2026

 This past year, inclusive of both Early and Regular Action, 33,796 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2026. This is another record high: about a 2% increase from last year, with both being well above the pre-pandemic baseline of about 20,000 applications. Nonetheless, our dedicated team carefully considered them all, subjecting them to the same standard of attentive, empathetic, holistic review, and taking as much time as needed to get the job done right.  

Of those 33,796 applicants, we have offered admissions to 1,337 students who will have the opportunity to climb the mountain that is MIT. They hail from all 50 states, 65 countries, and more than 900 different high schools. Though they all do different things — geology and gardening, rowing and refactoring, proofwriting and pastoralism — 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 our campus to join the outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home.

There are also students who may be climbing other mountains, with other fellow mountaineers, next fall. Of the students to whom we do not offer admission today, we have placed a modest number on our waitlist and informed the balance that we will not be able to admit them to the Class of 2026. Getting to “meet” so many capable, compassionate students through this process has, as always, left us bleary-eyed and reminded us that what we do is more than a job: it is a privilege and an honor. We are grateful to have walked this short part of your path with you.

If you are among the many stellar students to whom we are not offering admission, then all I can remind you is that success is not always a straight line. That your path isn’t something MIT sets you on, it’s something you explore yourself. And if you spend the next few years trying to make wherever you are as amazing as you can (as you already are), then someday you’ll look back on this Pi Day and realize it all worked out okay.

I’m closing comments on this blog post to concentrate conversation in the open threads for admitted, waitlisted, and not admitted students. Answers to frequently asked questions for waitlisted students can be found here, with more information about next steps to come in early April.

Congratulations to the Class of 2026, and best wishes to all of our applicants. No matter where you enroll next fall, please make it a better place. I know you can. I hope you will.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Vanderbilt Admitted 650 Students in ED to Class of 2026

 Out of approximately 2,700 applicants, around 650 students were admitted via early decision I on Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. CST, while some applicants were deferred to the regular decision pool for the first time in Vanderbilt’s history.

Duke Admitted 855 Students in ED to Class of 2026

 Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, 855 students will learn that they are the first members of Duke University’s Class of 2026.

The students applied as Early Decision applicants, indicating that Duke is their first choice and committing to enroll at the university if admitted.

Of these, 695 plan to enroll in the Trinity School of Arts & Sciences, and 160 in the Pratt School of Engineering, said Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions.

He added that 813 applied as Early Decision applicants, indicating that Duke is their first choice and committing to enroll at the university if admitted; 42 identified as QuestBridge scholars, and were admitted through the QuestBridge National College Match program.

Duke received 4,015 early decision applications. The new students represent a 21 percent admit rate, compared to 17 percent last year and 21 percent in 2019, Guttentag said.

The states most represented by the early decision admits are New York, North Carolina, California, Florida, and Texas.

“We believe this will be one of the most influential classes to attend Duke, and the group we’ve admitted through the Early Decision and QuestBridge program will very much set the tone,” Guttentag said.

“They have demonstrated great resilience in challenging times, and they managed to maintain their commitment to academic excellence, extracurricular accomplishment, and -- most importantly -- caring for each other and their community. They are particularly ready and inclined to take advantage of all Duke has to offer them.”