Monday, June 8, 2015

Dartmouth Accepts 93 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2019

The yearly yield has averaged slightly over 50 percent over the past decade.

The 50.4 percent yield for the Class of 2019 reflects a “cautious” approach to admissions this year after the larger-than-expected Class of 2018, dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris said.

This year, 1,115 students have accepted a place in the Class of 2019, compared to the 1,210 students who accepted spots to the Class of 2018. This year’s yield saw a decrease from last year’s 54.5 percent yield. For the past decade, the yearly yield rate has remained around 50 percent, according to a College statement.

Laskaris said that last year was “a real high point” for admissions, but also somewhat of an outlier.

“We were cautious with the number of students admitted regular decision, because we couldn’t afford another super-sized first-year class,” Laskaris said.

Laskaris said that the target class size was 1,120 students. The College admitted fewer students regular decision with the intention of using the waitlist, she said, ultimately admitting 93 students off of the waitlist compared to zero last year.

“It was the first time we intentionally did that,” Laskaris said. “To aim a little lower and use the waitlist to build up to the desired class size.”

She noted that, while the waitlist draws the process out, the College maintains a “deep waitlist” with many students who are eager to wait for a spot.

The announcement of the yield came slightly later than usual because it felt “premature” to announce earlier while the College was still accepting students from the waitlist, she said.

Admissions director Paul Sunde wrote in an email that admissions expects to enroll about 20 transfer students.

Fourteen percent of the Class of 2019 are first-generation college students, an increase from 11.2 percent of the Class of 2018. Sunde wrote that the College has been working with community-based organizations across the U.S. to encourage high-ability, low-income students to consider Dartmouth.

The class is also comprised of the largest proportion of Asian American students ever at 19.6 percent. Sunde wrote that there has been an overall increasing trend in the percentage of Asian American students per class at the College, and this year’s numbers are in line with that trend.

The Class of 2019 also has the largest West Coast contingent ever at 23.6 percent of the class. Sunde wrote that there has been a national demographic shift with more students graduating from high school in the West, which would logically be reflected in the Class of 2019.

Laskaris said that these three increases show “tangible progress” toward building the diversity of students. She noted that the West is “a growing area of interest for Dartmouth.”

Fifty-one percent of the class will be granted need-based financial aid, with 46 percent receiving scholarships and the remainder receiving some combination of loans and work-study. In addition, 14 percent of students qualified for Pell Grants. The average award for the 46 percent of the class receiving scholarships will be $44,161.

Ninety-one percent of the students are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, a slight decline from last year’s 94 percent. Mean SAT scores for the class are 717 for critical reading, 722 for math and 722 for writing. About 56 percent of the class went to a public high school, similar to last year’s 55.3 percent, which was an increase from the year before.

More than eight percent of students are international.

Last year’s entering class saw the highest-ever percentage of Latino students and first-generation college students, though the Class of 2019 has surpassed the latter record.

The Dimensions of Dartmouth program, now split into three dates, saw higher attendance than past years, as it did last year when additional dates were first added, Sunde wrote. This year’s on-campus program was similar to last year’s, but more off-campus events were held than in the past and early feedback on those events have been positive, he wrote.

Laskaris noted that Dimensions saw abnormal April weather, including snow, rain and sleet during all three programs.

She said that she finds it exciting that several stories on members of the Class of 2019 have shown up in local and national media. Laskaris noted the National Public Radio feature on Kristen Hannah Perez ’19, a low-income high-achieving student from Celina, Texas, as an example of a “wonderful” story about an incoming student.

Neerja Thakkar ’19, who applied regular decision, said she fell in love with the College after a visit last summer. She noted that her tour guide, in particular, made a positive impression.

Thakkar said that during her Dimensions visit she appreciated the friendliness of students, the academic flexibility of the D-plan and the emphasis professors placed on teaching.

Lisa Genthner ’19, who was admitted off of the waitlist, said that Dartmouth’s academic reputation and sense of community led to her decision to accept the College’s offer. She said that students’ apparent passion “about whatever they were doing” also impressed her.

Genthner said that most outside information on the College has been positive, and that others encouraged her to attend.

Thakkar said that while she had heard some negative information about the College — particularly negative aspects of the Greek system — she finds it encouraging that the College seems to be addressing these issues, unlike some other institutions.

“The negative stuff seems to come from people who don’t actually know that much about Dartmouth,” she said.

Amanda Sload ’19, who applied early decision, said the rural location and size attracted her to the College.

While Sload had visited the College before, as both her parents are alums of the Tuck School of Business and she attended hockey camp at the College, a visit in the fall “erased any doubts” she had about applying early decision.

She said that meeting up with a sophomore friend and talking to a group of students helped solidify her decision.

“I knew I wanted to be surrounded by those kind of people for four years,” Sload said.

About 20,500 students applied to the Class of 2019 and 2,213 were accepted, for an acceptance rate of 10.8 percent. There was a more than 10 percent increase in early decision applications for the Class of 2019 last fall.

The University of Pennsylvania saw a 66 percent yield for its 2019 class, while Harvard University saw an 81 percent yield. Princeton University saw a 68.6 percent yield for its 2019 class, after the yield was lowered from a record-high 69.4 percent yield due to 14 students deferring their admission to the Class of 2020.

Senior staff member Laura Weiss contributed reporting.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Princeton will Accept 20 ~ 25 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2019

The University adjusted its yield rate to 68.6 percent on Friday after 14 admitted students deferred their admission to the Class of 2020, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said.

The yield rate is no longer a record yield rate. The previously reported yield rate was 69.4 percent, compared to last year’s yield of 69.2 percent.

Rapelye said she ultimately expects to admit 20 to 25 students from the wait list. These students will be notified before June 30.

“Since students continue to ask to defer or withdraw throughout the next few weeks and months, the numbers in the class and the yield will change, as they always do during this period,” Rapelye said.

Rapelye noted that the enrolling number for the incoming freshman class currently stands at 1,310, which is the University’s target enrollment number. The number for the incoming freshman class does not include the 35 students who will be participating in the Bridge Year Program next year.

According to Rapelye, 60 percent of the incoming class will receive financial aid. Forty-two percent of students self-identified as American students of color, and 12.6 percent are children of Princeton graduates. Of the incoming class, 46.8 percent of the committed students are women, and 53.2 percent are men.

Rapelye said final statistics will be released in a report in September.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Harvard will Accept 60 ~ 70 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2019

Following a year in which 45 percent of incoming freshmen were female, the gender ratio of incoming students will return to near even figures for the Class of 2019. About 81 percent of students admitted to the College's Class of 2019 plan to matriculate to Harvard, roughly even with the yield rates of the past two years.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid also expects to admit about 60 to 70 applicants from the waitlist in the coming weeks, marking a slight uptick from the 20 students they intended to accept from the waitlist at this time last year.

“It’s actually almost ideal,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in an interview. “It would be really nice to admit somewhere between 50 and 100 people off the waitlist because there are so many people at the edge who are terrific."

According to Fitzsimmons, the yield rate for female students also rose this year, from about 81 percent last year to 82 percent. The relative increase in women enrolling at the College follows efforts by the Office of Admissions to revamp the publications sent out to prospective students, making them more gender-inclusive.

Although he said his office found the return to near gender parity for the incoming freshman class was “very encouraging,” Fitzsimmons cautioned against making any judgments based on only a couple years.

“It’s not anything that we’re sitting back and congratulating ourselves on. In our business, you need three to five years of solid results before you can say anything with even a bit of certainty,” he said.

The Class of 2019 will reflect similar ethnic and racial breakdowns as the class of 2018, with a slight increase in the proportion of Asian-American, Latino, African-American, and Native American students, who comprise more than 21 percent, about 12, 11, and 1.6 percent of the class, respectively. Last May, about 21 percent of the incoming class was Asian-American and 10.5 percent were African-American.

The number of incoming students who applied for financial aid increased about 2 percent this year, from 62 percent to more than 64 percent, reflecting what Fitzsimmons predicted will be a larger trend in the coming years, given national economic trends.

“You’re going to see more and more emphasis and need for financial aid,” he said.

The number of matriculating students who indicated interest in humanities concentrations also rose this year from about 14.1 to 15.4 percent of the incoming class. At 83 percent, the yield rate for prospective humanities concentrators was higher than the average yield rate, as has been the trend in previous years, according to Fitzsimmons.

He specifically lauded the work of Diana Sorensen, the divisional dean for the arts and humanities, during the College’s visiting program last month, adding that the opening of the University's renovated art museums and introduction of a new concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media will likely continue to spark interest in the humanities.

“We’re certainly doubling down on the humanities here in many, many ways,” Fitzsimmons said.

More than 40 students so far have indicated plans to defer their admission, a figure Fitzsimmons said he felt was a “high number” for this time of year.

Harvard accepted a record-low 5.3 percent of applicants to the Class of 2019, including 997 students admitted under its early action program. The regular acceptance rate was 2.8 percent.

Two other Ivy League institutions have also recently reported yield rates.

Sixty-six percent of those admitted to the University of Pennsylvania are expected to matriculate. Princeton saw a 69 percent yield rate, the highest in the university’s history.

The Crimson was granted early access to matriculation figures and an interview with Fitzsimmons under the condition that it not publish its story until Friday morning. Anna Cowenhoven, a spokesperson for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, sat in on the interview.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Columbia Accepted 2,228 Students for the Class of 2019

Congratulations to the class of 2019! Admissions decisions were mailed at 3 p.m. today on College Walk. 36,250 students applied this year, and 2,228 students can expect big envelopes in the mail. The admissions rate is 6.1 percent—slightly lower than last year's rate of 6.94 percent.

For those of you who can't wait for snail mail, you'll be able to check your decision at 5 p.m. on the admissions portal.

Here's a statement from Jessica Marinaccio, the dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, on the new class:

“We are excited to release acceptances today to students chosen from the largest applicant pool in Columbia history. Over the past few months, the admissions staff has reviewed tens of thousands of applications, looking for students who not only have impressive academic records, but also have character and commitment, a dedication to positively impacting the world and boundless intellectual curiosity—all qualities that we believe are quintessentially Columbian."

“These 2,228 students are bright, innovative, thoughtful, and inquisitive. They are leaders and thinkers who have made a difference in their own communities and who will continue to do so here, as have the more than 250 classes of Columbians before them. They hail from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the territories and 76 countries around the world. We are confident that the diverse backgrounds, experiences and voices that the members of the Class of 2019 will bring with them to Morningside Heights will shape this community in significant and wonderful ways.”

And for all of the new Columbia Lions already dreaming about their first year, check out Spectrum's the Shaft for more info about first-year housing options.

Penn Accepted 3,697 Students for the Class of 2019

Penn’s acceptance rate fell below 10 percent for the second year in a row.

Yesterday at 5 p.m., regular decision applicants to the Class of 2019 were able to access their decisions via the online applicant portal. Of 37,267 students who applied to Penn in the early and regular rounds, 3,697 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 9.9 percent. Last year’s overall acceptance rate was also 9.9 percent.

Penn plans to enroll 2,420 students in the Class of 2019 across the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing.

This year’s admissions cycle was unique in that applicants had an extra four days to submit application materials — the Office of Admissions chose to extend the deadline in order to provide students with more time to enjoy their holidays. Previously, the deadline had only been extended in the case of extenuating circumstances, such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Common Application glitches last year.

An all-time high of 54.4 percent of the Class of 2019 was filled with early decision applicants, making the regular decision round more competitive.

Students in the Class of 2019 come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. Pennsylvania has the highest representation with 483 students, 170 of whom are from Philadelphia, followed by New York with 439 and California with 412. New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Illinois and Massachusetts also have significant representation in the incoming class.

Fifteen percent of the accepted students are international, hailing from 84 countries around the world.

Thirteen percent accepted students for the class of 2019 are first-generation college students, while another 14 percent have parents or grandparents who attended Penn. Forty-five percent of the class self-identified as minority students on their applications.

Over 8,600 alumni offered interviews to 91 percent of applicants through the Penn Alumni Interview Program, falling short of the program’s goal of interviewing 100 percent of applicants by this year. However, the number is an improvement upon the 86 percent of applicants interviewed last year and 51 percent interviewed in 2012.

“These students will come together in late summer to begin their shared experience as a class, but Penn’s admissions officers were drawn in over the last few months by their individual stories,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said in a statement. “Each class develops their own identity over time, and there are no fixed conclusions. The experimental nature of bringing together a class is what transforms and revitalizes our campus and community each year.”

Dartmouth Accepted 2,120 Students for the Class of 2019

The College offered admission to the Class of 2019 to 2,120 students yesterday for an overall acceptance rate of 10.3 percent, down from last year’s 11.5 percent acceptance rate, the College announced. Dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris said that, in terms of the percentage breakdown, this year’s pool of accepted students constitutes the most diverse group of students in College history.

The acceptance rate is the second highest in the Ivy League, lower only than Cornell University, which accepted 14.9 percent of students. Brown University admitted 8.49 percent of applicants, Columbia University admitted 6.1 percent, Princeton University admitted 6.99 percent, the University of Pennsylvania admitted 9.9 percent and Yale University admitted 6.49 percent.

Harvard University has not yet published its regular decision numbers, but The Harvard Crimson reported in February that the University had received an all-time high number of 37,305 applications.

The overall applicant pool increased by more than six percent from last year to 20,504 applicants, following a 14 percent decrease from the year before.

Laskaris said because last year’s class had a larger yield rate then expected, the College admitted 100 fewer students this year than were admitted to the Class of 2018.

The decision to decrease the total number of admitted students came because the admissions office did not want to find themselves in the position of having a “supersized” freshman class again, Laskaris said.

Laskaris said that while she is “obviously thrilled” with the pool of students that was accepted, the combination of a higher number of applications and the decision to admit 100 fewer students “added pressure” and made for a “grueling selection process.”

Laskaris emphasized that the process was difficult not only from a numerical perspective, but also because the vast majority of the students who applied had adequate academic preparation to enroll and could have both benefitted from and contributed to the on-campus community.

When marketing the College to prospective students, Laskaris said the admissions office is trying to ensure that bright, talented students from a diverse set of backgrounds understand the College’s distinctive characteristics and opportunities.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about the core of the work here and thinking about all the students who might be a good fit here and how to share with them those special distinguishing features,” Laskaris said.

One key change in the admissions process this year was the addition of a supplemental essay prompt where students could choose to answer one of five essay options, Laskaris said.

She said the purpose of the prompt was to give “added nuance and texture” to the application so the admissions team could “get to know the students a little bit better.”

Examples of these supplemental prompts include describing the meaning and history of one’s name or sharing an meaningful, intellectual experience.

The new supplement was successful, Laskaris said, as the admissions office was able to use the supplement to help “make some of the nuanced and difficult decisions.”

In terms of the makeup of the admitted class, 60.9 percent of the total admitted students attend public schools, 27.2 percent attend private schools and 11.9 percent attend parochial schools, according to Laskaris.

The overall regional breakdown is 13.1 percent from New England, 22.8 percent from the Mid-Atlantic, 19.3 percent from the South, 9.3 percent from the Midwest and 26.9 percent from West, as well as 8.5 percent international students.

Students of color comprise 49.8 percent of admitted students, international students and legacies make up 7.9 percent each and first-generation college students comprise 14.9 percent.

Of those ranked, 38.4 percent of students admitted were valedictorians of their class, 10.1 percent were salutatorians and 94.9 percent were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, according to Laskaris. The mean SAT score was 2216 and the mean ACT score was 32.8.

Forty-six percent of accepted students are eligible to receive need-based financial aid, with 14 percent being Pell Grant recipients. The average scholarship amount is $44,142.

In December, the College admitted 483 early decision applicants to the Class of 2019, or about 26 percent of the 1,859-person applicant pool, which was the largest in College history.

College consultant John Merrill said that a potential reason for the increase in the number of applications could be due to a possible false perception that it would be easier to gain admission the College to than other Ivy League schools because of the 14 percent application drop last year.

Merrill added that he would have thought that the recent media attention surrounding Dartmouth would have affected application numbers more than it did.

As a college counselor, Merrill said that he makes sure his clients know current issues with the colleges to which they are applying.

In regards to Dartmouth specifically, Merrill said he would mention to his clients that College President Phil Hanlon is addressing on-campus issues through his “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan. Merrill added that he supports the proposed reforms.

Merrill emphasized that his thoughts on what caused a rise in application numbers are subjective, as it is difficult to explain exactly what could have caused an increase.

Laskaris anticipates that prospective students and their families will want to know more information about “Moving Dartmouth Forward,”and the admissions office plans to share this information in more detail during Dimensions of Dartmouth — a series of weekends when accepted students are invited to campus.

One aspect of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” that Laskaris said she is particularly excited to talk about is the work being done to prepare the residential communities that the Class of 2019 will pilot, and that she thinks there is a lot of excitement about the new system.

Regarding issues affecting campus today, Laskaris said that the admissions office aims to be “open and transparent” about the work being done to address high-risk behaviors, student safety and sexual assault.

Laskaris said she thinks that students and parents are concerned about these issues regardless of where they are applying. She thinks that the College has taken “tangible, good steps” to address these issues, and that is something that “parents and students are really interested in knowing.”

Sam Reed, a prospective student accepted yesterday from Falmouth, Maine, said that having good friends at the College influenced his decision to apply.

In addition, Reid said he noticed that alumni frequently wear College apparel.

“That showed me how proud they were to have gone there and how good of a place it must be,” Reid said.

Matt Norris, another prospective student accepted yesterday from Bangor, Maine, said that a friend in the Class of 2018 inspired him to apply.

“I saw her journey through freshman year, the opportunities she was presented, all of the things she got to do and the classes she got to take,” Norris said. He added that the international nature of the school and the vitality and diversity of the student body also encouraged him to apply.

Norris, who is deciding between several colleges, said that he jumped up, flailed his arms and screamed when he found out that he was accepted.

“My heart is still racing whenever I think about it,” he said.;postID=8113770840905883046

Yale Accepted 1,963 Students for the Class of 2019

After completing its review of the second largest group of students to ever apply to the college, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted roughly 6.49 percent of the 30,237 students who applied to Yale.

This is a slight uptick from last year’s rate of 6.26 percent. Although this year’s pool had 695 fewer applicants than last year, the University accepted 27 more students, offering admission to 1,962 students in total. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Yale’s acceptance rate has remained in the 6 percent range, after hovering around 7.5 percent from 2009 to 2011.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said the University and its peer institutions have seen larger, stronger and more diverse applicant pools over the past five years.

“As we emerge from this incredibly challenging selection process, my colleagues and I are inspired by Yale’s extraordinary applicant pool,” Quinlan said in a statement. “The accomplishments and stories shared by many of the top secondary school students in the world were truly remarkable.”

Quinlan added that this year’s group of admitted students includes increased representation of virtually every underrepresented group in higher education, with students from 65 different countries and all 50 states.

Furthermore, 16.8 percent of this year’s admitted class are first-generation college students, up from 12.5 percent only two years ago.

Quinlan said he hopes to matriculate roughly 1,350 students for the class of 2019.

Although Quinlan expressed excitement in regards to this year’s group of admitted students, he acknowledged that the University was unable to accept a large number of talented applicants. However, Quinlan said, the University will be able to admit far more students with the opening of the two new residential colleges in 2017 — a very exciting prospect.

“This makes me more excited for the two new residential colleges, because there are so many students we’d love to admit, and will be able to in few years time,” Quinlan told the News.

He added that this year’s group of admits will be juniors when the two new colleges open, meaning some of these students will be able to move into the colleges.

Director of Admissions Margit Dahl ’75 said that although the number of applications to the University has dramatically increased since she began working for the Admissions Office several decades ago, she is struck by how little the review process in the committee room has changed during this time.

“It is still labor-intensive and incredibly thorough,” Dahl said. “We are also the only school I know of where faculty and deans are so involved in admissions committee meetings. This year 26 deans and 29 faculty members participated in committee.”

She added that participating deans and faculty members provide an important perspective in committee discussions.

Harvard, Princeton and Brown recorded all-time low acceptance rates this year, with Harvard admitting 5.3 percent of its applicants, and Princeton and Brown offering admission to 6.99 and 8.5 percent of their applicants, respectively. Columbia and Dartmouth also saw lower acceptance rates this year, accepting 6.1 and 10.3 percent of their applicants, respectively. The University of Pennsylvania’s acceptance rate held steady at 9.9 percent, the same acceptance rate UPenn recorded last year, while Cornell’s admissions rate increased to 14.9 percent.

Quinlan said the office now has the “fun, but challenging” task of convincing these highly qualified admits to choose Yale.

Director of Outreach and Recruitment Mark Dunn ’07 added that current Yale students are the most important recruitment tool available to the University, and that the entire office looks forward to working with various groups on campus to host Bulldog Days in April.

New admits interviewed said they are thrilled about their acceptance to the University. Three of four students interviewed said they plan on attending Bulldog Days.

“I sort of knew about the decision beforehand because I received a likely letter, but I’m still so excited to have been accepted and it’s just so incredible because Yale is such a cool place,” said Divya Gopinath, a high school senior from New York. “I know other people from my school who have gone there, and it’s an honor to have been accepted with them.”

Gopinath added that she is seriously considering both Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carter Guensler, a high school senior from Atlanta who was admitted regular decision, said he is happy about being accepted to Yale — his dream school. However, he said, he does not think he can seriously consider Yale because he was not offered any financial aid. Guensler added that he was offered generous merit scholarships by schools such as Duke and Vanderbilt.

“As excited as I am about getting into my favorite college, I’m also very excited about not having to pay for college,” Guensler said.

Additionally, 1,097 students from this year’s pool were offered spots on the waitlist. Last year, 14 waitlisted students were eventually offered admission to the University. Quinlan said he hopes to “resolve the wait list as much as possible in the month of May.”

Admitted students must inform the University of their decisions by May 1.

This article has been updated to reflect the version published in print on April 1, 2015.

Correction: March 31

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the percentage of first-generation college students increased by 4.3 percent this year. In fact, 16.8 percent of this year’s class are first-generation college students, up from 12.5 percent two years ago.