Friday, March 28, 2014

Stanford Accepted 2138 Students for Class of 2018

Stanford admitted 2,138 students to the Class of 2018 in this year’s admissions cycle, producing – at 5.07 percent – the lowest admit rate in University history.
The University received a total of 42,167  applications this year, a record total and a 8.6 percent increase over last year’s figure of 38,828. Stanford accepted 748 students in December through the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s restrictive early action program and extended offers to 1,390 more applicants on March 28. A further 958 students have been placed on the waitlist.;postID=1390758804684853220

Yale Accepted 1,935 Students for Class of 2018

For over 30,000 high school students, the wait is finally over.

Yale released admissions decisions for the class of 2018 Thursday afternoon, accepting 1,935 students from an applicant pool of 30,932 — an acceptance rate of 6.26 percent. Last year, the University offered seats to more students, accepting 1,991 from a smaller pool of 29,610 applicants, making for an acceptance rate of 6.72 percent. After hovering around 7.5 percent from 2009 to 2011, Yale’s acceptance rate has now remained in the 6 percent range for three consecutive years.

This was the first year Dean Jeremiah Quinlan’s signature has appeared on Yale’s admissions letters. Quinlan succeeded Dean Jeffrey Brenzel in July 2013.

“In my first year as the admissions dean, I am inspired by Yale’s extraordinary applicant pool but also humbled by the challenging selection process we have just completed,” Quinlan said in an email.

Quinlan said Yale and its peer schools have seen application numbers rise and the applicant pool grow stronger over the past five years. This year’s group of admitted students includes more students from “virtually every underrepresented group in higher education,” he said.

Although the University could not offer seats to a large number of talented applicants, Quinlan said virtually all of these students will thrive at other selective institutions.

“Of the students offered admission, we know that those who select Yale will bring an astonishingly wide variety of talents, backgrounds, experiences and aspirations to campus this coming fall,” Quinlan said.

All Ivy League schools are obligated by the Common Ivy League Agreement to release their decisions on the same day. After seven consecutive years of record-low acceptance rates, Harvard’s acceptance rate rose slightly to 5.9 percent — a marginal change from the 5.8 percent it recorded a year earlier. Princeton’s class of 2018 was the most selective in the institution’s history at 7.28 percent, a slight drop from the 7.29 percent figure it recorded last year. Columbia University also saw a slight rise in the admit rate from a record-low 6.89 percent last year to 6.94 percent this year. But the University of Pennsylvania announced yesterday that it accepted 9.9 percent of its 35,868 applicants, a sharp decline from last year’s figure of 12.1 percent. Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth have yet to release their numbers.

“Although these fluctuations make for interesting score-keeping, they are mathematically negligible,” said Robert Morse, director of data and research at U.S. News and World Report College Rankings.

He added that although acceptance rates are factored in his organization’s well-known college rankings, Yale’s accepting 1 percent more students one year compared to another would not impact the University’s ranking.

Mark Dunn ’07, the admission office’s director of outreach and recruitment, said the office uses a number of outreach tools to recruit students from all backgrounds. Beyond social media, which has become an increasingly popular medium of communication, Dunn said the University mailed pamphlets and other information to target high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds. He added that the latest research in education policy indicates that direct mail is the most effective way of reaching such students.

For the first time, in June 2013, Yale used tailored mailing to a select group of 16,000 rising high school seniors who are members of low-income families. The mailing emphasized that households with less than $65,000 in annual income are not asked to make any parental contributions to their child’s Yale education. According to Dunn, the mailing campaign was supplemented by an email campaign and a new page on the admissions office’s website highlighting the affordability of a Yale education.

Dunn said it is too early for the office to measure the success of the new mailing initiative, adding that the office will conduct a thorough analysis of the feedback submitted by applicants, admits and eventual matriculates in the summer.

Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez, an associate director of the admissions office and co-director of multicultural recruitment, said the University’s success in reaching students from underrepresented backgrounds is attributable to the combined efforts of admissions staff, dedicated alumni and current Yale undergraduates. He also cited the University’s ongoing partnerships with College Horizons and QuestBridge — two organizations that support the educational ambitions of high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds — as examples of ways in which Yale is encouraging a more diverse applicant pool.

Richard Avitabile, a former admissions officer at New York University and a private college counselor, said universities’ acceptance rates are only useful in evaluating the merits of institutions when used selectively and with a long-term approach. Still, he added that he would be interested in seeing Dartmouth’s numbers because the college has seen two consecutive years of fewer applicants — an exception to the broader trend of rising application numbers across selective institutions.

Jim Patterson, associate dean of Harvard-Westlake, a private school in Los Angeles, said his students are increasingly realizing the flaws of choosing a school based on its acceptance rate or place on a college rankings list.

“Students are becoming savvier and they’re realizing that what is a good fit for one student may not be a great fit for another,” Patterson said.

Jon Reider, director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, said these acceptance rates will continue to decline as more students realize the financial accessibility of these colleges and apply.

Patterson echoed Reider’s sentiment, adding that more international students will look to American colleges as budget cuts hurt public universities abroad, especially in Europe.

Accepted students took to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to share the news, posting updates rejoicing or lamenting their admissions outcomes. The popular college forum College Confidential experienced technical failures as enthusiastic students from across the globe logged on to share results and discuss the news.

“I was at home on the computer with my dad and we both jumped up when we saw the Bulldog with the congratulations,” said Thomas Pan, a high school senior from Livingston, New Jersey. Pan added that he never considered being accepted to Yale as a possibility.

Sam Cheng, a high school senior from Connecticut, said he was so excited when he read his acceptance letter that he threw the pen he was holding against the wall. Still, Cheng said he is currently deciding between Princeton and Yale.

Students have until May 1 to respond to their admissions offers.

Brown Accepted 2,619 Students for Class of 2018

Brown University has made 2,619 offers of admission for the Class of 2018. Those offers represent 8.6 percent of the 30,432 applicants in the admission pool, the second largest pool in University history. This year’s admitted class is the University’s most diverse ever.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of College Admission at Brown University made offers of admission to 2,619 applicants today for its Class of 2018. Those offers, posted online at the University’s admissions website after 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, March, 27, 2014, represent 8.6 percent of a 30,432-applicant pool.

This year’s admitted class is the most diverse ever, with 46 percent admitted students self-identifying as African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American. Additionally, of those admitted, 18 percent represent the first generation in their families to go to college, another record number for the University.

“For the last six months the admission staff has been privileged and honored to get to know 30,000 talented, inspiring, and deserving students who sought admission to Brown from every state, from every segment of American society, and from nearly every nation in the world,” said James Miller, dean of admission. “The Class of 2018, selected from that remarkable applicant pool through an extraordinarily challenging process, will arrive on College Hill in the midst of an historic celebration, and represents the fruits of a 250-year institutional commitment to excellence and inclusivity. We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2018 to Brown.”

Highlights from the admitted Class of 2018 include:

The pool: The applicant pool of 30,432 is the second largest in University history.
United States: Students from all 50 states were admitted. The top states were California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Florida.
International: Students from 88 nations are represented in the admitted class. The top countries were China, India, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Korea.
High school: The admitted class represents more thasn 1,750 high schools from around the world. Of the admitted candidates, 63 percent attended public high schools and 37 percent attended either private or parochial high schools.
Academic standing: 95 percent of admitted candidates are in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Financial aid: 67 percent of the admitted students intend to apply for financial aid.
First generation: Of those admitted, 18 percent represent the first generation in their families to attend college, the highest in Brown’s modern history.
Diversity: 46 percent of those admitted are students of color, defined as students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American. This is the highest percentage in Brown’s history.
Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of 1,560 in the fall.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cornell Accepted 6019 Students for Class of 2018

An agonizing wait for high school seniors and applicants to Cornell ended at 5 p.m. Thursday, when the University notified 14 percent of its more than 43,000 applicants that they were accepted to the Class of 2018.

The University’s overall acceptance rate — which takes into account both the number of early and regular decision acceptances — marked a record low, down from last year’s 15.2 percent for the Class of 2017 and 16.2 percent for the Class of 2016.

The number of applications Cornell received for freshman admission — 43,041 — was also a record high for the University. This figure represents a 7.6 percent increase from last year, when Cornell received 40,006 applicants for freshman admission.

Data indicate that this year’s admissions cycle was the most selective it has ever been in the University’s history. Cornell denied 31,235 students admission to the University, versus 28,481 from last year.

A total of 6,014 applicants were offered a place in the Class of 2018, compared to 6,062 for the Class of 2017, according to a University press release. Cornell also offered 3,133 students a place on the waitlist, compared to 3,142 from last year.

Jason C. Locke, interim associate vice provost for enrollment, said in a University statement that Cornell’s reputation as a “stimulating living-learning community” continues to attract a “highly talented” and “diverse” pool of applicants.

“With the university’s sesquicentennial on the horizon, our admitted students are living proof of Cornell’s longstanding commitment to ‘any person, any study,’” he said.

Those who were admitted represent all 50 U.S. states, in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. With regards to international presence, 78 countries are represented within this year’s admitted pool.

The number of women who were offered a place in the Class of 2018 — 52.6 percent — rose from last year’s 51.6 percent.

Additionally, the number of admits who self-identified with underrepresented minority populations rose to 25.7 percent of the total admitted pool from last year’s 24.9 percent, according to the University. Students of color comprise more than 46 percent of those accepted to the Class of 2018, the University said.

Median SAT I scores among those admitted remained constant in comparison to last year, according to the University. Both the newly admitted Class of 2018 and the Class of 2017 saw an average SAT I critical reading score of 720 and an average SAT I math score of 750.

Dartmouth Accepted 2220 Students for Class of 2018

Students were notified of their acceptance on March 27 at 5 p.m., after they logged in to a secure website. Admissions officers expect to enroll approximately 1,110 students in the Class of 2018.

“As a staff, we’ve spent months reviewing applications, multiple times. The glimpses we’ve had into their lives—through their stories, and their dreams and aspirations, as well as their many accomplishments—have been inspiring and moving,” says Maria Laskaris ’84, dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “We are greatly looking forward to welcoming these exemplary students to the Dartmouth family.”

Dartmouth continues to attract talented students from diverse backgrounds from across the country and around the globe. International students comprise 8 percent of the admitted group, including Dartmouth’s first-ever admitted students from Fiji and Iran. With average SAT scores in the 98th percentile nationwide, 97 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Their academic interests span 54 of Dartmouth’s academic departments and interdisciplinary programs; the most cited areas of academic interest include biology, engineering, economics, neuroscience, and chemistry.

“These students possess a broad intellectual curiosity, and their academic opportunities at Dartmouth will be enhanced by President Hanlon’s desire to emphasize experiential learning and to focus scholarship on addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues,” says Laskaris. “Dartmouth students have always cared deeply about helping to solve the world’s troubles, and the admitted students share that same concern and compassion.”

Columbia Accepted 2291 Students for Class of 2018

This year, a total of 32,967 students applied—the third largest pool in Columbia’s history, though 1.5 percent fewer than last year’s. About 10 percent of them (3,298 students) applied early. Columbia admitted 6.94 percent (2,291 applicants) to CC and SEAS this year, slightly higher than last year’s rate of 6.89 percent. And two years back, the Class of 2016 admitted 7.4 percent, a considerable increase from the previous year’s low 6.9 percent.

For the Class of 2018, this application process has been a roller coaster of emotions and “challenges” with the Common App that eventually led to a deadline extension. The journey ends at 5 PM EST today, when applicants will be able to use this Admissions website to check their decisions. To the Class of 2018: welcome to Columbia!

Update: Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, released the statement below commenting on the admitted students:

Today we have the privilege of releasing acceptances to an exceptional group of students who have been chosen from one of the largest applicant pools in Columbia’s history. They represent all 50 states, Washington, DC, and the US territories, as well as nearly 80 countries from around the world. Even more notable than this geographic diversity is the remarkable range of talents, ambitions, passions and perspectives that these individuals have shared with us in their applications, and that we hope they will share with our entire community in the fall. Over the next few weeks, students, alumni, faculty and administrators will join us in congratulating these students on their admission and welcoming them to the Columbia community. We are confident that the students who choose to join the Class of 2018 will continue the tradition of excellence and engagement that have been defining hallmarks of Columbians since 1754.

Harvard Accepted 2,023 Students for Class of 2018

Harvard College sent admission notifications today to 2,023 students, 5.9 percent of the applicant pool of 34,295.  Included are record numbers of African-American and Latino students, who constitute 11.9 and 13 percent of the admitted class, respectively.

“The Class of 2018 reflects the excellence achieved by the students of an increasingly diverse America,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.  “Attracting such outstanding students to the College is vital to Harvard’s mission of educating the future leaders of our nation.”

The incoming class comes from all regions of the United States and throughout the world.  About 23 percent come from the mid-Atlantic states, 21 percent from the Western and Mountain states, 17 percent from the South, 17 percent from New England, 10 percent from the Midwest, and 11 percent from the U.S. territories and abroad.  International citizens make up 10.5 percent of the class, and 7.7 percent are U.S. dual citizens.

“Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program led a large number of our admitted students to apply,” said Fitzsimmons.  “Many were surprised to learn that for 90 percent of American families it costs the same or less to come to Harvard compared with public universities.”

This is the 10th year of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI).  Originally targeting students from low-income backgrounds, the program was expanded in 2007 under the leadership of President Drew Faust and Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to include middle-income families.  “I have never been prouder of Harvard and its leadership than when, even during the darkest days of the economic downturn, the strength of the financial aid program was never diminished and was rebalanced to ensure that resources would be directed to students who need the most aid,” said Fitzsimmons.

“Based on current projections, nearly 60 percent of the Class of 2018 will receive need-based financial aid grants, paying an average of only $12,000 annually,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. Harvard requires no contribution from the 20 percent of Harvard families with annual incomes below $65,000, and asks an average of 10 percent of income from the majority of families receiving financial aid.  Loans are not required.  Even families with incomes greater than $150,000 are eligible for aid, depending on their particular circumstances, such as multiple children in college or unusual medical or other essential expenses.

“All financial aid recipients, as in the past, contribute to the cost of their education by working term-time and in the summer,” Donahue said.  “Harvard’s core value of providing access to Harvard for outstanding students from all economic backgrounds led to our remarkable financial aid program, inspiring future applicants from modest economic backgrounds to consider applying to Harvard.”

For students not receiving need-based aid, the total cost of attendance (including tuition, room, board and fees) is scheduled to increase by 3.9 percent, to $58,607.

“Because of our unwavering commitment to keeping a Harvard College education affordable for all students, regardless of family income, the real cost for most families will remain far less than the so-called ‘sticker price,’ ” said Smith.  “At $600 million, financial aid is the largest priority of our recently launched $2.5 billion capital campaign for Harvard College. Ken Griffin’s recent gift of $150 million — most of which will fund financial aid — illustrates how this program is made possible through the generosity of our alumni and underlines the debt of gratitude they are owed.”

“The applicant pool of 34,296 included many students with strong academic credentials,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions.  About 13,500 students scored 700 or above on the SAT critical reading test; 16,400 scored 700 or above on the SAT math test; 14,200 scored 700 or higher on the SAT writing test; and 3,400 were ranked first in their high school classes.

“In addition to standard academic measures, students present a wide array of academic accomplishments, and we rely on our faculty to evaluate research of all kinds and portfolios across a range of academic and creative disciplines to identify the next generation of scholars for Harvard,” she said. “Faculty members speak with prospective students in person or on the phone and answer their letters and email inquiries.  Their accessibility is a clear demonstration of Harvard’s commitment to undergraduate education.”

Members of the teaching faculty serving on the admissions committee are Ann M. Blair, Peter J. Burgard, Diana L. Eck, Edward L. Glaeser, Benedict H. Gross, Guido Guidotti, Jay M. Harris, Joseph D. Harris, Robert D. Howe, Thomas Jehn, Nancy E. Kleckner, Harry R. Lewis, Richard M. Losick, James J. McCarthy, Louis Menand, Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Cherry Murray, Donald H. Pfister, Alison Simmons, Frans Spaepen, Christopher Stubbs, Richard F. Thomas, James H. Waldo, Robert M. Woollacott, and Amir Yacoby.

Fifty-five percent of those admitted to the new class are men, reflecting the fact that more men than women applied.  In addition to African-American and Latino students, 19.7 percent of the class is Asian-American and 1.9 percent Native American and native Hawaiian.

“Our students bring excellences of all kinds with them to Cambridge,” said McGrath.  Extracurricular interests cited by students include music and other expressive and performing arts (38 percent); debate and political activities, including student government (33 percent); social service (31 percent); and writing and journalism (17 percent).  In addition, 46 percent of the class expects to participate in recreational, intramural, or intercollegiate athletics.

Recruitment begins each year with direct outreach to promising juniors.  More than 63 percent of all admitted students and 81 percent of admitted minority students (including 90 percent of Latinos and 83 percent of African-Americans) appeared on the original College Board and ACT search lists that helped launch Harvard’s outreach program for the class.

Staff members will visit 125 cities this spring and fall in tandem with Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University, targeting high school juniors who may eventually join the Class of 2019.  “Harvard will also travel with Princeton, Yale, and the University of Virginia to visit 20 more cities in the fall, reaching out to students from modest economic backgrounds,” said Kanoe Lum Williams, assistant director of joint travel.   Added Jennifer Gandy, director of joint travel, “Last year, Harvard admissions officers visited all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Mexico, where we saw nearly 50,000 high school students and parents and met with more than 3,000 high school guidance counselors.”

“Recruitment has provided the foundation for Harvard’s pursuit of excellence for many decades,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment.  “Members of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) played a key role in attracting this year’s students,” said Kaitlin Howrigan, associate director of recruitment.   Members of both organizations telephoned and sent email messages and letters to prospective applicants.  They also conducted recruitment trips around the country and met with middle school and high school student groups who visited Harvard.

“We are gratified by the enthusiasm of our UMRP coordinators and the unprecedented results they achieved this year,” said Lucerito Ortiz, co-director of UMRP.  Added Tia Ray, assistant director, “Our program continues to develop close relationships with schools and communities that will help us with future recruiting as well.”

“The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative remains one of Harvard’s highest priorities, and once again we were able to attract outstanding students from families with annual incomes under $80,000,” said Charlene Kim, HFAI director.  “Our student recruiters worked tirelessly to reach out to talented students from modest economic backgrounds who never dreamed Harvard was possible,” added Pharen Bowman, HFAI assistant director.  “As a person who would have benefited from the HFAI program, I am inspired by students who have come to Harvard as a result of HFAI.”

The Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) and the undergraduate tour guides and greeters work year-round with campus visitors, welcoming and hosting prospective applicants overnight.  David Evans, co-director of the UAC, noted, “Current undergraduates have enormous credibility with prospective students who want to learn firsthand about the Harvard experience.”  Added Maxwell Dikkers, co-director, “The UAC provides a human face to the Harvard community.”  Co-director Jake Foley concurred, saying “We hear from students and families that UAC members help separate fact from fiction about what Harvard is really like on a day-to-day basis.”

Banks, director of visitor services and co-director of the student tour guide program, said, “Our tour guides and greeters see more than 40,000 visitors each year to Cambridge.  Their anecdotes about life in the College both inside and outside the classroom help lend a personal dimension to Harvard.”  Added co-director Ortiz, “We get many compliments from the public about our tour guides and their ability to relate to a wide range of people with the grace and humor.”  Bryce Gilfillian, assistant director, noted that “Many prospective students and their families from around the world see Harvard for the first time through our tour guides and often predicate their decisions about whether to apply based on this experience.”

Personal contact with admitted students will be important over the next few weeks.  Members of UAC, UMRP, HFAI, the admissions and financial aid staff, teaching faculty, and alumni will write, email, telephone, and meet with admitted students.

“Our careful admissions process allows us to get to know our admitted students well,” said Rachel Brown, yield activity coordinator.  “We write personalized notes to congratulate them and help them consider how Harvard might provide the right match for their interests.”

Harvard reaches out to students through a comprehensive digital communications program directed by Amy Lavoie and a social media recruitment program managed by Victoria Marzilli.  Working with assistant directors, Brown, Foley, and Gilfillian, Lavoie said that “Students today rely heavily on the Internet for information about higher education.  Through our website and student blogs, students from all over the world can get a wealth of information about the College.”  Added Marzilli, “Social media are increasingly important to students. And, through technology, we can meet them where they are to provide information about Harvard.”

To give admitted students the opportunity to experience Harvard life and meet future professors and classmates, a visiting program for admitted students is scheduled for April 26 to 28.  The program, known as Visitas, enables guests to sample classes, attend faculty panel discussions, concerts, receptions, department open houses, symposia, and events organized by extracurricular groups.  More than 1,400 admitted students are expected to visit during April, and 1,200 of them will do so during Visitas.

“Students admitted to Harvard have many attractive options, and meetings with faculty and future classmates can make a real difference to them,” said Visitas director Tim Smith.  “Many students decide to attend Harvard based on their Visitas experience.  We look forward to welcoming students home at Harvard,” he said.  Smith is assisted in this critically important program by Brown, Dikkers, Gilfillian, Ray, and Williams.

“Much of our success is due to our loyal 15,000 alumni volunteers,” said Brock Walsh, co-director of the Alumni Network for Schools and Scholarship committees.  “Their interviews remain important as we make our admissions decisions.  They are also essential to our recruiting, as they visit schools, call newly admitted students, and host gatherings for them in April.”   Added Caroline Weaver, co-director, “Their willingness to take time out of already busy lives to help assemble our class each year is vital to our efforts.”

Donahue and her financial aid colleagues will be available to speak with admitted students and their families on weekdays from March 28 until April 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, and on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Visitas.  “We welcome students and parents who have concerns or questions about how to finance a Harvard education, including families who may not have applied for financial aid but who are interested in the wide range of available payment options,” she said.  “Our program offers assistance to all students and families, ranging from full financial aid to a number of financing alternatives: a monthly payment plan, the opportunity to prepay tuition at current rates, and a variety of parent loan programs that extend payments up to 15 years.”

“Students and their families are anxious to learn more about other forms of financial assistance, such as the Faculty Aide Program, the Harvard College Research Program, and the Dean’s Summer Research Program, all of which enable students to create paid partnerships with faculty members on academic projects of mutual interest,” said Meg Brooks Swift, director of student employment and the Harvard College Research Program.  “We stand ready to help them in any way we can.”

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers.