Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dartmouth Accepted 1,876 Students for Class of 2023

Dartmouth offered acceptance to 7.9 percent of applicants for the Class of 2023 — a historic low and 0.8 percent decrease from last year — marking the third consecutive year that the College’s acceptance rate has decreased. This year also saw the highest number of applicants in the College’s history, 23,650, which is a 7.3 percent increase from last year. Fifty-one percent of admitted U.S. citizens are people of color.

A record 16 percent of the admitted class of 1,876 prospective students are first generation college students, and about 40 percent come from low or middle-income families. The Office of Admissions defines a low or middle-class household as a household with less than $200,000 in annual income, according to vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin. Ninety-two of the accepted students matched with Dartmouth through QuestBridge, a program that helps low-income students find post-secondary educational opportunities.
“We were deliberately focusing this cycle on socioeconomic diversity as a way of syncing up with the capital campaign and its commitment to broader access,” Coffin said.

Seventeen percent of admitted students are projected to qualify for Pell Grants and 48 percent to date will receive scholarships from Dartmouth. The average scholarship was greater than $53,000, which is a record high.

Nine percent of accepted U.S. citizens are legacies, and 49 different faith traditions are represented among the accepted students.

All 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington D.C. are represented in the admitted students pool. Nineteen percent of all accepted students are from New England, 13 percent are from “rural America,” and 41 percent are from southern or western United States. The five states with the highest number of admitted students were, in order, California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.

Twelve percent of all admitted students are citizens of a foreign country. Sixty-nine countries are represented, with the highest numbers of accepted applicants being from the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Brazil and India in decreasing order. Of the 69 countries, applicants of 63 have been offered financial aid.

The admitted students of the Class of 2023 also had a mean SAT score of 1501 of 1600, the highest ever.

Brown Accepted 1,782 Students for Class of 2023

The University admitted 1,782 students to the class of 2023 Thursday, bringing the overall acceptance rate to a record-low 6.6 percent, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell.

The regular decision acceptance rate was 4.8 percent, the lowest in University history. The applicant pool of 38,674 students was the largest the University has seen, up 9 percent from last year’s applicant pool of 35,438 students, The Herald previously reported.

The Admission Office intentionally admitted a low percentage of applicants in anticipation of a high yield rate, Powell said. He expects a high percentage of admitted students to enroll at the University this year due to the large number of students accepted through early decision and increasing awareness of the Brown Promise, which replaced all loans with grants in financial aid packages this year. The Admission Office accepted 769 students during early decision, The Herald previously reported.

Sixty-five percent of admitted students intend to apply for financial aid, an increase from 64 percent in the class of 2022.

“We expect that further information sharing and further notoriety around Brown Promise will draw more students to look more closely at their financial aid awards,” Powell said. “In the second year of the Brown Promise, students and families should know very clearly that (their financial aid packages) will be more compelling than it has ever been.”

In building the class of 2023, the Admission Office “sought out students who represent not just incredible talent … but also those students who bring to campus a certain perspective that we value,” Powell said.

Forty-nine percent of admitted students identify as people of color, the same percentage as last year. First-generation students account for 14 percent of admitted students, compared to 13 percent in last year’s admitted class.

Though the Admission Office seeks to strengthen first-gen representation at the University every year, “no category of students has a perfectly linear … change in representation,” Powell said.

The University is also expanding its annual A Day on College Hill admitted students program, which consisted of two overnight events last year. This year, admitted students can choose to attend one of two overnight visits or a new day-only version of ADOCH which will take place April 24. Powell expects the additional opportunity to visit campus through ADOCH to increase interest in matriculation.

“We know from our data that admitted students who visit campus are far more likely to enroll than admitted students who don’t visit campus,” Powell said. “We know that something magical happens when they visit College Hill, and we want to give admitted students one more opportunity to visit campus.”

In an effort to increase access to campus during ADOCH, the Admission Office has increased the number of travel grants offered to admitted students from 432 to 500 this year.

Admitted students hail from all 50 states, led by California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas. In addition, 80 countries are represented, led by China, Canada, India, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Thirteen percent of admitted students this year are international, up from 11 percent in the admitted class of 2022.

Thirty-three percent of admitted students indicated an intended concentration in the physical sciences, a 2 percent increase from last year. Powell said. The Admission Office has also seen growth in admitted students interested in the humanities, who make up 18 percent of the cohort.

Eighteen students were admitted through the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, and 94 students were admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education.

Moving forward, the Admission Office will continue working “to build a class that fulfills the priorities of the University” and aiming to admit socioeconomically diverse students, Powell said.

Cornell Accepted 5,183 Students for Class of 2023

Students accepted to Cornell’s Class of 2023 are unprecedentedly diverse, with 55 percent of those admitted identifying as students of color, including both underrepresented minorities and Asian-Americans – the highest percentage in university history.
Cornell University

Cornell received more than 49,000 applications and admitted a total of 5,183 students, including early admission candidates, bringing its overall admission rate to 10.6 percent. Applicants to Ivy League schools were notified of their admission status March 28 at 7 p.m.

For students who completed the financial aid application process, Cornell will begin releasing financial aid packages online March 29. Cornell has made significant investments in financial aid over the past decade. In 2018-19, Cornell awarded more than $270 million in undergraduate financial aid. After six years of slowing the rate of undergraduate tuition increases, Cornell made its lowest tuition increase in decades in 2019-20.

Admitted Class of 2023 applicants hail from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 69 other countries. International students comprise 8 percent of the admitted class, with 95 nations represented based on citizenship.

Aside from New York, the states most represented among the admitted students are California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Beyond the U.S., the top countries represented include Canada, China, India, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Thirty-two percent of admitted students self-identify as underrepresented minorities, and 670 of those admitted will be first-generation college students.

Jason C. Locke, interim vice provost for enrollment, said the admitted class reflects Cornell’s commitment to diversity and to welcoming students from all backgrounds.

“We have admitted an extraordinarily gifted and accomplished group of students for the Class of 2023, and we look forward to showcasing Cornell’s exceptional academic offerings and dynamic community when we host students and families on campus in April,” he said.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept Cornell’s offer. In the meantime, prospective students and their families have numerous opportunities to learn more about Cornell.

Around 1,800 students are expected to visit the Ithaca campus during Cornell Days, the admitted student visitation program, which runs April 14-26. The university also expects to host more than 500 students during Diversity Hosting days, April 10-26.

“We’re offering a tremendous amount of activities and opportunities for admitted students to see Cornell up close so they can really appreciate and experience all the university has to offer,” said Shawn Felton, director of undergraduate admissions. “During Cornell Days, visitors can attend a class, stay overnight in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, see our facilities, and talk with current students, faculty and staff. These interactions play a significant role in their decision to attend, so we make sure they’re immersive, informative and enjoyable.”

Nearly 1,400 early decision students are already participating in CU on the Hill, a peer-to-peer Cornell social network. On April 13, Cornell will invite admitted students to join “CU on the Hill Live!” events, where Cornell alumni and student ambassadors around the world will host a virtual open house to welcome the Class of 2023.

Cornell will also host in-person events around the world, including a reception April 7 in Mumbai, India, for newly admitted Tata scholars.

An estimated 50 first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Hotel Administration will enroll in January 2020 as part of the First-Year Spring Admission (FYSA) program. Cornell enrolled its fourth class of FYSA students in spring 2019.

Harvard Accepted 1,950 Students for Class of 2023

A record-low 4.50 percent of applicants to Harvard College received admissions offers to the Class of 2023, with 1,950 of 43,330 candidates securing places in the class.

The College notified 1,015 students of their acceptances in the regular decision cycle at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. They join 935 applicants admitted through the College’s early action program in December.

This year’s admissions rate is the lowest in College history, down from 4.59 percent last year. This year marks the fifth consecutive application cycle in which the percentage of accepted applicants has decreased. The total number of admitted students in the Class of 2023 has also decreased slightly from last year’s 1,962.

“The Class of 2023 is remarkably accomplished and promising by any standard,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in a press release Thursday. “Reading their applications and getting to know these individuals through their unique experiences and talents inspires great confidence for the future of Harvard College and our society.”

The admitted class includes six veterans and 41 students who indicated an interest in ROTC, an increase from previous years, according to Fitzsimmons. In comparison, the Class of 2022 included just one veteran and 30 students interested in ROTC.

“It’s been a priority, but we haven’t had as much success as we had this year,” Fitzsimmons said in an interview Thursday morning. “This is a significant increase.”

In addition, 650 admitted students — roughly a third of the class — indicated interest in pursuing community service as an extracurricular activity.

“Community service and public service is really part of Harvard’s foundational identity. It’s who we are,” Fitzsimmons said. “More people seem to be interested in making a difference in terms of public service and community service.”

The percentage of Asian-American admits increased to 25.4 percent, from 22.7 percent last year — the first time a non-white racial demographic has exceeded one quarter of the admitted class.

The percentage of Latinx admits increased to 12.4 percent from last year’s 12.2 percent while the percentage of Native American and Native Hawaiian admits increased to 2.6 percent, up from last year’s 2.4 percent.

The percentages of African-American admits and first-generation college students decreased by 0.7 and 0.9 percentage points, respectively. The admitted class is 14.8 percent African American and 16.4 percent of the admits will be the first in their families to attend college.

Yale Accepted 2,178 Students for Class of 2023

Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has completed its review of the 36,843 applications for the Class of 2023 and has offered admissions to 2,178 students. This marks the third year with a larger first-year class after the opening of Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges; like the Classes of 2021 and 2022, the Class of 2023 will be approximately 15% larger than previous recent classes.

Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, reported that the size and diversity of Yale’s applicant pool allowed the Admissions Committee to admit a larger class for the third year in a row without any significant changes to the holistic selection process. “All of our admissions officers continue to be impressed with and humbled by the number of highly qualified applicants in our pool,” Quinlan said. “We’re thrilled that the expansion of Yale College has allowed us to offer admission to more high-achieving students from such a variety of backgrounds.”

Students admitted to the Yale College Class of 2023 represent all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 63 countries, and will graduate from more than 1,400 secondary schools around the world. They expressed interest in majoring in more than 75 of Yale’s academic programs. Over the past several years, the proportion of applicants, admitted students, and incoming first-years who identify as a member of a minority group and/or first in their family to attend college has steadily increased, and this year is no exception.
Yale admits undergraduates without regard to their ability to pay and extends need-based financial aid to all admitted students who qualify. Scott Wallace-Juedes, director of undergraduate financial aid said, “My colleagues and I look forward to working with the admitted students to the Class of 2023 to ensure that cost of attendance is not a barrier for any admitted student when considering Yale.” He noted that the current group of first-year students includes more students receiving federal Pell Grants than any in Yale’s history. The number of first-year students with these grants is 98% higher than it was five years ago, and these students are 20% of the Class of 2022. Yale’s financial aid awards meet 100% of demonstrated financial need without requiring students or their families to take out loans. More than half of current undergraduates receive a need-based Yale scholarship, with an average annual grant amount of over $53,000. More than 86% of the Yale College Class of 2018 graduated debt-free.

The Class of 2023 will benefit from some recent updates to Yale’s financial aid policies. For several years Yale has not required parents earning less than $65,000 annually — with typical assets — to make any contribution toward the cost of a child’s education. All students who qualify for one of these financial aid awards now receive a $2,000 “startup grant” in their first year and $600 supplements in subsequent years. These students also receive free hospitalization insurance coverage ($2,450 annually) and an additional reduction in Student Effort, beyond reductions announced in 2015 that set the summer income contribution for these students 35% lower than for others receiving financial aid. The Class of 2023 will also benefit from the Domestic Summer Award, a new summer fellowship to support undergraduate students receiving financial aid while pursuing unpaid internships and other learning experiences with non-profit organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and practicing artists.

Admitted students will have the opportunity to learn more and get to know Yale’s campus at one of two yield programs in April: Bulldog Days, a three-day program April 15-17, and Bulldog Saturday, a one-day program on April 20. “Our office relies on the help of the entire Yale community to run both admitted student programs in April,” said Hannah Mendlowitz, director of recruitment. “We are thrilled with the support we have received from all corners of campus to help with both events and show our admitted students and their families all that Yale has to offer.” Both programs include hundreds of events planned by current Yale students as well as master classes, panels, and an academic fair led by dozens of Yale faculty and staff.

Penn Accepted 3,345 Students for Class of 2023

Penn admitted 3,345 out of 44,960 applicants for the Class of 2023 — the lowest acceptance rate to date at 7.44 percent.

Acceptance rates have steadily declined over the past few years, with 8.39 percent of applicants admitted for the Class of 2022, 9.15 percent for the Class of 2021, and 9.41 percent for the Class of 2020.

Penn received 44,960 applications for the Class of 2023, the largest applicant pool to date and a more than one percent increase from last year's total of 44,482 applications.
December’s early decision results yielded the lowest acceptance rate in history, with 18 percent of students admitted to the University. In 2017, the ED rate was 18.5 percent, dropping from 22 percent for the previous class. The ED applicant pool for the Class of 2023 plateaued after several years of steady growth.

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According to Dean of Admissions Eric Furda's blog, 15 percent of students in the incoming class, around 500 individuals, identify as first-generation. For the Class of 2022, one in seven students self-identified as such.

For others, Penn has been a part of their families for generations. 13 percent of students in the admitted class have a parent or grandparent who has attended Penn.

In the Class of 2023, 51 percent of admitted U.S. students self-identify as students of color, with 53 percent the year prior.
Members of the class hail from all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. The states with the most representation in the incoming class include Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas.

There are 100 countries represented in the admitted class, with 14 percent of students hailing from foreign nations.

Each year, the University admits approximately half of the incoming class through the Early Decision Program. Penn plans to enroll a class of 2,400 after admitting 1,279 students through Early Decision.

"As admissions officers, we are excited about the opportunity of bringing these distinctive student voices together, hoping they can realize an even stronger collective identity through the curriculum and community spaces on our campus and in the city of Philadelphia," Furda said in his blog.

Regular Decision applicants to Penn and other Ivy League schools can view their admission decisions starting Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Princeton Accepted 1,895 Students for Class of 2023

The Office of Admission works with community-based organizations and nonprofits, such as QuestBridge, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) and the Princeton University Preparatory Program, to encourage high-achieving, low-income students to apply to Princeton.

Princeton also recently reinstated a transfer admission program, which particularly encourages applications from students from low-income backgrounds, community college students and U.S. military veterans. The deadline for transfer applicants was March 1, and transfer candidates will receive admission decisions in early May. Around 12 transfer students are expected to enroll in fall 2019.

For the Class of 2023, Princeton received 32,804 applications through the single-choice early action and regular decision programs. The applicant pool included students from among 10,813 high schools from 161 countries.

Of the students offered admission, 52 percent are women and 48 percent are men; 56 percent have self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students; 63 percent of the admitted students come from public schools. Just over 23 percent of admitted students indicated they want to study engineering, and 15 percent of applicants are interested in studying the humanities. Children of Princeton alumni account for 11 percent of the admitted students.

The students come from 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and are citizens of 60 countries.

Making a Princeton education affordable for all

Princeton is committed to affordability in higher education, and our financial aid program is one of the most generous in the country. Most students graduate debt-free because they are not required to borrow as part of Princeton’s aid program. This commitment has been key to tripling the percentage of low-income college students attending Princeton over the last decade.

“The expansion of our financial aid program has truly changed the face of campus by making it possible for a much more economically diverse group of students to access all that a Princeton education has to offer,” said Robin Moscato, director of financial aid. “One of the great pleasures for those of us who work in the financial aid office is meeting students and their families at Princeton Preview, then getting to know and work with them from their first year through graduation.”

More than 60 percent of Princeton undergraduates receive financial aid. The average grant is greater than the cost of tuition, while lower-income students receive aid that covers full tuition, room and board. For many families, Princeton is more affordable than the cost of a state college or university.

More than 60 percent of Princeton undergraduates receive financial aid. Students from low- and middle-income backgrounds qualify for aid, including students with family incomes up to $250,000.
Princeton Preview

“Now we begin the gratifying work of recruiting our admitted students to our first-year class,” Dolan said. “In April, we’ll host two Princeton Preview sessions, at which faculty, staff and current students welcome admitted students to campus and champion the pleasure and import of a Princeton education. Preview offers students an immersive experience in campus academic and co-curricular life and persuades many students to join us in the fall.”

Princeton Preview includes visits to classes, discussions with current students and faculty, open houses with academic departments and campus life offices, and an overnight stay in the residential colleges.

Victoria Davidjohn, a Princeton senior, said she’s excited to help welcome admitted students to campus next month.

“Princeton Preview solidified my love for the campus and people of Princeton University,” Davidjohn said. “From seeing one of the most spectacular displays of the performing arts on campus to the life-long connections you’ll make as you walk from Nassau Hall to Forbes College, Princeton Preview is a chance at catching a glimpse of the University that will shape, stretch and guide you towards who you will be in the future. We can’t wait to welcome you home!”
26 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2023 are from lower-income backgrounds. The percentage of low-income college students attending Princeton has tripled over the last decade.

 Enrolling the Class of 2023 and beyond

Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept Princeton’s offer of admission. In addition to the 1,895 students admitted, 902 candidates have been placed on the wait list. Any students on the wait list who may be offered admission in May or June will receive the same financial aid they would have received had they been offered admission this week.

The class size is expected to be 1,296 students for the Class of 2023. Up to 35 members of the Class of 2023 are expected to defer their enrollment for a year to participate in Princeton’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program. The University-sponsored program allows incoming first-year students to spend a tuition-free year abroad engaging in service work in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia or Senegal.

Dolan indicated that Princeton is in the midst of planning a new residential facility, Perelman College, which will allow the University to accept more talented students who can realize the benefits of a Princeton education. The goal is to expand the undergraduate population by 500 students overall (125 students per class) starting in fall 2022.

“I’m proud of our terrific admission and financial aid staff and grateful for their hard work selecting and funding the incoming class,” Dolan said. “By working with our distinguished faculty and dedicated staff, I know all the students in the Class of 2023 will flourish on campus as they equip themselves for lives of service to the nation and to humanity. I look forward to the imprint they’ll leave on campus and to the impact they’ll have on the world.”