Friday, April 1, 2016

Yale Admits 1,972 Students to the Class of 2020

Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has completed its review of applications for the Class of 2020 and has offered admission to 1,972 students from a pool of 31,455 applicants, the largest group of students ever to apply to Yale College.

An additional 1,095 students were offered a place on the waitlist. With two new residential colleges scheduled to open in fall 2017, the Class of 2020 will be the final freshman class to matriculate into 12 Colleges. Future freshman classes will grow by approximately 15%.

Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions, aid that he and his colleagues were inspired by the “extraordinary” pool of applicants. “The process of selecting students from among such a talented and diverse group of students from around the world is extremely challenging, but the results are always rewarding,” he said. “These students will enrich each other’s lives in innumerable ways. We know that those who select Yale will bring an astonishingly wide variety of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations to campus this coming fall.”

Students admitted to the class of 2020 represent all 50 states and 63 countries. They expressed interest in majoring in more than 70 Yale academic programs. They will graduate from more than 1,350 secondary schools around the world.

Over the past several years, the proportion of applicants, admitted students, and incoming freshmen who identify as a member of a minority group have steadily increased. This year has been no exception, and the staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions look forward to showcasing Yale’s diverse communities through various recruitment events, including the on-campus Bulldog Days program for admitted students April 25- 27, said Quinlan.

Quinlan noted that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions could not make offers to a large number of talented young women and men, “virtually all of whom will be successful students at other great colleges and universities.”

Dartmouth Admits 2,176 Students to the Class of 2020

Dartmouth offered 2,176 acceptances to the Class of 2020, a group that includes the highest ever percentage of students of color. The number of applicants totaled 20,675 — representing less than a 1 percent increase from the Class of 2019 — bringing the 2020 admission rate to 10.5 percent.

Of the admitted students, 51.6 percent identified as persons of color, 14.7 percent as first-generation college students and 8.1 percent as legacies. Of the admitted students, 47.7 percent qualify for need-based financial aid, with an average scholarship of $43,915. Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees approved a 3.8 percent total increase in undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees and room and board for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Geographically within the United States, 27.3 percent of admitted students come from the West, 18.8 percent from the South, 9.7 percent from the Midwest, 22.1 percent from the Mid-Atlantic region and 13.6 percent from New England.

Of admitted students, 8.2 percent are international students, up from last year’s 7.9 percent. Ten percent are recruited athletes.

Engineering was the top of the list of academic interests for the third consecutive year. The next most frequently indicated interests were economics and biology.

The mean SAT score among admitted students was 2219, and the mean ACT score was 32.8. Almost 95 percent of the admitted students are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The proportion of admits from private schools decreased from 27.2 percent last year to 25.4 percent this year. Sixty-three percent of admits are from public schools, an increase from the previous year’s 60.8 percent.

Princeton University had a record-low acceptance rate of 6.46 percent, as did the University of Pennsylvania which admitted 9.4 percent. Brown University admitted 9 percent, Columbia University admitted 6.04 percent and Cornell University admitted 13.96 percent. Yale University admitted 6.27 percent of applicants. Harvard University has not reported numbers yet.

This article will be updated as more information is reported.

Harvard Admits 2,037 Students to the Class of 2020

Harvard admitted a record-low 5.2 percent of applicants to the College’s Class of 2020, accepting 2,037 total students from a pool of more than 39,000 applicants and continuing a general decline in its admissions rate.

A total of 1,119 students received notifications of their regular decision acceptance Thursday evening through an online applicant portal. The full admitted class includes record-high percentages of African American and Asian American students and includes the 918 students who received offers of admission in December. Last year, Harvard admitted a then-historic 5.3 percent of students who applied.

Fourteen percent of the admitted class is African American, rising slightly from 12.1 percent last year, and 22.1 percent of the class is Asian American, up from 21 percent. These increased percentages come as Harvard faces intensifying scrutiny over its admissions practices. Currently, a lawsuit alleging the College discriminates against Asian American applicants remains on hold, and a group running for Harvard’s Board of Overseers requests Harvard be more transparent in how it considers race in its admissions practices.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 attributed the slight increase in racial diversity in the admitted class to what he described as a “multiplier effect” thanks to Harvard’s efforts over the last decade to specifically recruit underrepresented groups of potential students through programs such as the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative.

“We’re certainly gratified to see everything going in the right direction, because we know there are lots of talented students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who ought to be looking at this place,” he said in an interview Thursday. In a previous interview, Fitzsimmons acknowledged that “it’s hard to move the needle very far in one year” in terms of accepting minority students, despite aggressive recruiting from Harvard.

The economic diversity of this year’s admitted students has also increased, Fitzsimmons said, and a higher percentage of students than last year applied for financial aid and were eligible to have their application fee waived. About one-fifth of the Class of 2020 is expected to come from families with an annual income of $65,000 or less, thereby qualifying for Harvard’s new $2,000 “startup grant” to help freshmen with additional financial needs that may come up over the course of the year, Fitzsimmons said.

“We have worked very, very hard over many, many years to increase the economic diversity of the student body,” Fitzsimmons said, adding that admissions officers publicize Harvard’s financial aid program extensively while traveling the country to speak to potential applicants.

Other measures of diversity within the accepted class of 2020 remain largely unchanged from last year. Admitted women represent a slight minority of accepted students, comprising 48.4 percent of those admitted, up from 48 percent last year.

The percentage of Latinos in the admitted class of 2020 fell from 13.3 percent to 12.7 percent. The percentage of first-generation students remained roughly the same as last year at 15 percent, Fitzsimmons said.

Following an upward trend, 16.9 percent of admitted students indicated they intend to concentrate in the humanities while at Harvard, up from 14.8 percent last year. Fitzsimmons said recent publicity surrounding the new concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media and the reopening of the Harvard Art Museums may have contributed to the increased interest in humanities.

“So many exciting things have been going on here in the humanities, for a long time. Although the excellence has always been there, some of these very recent changes have caught people’s attention,” Fitzsimmons said.

Students also indicated greater interest in math, physical sciences, engineering, and computer science.

Visitas, Harvard’s weekend of programming for admitted students, is scheduled to run from April 16 to 18, and more than 1,400 students are expected to attend. Students have until May 1 to accept offers of admission.

Fitzsimmons praised this year’s applicants for what he said was their exceptional talent.

“This year, despite the fact that it was a relatively small percentage rise in applications, it seemed to us like the quality of the pool, any way you want to look at it, was quite unusual,” he said.
Harvard’s acceptance rate of 5.2 percent was higher than the rate at Stanford, which admitted only 4.7 percent of applicants. Harvard’s percentage was lower, however, than those of its peers in the Ivy League: Yale accepted 6.3 percent, Princeton 6.5 percent, Columbia 6 percent, Brown 8.5 percent, the University of Pennsylvania 9.4 percent, Dartmouth 10.3 percent, and Cornell 14.9 percent.
The Crimson was granted an interview with Fitzsimmons and early access to admissions statistics under the condition that they not be published until Friday morning.

—Staff writer Aidan F. Langston can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @AidanLangston.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Brown Admits 2,919 Students to the Class of 2020

The University accepted 2,250 applicants for the Class of 2020 through regular decision today, said Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73.

This year’s application cycle saw a regular decision rate of about 7 percent and an overall admission rate of about 9 percent, Miller said. The overall admission rate for last year’s cycle was a record-breaking 8.5 percent.

The newly admitted students will join the 669 students admitted through early decision in December. The admitted students were selected from a record-high pool of 32,380 students who applied either early decision or regular decision.

Of the total 2,919 students admitted, the University expects a class of 1,665, according to a University press release.

Even with the growing number of applicants, the demographics of the pool have stayed, “pretty consistent,” Miller said.

The University admitted about 7 percent of the 1,905 deferred students from the early decision pool and waitlisted about 1,000 additional students. Students were admitted from all 50 states and 83 nations, Miller said.

But the pool of both applying and admitted students is becoming more diverse. A record-high 47 percent of students in the admitted class identify as students of color, Miller said. And 61 percent of admitted students intend to apply for financial aid this year.

Multiple factors keep increasing the number of applicants to the University, but “the continuing appeal of Brown,” is one of the biggest reasons more people apply each year, Miller said. The University’s “reputation continues to grow nationally and internationally,” he added.

The University’s financial aid programs are also “very attractive” and have “improved over the years,” Miller said.

The high number of applicants also extends internationally, with a record-high 5,432 students applying from outside of the United States.

The “growing middle class” in many parts of the world allows more people to apply to universities, and the top American universities are the “gold standard” of education, Miller said.

Penn Admits 3,661 Students to the Class of 2020

Hear those cries and screams? It’s that time again. Ivy League universities are announcing their admission decisions.

The University of Pennsylvania, which released its decisions at 5 p.m., admitted 9.4 percent or 3,661 of its applicants, not much different than last year. Among those admitted to the class of 2020 are 1,332 students who came in through early decision.

Cornell Admits 6,277 Students to the Class of 2020

A lucky 6,277 of those applicants have been admitted, and Cornell has offered another 4,572 a place on a wait list. The selection status of high school seniors who applied to enter Cornell was released March 31 at 5 p.m.

Nearly 700 of the admits are first-generation college students. And for the second consecutive year, a record number of students – 1,718, or 27 percent of the admitted freshman class – self-identify as underrepresented minority students.

The admitted applicants are 49 percent students of color, which includes underrepresented minorities and Asian-Americans.

Students admitted to the Class of 2020 reside in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and in 85 countries outside the United States.

More than 10 percent of the total are international students; the countries most represented after the U.S. among admitted freshmen include Canada, China, India, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In all, the prospective freshmen represent 104 nations from outside the U.S., based on citizenship.

“This year’s exceptionally large application pool produced a remarkable class of scholars,” said Jason Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment. “From our first-generation students to ROTC candidates and student athletes, the Class of 2020 is incredibly talented.”

Overall, Cornell selected 14 percent of its applicants for admission, including early decision and regular decision candidates. Students have until May 1 to decide whether to accept the university’s offer of admission.

The Class of 2020 will be slightly larger than previous classes, with a target of 3,275 fall freshmen – an increase from 3,182 entering Cornell last year, Locke said.

Cornell also anticipates enrolling 60 additional freshmen in January 2017 as the second class of students in the First-Year Spring Admission program, established in 2015 to expand access to a Cornell education. These students were notified March 31 that they had been admitted for entry in January; they will enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Each year, the admitted class raises the bar on what it means to be outstanding, and just when I think we cannot push further with our goals to broaden and diversify the incoming class, it happens,” said Shawn Felton, director of undergraduate admissions.

To help students make their decision, admissions officers expect 1,800 admitted students to visit campus during Cornell Days, April 14-25. Cornell also will host more than 400 underrepresented minority students during Diversity Hosting Month, April 8-27.

Off-campus yield events around the world include a reception for newly admitted Tata Scholars, April 10 in Mumbai, India, and several other in-person events. “CU on the Hill” Days, virtual open houses, will be held April 9 and 16. CU on the Hill is a peer-to-peer social network and online hub, giving newly admitted students an opportunity to learn more about Cornell from current students and alumni ambassadors. More than 1,000 early decision students are participating in CU on the Hill, and newly admitted students will be invited to join April 1.

Columbia Admits 2,193 Students to the Class of 2020

This year, Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science received an unprecedented number of applications, totalling at 36,292. This is the largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history. Only 2,193 students, or 6.0%, were admitted through the regular decision process, including students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the territories, and 85 other countries.

News of Columbia’s record low admit rate comes just one week after Barnard announced the lowest admissions rate in its history at 16%. Newly admitted CC/SEAS students can also take comfort in the fact that they were not exposed to the same fear as Stanford hopefuls.

At 3pm, the entire Office of Undergraduate Admissions gathered on College Walk to send out admissions decisions for all CC/SEAS applicants. Jessica Marinaccio had her usual blue coat casually slung over one arm and was sporting a matching blue dress (which, along with the coat, doesn’t seem to be exactly Pantone 292 but we won’t spoil this special day) . Deantini was also present, but was not wearing any blue (for shame). The event closed with a lively rendition of “Roar Lion Roar!”

You can read the full press release from the Admissions Office below, as well as a gallery of the grand mailing of the letters.

Total number of applicants: 36,292

Total number of students admitted: 2,193

Admit Rate: 6.0%

Statement from Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

“Today, my colleagues and I are thrilled to welcome the newest Lions to the Columbia Class of 2020. This year’s 2,193 admitted students, selected from the largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history, amazed and humbled us with their exceptional accomplishments in and out of the classroom, their adventurous intellectualism and their commitment to a better society.

“The students admitted today, along with those admitted Early Decision, represent an extraordinarily diverse range of backgrounds and voices that we are excited to have at Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. They come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the territories and 85 countries around the world. As our applicant pool grows, the process of selecting next year’s class becomes increasingly challenging. But we are confident that the Class of 2020 brings that unique combination of academic ability, leadership skills and personal characteristics that have distinguished Columbians over the years, and it makes today truly one of the most rewarding days for us in the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and Educational Financing.”