Friday, December 14, 2018

Cornell Admitted 1395 Students in ED for Class of 2023

Cornell admitted 1,395 out of 6,159, or 22.6 percent of the early decision applicants for the Class of 2023, down from the admission rates of 24.4 percent for the Class of 2022 and 25.8 percent for the Class of 2021, according to statistics provided by the University Friday morning.

Among the accepted students, 55.6 percent are women and 39.8 percent are students of color, which include African American, Asian American, Native American, Latinx and bi-multicultural students.

Legacy students — who the University said should apply early decision to show their commitment — constitute 22.1 percent of the admitted students pool, the same as last year, while the number of athletes rose two percentage points to this year’s 13.5 percent.

Despite the University’s concern that the current political climate will discourage international students from coming to the U.S., Cornell saw a total of 1,512 international early decision applicants this year, 1.5 percent more than the Class of 2022 and 21.3 percent more than the Class of 2021. With 171 applicants accepted, international students make up 12.3 percent of this year’s early decision admits pool.

Admission decisions for another 1,493, or 24.3 percent of the early decision applicants are postponed, which means these students will find out whether they get into Cornell on March 28, 2019, the same day for regular decision applicants.

The University said in a statement to The Sun that the decrease in the number of early decision admits is “planned in conjunction with” a decrease in Cornell’s target number of Fall freshman enrollment from 3,278 for the Class of 2022 to 3,175 for the Class of 2023, even though Jason C. Locke, interim vice provost for enrollment, said in an earlier interview that Cornell has been working to expand its class size.

Gillian Smith, a spokesperson for Cornell, declined to comment but said the University will provide explanations to this after the release of regular decision results.

Cornell currently has the highest early decision admission rates among the Ivy League. Harvard, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania all reached record-low acceptance rates at 13.4 percent, 18 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively. Princeton offered admissions to 13.9 percent of its applicants.

Yale Admitted 794 Students in EA for Class of 2023

Yale College admitted 794 students out of a record 6,020 early action applicants to the class of 2023 on Friday.

The number of admitted students corresponds to a 13.19 percent acceptance rate — the lowest early applicant acceptance rate since at least 2013 and a significant drop from the 14.7 percent of students admitted last year through the early action program. Last year, Yale accepted 842 students early action, while the year before 871 were offered a spot at Yale in December.

According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan, 56 percent of students who applied were deferred to the regular decision round of admissions, while 30 percent were denied admission and 2 percent were incomplete or were withdrawn.

“The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension” wrote Quinlan in a statement to the News. “We are pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2023, and look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our Regular Decision process this spring.”
The class of 2023 will be the third of four classes to be part of the expansion of Yale College from approximately 5,400 undergraduates in 2016 to approximately 6,200 undergraduates in 2020. The planned expansion was designed to increase the population of Yale College by 200 students each of the four years.

On Dec. 3, Yale also offered admission to 55 students through the QuestBridge National College Match program, a nonprofit that helps low-income students apply to leading colleges. This is the largest number of students “matched” with Yale since Yale partnered with QuestBridge in 2007, Quinlan said.

QuestBridge scholars qualify for a financial aid award with a $0 parent share. Yale’s financial aid policy says that parents in families with less than $65,000 in annual income — and typical assets — are not required to make any financial contribution towards the cost of their child’s education, including tuition, room, board, books and personal expenses. Yale still requires these students to contribute $2,850 toward the cost of their tuition through on-campus work-study jobs, according to the Questbridge website.

Quinlan told the News that this year’s class will “take advantage of recent enhancements” to undergraduate financial aid policies. Starting in the 2018–19 school year, students who qualify for a $0 parent share will receive free hospitalization insurance coverage and will receive a $2,000 “startup grant” — to provide funding for computers, clothing and other expenses — as well as a $600 supplements in subsequent years. More than 200 first years in the class of 2022 qualified for the program.

“We know that the cost of a Yale education extends beyond just the cost of tuition,” said Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid Scott Wallace-Juedes. “The new start-up grants and hospitalization coverage ensure that our students with the greatest financial need have what they need to succeed inside and outside the classroom. I am proud that we are furthering our extraordinary commitment to making the Yale experience affordable for everyone.”

In April, as part of recruitment efforts, all admitted students in both early action and regular decision pools and their parents will be invited to Bulldog Days — events designed to showcase Yale to prospective students and their families.

Hannah Mendlowitz, the Admissions Office’s director of recruitment, told the News that this year, there will be one three-day event held on April 15–17 and a single “Bulldog Saturday” on April 20.

“We’re looking forward to working with campus partners and current students to help the newly admitted members of the class of 2023 get to know Yale,” she said. “We’ll

be welcoming admitted students to campus during … and always appreciate the time and effort that everyone on campus — from current students to faculty to staff — puts in to making those events a success.”

Earlier this week, Harvard University and Princeton University accepted 13.4 percent and 13.9 percent of early action applicants.

Penn Admitted 1279 Students in ED for Class of 2023

Penn admitted 1,279 students this year through early decision to the Class of 2023, just 18 percent of the applicant pool — the lowest acceptance rate to date.

For the Class of 2022, Penn admitted 1,312 students, 18.5 percent, of its early decision applicants, a significant decrease from the two prior years, whose ED rates were 22 percent and 23.2 percent, respectively.

Each year, the University admits approximately half of the incoming class through early decision. This year, the 1,279 students admitted account for about 53 percent of the expected enrolling class.

Thirteen percent of students are international, hailing from 48 different countries, compared to last year's 54 countries. The number of states with admitted students dropped from 45 last year to 42 this year. Students from Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico were also admitted.

Of students admitted to the Class of 2023, 23 percent had a parent or grandparent who attended Penn. Last year, 25 percent of applicants were legacies admitted in last year’s ED period. Eleven percent of the accepted students are first-generation college students, the same representation as each of the last two early decision rounds.

Forty-eight percent identify as students of a minority group, which is the same as last year. Similarly, 51 percent identified as women, decreasing from 52 percent last cycle.

Admitted students to the Class of 2023 saw high test scores, the middle 50 percent scoring between 1440 and 1550 on the SAT and between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

This year, early decision applicants to the Class of 2023 plateaued. After steady growth among ED applicants since 2011, the applicant pool grew by 15 percent last year. This year’s ED pool saw a 0.52 percent increase including QuestBridge applicants – growing marginally from 7,073 applicants to 7,110 applicants.

Brown Admitted 769 Students in ED for Class of 2023

The University admitted 18 percent of early decision applicants to the class of 2023, marking the lowest early decision acceptance rate in the University’s history, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell. Seven hundred and sixty-nine students were accepted out of 4,230 applicants, which was the largest early decision applicant pool the University has ever seen, Powell said.

The number of early decision applications grew 21 percent from last year, when 3,501 students applied early decision, The Herald previously reported. The acceptance rate fell due to the large volume of applications, Powell said.

The Brown Promise — which replaced all loans in University financial aid packages with grants — had a major impact on the size and composition of the early decision applicant pool this year, Powell said. Since the University officially announced the initiative in December 2017 after the early decision deadline and right before the regular decision deadline, this year’s early decision applicant pool was the first group of prospective students to “change dramatically as a result of the Brown Promise,” Powell said.

Over half of the admits intend to apply for financial aid, more than any previous cohort of early decision admits in at least six years. The University also saw a 45 percent increase in applications from the Midwest this cycle. Both trends are “directly attributable to (the) Brown Promise,” Powell said.

“These were students who — in some cases, geographically or socioeconomically — might not have thought Brown was going to be affordable for them,” Powell added. The “Brown Promise now gives them an indication that Brown is affordable for them.”

Additionally, 12 percent of early decision admits are first-generation students, the largest number of students in at least six years, Powell said. Forty-four percent of admitted students identify as people of color, up from the 38 percent of early decision admits to the class of 2022, The Herald previously reported. Of the 769 admitted students, 390 identify as women while 379 identify as men, Powell added.

Students admitted early to the class of 2023 represent 46 states and 37 nations, Powell said. China, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and Canada are the most represented foreign countries, he added.

Though there has been a decline in the number of international students attending American colleges over the past two years, “we’re actually seeing increases in international students applying to Brown,” Powell said. He suggested that the University’s strong reputation abroad, the presence of dedicated alums in foreign countries and the Open Curriculum continue to attract international students to the University, despite national trends “in the opposite direction.”

“This is the beginning of another phenomenal class,” Powell said. “They’re talented, they’re socioeconomically diverse, they’re geographically diverse, they’re going to add incredible perspectives to the Brown community, and we’re happy to welcome them.”

Out of the early decision applicant pool, 27 percent were denied admission and 55 percent were deferred. The University denied more and deferred fewer early decision applicants this year, Powell said. Last year, 12 percent of early decision applicants were denied while 66 percent were deferred, The Herald previously reported.

This shift came in response to “nearly unanimous” feedback from high school counselors who suggested the University should deny early decision applicants who would not be competitive in regular decision rather than deferring them, Powell said. As the volume of applications has increased in recent years, the University has become more selective, he added.

“We want to be clear about an applicant’s chances in our pool,” Powell said. “In the short term, (being denied admission) is hard news to take. But if we can help the student refocus, recalibrate, shift their attention to a school that’s a better academic fit, then that’s the right thing for us to do.”

Topics: Admissions, Brown Promise, Brown University, early decision

Duke Admitted 882 Students in ED for Class of 2023

On Thursday evening, 882 high school seniors will find out they are the first members of Duke University's Class of 2023.

This year, 4,852 students applied under Duke's Early Decision program, a record number and 19 percent more than last year. By applying Early Decision, students indicate that Duke is their first choice and commit to enroll at the university if admitted.

Students admitted through Early Decision this year will represent 51 percent of next fall’s incoming class of 1,720. This year’s admit rate for Early Decision was 18 percent, making it the most selective Early Decision process in Duke’s history.

“We received 800 more Early Decision applicants this year,” Guttentag said, “That’s the largest one-year increase we’ve recorded. We were struck by the talents and accomplishments of so many of the students who applied this year, and had a difficult time choosing from among them. We know they’ll set the tone for an exceptional class come next August.”

Of the 882 students offered admission, 714 will enroll in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the remaining 168 will enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering.

North Carolina, New York and California are the states with the greatest representation among students admitted through Early Decision, followed by Florida and Texas. Students of color comprise 46 percent of those admitted, and international students make up six percent.

For the third year, Duke participated in the QuestBridge Scholars program, a recruitment program geared specifically toward low-income and first-generation students; 32 of the admitted Early Decision students are QuestBridge Scholars.University

Students admitted this year will also be the first class to be able to apply for funding through the Duke Gap year program, which will provide financial support for students participating in a year of service between high school and college.

“Great students from all over the country -- really, all over the world -- have made Duke their first choice of colleges. They have high expectations for what they’ll find here, and I know that Duke will exceed those expectations,” Guttentag said.

For the second year in a row, Duke will offer a Blue Devil Day program specifically for students admitted in the Early Decision process, where they will be introduced to many of Duke’s signature programs and opportunities; the date will be announced in early 2019.

Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, students will be able to receive their decisions online. Typically several hundred students view their decisions in the first several minutes. Those admitted students who applied for financial aid will also receive information about much aid they will be awarded.

Of those who applied via Early Decision this year, 903 were deferred to the spring Regular Decision process. Last year, Duke received more than 33,000 Regular Decision applications.

The deadline for Regular Decision applicants is Jan. 2, and final decisions will be made available to students March 30.

Harvard Admitted 935 Students in EA for Class of 2023

under Harvard College’s early action program, Harvard today admitted 935 students from an applicant pool of 6,958 to the Class of 2023.

“The Class of 2023 is off to a promising start,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “They are exceptionally talented in every way, and they bring with them remarkable diversity of lived experiences and backgrounds to share with their classmates over the next four years.”

This year, women constitute 51.3 percent of those students admitted early, compared with 47.2 percent last year. Women also expressed greater interest in the physical sciences and computer science than last year. Nearly 53 percent of those indicating the physical sciences as their proposed academic concentration are women, compared with 33 percent last year. For computer science, the increase was from 29 to 43 percent. Overall, there was slightly more interest in the social sciences, and relatively small fluctuations in other areas of study.

Julia Losner ’21 of Leverett House, who is concentrating in human developmental and regenerative biology, talked candidly about her love of science and her decision to apply and commit to Harvard. Losner, who became interested in the sciences when she was young, would ask her parents question after question in a quest for “why.” She said science complements her curiosity. “You’re never satisfied with the answers you get because every answer leads to more questions, and you want to dig down to the most molecular level to solve macro problems,” she said.

The increased focus on physical and computer science comes at an exciting time at Harvard. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences recently announced Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy Christopher W. Stubbs as its new dean of science. Among Stubbs’ top priorities are implementing new courses that meet the College’s revamped pedagogical objectives for the Program in General Education and bringing to fruition two early stage intellectual initiatives, one in quantitative biology and the other in quantum science and engineering.

The University also continues the strategic planning process for space in Cambridge as the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) makes the transition to have part of its activities happen in Allston starting in 2020.

In addition to indicating a wide range of academic interests, the Class of 2023 continues to be racially, geographically, and socio-economically diverse. Asian-Americans constitute 26.1 percent of those admitted (compared with 24.2 percent last year), African-Americans 12 percent (13.9 percent last year), Latinx 10.1 percent (9.9 percent last year), and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 1 percent (2 percent last year).

Notably, the percentage of international citizens rose from 8.2 percent last year to 11.2 percent this year. So far, more than 10 percent of the admitted class are first-generation college students, and 14.5 percent of applicants requested an application fee waiver, compared with 12.9 percent last year, indicating the potential for greater economic diversity in the class.

Harvard’s generous financial aid program — bolstered by the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, which seeks to increase low- and middle-income students’ awareness of Harvard’s affordability — aims to make the College accessible to any student who is admitted. Approximately 70 percent of students receive some form of aid, and about 60 percent receive need-based scholarships, paying an average of $12,000 per year. Twenty percent of parents pay nothing, and Harvard does not require loans. International students receive the same financial aid as domestic students.

Since the return of early action for the Class of 2016, when 4,228 students applied, there generally have been annual increases in those numbers of students, a pattern seen at many other colleges too. Harvard piloted the elimination of early action out of concern that college admissions had become too complex and pressured for students, and out of particular concern for students at under-resourced high schools. After carefully reviewing trends at Harvard in the years following the elimination of early action, Harvard saw that many highly talented students, including some of the best-prepared low-income and underrepresented minority students, were choosing programs with an early action or early decision option. To ensure that these students had an opportunity to consider Harvard, the College restored the nonbinding early option.

Students were notified of early action decisions via email after 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. Those admitted under early action are not obligated to attend and have until the universal decision date of May 1 to make their final college choices.

The deadline to apply for regular action is Jan. 1. But, in line with longstanding policy, the deadline will be extended for any students and schools affected by natural disasters or other traumatic events.

The Daily Gazette

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The List of ED II Schools

Colleges that offer ED II and the deadline for their application include:

American University: January 15
Bates College: January 1
Bennington College: January 15
Boston University: January 2
Bowdoin College: January 1
Brandeis University: January 1
Bryant University: January 15
Bryn Mawr College: January 1
Bucknell University: January 15
Carleton College: January 15
Case Western Reserve: January 15
Claremont Mckenna Colleges: January 1
Colby College: January 1
Colgate University: January 15
College of the Atlantic: January 15
College of Wooster: January 15
Colorado College: January 15
Connecticut College: January 1
Davidson College: January 2
Denison College: January 15
Dickinson College: January 15
Emory: January 1
Franklin & Marshall College: January 15
George Washington University: January 5
Gettysburg College: January 15
Grinnell College: January 1
Hamilton College: January 1
Hampshire College: January 1
Harvey Mudd College: January 5
Haverford College: January 1
Hobart and William Smith Colleges: January 15
Juniata College: January 5
Kenyon College: January 15
Lafayette College: January 15
Lehigh University: January 1
Macalester College: January 1
Middlebury College: January 1
Mount Holyoke College: January 1
New York University: January 1
Northeastern University: January 1
Oberlin College: January 2
Occidental College: January 1
Pitzer College: January 1
Pomona College: January 1
Reed College: December 20
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: December 15
Rhodes College: January 1
Saint Olaf College: January 8
Sarah Lawrence College: January 2
Scripps College: January 4
Sewanee: The University of the South: January 15
Skidmore College: January 15
Smith College: January 1
Swarthmore College: January 1
Trinity College: January 1
Trinity University: January 1
Tufts University: January 1
Union College: January 15
University of Chicago: January 1
University of Miami: January 1
University of Richmond: January 15
Vanderbilt University: January 1
Vassar College: January 1
Wake Forest University: January 1
Washington University: January 2
Washington and Lee University: January 1
Wellesley College: January 1
Wesleyan University: January 1
Whitman College: January 1