Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Northwestern Received 3022 Early Applications for Class of 2020

Northwestern received its most Early Decision applications ever this year. Prospective students submitted 3,022 Early Decision applications to the University as of the Nov. 1 deadline — an increase of about 12 percent over Early Decision applications last year.
The University’s current record for Early Decision applications came two years ago, receiving 2,863. Michael Mills, the associate provost for University enrollment, said the number of early applications this year is not finalized, but he is expecting a significant increase over last year’s numbers.
“It’s frustrating because it’s a moving target,” Mills said. “Some kids will email us saying they’ve change their minds, and ask to be switched to Regular Decision. Also the QuestBridge apps follow a different process so the number won’t be the final, but it will be pretty close.”
Mills said he cannot pinpoint a direct cause for the increase in applications, but the University did make adjustments to the way it publicized to prospective students — including changing the routes of campus tours to showcase areas of the school that were too far from the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 1801 Hinman Ave., to show previous applicants.
“My own sense is that I think we have done a very good job this year of presenting Northwestern,” Mills said. “Through the new visitor’s center, the tweaks we’ve made to the campus tours, through our print publications and I think that our messaging is very good this year.”
Regular Decision applications are not due until Jan. 1, but the University is already expecting a drastic increase in the number of Regular Decision applications from last year.
Mills said based on the data he has received from the Common Application, the number of applications that Northwestern receives could be as many as 3,000 more than last year.
“Regular Decision at this point is looking huge,” he said. “Last year we finished with like 32,000 in change applications and about 30,000 were regular. We could have 31,000 to 32,000 this year — which would take us to about 35,000 overall.”
With the increase in the number of applications, Mills said he is still expecting similar acceptance rates for Early Decision candidates as last year. He said he thinks the school will take about 45 to 50 percent of its freshman class from the Early Decision pool.
Mills said Early Decision application decisions should be released no later than Dec. 15. But given the expected increase in Regular Decision applications, he is expecting an acceptance rate that is lower than the school’s current accept rate of about 13 percent.
“If all these scenarios come true,” Mills said. “That we end up with 35,000 applications, and take 45 to 50 percent of our class via Early Decision and if we yield like we did last year in Regular Decision, then we could have an acceptance rate of probably about 11.”
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Princeton Received 4164 Early Applications for Class of 2020

The University received 4,164 applications for admission to the Class of 2020 under the single-choice early action program as of Nov. 11, reflecting an approximate 9.4 percent increase from the number received for last year’s early action program on the same day, according to Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye.
Rapelye explained that the increase in number of applicants can be partly attributed to the admission office’s increased outreach initiatives this year. The admission office staff traveled and visited more cities and expanded its domestic and international outreach efforts, Rapelye said.

Rapelye also noted that though it is recommended, the SAT Subject Tests were not part of the application requirement this year for the first time.

“Our goal with that was that we wanted to make sure we included students who may not have had good [college] counseling to know that they needed to take the subject tests,” Rapelye said. “It’s hard to know whether this change affected the pool, but it is something new this year.”

Rapelye noted that as applications were submitted on Nov. 1, the Office of Admission has not compiled data on applicant demographics. Rapelye also noted that within a reasonable timeframe, the admission office will also consider late applications from students with extenuating circumstances.

Rapelye also noted that some students may consider joining the regular decision pool to include grades from their first semester senior year in their profile. Applicants have until Dec. 1 to inform the admission office if they do not wish to be considered for early admission or would like to join the early pool after checking for regular decision, she said.

“It is a hard process, and so if they change their mind, we will honor that,” Rapelye said.

When a file comes into the admission office, at least two adjudicators will review it and make evaluations, Rapelye explained. The Office of Admission temporarily hired 35 to 40 readers from outside the University this year. The files with the most promise will be brought to the committee, which is composed of members of the admission office charged by University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, the Board of Trustees and the faculty with putting together the next class.

“We will read out what the readers have written on each file and vote on the candidate,” Rapelye added. “We take our jobs very seriously.”

Rapelye explained that the admission office does not have a quota or target for admission offers.

“We will go through the committee and see if we have the right mix in terms of institutional priorities,” Rapelye said. “We apply exactly the same standards in early decision as we do in regular decision, so it’s not necessarily easier to get in early though the [applicant] number is lower.”

Applicants will receive their admission decisions by mid-December, according to Rapelye.

Last year, 767 early action applicants were admitted to the University’s Class of 2019 for an admission rate of 19.9 percent. The early action acceptance rates were 18.5 percent for the Class of 2018 and 18.3 percent for the Class of 2017.

“We will give all of the candidates every consideration in this process. We are always looking for reasons to admit students and will read their applicants with great interest,” Rapelye said.

Yale Received 4662 Early Applications for Class of 2020

While the number of students applying through Yale’s Single-Choice Early Action program remained stable this year, the pool was more diverse, with more applicants from underrepresented groups.
Yale received 4,662 early applications for the class of 2020, a marginal drop from the 4,693 early applications received last year. But Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said the University attracted more minority students this year, with the largest increase seen among African-American applicants. The number of applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and self-identify as African-American has grown nearly 8 percent since last year and over 31 percent since 2013.
The early applicant pool also reflects increased geographical diversity. Applications from the South and Southwestern sections of the U.S. increased on the whole from last year, with a 20 percent and 19 percent increase in the number of applications from Texas and Georgia, respectively. The applicants come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 88 foreign countries.
Still, Yale’s early application numbers have not seen a major increase since 2013, while the application pools of its peer institutions have continued to grow in size over the past two years. Princeton had a 9.4 percent increase to 4,164 in early action applications this year, while Harvard’s numbers skyrocketed last year to 5,919 from 4,692, though its numbers for the class of 2020 have not yet been released. The University of Pennsylvania also saw a record high number of early decision applicants, with a 2.5 percent increase. The other Ivy League schools have yet to release their early action or early decision numbers.
Though Yale’s early action pool hit an all-time peak of 5,556 in 2008, Director of Outreach and Recruitment Mark Dunn ’07 said the admissions office is less interested in the total quantity of applications received than their quality and diversity of backgrounds, experiences and interests. He cited the admissions office’s outreach efforts as possible reasons for the increase in applications from underrepresented minority groups. Those efforts include the Yale Ambassadors program, which sends current students to high schools to speak with standout students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and the Multicultural Open House, which invites students and their families to campus to learn about Yale’s academic and cultural offerings.
“Although it is impossible to draw direct causal relationships between specific outreach programs [and] the students who choose to apply, I continue to believe that programs like the Yale Ambassadors, the Multicultural Open House and our targeted mailing campaigns to high-achieving low-income students have a positive effect on encouraging students from all backgrounds to apply to Yale,” Dunn said.
College admissions consultants interviewed said minor fluctuations in Yale’s application numbers, such as this year’s change, are insignificant. Michael Goran, director of California-based private education consulting firm Ivy Select, said these numbers vary from year to year and are not indicative of any long-term trends in student interest in Yale.
“The Yale brand is out there and it’s just a matter of who wants to apply in that given year,” Goran said.
Brian Taylor, director of Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said the increased diversity of the pool shows that Yale’s outreach efforts to minority students have been effective. He also noted that a school’s early application numbers are important for college rankings such as the list published by U.S. News and World Report, which factors acceptance rate into its rankings. He pointed out that Yale’s early acceptance rate has increased in each of the last three years. The early acceptance rate for the class of 2017 was 14.4 percent, while for the class of 2019 it was 16.0 percent.
Parke Muth, former associate dean of admissions at the University of Virginia and an independent college consultant, also said the numbers reveal a successful outreach strategy by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for recruiting racially and geographically diverse students. However, he noted that because the early application pool is relatively small, percentage changes in demographics may not be as informative as they would be with a larger sample size.
“It does seem like the efforts on [the admissions office’s] part … demonstrate that they are very interested in recruiting students who may not have previously looked at the Ivies as a destination,” Muth said. Developments like increased engagement of regional admissions officers in the areas they cover may have contributed to the increase in diversity, he said.
Muth added that while Yale seems to be making an effort to reach a wider applicant pool, it is focusing its outreach on students who may have a legitimate chance at admittance, rather than using outreach as a way to artificially boost its application numbers. He said some universities have drawn criticism in recent years for sending promotional materials to students who are not qualified enough be admitted.
Admissions decisions for early action applicants will be released in mid-December.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Penn Received 5629 Early Applications for Class of 2020

A record-high 5,629 early decision applicants applied to Penn for the Class of 2020, up 140 applicants from last year.

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said having a relatively small yearly increase is expected with early decision applications.

“With the commitment that’s implicit in Early Decision, these numbers are still going to stay in a fairly tight band,” he said, adding that it’s essential to see the increase. “If you’re down by one application, then you’re on your heels. We’re up, but it’s manageable.”

The number of applications has increased by nearly 2,000 since the Class of 2013 was applying in 2008, when there were 3,631 applications. The early decision round broke 5,000 applications for the first time with the Class of 2018, who applied in 2013, with 5,141 applicants.

Last year, 54.4 percent of the Class of 2019 was filled by early decision applicants.

As a member of the Common Application board, Furda said he’s also pleased that there weren’t any major obstacles with the platform this year when the highest volume of applications were submitted on the Sunday deadline.
“Everything seems to have gone very smoothly for what is one of the heaviest deadlines,” he said.

Admissions officers have been reading applications since last Friday, because students who participate in the QuestBridge program — a national college match program for lower income students — are on an even earlier timeline. But on Monday, admissions officers will also started reading applications for early decision.

Furda said decisions will be posted on Friday, Dec. 11. Regular decision applications are due on Jan. 5, 2016.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HYPSM's Yield/Admit Ratio for Class of 2019

1. Stanford

Number of Early Applications: 7297
Early Admits: 743
Early Admit Rate: 10.2%
Total Number of Applications: 42497
Waitlist Admits:0
Total Admits: 2142
Admit Rate: 5.0%
Class Size: 1732
Yield Rate: 80.9%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 16.2

2. Harvard

Number of Early Applications: 5919
Early Admits: 977
Early Admit Rate: 16.6%
Total Number of Applications: 37307
Waitlist Admits: 93
Total Admits: 2081
Admit Rate: 5.6%
Class Size: 1665
Yield Rate: 80.0%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 14.3

3. Yale

Number of Early Applications: 4693
Early Admits: 753
Early Admit Rate: 16.0%
Total Number of Applications: 30237
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1962
Admit Rate: 6.5%
Class Size: 1364
Yield Rate: 69.5%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 10.7

4. Princeton

Number of Early Applications: 3850
Early Admits: 767
Early Admit Rate: 19.9%
Total Number of Applications: 27290
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1948
Admit Rate: 7.1%
Class Size: 1319
Yield Rate: 67.7%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 9.5

5. MIT

Number of Early Applications: 6519
Early Admits: 625
Early Admit Rate: 9.6%
Total Number of Applications: 18306
Waitlist Admits: 52
Total Admits: 1519
Admit Rate: 8.3%
Class Size: 1109
Yield Rate: 73.0%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 8.8

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

1,722 Students Matriculated to Stanford for Class of 2019

When faculty and staff arrive on campus tomorrow morning the Farm will have a distinctly festive air. There will be lots of horn honking and "woo-hoos," red-and-white balloon arrangements and welcome signs – some handmade, others fresh from the printer.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, is move-in day for the Class of 2019. The university will roll out the cardinal carpet for 1,722 freshmen and 15 transfer students.

Stanford's newly minted freshmen represent 49 states and 66 countries. The largest contingent of first-year students – 32.9 percent – hails from California. About 12 percent are international students and U.S. citizens living abroad. Slightly more than half of the freshmen are male – 50.5 percent – while 49.5 percent are female. More than 95 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Fifteen percent are first-generation college students.

The new transfer students include one veteran who served as a crew member for the U.S. Navy Dragon Boat Team and taught battlefield medical courses. Another is a U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and received a certificate of commendation for his service in Fallujah. Another transfer student is one of only five international officers for Phi Theta Kappa, the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Almost 36 percent of the incoming freshmen say they are interested in engineering; nearly 23 percent have an academic interest in the natural sciences; 17.7 percent have expressed an interest in the humanities.

But before they get to their majors, Stanford's incoming students all have a bit of acclimating to do, which is what the six days of New Student Orientation (NSO) are all about.

As Stanford tradition dictates, residence staff and orientation volunteers have crammed over the summer to memorize every new resident's name and likeness, so that each new student arrives to a hearty personal greeting. NSO staff will be on hand Tuesday to help carry luggage, stuffed animals and other items to make students' dorm rooms a bit like home.

Once students secure their essentials – ID cards, room and post office box keys – and meet their roommates for the first time, they will have a chance to explore campus life. Events on Tuesday include open houses, receptions and information sessions at community centers; information tables on White Plaza and tours at the visitor center; a welcome at Windhover contemplation center and more.

Parents and family members partake in many of these move-in day activities as well as programs and resources designed to provide them with their own one-day immersion into Stanford's rich intellectual life and cultural traditions.

The day culminates with the 125th Opening Convocation Ceremony, which takes place on the Inner Quad at 4 p.m. President John Hennessy will welcome incoming students, their families and friends at the formal opening of the academic year. The Rev. Jane Shaw, dean for religious life, will offer the invocation. The audience also will hear from Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, and Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. Jordan Shapiro, who earned a bachelor's degree in bioengineering in June and is currently a graduate student in management science and engineering and in business, will offer student remarks.

Following Convocation, parents and family members say goodbye to their students and head for dinner with Provost John Etchemendy. New students head back to their dorms for "Welcome Home" activities and their first house meetings.

NSO continues for five more days, with activities designed to engage students intellectually and socially. NSO programs include discussions about alcohol, sexual behavior and relationships, religious life and personal identity. Among the programs focused on academic life is the First Lecture featuring Margot Gerritsen, associate professor of energy resources engineering, who will talk about the purpose of a liberal education. Later in the week President Hennessy will moderate the Three Books program panel discussion. This year's summer reading assignments for new students were This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff, Cane River by Lalita Tademy and The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.

Undergraduate housing opens for returning students Thursday, Sept. 17, and classes begin Monday, Sept. 21.

1,319 Students Matriculated to Princeton for Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 consists of 1,319 students from 46 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, with a plurality coming from California, New Jersey and New York.

Nearly 37.6 percent of students came from these three states, a slight decrease from last year’s 38.7 percent. Alaska, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Dakota are not represented in the class, according to Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye.

Vidur Beharry ’19 comes from New York, one of the most represented states in his class, yet was the only student accepted to Princeton from his high school, DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He said that he applied to the University with an ounce of hope that he would gain admission, and that he had first heard about the institution through the Questbridge program.

“Being a low-income student, I was scouring for scholarships to afford a top-tier education,” Beharry said. “I also had to maneuver my way around paying to send SAT/ACT scores, and find ways to send my recommendation letters because all the teachers who had written me one were removed from my school.”

Daniel Han ’19 comes from Guam, one of the least-represented of the states and territories at the University. Only one other student from his high school was accepted in the past few years, but chose not to matriculate. Han said he had heard of the University’s world-class education and was not deterred from applying.

“I made sure to maintain good grades throughout high school while also pursuing varied extracurricular activities that interested me, such as participating in local volunteer efforts and in a school book club,” he said. “The part of the application process that stood out most to me was probably the interview; Princeton was the only college that offered an in-person interview to me.”

The Class of 2019 includes 177 international students from 51 countries, which accounts for 13.4 percent of the class. Rapelye noted that there are more international students in the Class of 2019 than in the past few years. The Class of 2018 only included 11 percent international students.

Tamara Macharashvili ’19, an international student from Georgia, explained that she had heard about Princeton through her sister, a current junior, but had never visited before. She noted that the application process was different for her because the grading system and activities did not concur with that of the U.S. educational system.

“I didn’t give much thought to studying in the U.S. until the last couple of years, so most of the activities I was doing came from a natural impulse, and weren’t even intended for the application,” she said of her application experience. “I could by no means determine if they were good enough and if I had a chance.”

Thirty-five students returned from the Bridge Year program and will be joining the Class of 2019, while 35 students from the Class of 2019 chose to participate and will defer until next year, according to Rapelye. Overall, 46 students chose to defer for a year, a significant decrease from the 82 deferrals from the Class of 2018.

Rapelye said the University reached its goal in number of enrolled students, with seven more freshman enrolled this year compared to the 1,312 students enrolled in the freshman Class of 2018.

Students who attended public schools made up 58.6 percent of the class, while 28.6 percent attended independent schools, 12.1 percent attended religiously affiliated schools and 0.7 percent attended military or were home-schooled, Rapelye said.

According to Rapelye, 21 percent of enrolling students indicated that they wanted to study in the BSE program. Women comprised 40.8 percent of the 277 intended BSE students, which is slightly lower than the 42 percent from the Class of 2018.

“We approach each year with a fresh perspective and we are already visiting high schools to meet potential applicants for the Class of 2020,” Rapelye said.