Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Princeton Received 3830 Early Applications For Class of 2019

The University has received approximately 3,830 early action applications so far this year for the Class of 2019, according to Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye.

Last year, the University received 3,854 early action applications, but Rapelye said more applications could still come in this year. It is not uncommon, she said, for students who intend to apply early action to send in their applications but to specify regular decision accidentally.

Students have until Dec. 1 to correct their decision options with the Office of Admission, she said.

The Office of Admission may also accept late applications if a students has a legitimate reason for submitting late, Rapelye said, including health problems for the student or close family members and international students whose school schedules may leave them on holiday when applications are due.

Overall, Rapelye described the numbers as “exactly the same this year,” adding that the numbers are still “a little soft” because of the applications that could come in within the next week or two.

Of the 3,854 early action applicants to the Class of 2018 last year, 714 were accepted, producing an acceptance rate of 18.5 percent. Six hundred ninety-seven of the 3,810 early action applicants to the Class of 2017 were admitted, corresponding to an 18.3 percent early acceptance rate.

Rapelye said the ideal size for the Class of 2019 is 1,310 students, and she anticipates that the number of students accepted early this year will be in the same range as that of last year.

Last year, 4,692 applied to Harvard early, and 4,750 applied to Yale early. Harvard admitted 21.1 percent of these applicants, and Yale accepted 15.5 percent of early action applicants.

Students will receive their acceptance decisions in mid-December.

“We’re rating and reading the files now. We haven’t gotten to committee yet — that will happen in December,” Rapelye said, referring to the stage of the process in which admission officers convene to go over applications together and to “vote on candidates.”

There are 20 full-time staff members reading applications in addition to 20–24 individuals helping with the technological and administrative sides of admission, Rapelye said.

The office temporarily hires 25 to 30 additional readers from outside the University each year who have appropriate credentials in education and writing, she said.

The pool of applicants has increased by 93 percent over the last 10 or 12 years, she said, adding that the University has seen 25,000–27,000 applications in each of the last three or four years.

Rapelye said it’s difficult to identify trends in admission since the switch to single-choice early action in 2011.

“We’re still in the first three years of early action. We don’t have a long trendline to look at,” Rapelye said.

Last year, the University rejected a very low number of students in the early round, deferring 3,042 to the regular decision cycle. Twelve applicants withdrew, and only 49 were rejected.

“Because the Common App was not working properly at this stage, we refused a very small number last year,” Rapelye said. “Here’s my philosophy about early: If a student is really not going to be competitive in the spring, we want to give them an indication now to say this is not going to be a possibility, and we hope you will now re-apply to other schools. That’s what a refused decision in December is.”

When students are deferred, it is generally because the University wants to see how they compare to the rest of applicants or to see how they perform in their senior year classes, which Rapelye said is incredibly important in the decision-making process.

The University hasn’t yet calculated the demographic breakdown of applicants, but Rapelye said this information will be available in December when acceptance letters are sent out.


Yale Received 4693 Early Applications For Class of 2019

While the number of Yale’s early action applications fell by 1.2 percent from last year, the pool was more diverse.

This fall, the Admissions Office received 4,693 early action applications for the class of 2019, 57 fewer than in 2013 for the class of 2018. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said that despite the slight drop in early applicants this year, the University has seen a 9 percent overall increase in early applications since 2011. Both the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College saw increases in their early decision applicant numbers this year — 5 and 10 percent, respectively. However, Brown University’s early application numbers dropped 2 percent this year. Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell have not yet released their early application numbers.

But Mark Dunn, director of outreach and recruitment for the Admissions Office, said that his objective is not to increase the number of applicants to Yale but instead to help the best students from the greatest variety of backgrounds consider Yale during their college search process.

“I have always appreciated that the leadership here in the Admissions Office and at Yale has never tried to reduce this goal to a numbers game,” Dunn said.

Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said last year’s early application numbers cannot be compared with this year’s, since many schools were forced to extend their deadlines last winter when the Common Application crashed. Last fall, Yale extended its early action deadline by four days.

Taylor added that this year’s early application numbers still saw an increase from the 2012 numbers — the last year Yale had a normal early admissions cycle.

“I would discount last year, because how can you compare this year’s numbers with last year’s when the deadline was extended by so many days in 2013?” Taylor said. “And now, you’re still seeing a rise in applications from two years ago. I might be concerned if [this year’s numbers] were less than the class of 2017, but the class of 2018 is an anomaly.”

This year’s decrease in early applications is trivial, former admissions officer at Yale and private college counselor William Morse ’64 GRD ’74 said. He added that more importance should be placed on yield-rates — the number of students who actually decide to matriculate. Early applicant numbers are often inflated due to the wide misconception that applying early to a school increases the chance of an applicant being accepted, which is not the case with early action programs, he said.

Dunn echoed this sentiment, saying that the Admissions Office does not read too much into certain early action fluctuations because there is no benefit associated with applying early.

“I think there’s a misconception, especially with Harvard, Yale and Princeton, that if you apply early, you have a better chance,” Morse said. “These colleges are just as selective and set just as high a standard for their early applicants.”

But five of the seven Yale students interviewed said they applied early to the University because they thought it would increase the likelihood of their being accepted.

According to Quinlan, the Admissions Office received applications this year from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 80 foreign countries. He said the Admissions Office noticed some continuing trends, which they will examine more closely once they have a full applicant pool in January.

The University received more applications from African American and Latino students this year, Quinlan said, making for a more diverse early action applicant pool than in years past. He added that certain states have been steadily sending an increasing amount of applicants to Yale each year, replacing patterns seen in previous applicant pools. For instance, for the first time, more Californian students applied early this year than students from New York.

Dunn said that while it is difficult to determine the reason for this trend, it is encouraging to see that so many high-achieving students in California are looking 3,000 miles away in their college search. The Admissions Office conducts a variety of outreach events in California, including group information sessions, STEM forums and student ambassador visits, which may play a role, he added.

“Initial evaluation of the applications indicates that the pool, as usual, is very strong, with some of the best prepared secondary school students in the world,” Quinlan said. “Overall I’m very satisfied with the quality and the quantity, and I’m looking forward to reviewing the applications over the next few weeks.”

Early action decisions are released in mid-December.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brown Received 3016 Early Applications For Class of 2019

The University received 3,016 applications for admission to the class of 2019 under its binding early decision program, a 2 percent dip from last year’s record high, said Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73. Though smaller than last year’s pool of 3,088 early decision applicants, the number of students vying for early admittance this year is the second-largest in University history.

International applicants made up 17 percent of the applicant pool, a 2 percentage point jump from last cycle. Miller attributed the rise in international applicants to “a significant amount of international recruitment” by the Admission Office, but he cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions based on the relatively small size of the early decision applicant pool.

“I long ago stopped using early decision to predict regular decision,” he said.

Minority students accounted for 33 percent of the early applicant pool, equivalent to last year’s percentage, Miller said.

Early applications for the Program in Liberal Medical Education were up slightly to 410, from 406 in last year’s early decision cycle, Miller said.

Early applications for the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program dropped to 59, down 23 percent from 77 applications last year. But Miller said dual-degree applicants still make up roughly 2 percent of the applicant pool. The number of early decision applicants to the dual-degree program has fluctuated in the past.

A quarter of applicants indicated plans to concentrate in the life sciences, followed by 22 percent each for fields in the physical sciences and social sciences, while 15 percent plan to concentrate in the humanities. The remaining 16 percent indicated that they were undecided. The most popular intended concentrations were biology, engineering, international relations and business, entrepreneurship and organizations, Miller said.

Applicants hail from 49 states and 63 countries, Miller said. Applicants from the Mid-Atlantic comprise 25 percent of the pool, while those from New England comprise 18 percent and those from the Pacific region comprise 16 percent. Applicants from the South, Midwest, Mountain states and Central states make up 12, 8, 3 and 1 percent of the pool, respectively. California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut were the most represented states, in that order.

In recent admission cycles, California has consistently been the most-represented state.

The University saw the most international applicants from China, Canada, South Korea, Singapore and India, in that order.

Some applicants said they were attracted to Brown because of the open curriculum.

“Brown really allows people to forge their own path,” said Kelsey Powers, a high school senior at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida, who applied early decision.

Powers said Brown would prepare her for her dream job designing theme park rides as the curriculum allows students to combine the arts and sciences. Powers plans to double-concentrate in engineering and theatre arts and performance studies.

Nicolette D’Angelo, a senior at West Milford High School in West Milford, New Jersey, said she applied through the early decision process because the open curriculum was what “most liberal arts (curricula) are trying to embody.” D’Angelo, who plans to concentrate in psychology or international relations, added that she wanted to improve her chances of being admitted by applying through the early decision cycle.

Though last year’s early decision acceptance rate of 19 percent was more than double the regular decision acceptance rate of 8.6 percent, Miller attributed this difference largely to recruited athletes who overwhelming apply during the early decision process.

“If we pull (recruited athletes) out, the admit rates for early and regular decision are very similar,” he said.

The Admission Office will notify applicants of their admission decision in mid-December, Miller said. The acceptance rate will be “driven by the quality of the pool, which tends to be really strong,” he said.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Duke Received 3146 Early Applications For Class of 2019

Duke has received more than 3,100 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2019.
The 3,146 applications represent a slight dip from last year, when the University received a record 3,180 early applications. Last year also saw a record proportion of students admitted early, with 47 percent of the Class of 2018 committing to Duke with their December acceptance. Early decision is a binding program.
In a DukeNews release, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said that whether or not Duke again admits such a high number of students early remains to be seen.
“Because of the number and quality of Early Decision applicants last year, we were able to admit about 50 more students in December than we had the previous year. The number we admit this year will depend entirely on the qualities of the students applying,” Guttentag said in the release. “We don’t go into the Early Decision process with a particular goal in mind; we’ll admit those students who we believe are the best match for Duke."


Dartmouth Received 1856 Early Applications For Class of 2019

A record-high number of people — 1,856 — applied early decision to Dartmouth this year. The number of early applicants is more than 10 percent higher than last year’s figure, initially reported as 1,678 applicants.

As of press time, no other Ivy League college had released early admissions data.

Average standardized test scores, class ranks and racial and geographic makeup for the Class of 2019 early decision applicant pool are currently unavailable because admissions officers have not yet fully processed secondary school reports, dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris said, but she noted that this marks the first time in two years that more women than men applied early decision.

Laskaris said the higher early decision application numbers likely resulted from recruiting road trips and connections that prospective applicants make on campus visits.


Penn Received 5390 Early Applications For Class of 2019

Penn received 5 percent more early decision applications this year compared to last year, reaching an all-time high of 5,390 applicants.

This is the second year in a row that more than 5,000 applicants have applied early and the third year in a row that Penn received a record number of early applicants — in line with a national trend toward early admission programs.

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda  said that the numbers might have increased because “college counselors know that we are going to fill 45 to 50 percent of incoming students in early decision.”

Penn accepted 54 percent of the Class of 2018 during last year’s early admissions cycle. The year before that, Penn accepted 49 percent of the incoming class through early decision.

Bev Taylor, a college admissions expert and founder of The Ivy Coach,  said there is a general trend of more students applying early. Parents and students — both within the U.S. and worldwide — are becoming more aware of the benefits of the early application option because newspaper articles and blogs emphasize the higher possibility of getting in, she said. Last year, Penn’s early decision acceptance rate was 25.2 percent, compared to 7.3 percent for regular decision.

“Another piece is that students who are applying early are typically very motivated high-achievers,” Taylor said. “They have [their application] all done by Nov. 1.”

Students who apply early decision must matriculate if they are accepted, which increases a university’s yield rate — an important statistic used in college rankings.

Dartmouth College, which released its early decision applicant numbers on Monday, received 1,856 early applications — a 10 percent increase over last year.  The rest of the Ivy League universities and other peer schools have not yet reported their applicant numbers.

The increase in the early decision applicant pool, Furda said, “is an important indication that Penn’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program and our outreach is showing some result.”

Even though Penn’s early application deadline was not pushed back this year — like it was for each of the past three years — Furda indicated that the number of applicants was most likely not affected by the stable deadline.

On the other hand, Taylor thought the extended deadline increased the number of early applications.

“We have a huge number of 17-year-olds who are by nature procrastinators,” she


Sunday, September 14, 2014

HYPSM's Yield/Admit Ratio for Class of 2018

1. Stanford

Number of Early Applications: 6948
Early Admits: 748
Early Admit Rate: 10.8%
Total Number of Applications: 42167
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 2138
Admit Rate: 5.1%
Class Size: 1681
Yield Rate: 78.6%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 15.5

2. Harvard

Number of Early Applications: 4692
Early Admits: 992
Early Admit Rate: 21.1%
Total Number of Applications: 34295
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 2023
Admit Rate: 5.9%
Class Size: 1667
Yield Rate: 82.4%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 14.0

3. Yale

Number of Early Applications: 4750
Early Admits: 735
Early Admit Rate: 15.5%
Total Number of Applications: 30932
Waitlist Admits: 14
Total Admits: 1950
Admit Rate: 6.3%
Class Size: 1361
Yield Rate: 69.8%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 11.1

4. Princeton

Number of Early Applications: 3854
Early Admits: 714
Early Admit Rate: 18.5%
Total Number of Applications: 26641
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1939
Admit Rate: 7.3%
Class Size: 1313
Yield Rate: 67.7%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 9.3

5. MIT

Number of Early Applications: 6820
Early Admits: 612
Early Admit Rate: 9.0%
Total Number of Applications: 18357
Waitlist Admits: 28
Total Admits: 1447
Admit Rate: 7.9%
Class Size: 1043
Yield Rate: 72.1%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 9.1