Wednesday, December 11, 2019

UVA Admitted 749 Students in ED for Class of 2024

The University Office of Undergraduate Admission released its early decision offers for the Class of 2024 Friday evening. The University offered admission to 749 students, or 35 percent of the 2,157 people who participated in the early decision process, which requires accepted students to attend the University and rescind all other college applications.

According to data provided to The Cavalier Daily by the Office of Admission, 62 percent of those accepted, or 466 students, are Virginian. 26 percent of admitted students are legacies, meaning one or both of their parents attended college at the University, and seven percent are first-generation college students.

59 percent of those accepted are female, and 41 percent are male. 24.3 percent of accepted students are minorities, and 6.7 percent are foreign nationals. The mean SAT score of accepted students is 1413.

Roberts said the acceptances represent 20 percent of the Class of 2024, which is targeted to consist of 3,748 students. He said the offers account for approximately 10 percent of total predicted admissions offers.

Last year, 26 percent of applicants were accepted through the non-binding early action admissions cycle, and 23.8 percent of applicants were accepted through the regular decision admissions cycle.

The University announced in May that for the first time since 2006, they would permit students to apply early decision. In fall 2006, former University President John T. Casteen III cited the reason for ending early decision to be removing a barrier for low-income students to access a top-tier education at U.Va.

“It has become the case since about 1990 that few students from low-income families have applied for early decision,” Casteen said. “The reasons are several, but in the end the effect of early decision nationally and here in Virginia appears to be that the opportunity that early decision has represented has come somehow to be the property of our most advantaged applicants rather than the common property of all applicants.”

In a previous interview with The Cavalier Daily about reinstating early decision, Roberts said that “all discussions that took place considered the potential impact on economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students.”

“Since UVA meets 100% of financial need to [all] applicants regardless of the plan they choose, we can make our best aid offer to students with financial need in ED,” Roberts added.

Students who applied early decision had to submit their applications Oct. 15, ahead of the Nov. 1 early action deadline. The Office of Admission received a record-breaking 25,063 early action applications in November.

Students applying for regular decision admission have until Jan. 1, 2020 to get their applications in.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Stanford to Release REA Results for Class of 2024 on December 6, 2019

Restrictive Early Action decisions will be released on Friday
The Office of Undergraduate Admission will release decisions to Restrictive Early Action applicants on Friday, December 6 at 4 p.m. (PST).

Friday, November 15, 2019

UVA Received 2157 Early Applications for Class of 2024

The University announced in May that it would re-institute its binding early decision application option for the first time since 2006 — allowing students who have decided that U.Va. is their first choice to apply by Oct. 15, before the early action deadline of Nov. 1 and regular decision deadline of Jan. 1. The Oct. 15 early decision deadline is the earliest permissible deadline by the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

This year, the University expects around 40,000 applicants after receiving a record-breaking 40,869 applications last year. In 2006 — the last year offering early decision — the University saw 2,410 students apply early decision out of a total of 16,000 applicants. Of early decision applicants, 973 students were offered admission, making up approximately 16 percent of admitted students in 2006, with an acceptance rate of 40.4 percent. The overall acceptance rate in 2006 was 37 percent.

Last year, the University accepted 26 percent of early action applicants and 24 percent of regular decision applicants. According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Gregory Roberts, applications are reviewed with the same process and regarded with the same standard, regardless of when students choose to submit their application.

When early decision was last implemented at the University from the 1960s to 2006, about 30 percent of enrolled students applied via early decision. In 2006, when the University announced it would remove early decision, former University President John T. Casteen III said the action was “an effort to remove an identified barrier to qualified low-income students and their families who have long believed that top-tier universities were not within their reach.”

Early decision application policies faced criticism in the past about how the binding option may disproportionately favor students who come from wealthy backgrounds and do not need to compare the financial aid packages of different universities. Of the 947 students admitted through early decision in 2005, fewer than 20 applied for financial aid, and only one student qualified for the University’s maximum financial aid package.

The University utilizes a variety of tools to reach out to low-income students in the recruitment process. Deputy University Spokesperson Wes Hester pointed to partnerships with organizations such as the College Advising Corps in Virginia and the College Bound Initiative as ways the University reaches out to first-generation students and low-income families in the recruitment process.

“The University’s recruitment programs to urban and rural areas of the country … allow U.Va. to connect with high-achieving, low-income students and spread a message of access, affordability and inclusion,” Hester said. 

In a previous interview with The Cavalier Daily, Roberts said that “all discussions that took place considered the potential impact on economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students.”

“Since UVA meets 100% of financial need to [all] applicants regardless of the plan they choose, we can make our best aid offer to students with financial need in ED,” Roberts added.

Roberts declined a request for additional comment.

Decisions to admit, defer or deny early decision applicants will be released in mid-December. Non-binding early action will remain an option for students, with applications due on Nov. 1, and regular decision applications due Jan. 1.

The University joins a handful of other public universities that offer a binding early decision option, including The College of William and Mary and Virginia Tech. Approximately 34 percent of the College of William and Mary and 15 percent of Virginia Tech’s class of 2023 were accepted through early decision.

“There's no ‘easier’ time to apply to U.Va.,” Associate Dean of Admissions Jeannine Lalonde wrote on her admissions blog. “There's definitely a better time for you to give us an application, though. You need to submit when you can present your best application.”

Penn Received 6088 Early Applications for Class of 2024

Penn received 6,088 early decision applications for the Class of 2024 — a more than 14% decline from last year's number of applications.

The sharp decrease comes after Penn's ED applicant pool of 7,109 hit a slight plateau for the Class of 2023 after it had been steadily growing since 2011. In 2017 — the year prior — Penn saw a record-breaking 15% increase in applications to the University.

This year, Penn Admissions extended the Nov. 1 deadline for applicants in areas affected by crises and made slight changes to the application's essay portion.

The statistics for this year are still subject to change, however, once data is finalized and released from QuestBridge, an organization that connects low-income students with top colleges.

"Conversations that I've had with colleagues is that, in general, we're seeing early decision and some early action pools down, in terms of applications," Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dartmouth Accepted 1,876 Students for Class of 2023

Dartmouth offered acceptance to 7.9 percent of applicants for the Class of 2023 — a historic low and 0.8 percent decrease from last year — marking the third consecutive year that the College’s acceptance rate has decreased. This year also saw the highest number of applicants in the College’s history, 23,650, which is a 7.3 percent increase from last year. Fifty-one percent of admitted U.S. citizens are people of color.

A record 16 percent of the admitted class of 1,876 prospective students are first generation college students, and about 40 percent come from low or middle-income families. The Office of Admissions defines a low or middle-class household as a household with less than $200,000 in annual income, according to vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin. Ninety-two of the accepted students matched with Dartmouth through QuestBridge, a program that helps low-income students find post-secondary educational opportunities.
“We were deliberately focusing this cycle on socioeconomic diversity as a way of syncing up with the capital campaign and its commitment to broader access,” Coffin said.

Seventeen percent of admitted students are projected to qualify for Pell Grants and 48 percent to date will receive scholarships from Dartmouth. The average scholarship was greater than $53,000, which is a record high.

Nine percent of accepted U.S. citizens are legacies, and 49 different faith traditions are represented among the accepted students.

All 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington D.C. are represented in the admitted students pool. Nineteen percent of all accepted students are from New England, 13 percent are from “rural America,” and 41 percent are from southern or western United States. The five states with the highest number of admitted students were, in order, California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.

Twelve percent of all admitted students are citizens of a foreign country. Sixty-nine countries are represented, with the highest numbers of accepted applicants being from the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Brazil and India in decreasing order. Of the 69 countries, applicants of 63 have been offered financial aid.

The admitted students of the Class of 2023 also had a mean SAT score of 1501 of 1600, the highest ever.

Brown Accepted 1,782 Students for Class of 2023

The University admitted 1,782 students to the class of 2023 Thursday, bringing the overall acceptance rate to a record-low 6.6 percent, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell.

The regular decision acceptance rate was 4.8 percent, the lowest in University history. The applicant pool of 38,674 students was the largest the University has seen, up 9 percent from last year’s applicant pool of 35,438 students, The Herald previously reported.

The Admission Office intentionally admitted a low percentage of applicants in anticipation of a high yield rate, Powell said. He expects a high percentage of admitted students to enroll at the University this year due to the large number of students accepted through early decision and increasing awareness of the Brown Promise, which replaced all loans with grants in financial aid packages this year. The Admission Office accepted 769 students during early decision, The Herald previously reported.

Sixty-five percent of admitted students intend to apply for financial aid, an increase from 64 percent in the class of 2022.

“We expect that further information sharing and further notoriety around Brown Promise will draw more students to look more closely at their financial aid awards,” Powell said. “In the second year of the Brown Promise, students and families should know very clearly that (their financial aid packages) will be more compelling than it has ever been.”

In building the class of 2023, the Admission Office “sought out students who represent not just incredible talent … but also those students who bring to campus a certain perspective that we value,” Powell said.

Forty-nine percent of admitted students identify as people of color, the same percentage as last year. First-generation students account for 14 percent of admitted students, compared to 13 percent in last year’s admitted class.

Though the Admission Office seeks to strengthen first-gen representation at the University every year, “no category of students has a perfectly linear … change in representation,” Powell said.

The University is also expanding its annual A Day on College Hill admitted students program, which consisted of two overnight events last year. This year, admitted students can choose to attend one of two overnight visits or a new day-only version of ADOCH which will take place April 24. Powell expects the additional opportunity to visit campus through ADOCH to increase interest in matriculation.

“We know from our data that admitted students who visit campus are far more likely to enroll than admitted students who don’t visit campus,” Powell said. “We know that something magical happens when they visit College Hill, and we want to give admitted students one more opportunity to visit campus.”

In an effort to increase access to campus during ADOCH, the Admission Office has increased the number of travel grants offered to admitted students from 432 to 500 this year.

Admitted students hail from all 50 states, led by California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas. In addition, 80 countries are represented, led by China, Canada, India, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Thirteen percent of admitted students this year are international, up from 11 percent in the admitted class of 2022.

Thirty-three percent of admitted students indicated an intended concentration in the physical sciences, a 2 percent increase from last year. Powell said. The Admission Office has also seen growth in admitted students interested in the humanities, who make up 18 percent of the cohort.

Eighteen students were admitted through the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, and 94 students were admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education.

Moving forward, the Admission Office will continue working “to build a class that fulfills the priorities of the University” and aiming to admit socioeconomically diverse students, Powell said.

Cornell Accepted 5,183 Students for Class of 2023

Students accepted to Cornell’s Class of 2023 are unprecedentedly diverse, with 55 percent of those admitted identifying as students of color, including both underrepresented minorities and Asian-Americans – the highest percentage in university history.
Cornell University

Cornell received more than 49,000 applications and admitted a total of 5,183 students, including early admission candidates, bringing its overall admission rate to 10.6 percent. Applicants to Ivy League schools were notified of their admission status March 28 at 7 p.m.

For students who completed the financial aid application process, Cornell will begin releasing financial aid packages online March 29. Cornell has made significant investments in financial aid over the past decade. In 2018-19, Cornell awarded more than $270 million in undergraduate financial aid. After six years of slowing the rate of undergraduate tuition increases, Cornell made its lowest tuition increase in decades in 2019-20.

Admitted Class of 2023 applicants hail from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 69 other countries. International students comprise 8 percent of the admitted class, with 95 nations represented based on citizenship.

Aside from New York, the states most represented among the admitted students are California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Beyond the U.S., the top countries represented include Canada, China, India, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Thirty-two percent of admitted students self-identify as underrepresented minorities, and 670 of those admitted will be first-generation college students.

Jason C. Locke, interim vice provost for enrollment, said the admitted class reflects Cornell’s commitment to diversity and to welcoming students from all backgrounds.

“We have admitted an extraordinarily gifted and accomplished group of students for the Class of 2023, and we look forward to showcasing Cornell’s exceptional academic offerings and dynamic community when we host students and families on campus in April,” he said.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept Cornell’s offer. In the meantime, prospective students and their families have numerous opportunities to learn more about Cornell.

Around 1,800 students are expected to visit the Ithaca campus during Cornell Days, the admitted student visitation program, which runs April 14-26. The university also expects to host more than 500 students during Diversity Hosting days, April 10-26.

“We’re offering a tremendous amount of activities and opportunities for admitted students to see Cornell up close so they can really appreciate and experience all the university has to offer,” said Shawn Felton, director of undergraduate admissions. “During Cornell Days, visitors can attend a class, stay overnight in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, see our facilities, and talk with current students, faculty and staff. These interactions play a significant role in their decision to attend, so we make sure they’re immersive, informative and enjoyable.”

Nearly 1,400 early decision students are already participating in CU on the Hill, a peer-to-peer Cornell social network. On April 13, Cornell will invite admitted students to join “CU on the Hill Live!” events, where Cornell alumni and student ambassadors around the world will host a virtual open house to welcome the Class of 2023.

Cornell will also host in-person events around the world, including a reception April 7 in Mumbai, India, for newly admitted Tata scholars.

An estimated 50 first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Hotel Administration will enroll in January 2020 as part of the First-Year Spring Admission (FYSA) program. Cornell enrolled its fourth class of FYSA students in spring 2019.