Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yale Accepted 753 EA Students for Class of 2019

Yale College has accepted 753 early action applicants for the class of 2019. Fifty-seven percent of applicants were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 26% were denied admission, and 1% of the applications received were withdrawn or incomplete.

Yale’s early applicant pool was one of the most diverse that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has considered. “The Admissions Committee was impressed with the strength and diversity of this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension,” said Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions. Quinlan reported that early applications from international students and students who identify as members of minority racial/ethnic groups reached the highest levels seen in recent years.

In keeping with its commitment to enroll students from all economic backgrounds, Yale also offered admission on Dec. 16 to 40 students through the QuestBridge National College Match. This is the highest number of “matches” Yale has made since becoming a QuestBridge partner in 2007 and 67% more than the 24 students matched last year. QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that helps identify high-achieving, low-income students and connects them with universities such as Yale that provide generous need-based financial aid.

In January, Yale made a commitment at the White House Summit on College Opportunity to significantly increase the number of QuestBridge finalists enrolling at Yale. The Yale freshman Class of 2018 includes a record 80 QuestBridge finalists, 20 of whom were admitted through the QuestBridge match process. In previous years, 50 to 60 QuestBridge finalists enrolled in the freshman class.

“This was the strongest group of QuestBridge Finalists I have reviewed since beginning the QuestBridge partnership with Yale in 2007,” said Quinlan. “It is wonderful to be able to offer these 40 students admission to Yale and a financial aid award that does not require their parents to pay anything toward the entire cost of attendance.” Quinlan reported that his staff is looking forward to reviewing more applications from QuestBridge finalists in the regular decision round, and said he believes it is likely that the Class of 2019 will meet or exceed last year’s record number of finalists enrolling as freshmen. Since becoming a QuestBridge partner seven years ago, Yale has offered admission to more than 600 Quest Scholars, and more than 200 Quest Scholars are currently enrolled in Yale College.

Quinlan emphasized that the Admissions Committee only voted to admit those early action applicants they were certain would be admitted had the applicant applied through the regular decision process. Past experience has shown that early action applicants and Quest Scholars who are deferred for reconsideration in the coming months have rates of admission similar to those of applicants who apply directly through the regular decision program.

Yale expects to make another 1,300 to 1,400 admission offers in the spring, aiming for a freshman class of about 1,360 for enrollment in the fall of 2015. For more than 50 years Yale has admitted students without regard to their ability to pay. The university’s financial aid program provides students with awards that meet 100% of their financial need without requiring students and families to take out loans. The average need-based scholarship for undergraduate students receiving financial aid this academic year is over $42,000.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Penn Accepted 1316 ED Students for Class of 2019

After receiving a record-breaking number of early-decision applications this fall, Penn admitted 24 percent of its early-decision applicant pool, a drop of 1.3 percent from last year's 25.3 percent acceptance rate.

The Office of Admissions welcomed 1,316 early-decision applicants to the Class of 2019 on Monday via online admissions decisions, which became available to the record-high 5,489 applicants at 5 p.m.

This year's early-decision round saw a 6.6 percent growth in applications following last year's record 5,149 early-decision applicants.

"The students who apply ED to Penn are remarkable in so many ways," Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said in a statement. "The admitted class reflects Penn's commitment to create a dynamic learning community for all of our students."

The accepted applicants comprise 54.4 percent of the target class of 2,420 students across all four undergraduate schools. The Office of Admissions also selected 54 percent of the entire class in the Early Decision round last admissions cycle.

Admitted students hail from 45 states and 46 countries, with roughly 40 percent identifying themselves as students of color, according to a press release from the Office of Admissions. 124 students are the first to attend college in their family — a 29 percent increase from last year.

Many were accepted through partnership programs as well. Penn matched with 45 students through QuestBridge College Match, a national program that helps increase undergraduate enrollment of high-achieving, low-income students at selective universities, and seven students became acquainted with Penn through the Knowledge Is Power Program, a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in underrepresented communities.

The Office of Admissions cited to Penn's all-grant, no-loan financial aid policy and continued recruitment efforts as contributing factors to the increase in Early Decision applicant pool.

“With over 10,000 undergraduates, Penn is the largest school in the country to offer this type of innovative aid program," University Director of Financial Aid Joel Carstens said in a statement. "Penn’s aid program sends this strong messages to families: achieving a quality education does not require student debt.”

Across other peer institutions, Harvard’s Early Action admission rate dropped from 21.3 percent to 16.5 percent. Dartmouth yielded 26 percent, dropping from 38.8 percent last year. Brown University’s acceptance rate increased by 1.1 percent to 20 percent. Both Dartmouth and Brown have Early Decision policy like Penn, wherein students, if accepted, are bound to attend the school. Stanford University also accepted 10.2 percent of its early applicant pool, a slight decrease from the year before.

Among Ivy League universities, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell universities have yet to release acceptance statistics.

“My colleagues and I see firsthand the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness these students bring to the college search process, and we take their commitment to this institution very seriously,” Furda said. “Their potential for future impact is tremendous, and we are excited to see them make Penn their own next fall.”

The regular decision application will be open until January 1, 2015.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that there were 4,589 applicants this round of early decision. There were 5,489 applicants.

Princeton Accepted 767 EA Students for Class of 2019

Princeton University has offered admission to 767 students from a pool of 3,850 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2019.

Princeton's undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students Dec. 15, and the decisions were available to applicants via secure online access on the same day.

Princeton's generous financial aid policy meets the full need of all admitted students and provides students who qualify for aid with grants that do not need to be repaid. Approximately 60 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid, and the average grant per year is more than $40,000. As a result, 75 percent of Princeton students graduate debt free.

Of the students accepted through early action this year, 41 percent are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students. Forty-seven percent of the admitted students are women, and 53 percent are men. They represent 33 countries and 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Sixty percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 10 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Fifteen percent of the admitted students are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni. Twenty-one percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.

"This year's early action pool was among the strongest we've seen in recent years, which made the task of selecting students even more difficult than usual," Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. "For that reason, the admission rate was 19.9 percent, the second highest in the past four years."

This is the fourth year that the University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. In 2013, the early admit rate was 18.5 percent, compared with 18.3 percent in 2012 and 21.1 percent in 2011

Early action applicants may apply early only to Princeton, and if admitted, they can wait to decide whether to accept Princeton's offer until the end of the regular admission process in the spring.

Candidates deferred during the early action process will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process. Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will receive notification of their decision by late March.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

MIT Accepted 625 EA Students for Class of 2019

6519 students applied for early admission to MIT this year, and we have offered early admission to 625. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,512 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Our early admits hail from 49 states and more than 474 high schools. Though they all do different things - coding and cosplay, biology and ballet, fashion and fusion - they are united by rigorous academics, high character, and strong match with MIT's global mission and educational modus operandi.

We deferred 4456 applicants. These students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. Deferred students do not need to send us anything new other than the February Updates and Notes Form.

Because of the competitiveness of our pool, we have already informed 1327 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; please trust that we have done our best. Take a deep breath, shake it off, and go crush the rest of your college applications this cycle.

The balance of the applicants - 111 - either withdrew from our process before we issued decisions or had incomplete applications and were not considered in Early Action.

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.

Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2019. 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, and happy holidays.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dartmouth Accepted 483 ED Students for Class of 2019

The College admitted 483 members of the Class of 2019 early decision, about 26 percent of the 1,859-person applicant pool. The pool, originally reported by Dartmouth as 1,856 students, was the largest in College history.
Five hundred and seventy-eight students were denied admission, and 787 were deferred. Eleven students submitted incomplete applications.
The number of students accepted represents an increase  from the 469 students accepted early decision to the Class of 2018. In 2012, 464 students received early admission acceptances.
Just under 90 percent of students from high schools that report rank are in the top 10 percent of their class, a decline from last year’s 94 percent.
Half of admitted students applied for financial aid, and 49 percent attend public high schools. Nine percent are the first generation in their family to attend college. Students of color are about 26 percent of all accepted students, and 8 percent of admitted students come from outside of the U.S.
Nineteen percent of students are children of Dartmouth alumni.
Dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris wrote in an email that the students admitted early decision will be about 41 percent of the Class of 2019. Of the 1,210 students who initially accepted offers to join the Class of 2018, 38.8 percent were admitted early decision. About a decade ago, this figure was 35 percent, but it has steadied at around 40 percent over the past five years.
About 16 percent of Harvard University early action applicants — or 977 students — were accepted yesterday. Brown University accepted 617 students, or just over 20 percent of early decision applicants.
Cornell University and Columbia University have released their decisions to applicants, but the universities have not published application figures.
The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University will notify applicants of their decisions next week.

Stanford Accepted 743 EA Students for Class of 2019

Stanford has sent acceptance letters to 743 high school students who sought admission to the Class of 2019 under the university's early admission program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.

The students were selected from 7,297 early admission candidates, the largest early application pool in Stanford's history.

"We have admitted a remarkable group of students from an extremely talented applicant pool," said Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. "Our review was rigorous, and we are pleased to celebrate those who were accepted."

Shaw said the 743 students who received acceptance letters come from 47 states and 31 countries. More than 75 percent of them have a high school grade point average of 4.0 or above, and have demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from the arts and humanities to Earth sciences, engineering and science.

All early applicants were notified of their decisions – admitted, denied or deferred to the regular decision round – by email Friday afternoon.

Students who apply through Stanford's restrictive early action program may consider all of their college options before responding.

Under Stanford's undergraduate financial aid program, the university guarantees to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

"We are humbled by the many competitive candidates who demonstrated interest in Stanford University through our restrictive early action program," Shaw said. "We recognize the time and effort that goes into completing our application, and we are honored to have reviewed the applications of so many outstanding young people."

Stanford will reserve the majority of spaces in its freshman class for students who apply for admission under its regular decision program. More than 30,000 students are expected to apply for admission by Jan. 3.

Students admitted under both programs have until May 1 to accept Stanford's offers.

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Harvard Accepted 977 EA Students for Class of 2019

Harvard College Thursday night sent admission notifications to 977 prospective students through its Early Action program. The students, who represent a broad range of economic, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds, will have the opportunity to join the Harvard College Class of 2019.

“These 977 individuals present an exceptional array of academic, extracurricular, and personal accomplishments,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Whatever institution they choose to attend, we are certain they will leave a lasting mark on the world.”

Last year, Harvard’s Early Action program admitted 992 students to the Class of 2018. The year before, 892 were admitted, while 774 were admitted the year prior to that, when the program was restored following a four-year hiatus. While the number of students admitted through the program dropped slightly this year, Fitzsimmons said that early admission has become the “new normal” in many communities, and that many of the top students across the nation and around the globe continue to apply to colleges early.

First instituted in the mid-’70s, when Harvard and other peer institutions had significantly smaller application pools, Early Action was suspended with the Class of 2012 amid concerns that students were making premature college choices and that the program gave an advantage to students who attended secondary schools with greater resources and better college counseling. The program was restored for the Class of 2016 following the global financial crisis, when it became clear that many students from low-income backgrounds were interested in the certainty its early financial aid awards provided.

“Increasing pressure on secondary school students, especially in early admission, has also long concerned us,” said Fitzsimmons. “For this reason, we make it clear that whether a student applies early or regular has no bearing on our ultimate admission decision.

“We continue to recommend that students focus on which college would be the best fit and worry less about the timing,” he added. “Under Harvard’s Early Action program, students are not obligated to attend, and they are given the entire senior year to consider all their admissions and financial aid offers before making their final college choice.”

Fitzsimmons also pointed to a paper, “Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation,” that has been available for more than a decade on the Harvard admissions website. Written by Harvard officials, it offers strategies for coping with these pressures and advocates a gap year before college or taking time off during or after college.

This year, 5,919 students applied for early admission, compared with 4,692 last year. Harvard College Connection (HCC), a new initiative announced in October 2013, appears to have played a major role in this year’s early results. Bolstered by Harvard’s enhanced website and video capabilities along with a new social media program and traditional outreach, HCC was cited by many students in their applications.

“We are pleased to see such promising results in just the first year of HCC,” said Director of Admissions Marlyn E. McGrath. “We will continue to study the effect of these new recruiting efforts over the next few years.”

This year also saw a continued increase in minority admissions, with Asian-Americans making up 22.7 percent of early admits for the Class of 2019, compared with 21 percent last year. The percentage of African-American students also rose, from 9.9 to 10.3 percent, as did the percentage of Latinos, from 10.5 to 11.4 percent; Native Americans, from 0.9 to 1.2 percent; and Native Hawaiians, from 0.2 to 0.3 percent.

And women make up 49.7 percent of those admitted early this year, up from 45 percent of the Class of 2018. “We trust that recruiting efforts for women through HCC and other outreach had a significant effect,” said McGrath.

“Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program once again provided the foundation for recruiting the majority of our applicants,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “While most students have yet to submit financial information, preliminary staff estimates of financial need indicate a higher percentage of students this year come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less are not required to contribute to their children’s educational expenses. Those with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 pay on a sliding scale up to 10 percent of annual income, and need-based aid is also available to families with incomes greater than $150,000. Families with significant assets in all income categories are asked to contribute more. Home equity and retirement funds are not considered in the calculations, and students are no longer required to take out loans. Close to 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid, with grants averaging more than $40,000.

“Harvard’s new Net Price Calculator, a simple one-page application available on both the admissions and financial aid websites, provides families with an estimate of their eligibility for assistance under Harvard’s generous need-based financial aid program,” said Donahue.

In addition to the 977 admitted students, 4,292 were deferred and will be considered again in the Regular Action process, while 541 were denied, 19 withdrew, and 90 were incomplete. The Regular Action process concludes in March, with notification to students on March 31.

Over the months ahead, faculty, staff, undergraduate recruiters, and alumni will use personal notes, phone calls, emails, regular mailings, and social media to reach out to admitted students with information about Harvard. Many Harvard clubs will host information sessions during the winter holidays and in April. All admitted students will be invited to Cambridge on April 25-27 for Visitas, a comprehensive program that enables students to experience life at Harvard firsthand.