Friday, March 16, 2018

JHU Admitted 2,894 Students for Class of 2022

Johns Hopkins University admitted 2,284 students to the Class of 2022 today, offering admission to a talented and diverse group of scholars that includes researchers, writers, creators, innovators, and social activists.

Among the newly admitted class are an author who interviewed Syrian refugees for a book project, a student who discovered a new species of cockroach, the founder and president of an organization that provides custom-designed prostheses and assistive devices for animals, the founder of a coding workshop for middle school girls, and the co-founder of a bluegrass band.

The 2,284 students admitted today join 610 early decision students who are already members of the Class of 2022. Short profiles of several early decision enrollees are available on
More on the admitted Class of 2022

    Number of applicants: 29,128
    Number of students admitted: 2,894
    Geographic diversity: Admitted students come from all 50 U.S. states, five U.S. territories, and 87 other countries
    Top five countries they come from (besides U.S.): China, South Korea, Canada, India, Brazil
    Race/ethnicity: Asian–28 percent, Caucasian–24 percent, Hispanic–18 percent, Black–14 percent, International–9 percent, Native American–2 percent, Pacific Islander–1 percent, Unknown–3 percent

Students who applied regular decision can view admissions decisions online at Notifications were sent out at 3 p.m. today.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their spot in the class.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

MIT Admitted 1,464 Students for Class of 2022

Between Early and Regular Action, 21,706 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2022. As of today (inclusive of Early Action), we have offered admission to 1,464 students.

These 1464 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2022 includes archers and architects, fangirls and farmhands, whizzkids and wunderkinds, from Australia to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Individually they represent more than 60 countries and 1,000 high schools; together, they constitute an incredible community, each contributing a set of rare skills and perspectives while holding in common the highest caliber of cognition and character.

We often say we don’t admit numbers to MIT, we admit people. Yet this isn’t quite true either; we admit classes, cohorts which have been curated with care to create the best possible team to climb the mountain that is MIT.

There are also those students who may be climbing other mountains, with other people, next fall. Of the students to whom we do not offer admission today, we have placed a small number on our waitlist and informed the balance that we will not be able to admit them to the Class of 2022. Turning away so many kind, generous, super-smart students has been more than difficult: it has been truly painful.

If you are among them, then all I can say is that MIT is just another place. If it is amazing, it is amazing not because of some occult magick embedded in the Great Dome, but because the people here make it so. If you spend the next few years trying to make wherever you are as amazing as you can (as you 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 2022. I wish all of our applicants well. No matter where you enroll next fall, please make it a better place. I know you can. I hope you will.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Penn Received 44,482 Applications for Class of 2022

Penn received a total of 44,482 applications for admission to the Class of 2022, a drastic increase from last year’s 40,413 applications and the highest in Penn’s history.

Of those applications, 37,409 were submitted in the Regular Decision application process while the remaining 7,073 were part of the Early Decision batch.
Last year’s applicant total was also the highest ever at the time, yet it was still easily topped this year.

The total amount of applications received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has increased by 10 percent since last year alone and has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.
The total number of applications was first published as “44,000+" in a blog post on Page 217, Dean Eric Furda’s official blog.

Kathryn Bezella, Penn Admissions vice dean and director of marketing and communications, clarified that the exact total was 44,482 in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

The release of the total number of applications comes several months after Penn announced its lowest early decision acceptance rate of 18.5 percent to date.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Princeton Received 35,386 Applications for Class of 2022

The University received a record number of total applications for the first-year class with 35,386 applicants competing for a spot in the Class of 2022.

This number overshadows the amount of last year’s applications — 31,056 applications — by 14 percent and includes the 5,402 applicants who applied for early admission. For reference, the figure also exceeds the amount of applications to the Class of 2008 (which had only 13,695 applications) by 158 percent.

Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye attributed this increase to the University’s expanded outreach.

“We have certainly done more outreach to students in this country and traveled widely throughout the world to make sure that we are reaching qualified students,” Rapelye said.

She specifically pointed to an increased awareness of the University’s generous financial aid policy, which she said draws more applicants.

“We are working more closely with community-based organizations in cities and national organizations that are working with low-income students,” Rapelye explained.

According to Rapelye, every demographic group has seen an increase in applications. First-generation applications in particular increased by 16 percent from the previous year.

With the University resuming transfer admissions this year, Rapelye noted that the target freshman class will be smaller than those in previous years to accommodate transfer students. The Class of 2021 had entered with a class of 1,306 students. The University hopes to enroll roughly 1,295 students in the Class of 2022.

“Our challenge is that we only have a certain number of beds on campus,” Rapelye said.

This will be the first year that the University accepts transfer students since 1990. According to Rapeyle, the University aims to enroll 10 to 12 transfer students. The transfer application date is March 1.

In reinstating transfer admissions, the University hopes to encourage “applications from students from low-income backgrounds, community college students, and U.S. military veterans,” according to the admissions website.

Although there are plans to increase undergraduate enrollment with the addition of new residential colleges, Rapeyle explained that, at the moment, the University cannot plan to enroll as many students as previous years in order to accomodate transfer students.

Last year, the University accepted 1,890 students out of 31,056 applicants in its most selective year yet with only a 6.1 percent acceptance rate.

In December, the University admitted 799 students to the Class of 2022 with a 14.7 percent acceptance rate.

Regular decision applicants will be notified of their decision on March 28.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Harvard Received 42,742 Applications for Class of 2022

A record 42,742 students applied for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2022, an increase of 8.2 percent from the 39,506 applicants for the Class of 2021.

“Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid initiative (HFAI), begun 15 years ago and enhanced since then, led the way again this year in attracting students of excellence from throughout the nation and around the world,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Applications have doubled since the inception of the program — and each year more and more students are excited to learn that Harvard is open to outstanding students from all economic backgrounds.”

“Originally aimed at low-income students, HFAI was expanded to include middle-income students in 2007,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “Recently a ‘startup’ grant of $2,000 was added for the one in five students whose family incomes are less than $65,000 per year, helping them with moving expenses and other costs incurred in the transition to college.”

Since launching HFAI, Harvard has awarded nearly $1.8 billion in grant aid to undergraduates. The undergraduate financial aid award budget has increased more than 131 percent, from $80 million in 2005 to more than $185 million last year. Further, Harvard’s net-price calculator makes it easy for families to get a sense of the College’s affordability.

Harvard costs the same or less than most public universities for 90 percent of American families. More than half of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid, and the average grant is $53,000. No loans are required. Families with incomes up to $150,000 and typical assets pay 10 percent or less of their annual incomes. Families with higher incomes receive need-based aid depending on individual circumstances. This year, preliminary measures of economic diversity among applicants rose, with 75.5 percent applying for aid and 25.9 percent requesting an application fee waiver.

There are slightly more women (50.3 percent) than men in the applicant pool this year. All geographic areas had increases in applications, especially the central and mountain states and the South, while interest from abroad remained strong.

There were increases across the board in academic interests, topped by a 19.7 percent increase in prospective computer scientists. Minority applications also increased, with an 18.7 percent rise in applications from African-Americans, and a 14.9 percent increase on the part of Asian-Americans.

Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee’s decisions on March 28. Admitted students will be invited to Cambridge to attend Visitas, a special program designed to familiarize them with the opportunities at Harvard. This year Visitas will be held from April 21‒23, and students will have until the national reply date of May 1 to make their final college choices.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dartmouth Received 22,005 Applications for Class of 2022

The College received a total of 22,005 applications for the Class of 2022, the highest number in the past five years and the fourth-highest in the College’s history.

The pool, which includes both early decision and regular decision applicants, represents a 9.8 percent increase over last year’s pool of 20,034. Both the early and regular decision pools saw increases, from 1,999 to 2,270 — 13.5 percent — for early-decision and from 18,022 to 19,735 — 9.5 percent — for regular decision. This year’s early-decision pool was also the largest in the College’s history, and the first such pool with over 2,000 applicants. The Classes of 2019 and 2020 received 20,504 and 20,675 applicants, respectively.

In the College’s press release, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin attributed the increase in applicants to expanded recruitment efforts and the College’s new communications plan, which emphasizes the College’s commitment to teaching. The College publicly announced the plan on its website on Jan. 21. Coffin also noted that the applicant pool has increased qualitatively as well as quantitatively, though the press release did not provide statistics on applicants’ GPAs or standardized test scores.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yale Received 35,305 Applications for Class of 2022

Yale College received the largest number of applications in its history this admissions cycle, with 35,305 high schoolers vying for a spot in the class of 2022.

This year’s figure dwarfs last year’s by 7.3 percent, marking the highest single uptick in applications in at least the last five years. Last year, the number of applications rose around 5 percent from 31,439 for the Class of 2020 to 32,891 for the Class of 2021. Before that, the number of applications rose by 4 percent, from 30,227 for the Class of 2019. The steep rise in applications comes in the wake of the opening of Yale’s two new residential colleges, which are on track to increase the size of the undergraduate student body by about 800 students.

The admissions decisions will be released on Wednesday, March 28, according to Associate Director of Admissions Mark Dunn ’07.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan emphasized the importance of looking at the “quality” of the applicant pool, rather than focusing solely on changes in the number of applications received.

“As always, we do not measure success simply by the number of applications we receive,” Quinlan said. “Quality matters much more to the admissions committee than quantity.”

Quinlan said it is impossible to directly attribute changes in the applicant pool to particular outreach strategies. Nevertheless, over the five-year period between the 2012–2013 application cycle and the current one, applications from groups that the admissions office specifically tracks have continuously outpaced the overall increase.

According to Dunn, over the past five years, applications have seen an overall growth rate of 19 percent, while the number of applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents who identify as a member of a minority racial or ethnic group has increased by 40 percent. The number of applications from prospective first-generation college students has increased 37 percent during this time frame and applications from domestic students living in lower-income census tracts have increased by 113 percent.

Dunn described the last figure as “especially exciting” because, since 2013, the admissions office has targeted students living in these areas with its direct mailing campaign in order to highlight Yale’s affordability. Over the summer, Yale expanded the campaign to reach more than 30,000 high-achieving students who are likely to be from low-income households.

Although many factors contributed to this year’s large and diverse applicant pool, Dunn said, one new factor driving growth is the expansion of undergraduate enrollment.

“We were very pleased to be able to … enroll more than 200 additional students in the Class of 2021 compared with the Class of 2020, and I think this helped inspire more high school students who looked to their graduating peers to consider Yale,” Dunn said. “Having 200 additional students choose Yale for their college education made a real impact in the high school communities where these students still have close connections.”

On Dec. 14, Yale admitted 842 students to the Class of 2022 from a record single-choice early action pool of 5,733 applicants.