Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tufts Received 21,057 Applications for Class of 2021

A record 21,057 high schoolers have applied for admission to this fall’s entering class in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at Tufts, a 4 percent increase over last year’s record pool of 20,223. There are expected to be an estimated 1,350 spots in the undergraduate Class of 2021.

The numbers continue an upward trajectory of students who want to come to Tufts—applications have risen 28 percent over the past five years, said Karen Richardson, dean of undergraduate admissions and enrollment management.

“The Common Application definitely makes it easier for students to apply to more schools,” she said. “But we’ve also continued to do the outreach that we’ve always done. We continue to have packed campus tours, good turnout for our on-campus open houses, and we try to have a finger on the pulse of what prospective students think and how they want information. We replaced our view book with the Jumbo magazine, for example—it’s more dynamic and current—and we are increasingly using social media to full advantage.”

This year a record 2,310 students applied early decision, up 11.5 percent over last year’s record high of 2,070. Early decision applications are reviewed in two rounds. The number of applications for the first deadline in early November was 16 percent higher than the previous year, suggesting that more students want to be here and nowhere else, Richardson said.

The second round of early decision applications, which were due Jan. 1, grew by 6 percent. Richardson expects that half of the Class of 2021 will come from the early decision pools.

The number of international students who seek a place at Tufts continues to rise sharply, up nearly 14 percent over last year. The most are from China; applications from that country jumped 25 percent this year. Students from 133 countries have applied for admission, up from 127 last year. New countries represented in this applicant pool include Cameroon, Somalia, Laos, Malawi, Nicaragua and Uruguay.

All 50 states are represented, with the most applications coming from Massachusetts, California and New York.

Both the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences set new records. There were 4,046 applications to the School of Engineering, up from 3,905 last year. The School of Arts and Sciences received 16,810 applications, up from 16,255. Another 201 students have applied to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, offered through the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts. Tufts also received close to 100 additional applications for the five-year Tufts/SMFA combined degree program.

This admissions cycle is Richardson’s first since being appointed dean of undergraduate admissions last June, but she is well-versed in undergraduate admissions. She joined Tufts in 2008 as director of diversity recruitment, helping expand the Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences recruitment program, designed to expose high school seniors to Tufts. In 2014 she was appointed founding director of graduate admissions.

Now as dean of undergraduate admissions, she’s had opportunities to meet hundreds of teenagers going through the college application process. The students who gravitate toward Tufts, she said, tend to be “interested in getting to know other people and in learning outside the classroom as much as in the classroom.” And for that reason, she said, Tufts seems a good fit.

“We’re not cutthroat about grades—they’re important, but students don’t compare or compete. When I say that to a room full of high schoolers, you can see the relief on their faces,” she said. “That’s what attracted me to Tufts when I came to work here nine years ago, and I think it’s attractive to a lot of students who want to learn and grow in an open, friendly community.”

Acceptance decisions for students who applied during the second round of early decision will be emailed in mid-February. Students who applied regular decision to the Class of 2021 will learn how they fared by April 1.

Laura Ferguson can be reached at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NYU Received 67,232 Applications for Class of 2021

NYU today announced that a record-breaking 67,232 students applied for first-year admission to its Class of 2021, a six percent increase from last year marking the 10th year in a row of record application volume.  NYU received more applications than any other independent research university in America using the Common Application.
More students than ever before – over 9,000 - designated NYU as their first choice by filing an Early Decision application. All but a handful of countries in the world are represented in NYU’s applicant pool. A record-tying 27% of NYU’s applicants are from international students.
NYU now receives nearly 32,000 more applications than it did a decade ago.
The popularity of NYU's campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai continues to grow, with a four percent increase in students requesting to be considered for admission to NYU Abu Dhabi and a two percent increase in students requesting to be considered for admission to NYU Shanghai.
“It’s an astonishing number of students to apply to any university; at NYU, our sense is that the combination of a world-class education in a world-class city fuels a draw to NYU like no other,” said Shawn Abbott, Dean of Admissions. “It’s a testament to the vision of our founders that the new sort of university they sought to create in 1831 – in and of the city, more accessible, focused using learning to engage the world – is still so appealing.   Clearly today’s students understand more than ever how NYU’s combination of a demanding education in a diverse, urban setting with unrivaled global opportunities will enable them to succeed in the 21st century and be involved in shaping the world in a successful, positive way.”

Monday, January 9, 2017

Northwestern Received 37,050 Applications for Class of 2021

Northwestern’s acceptance rate is projected to drop below 10 percent for the first time, a University official said.
Northwestern accepted about 26 percent of early decision applications this year, said Michael Mills, associate provost for University enrollment. In total, NU received 37,050 applications, an increase of about 2,000 applications from last year.
The newly admitted early decision class is one of the most diverse the University has had, Mills said, with 21 percent of students identifying as black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan native. International students make up 12 percent of the early decision class.
Mills attributed the increase in applications to Northwestern’s relationship with the Questbridge Scholars Network, a program that helps universities identify high-achieving low-income students.
Mills said 15 percent of the newly-admitted students are recipients of Pell Grants, a federal grant for low-income families. University President Morton Schapiro announced last winter that the University aims to have a freshman class of 20 percent Pell Grant recipients by 2020.
Northwestern received a record high of more than 3,700 early decision applications this year. He said the highly-selective nature of elite colleges and universities can make high school students feel more stressed about college admissions, prompting them to send out more applications. Increased applications in turn can make admissions more selective, feeding a cycle, he said.
“That’s a pretty sobering statistic,” Mills said of the anticipated admissions rate. “I can’t imagine being on the other end… I wish it were different, but that’s just the way it works in the United States and highly selective schools.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Georgetown Accepted 502 Students in EA to Class of 2021

Georgetown accepted 11.9 percent of its 7,822 early action applicants to the Class of 2021, 1 percent lower than last year’s 13 percent and the lowest acceptance rate in university history.

Georgetown notified the early action applicants about their acceptance or deferral to the regular admissions pool by mail Dec. 15. The applicant pool also increased by 11 percent from last year.

Of the early applicants, 4,415 applied to Georgetown College and 502 were admitted at an 11.3 percent acceptance rate. 1,618 applied to the School of Foreign Service and 204 were admitted at 12.6 percent acceptance rate. 1,263 applied to the McDonough School of Business and 157 were accepted at a 12.4 percent acceptance rate. Finally, 526 applied to the School of Nursing and Health Studies and 68 were accepted at a 12.9 percent acceptance rate.

This year’s application pool also marked an increase in students from minority groups from last year’s pool. The number of black student early action applicants rose 22 percent from 620 to 755. Applications from Latino students increased 25 percent from 792 to 989. Asian-American applicants rose 24 percent from 1025 to 1271. There was also an 8 percent increase of American Indian applicants.

Overall, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon (CAS ’64, GRD ’69) noted a 6 percent increase in applications from students who were the first generation in their family to attend college.

Deacon said the increase in early action applicants could be attributed to the increased attention on Washington, D.C., and Georgetown’s reputation within the nation.

“Maybe because it’s an election year, people are looking to Washington,” Deacon said. “Increasingly people recognize that this is a power center. It’s not a financial power center, it’s not an entrepreneurial, Silicon Valley-type power center, but it’s a power center.”

Deacon said although the top 10 places students apply from remained the same, he saw a notable increase in applicants from southern states. The top 10 regions this year are California, New York, foreign countries, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Of the top ten places applications came from, the largest increase was from Texas, which saw a 29 percent increase in applications. Virginia saw a 28 percent increase and Pennsylvania saw a 20 percent increase. The smallest growth came from international applications, which Deacon categorized as coming from students with a foreign address. The number of applications from foreign countries increased by 2 percent.

“Being strategically located in the nation’s capital, which is unique but also kind of at the gateway to the South, we are pretty well-positioned for these changes,” Deacon said. “We have the brand and reputation, we have the strategic location and we’re in the region of the South.”

Georgetown strategically keeps its early action acceptance rate lower than that of the regular acceptance rate, Deacon said. The overall acceptance rate for the Class of 2020 was around 16.4 percent.

Deacon highlighted that Georgetown refuses to use the Common Application, instead using their own application as well as encouraging students to take and submit the SAT II tests and requiring all test scores. Despite the distinctive process, Deacon said it was interesting that the number of applicants continues to grow.

“It’s what keeps our pool down a little bit, because we don’t have the frivolous applicants. They’re not going to waste their time doing our application,” Deacon said. “We do a lot of things that would be different than most colleges and get very good results. The fact that we’ve held these lines in this hyper-aggressive college marketing world and our pool continues to go up, even though it’s harder in some ways, Georgetown stands out a little bit as a place that’s different.”

He expects the regular decision pool for this year to fall between 21,000 to 22,000 applicants, an increase from last year’s pool of around 20,000. Deacon said the overall acceptance rate could also fall given the expected increase in applicants.

“As the pool goes up, if it keeps going up until the end, it means the admit rate will go down. We think that the regular admit rate could come down, and if the admit rate goes down, you’re increasingly admitting the best students, because you’re obviously admitting the best students of the pool and they then usually have more options. The yield rate could go down too. But, we’re not planning on that,” Deacon said.

For the Class of 2020, the yield rate remained consistent with previous years’ rate at around 48 percent. The Class of 2019 had a 47.6 percent yield rate.

The average admitted student was in the top 2 percent of their class with SAT scores ranging from 710 to 770 in critical reading and 700 to 770 in math. The average ACT score was between 32 and 35.

However, Deacon noted the competitiveness in the admissions process forces Georgetown to reject more students.

“We try to make things better all the time, but we don’t tend to make substantial changes. We do things essentially with the same principles guiding us,” Deacon said. “It’s not our goal to have 35,000 applications. We don’t love rejecting people.”

Early action applicants that were not accepted are deferred to the regular decision pool and will receive notification of final decisions April 1. All accepted students will have until May 1 to commit to the Class of 2021.

Deacon emphasized that Georgetown’s application process, which separates itself from the Common Application and schedules alumni interviews for applicants, is student-centered, which is a guiding principle in the way Deacon puts together the admissions process.

“We want what we do to be student-centered,” Deacon said. “We don’t want phony numbers that make us look better. We want what’s right for students. Going to college is not a transaction, it’s a personal experience.”

Johns Hopkins Accepted 591 Students in ED to Class of 2021

A talented group of 591 high school students who applied to Johns Hopkins University this fall were offered admission today, officially making them the first members of university's undergraduate Class of 2021.
This group of early decision applicants includes nationally recognized researchers, innovators in various fields, artists, published authors, and social activists. Among them are the author of a bilingual cookbook, the founder of a non-profit that raises money for girls from low-income families who are interested in STEM fields, a nationally-ranked fencer, a children's book writer, an advocate for food allergy laws, and an internationally competitive windsurfer.

Students who apply early decision have identified Johns Hopkins as their top choice and commit to attend if admitted. The 1,934 early decision applicants this year represent a slight increase from the then-record number of 1,929 who applied early decision last year.

"There are exciting things happening here—academically and socially—and these admitted students bring experiences, perspectives, and ambitions that will only further enhance the undergraduate culture at Johns Hopkins," said Ellen Kim, dean of undergraduate admissions.

A look at the Class of 2021:

Total applicants: 1,934
Total students admitted: 591
States represented: 40
Countries represented: 19
Students who applied early decision can view admissions decisions at

The remainder of the Class of 2021 will be selected from the regular decision applicant pool. Regular decision applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 1. Admissions decisions will be announced by April 1.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Yale Accepted 871 Students in EA to Class of 2021

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomed the largest group of admitted early action students in several years on Thursday, inviting 871 students who applied through the Early Action program to join the Class of 2021.
The admitted students represent 17.1 percent of a pool of 5,086 early applicants. Additionally, 53 percent of applicants were deferred to the regular decision process in the spring, 28 percent were denied admission, and 2 percent were withdrawn or incomplete.
The early action application pool this year is 9 percent larger than that of the year prior, an uptick marking the first major increase in early application numbers after a three- year period of relative stagnation.
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said that he was very happy with this year’s early action applicants.
“The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension. We are very pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2021, but we also look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our regular decision process this spring,” Quinlan said.
With Yale’s two newest residential colleges set to open next fall, the Admissions office has also said that it plans to admit around 15 percent more students to the Class of 2021 than in past years.
In addition to the over 800 students accepted through early action on Thursday, Yale offered admission to 48 students through the QuestBridge National College Match Program, slightly fewer than the 51 QuestBridge Finalists admitted at the same time last year. The National College Match helps high-achieving, low-income students gain admission to the program’s partner colleges on full-ride scholarships, a process facilitated through a single application.
Newly-admitted students celebrated their acceptance with posts across social media and college-admissions blogs, sharing the good news with family, friends, and loved-ones who had supported their journey.
“I automatically began to cry profusely as soon as I saw the congratulations video pop up on my screen,” Saaya Sugiyama-Spearman, an admitted student from Philadelphia, told the News. “I was sitting in bed and I ran to my dad and barely managed to choke out that I got into Yale. I just couldn’t stop crying out of relief and happiness.”
David Hidalgo-Gato, an admitted student from New Jersey, said he expressed a similar reaction, describing the feeling upon learning of his acceptance as “surreal.”
“I hadn’t imagined the feeling I would get when a lifelong dream of mine finally came true,” Hildago-Gato said. “There’s no easy way to describe it. I was relieved, ecstatic, proud, and tremendously humbled at the same time.”
Hidalgo-Gato’s father said he was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude by the knowledge that his son would have “such a fantastic opportunity,” but his mom could not manage to say as much. “There are no words: all I did was cry,” she said.
Another admitted student, Katherine Hu of Texas, said that she did not feel anything at first after learning of her acceptance, hugging her father who had just walked into the room.
Thirty seconds later, however, the realization hit her, and she began to cry, she recalled, repeating “‘I’m going to Yale!’ like a broken record.” Her father joined in on the revelry too.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen my dad jump that high,” Hu said. “He’s an opera singer and today’s one of the only days in his life that he’s lost his voice.”
Gayoung Choi from Orlando Florida checked her decision with a group of close friends. After the group simultaneously read the word ‘Congratulations,’ they broke into a scream and began to celebrate.
“My friends had bought me a cake that read ‘Congrats on Yale’ before the decisions even came out, so I consider myself very lucky to have friends who have so much faith in me,” Choi said.
Choi also added that she had told her mother, who was working that day, that her decision would come on Friday, rather than Thursday, “so as to not distract her from work until the weekend” had she gotten rejected. When she heard of her acceptance, Choi printed her admission letter, put it in an envelope, and wrapped it in a box along with a few roses. She put the box on her front porch, and when her mom arrived home and opened the package, she found herself face to face with an admissions decision that she thought was not even supposed to be out yet.
Choi, who will be the first in her family to attend college, said that she was extremely grateful for the chance to attend Yale.
“Honestly, it’s still surreal to me, coming from a background like mine, that I now have the choice to be a future Bulldog. I’m so grateful they decided to give me this chance and I’m very very excited for Bulldog Days. Boola boola!”

HYPSM's Yield/Admit Ratio for Class of 2020

1. Stanford

Number of Early Applications: 7822
Early Admits: 745
Early Admit Rate: 9.5%
Total Number of Applications: 43977
Waitlist Admits:51
Total Admits: 2114
Admit Rate: 4.8%
Class Size: 1750
Yield Rate: 82.8%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 17.3

2. Harvard

Number of Early Applications: 6173
Early Admits: 918
Early Admit Rate:14.9%
Total Number of Applications: 39041
Waitlist Admits: 75
Total Admits: 2106
Admit Rate: 5.4%
Class Size: 1667
Yield Rate: 79.2%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 14.7

3. Yale

Number of Early Applications: 4693
Early Admits: 795
Early Admit Rate:16.9%
Total Number of Applications: 31445
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1972
Admit Rate: 6.3%
Class Size: 1373
Yield Rate: 69.6%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 11.1

4. Princeton

Number of Early Applications: 4229
Early Admits: 785
Early Admit Rate: 18.6%
Total Number of Applications: 29303
Waitlist Admits: 17
Total Admits: 1911
Admit Rate: 6.5%
Class Size: 1312
Yield Rate: 68.7%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 10.6

5. MIT

Number of Early Applications: 7767
Early Admits: 656
Early Admit Rate: 8.4%
Total Number of Applications: 19020
Waitlist Admits: 26
Total Admits: 1511
Admit Rate: 7.9%
Class Size: 1113
Yield Rate: 73.7%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 9.3