Wednesday, December 18, 2019

MIT Admitted 687 Students in EA for Class of 2024

This year, 9,291 students applied for early admission to MIT, and we have offered early admission to 687. These students hail from more than 500 high schools scattered across the globe, from Massachusetts to Malaysia and many places in between. We can’t wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,516 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Though they are all different in their own way — canvassers and combinatorialists, raconteurs and rocketeers, waltzers and woodturners — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to make the world a better place.

We deferred 6,792 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, which will become available in mid-January on your MyMIT account. We have posted more information for deferred students here; you can also read blog posts about being deferred here, here, and here.

Because of the competitiveness of our pool, we have already informed 1,622 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, but honestly, it works out okay in the end. Take a deep breath, shake it off, and go crush the rest of your college applications this cycle.

The balance of the applicants withdrew from our process before we issued decisions, or had applications that were insufficiently complete to render a decision. We wish them luck in their college search.

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 2024. 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dartmouth Admitted 526 Students in ED for Class of 2024

Dartmouth has offered admission to the first members of the Class of 2024, as 526 early decision applicants and an additional 21 applicants through the Quest Bridge National Match Program were notified of their acceptance on Dec. 12.

Dartmouth received 2,069 early decision applications this year, marking the third consecutive year the College has received more than 2,000 early applications and the third largest early pool in the College's history.

"The quality and range of this year's pool was really impressive," says Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid.

The 547 acceptances—which Coffin expects will make up 46% of the next entering class after enrollments and gap years are processed—represent the most academically accomplished as well as the most geographically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse early decision group in Dartmouth's history.

"As we experienced last year, the demographics of the early round continue to expand as more financial aid candidates embrace the early option," Coffin says.

He credits the increased socioeconomic diversity in the early pool to the ability to assess financial need using parental tax returns and the accuracy and ease of the MyinTuition net price calculator, located on Dartmouth's undergraduate financial aid website. "There is much less uncertainty about aid eligibility for families," Coffin says, adding that 55% of early acceptances are candidates for need-based financial aid.

Dartmouth expects to award $11.25 million in scholarship aid to accepted early decision students, with the average grant amounting to $55,900. Both are new records, as is the 14 percent of accepted students eligible for federal Pell grants, which are offered to students from the lowest socioeconomic quartile. In addition, 33 foreign students have been offered need-based scholarships.

"This level of scholarship in the early round is phenomenal," says Dino Koff, director of financial aid.

The accepted students come from 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 28 other countries, with California and China the most represented in the U.S. and international cohorts, respectively. The group also includes record percentages of public high school students (54%), first-generation students (15%), foreign citizens (12%), and students of color (35%). The children of Dartmouth alumni represent 15% of the accepted students and recruited athletes make up 25% of the group.

"This is easily the most global early cohort in Dartmouth's 250-year history," Coffin says. "It's very exciting to witness the evolution of Dartmouth's visibility among high-achieving students from around the world."

The group's key academic indicators are all in record territory, either matching or exceeding prior records, with more than 20% of the early decision students expected to graduate as valedictorian or salutatorian of their class, and 95% of those students reporting class rank among the top 10% of their senior class. The mean SAT score is 1481 and ACT composite is 33.

The deadline for regular decision admission is Jan. 2. Dartmouth expects to enroll 1,150 students in the Class of 2024.

Yale Admitted 796 Students in EA for Class of 2024

Yale College admitted 796 students out of a total of 5,777 early action applicants to the class of 2024 on Monday.

The number marks a 13.8 percent admission rate for early action, up from the class of 2023’s 13.19 percent. Last year, Yale accepted 794 students early action, while 842 were offered a spot at Yale in December the year before. This year’s early action applicant pool was smaller than last year’s record-setting group of 6,020 applicants, and similar in size to the 5,733-applicant pool for the class of 2022.

According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan, 56 percent of the 5,777 students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 29 percent were denied admission and 1 percent were withdrawn or incomplete.

“The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension,” Quinlan wrote in a press release statement. “We are pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2024 and look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our Regular Decision process this spring.”

The newly admitted students will be the fourth class to be part of the expansion of Yale College from approximately 5,400 undergraduates in 2016 to approximately 6,200 undergraduates in 2020. They will also be part of the fourth class to be placed in the new residential colleges, Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin, during their first year. The planned expansion was designed to increase the population of Yale College by 200 students each of the four years.

On Dec. 2, Yale also offered admission to a record 87 students through the QuestBridge National College Match program, a nonprofit that helps low-income students apply to leading colleges — a 58-percent increase from last year’s record of 55 matches.

Those who matched with Yale through QuestBridge qualify for Yale’s most generous financial aid award, which includes a $0 parent share. This aid will include hospitalization insurance coverage, a $2,000 start-up grant in the first year and a student share expectation of $3,700. The student share expectation is equal to Yale’s estimate for out-of-pocket expenses like books, laundry and other personal expenses.

According to Dunn, when reviewing applicants from either the Early Action or the QuestBridge pools, the admissions committee makes sure to only vote to admit a student if they are “100 percent the student would also be admitted in the Regular Decision round.” No advantage is given to students who apply early, Dunn said.

Earlier this academic year, Yale College also announced a new financial aid policy for the 2020–21 academic year. For students whose families qualify for a $0 parent contribution, the new policy reduced the student effort from $4,450 for the first year at Yale and $4,950 in subsequent years to $3,700 for all four years. It also raised the family income threshold to qualify for “Yale’s most generous financial aid awards” from $65,000 to $75,000.

In addition to the new financial aid policy, Yale announced earlier this fall that the past several classes have all set records for socioeconomic diversity, with more than 1,000 Yale College students receiving Federal Pell Grants. Of those, more than 600 of those are in the first-year and sophomore classes. Additionally, the number of students per class class who will be the first in their families to graduate from college has increased by 75 percent in the past six years.

These early admissions offers are non-binding, and admitted students will have until May 1 to reply.

Last week, Harvard University, Brown University and Cornell University accepted 13.9, 17.5 and 23.8 percent of early action applicants respectively.

Penn Admitted 1,269 Students in ED for Class of 2024

On Monday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. ET, the University of Pennsylvania will announce admission decisions for Early Decision applicants to the Class of 2024, the institution’s 268th class.

The University of Pennsylvania received 6,453 applications under the first-choice Early Decision Program for the entering class of 2024. From this group of highly talented and compelling students from around the globe, 1,269 students were offered admission, approximately 53% of the expected enrolling class in the fall of 2020.

Nationally, 46 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico are represented in the class with the highest concentration of admitted students from Pennsylvania (189), New York (162), California (136), New Jersey (132), Florida (51) and Texas (45). Fifty-nine students reside in the city of Philadelphia.

13% of the class are international students based on their citizenship, hailing from 50 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

54% percent of the admitted students are female, 52% of the U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents self-reported as a member of a minority group, and 10% are first-generation college students. 24% of the admitted students had a parent or grandparent attend Penn in prior generations. 13% are estimated to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.

Admitted students have pursued a most demanding secondary school curriculum in a range of educational settings. Their middle 50% testing ranges are 1450-1550 on the SAT and 33-35 on the ACT.

Eric J. Furda C’87, Penn’s Dean of Admissions, commented, “We look forward to welcoming these first members of the class of 2024 to campus, where they will continue to enrich our community and learn from each other. We are humbled by their interest in Penn and the many talents and accomplishments evidenced in their applications.”

The University of Pennsylvania enrolls a first-year class of 2,400 students across the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the School of Nursing. Applications for Regular Decision may be submitted via the Common Application or the Coalition Application by January 5, 2020.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cornell Admitted 1,576 Students in ED for Class of 2024

For the first time in four years, Cornell’s early decision acceptance rate increased for the Class of 2024.

Cornell admitted 1,576 out of 6,615 early decision applicants, or 23.8 percent, a slight increase from last year’s 22.6 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2023, according to University statistics provided to The Sun. The early decision acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 was 24.4 percent.

Of the accepted students, 51.6 percent are women — a four percent decrease from last year. Students of color comprise 39.7 percent of admitted students, a similar figure to the percentage of students of color admitted early for the Class of 2023. Early decision applications from underrepresented minorities also increased by 11 percent.

Legacy students — whom the University recommends applying early decision — constitute 22.1 percent of the class, the same as last year. Athletes are 12.1 percent of the admitted class, a 1.4 percent decrease from last year.

According to the press release, early decision applications for the Class of 2024 rose by 7.4 percent when compared to the Class of 2023 and 4.6 percent over the Class of 2022. The University received the highest number of early decision applications in its history for this year’s admissions cycle. Over the decade, early decision applications to the University has increased by 90 percent.

Compared to last year, the percentage for international students admitted early decision also rose, with international students composing 13.6 percent of early admits.

Students who received news of their admission to Cornell on Thursday night were elated. One student wrote, “So happy to say I’m a Cornellian!”

Parents and Cornell’s schools also expressed their excitement with the admissions decisions. On Twitter, a parent wrote of their daughter’s acceptance into the Dyson School of Applied Economics, accompanied with a video of her viewing her acceptance letter.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Brown Admitted 800 Students in ED for Class of 2024

The University accepted a record low 17.5 percent of early applicants to the class of 2024, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell.

A total of 4,562 students applied to the University through early decision, an 8 percent increase from last year which Powell called a “remarkable rate of growth.”

Of the 800 newly admitted students, 17 percent identify as first-gen, up from 11 percent for the early decision admits to the class of 2023. Consistent with last year’s demographics, 44 percent of students self-identify as students of color. Students applying for financial aid account for 62 percent of admitted students, up from 57 percent last year and 50 percent two years ago.

The increase in applicants “really has been a strong testament to the power of the Brown Promise in socioeconomically diversifying the applicant pool for early decision,” Powell said.

The Brown Promise eliminated loans from financial aid packages starting with the Class of 2022. Since then, “students who see now that they can graduate debt-free are much more likely to apply to Brown early decision than in previous years,” Powell said.

Powell said that in his mind, the increase in first-gen representation is a particular highlight of this early decision pool. First-gen students “are remarkably smart and interesting and come from all over the country,” Powell said.

Students applying for financial aid are frequently advised by counselors to apply regular decision in order to compare financial aid packages across multiple institutions, Powell said. But the 12 percent increase in students applying for need-based aid over the past two years shows that these students now “have the confidence that our financial aid will provide them all the support they need for their four-year Brown experience,” he said.

Forty states are represented in the pool of accepted students, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Within the international cohort of new members of the Class of 2024, students hail from 43 nations, led by China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Canada and India.

Twenty students were admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education. Brown RISD dual degree students are selected during the regular decision process.

Forty-five students were accepted to the University through the QuestBridge match program. QuestBridge’s selective National Match Program offers low-income high school students an opportunity to receive a full scholarship to one of 40 colleges and universities that partner with the organization, The Herald previously reported.

The growth in acceptances through QuestBridge “was absolutely a deliberate choice on our side,” Powell said, noting that the Admission Office has been able to strengthen the University’s partnership with the program with the support of Provost Richard Locke P ’18. QuestBridge “is an amazing source to help us identify some of the most talented low-income students in the country,” Powell said.

The group of 800 students is the first to be admitted to the University following the “Varsity Blues” admissions scandal last spring, which garnered nationwide attention and called for more equitable admissions practices.

In light of the scandal, President Christina Paxson P’19 convened an Ad Hoc Committee on Integrity and Equity in Admissions in order to examine practices at the University, headed by Locke and Corporation Fellow Maria Zuber.

Paxson released the findings of this committee in a Today@Brown announcement this morning. The committee found no evidence of wrongdoing in University admissions practices, she wrote, particularly in regards to coaching and athletic recruitment practices, two concerns which were raised in response to evidence of falsified recruiting profiles investigated in the nationwide scandal.

“In the case of athletes, the admissions and athletics departments work together closely, starting from even before students submit applications, to ensure that applicants have the capability to thrive at Brown academically,” Paxson wrote in the announcement. “Once students matriculate, Brown’s practice of having weekly meetings to review participation rates and retention of athletes would make it almost impossible for a coach to recruit students who do not have athletic credentials.”

The University will continue to closely monitor admissions practices in order to ensure that they meet high standards of ethics and integrity, Paxson wrote, and will “implement measures that will mitigate potential vulnerabilities in the admissions process.”

These measures include audits of randomly -selected students who have matriculated but not yet enrolled at the University. The audits will be conducted in May “allowing students found to have compromised applications to determine their alternative educational path after Brown withdraws their admission,” she wrote. “We will also require independent documentation (from newspaper articles, awards etc.) that student-athlete applicants have in fact participated in their sport while in high school.”

Additionally, the University will “expand its existing conflict-of-interest disclosure for coaches, admissions officers and faculty involved in reviewing applicant files,” as well as “formalize compliance around Brown’s standing policy against engaging in gift conversations with families whose children are in the applicant pool.”

Harvard Admitted 887 Students in EA for Class of 2024

Harvard College’s early action acceptance rate increased for the first time in six years — from 13.4 percent last year to 13.9 percent this year.

The College invited 895 of 6,424 early applicants to join its Class of 2024 Thursday around 7 p.m. The 13.9 acceptance rate represents a 0.5 percent increase from last year. The early admission acceptance rate has not increased year-over-year since 2013.

The number of early applicants also decreased by 537, representing a 7.7 percent decrease from last year’s applicant pool, which totaled 6,958. The number of early applicants has only decreased once — also in 2013, with the Class of 2018 — since Harvard reinstated its early action admissions program in 2011.

The number of students accepted also decreased, with 40 fewer students receiving early admission to the Class of 2024 than in the Class of 2023.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons '67 attributed the decline in applicants to a few factors, including demographics, “uncertainty economically in the world,” and the “broad category of economic issues.”

“What's happening right now is a little bit of a plateauing, or a decline in the number of high school seniors,” Fitzsimmons said. “These people have been born, so this isn't speculation. This year, the demographics work a little bit against, one could argue.”

Fitzsimmons also speculated that the California wildfires, natural disasters, and school shootings might have affected application numbers. He said that when schools are forced to close, some students are unable to consult with their college counselors to complete college applications.

The percentage of applicants that Harvard saw from California declined 16.6 percent, representing a loss of 116 applicants, according to Fitzsimmons. He called the decline “huge” and said California is usually ranks among the top three states.

The percentage of students admitted early action who identify as African American, Latinx, and Native American and Native Hawaiian increased slightly, from 12 to 12.7 percent, 10.1 to 11 percent, and 1 to 1.3 percent, respectively.

The percentage of students admitted early action who identify as Asian Americans fell from 26.1 percent to 24 percent from the Class of 2023 to the Class of 2024.

In October, a federal district court judge ruled in favor of Harvard on all counts brought against it by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, who had alleged that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants.

The percentage of admitted students who are international citizens also declined from 11.2 percent to 9.6 percent.

Fitzsimmons said the decline in the number of international citizen applicants was less than the overall decline.

“There were some who worried — including us, actually — as we were going into the year that there would be a major decline on the part of international citizens, or people applying from abroad, generally,” Fitzsimmons said, citing the political climate in the United States. “That turned out not to be the case, actually, so that was encouraging.”

Women comprise 51.7 percent of the admitted class thus far, slightly more than last year, when women made up 51.3 percent of the early admit class.

The class included notably magnified numbers of women who are interested in the physical sciences and computer science. This year, 57.4 percent of admitted students who said they intend to concentrate in the physical sciences are women, compared to 52.9 percent last year and 33 percent the year before. For computer science, 49.1 percent of interested students are women, an increase from 42.9 percent last year, and 29 percent the year before.

In addition, 10.1 percent of the admitted students were from first-generation college backgrounds, up from 9.6 percent last year.

Those admitted under early action are not obligated to attend the College and have until May 1 to decide whether they will accept their offers of admission.

The deadline to apply under the regular admission program is January 1.

Fitzsimmons called the admitted class “stunning.”

“It's not just the people we admit, it's most of the applicants. You'd be honored and thrilled to get to know these people. The shame of it all is that we have so few spaces,” he said. “You can't help but read these applicants stories, and not believe, despite all the conflict and trouble, that the world isn't going to be better.”

—Staff writer Camille G. Caldera can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @camille_caldera.