Friday, March 15, 2019

MIT Accepted 1,410 Students for Class of 2023

Between Early and Regular Action, 21,312 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2023. As of today (inclusive of Early Action), we have offered admission to 1,410 students.

The Class of 2023 has been curated with care to collectively climb the mountain that is MIT. They represent all 50 states, 67 countries, and nearly 1,000 high schools all across the world. Though they all do different things — morphology and marathons, innovation and informatics, twirling and taekwondo — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to make the world a better place. We can’t wait to welcome them to our campus to join the 4,602 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home.

There are also students who may be climbing other mountains, with other mountaineers, next fall. Of the students to whom we do not offer admission today, we have placed a small number on our waitlist and informed the balance that we will not be able to admit them to the Class of 2023. Turning away so many kind, generous, and super-smart students has left us bleary-eyed and reminded us that what we do is more than a job, but a privilege and an honor. Thank you for sharing your aspirations and inspirations with us in the application process.

If you are among the many stellar students to whom we are not offering admissions, then all I can remind you is that success is not always a straight line. That your path isn’t something MIT sets you on, it’s something you make yourself. And if you spend the next few years trying to make wherever you are as amazing as you can (as you already are), then someday you’ll look back on this Pi Day and realize it all worked out okay.

I’m closing comments on this blog post to concentrate conversation in the open threads for admitted, waitlisted, and not admitted students. Answers to frequently asked questions for waitlisted students can be found here, with more information about next steps to come in early April.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023, and best wishes to all of our applicants. No matter where you enroll next fall, please make it a better place. I know you can. I hope you will.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Yale Received 36,829 Applications for Class of 2023

NEW HAVEN — Yale University has received a record number of applications for the fourth year in a row, with 36,829 high school students seeking one of about 1,570 spots in the class of 2023, according to Admissions Office spokesman Mark Dunn.

The number is 4.3 percent higher than last year’s record of 35,305 applicants, which was itself 7.3 percent larger than in 2017, according to figures supplied by Dunn.
While he said he couldn’t point to an exact reason, Dunn said, “We’ve expanded enrollment. We have two new residential colleges,” which allows
Yale to admit 200 more students each year. “Younger students are inspired by what they see in front of them.”

With more high school seniors being admitted to Yale each year, “I think that will inspire more seniors through their networks” to apply, Dunn said.

Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray colleges, which opened in the fall of 2017 and are situated on the north end of campus along Prospect Street between Grove Street Cemetery and Ingalls Rink.
On Dec. 14, Yale offered admission to 794 high school seniors through early action, Dunn said. They have until May 1 to accept the offer, the same date as those who are offered regular admission, to accept Yale’s offer. Regular decision applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted online by March 28, Dunn said.

In 2018-19, Yale’s tuition was $53,430 and room, board and other expenses totaled $19,750, for a total of $73,180.

According to the Admissions Office’s website, “Yale financial aid awards meet 100% of demonstrated financial need without any loans. 64% of students receive financial assistance.” Yale also requires all students to meet part of the cost through what it calls Student Effort, which may be met through working, a scholarship from an outside source or a personal loan.

This year’s applicant total is 24 percent higher than the 29,610 seniors who applied to enter Yale in the fall of 2013, according to Dunn. Since then:

The number of applicants from racial or ethnic minority groups has grown 51 percent.

International applicants have increased at about the same rate as U.S. applicants.

Applications from first-generation college students have grown 42 percent.

Those living in lower-income areas have increased 110 percent (the Admissions Office has used a direct-mail campaign to attract those students).

In an emailed statement, Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said, “Given how many factors influence students’ application choices, we never attempt to attribute direct cause and effect relationships between specific strategies and the applicant pool. It is also important to note that our office, and the University’s leadership, do not measure the success of our outreach efforts simply by the number of applications we receive. Quality matters much more to the Admissions Committee than quantity.”

Meanwhile, Yale’s endowment of $29.4 billion, a record for the university, fell to the third largest among U.S. universities as the high price of oil brought the joint endowment of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University up to $31 billion, according to Bloomberg. However, Bloomberg reported that Texas’ total may drop because of the falling price of oil. Also, the University of Texas system totals 235,000 students compared with Yale’s 12,000.

Harvard University has the nation’s largest endowment at $39.2 billion.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Brown Received 44,957 Applications for Class of 2023

The University received 38,640 applications for the Class of 2023 — the most in its history, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell. The applicant pool increased by approximately 9 percent from last year’s applicant pool of 35,438 students.

The number of applicants who identify as students of color increased by 12 percent, according to Powell. These students comprise 47 percent of all applicants for the Class of 2023, compared to 45 percent of applicants last year. The University also saw a 6 percent increase in students applying for financial aid, as well as a 16 percent increase in first-generation applicants.
“This is the most diverse applicant pool we’ve ever had, which is a testament to the strengths of Brown and the outreach we have done for years to try to attract the most interesting and talented students from all over the world,” Powell said. “It’s diverse in almost every way you can imagine.”

Powell attributed the growing interest in the University to the recent Brown Promise, which eliminated student loans from financial aid packages, The Herald previously reported. But he emphasized that attracting a large applicant pool was not the goal of implementing these changes.

“(The Brown Promise) is the right thing to do, and it also makes Brown a much more attractive place financially for many students and families,” Powell said. “Our policies are truly focused on demonstrating our values, and not explicitly on changing the size of the applicant pool.”

Along with the Brown Promise, recent on-campus developments such as the new Engineering Research Center, the expansion of the Watson Institute and the Carney Institute for Brain Science are appealing to prospective students, Powell said.

“We have an incredibly strong foundation of access and affordability and outreach,” Powell said. “That combination make us incredibly attractive to a much broader population of students than has ever been attracted to Brown.”

Physical sciences are the most popular category of academic interest among applicants, followed by social sciences. Additionally, the top three intended concentrations among applicants are engineering, biology and computer science.

The number of students interested in the physical sciences increased by 23 percent this year. This growing interest “mirrors a national trend,” Powell said.

All 50 states are represented in the pool, with California, New York and Massachusetts sending the largest number of applicants, respectively. In addition, applicants come from 157 countries, led by China, India and Canada.

The number of international students within the applicant pool increased by 7 percent, “where many schools in the country are seeing a decrease in international applicants,” Powell said.

Regular decision results for the Class of 2023 will be released on Thursday, March 28.

Penn Received 44,957 Applications for Class of 2023

Like most universities, Penn does not have a standard system for fact-checking applications. Admissions officers perform initial reviews in as little as four minutes, and a call to a high school guidance counselor or an email to an applicant is as thorough as checks get.

The New York Times reported in December that a student was admitted to Wharton after writing a compelling essay about the death of his mother. But after admissions officers called his home and his mother picked up the phone, Penn rescinded his acceptance.

Given the massive volume of applications the University receives — 44,957 applicants for the Class of 2023 — current and former admissions officers agree that fact-checking applications is not feasible and instances of outright fabrication seem to be rare.

“I don’t think rigorous fact-checking is necessary, but I also don’t think it’s feasible,” Elizabeth Heaton, a former regional director of admissions for Penn and educational consultant for College Coach, said. “A whole industry would have to spring up around that.”
Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said rigorous fact-checking would involve extensive documentation and place an unwanted burden on both applicants and admissions officers. During his tenure, Furda said there has only been one enrolled Penn student whose acceptance was rescinded for false application materials.

“At what level do you put up such barriers for either students or the people that are on the other side of this that basically paralyzes yourself for what may be a handful of cases,” Furda added.

Kathryn Bezella, Vice Dean and director of marketing and communications for Penn Admissions, confirmed that following up with a guidance counselor or applicant is rare.

“Within my region I might do it, I don’t know, 20 to 30 times across a single cycle,” Bezella said, adding that she reviews applications from Washington, D.C. and South and Central Asia.

Bezella said these follow-ups are not necessarily intended for fact-checking purposes, and can also involve clarifying questions or requests for more application materials.

Despite the lack of a formal fact-checking system, former admissions officers say they have still caught applicants lying.

Heaton recalled an instance when a regular decision applicant plagiarized their essay based on an essay written by another student who had already been admitted early decision. The former Penn regional admissions director said when she noticed the stark similarities between the two essays, she decided to make a call to the student’s high school.

“I had the time and I guess the interest and I went back and looked and discovered that yes, in fact, that's what had happened,” Heaton said. “We denied the student who had plagiarized and the other kid was able to keep his acceptance.”

Without a formal system in place, the validity of a student’s application is almost entirely determined by an admissions officer's intuition. Bezella said because of the high number of applications she reads and familiarity with her region, she can typically identify false transcripts and essays written by college consultants.

“After you’ve read several thousand essays by 17-year-olds, you do have some sense of ‘this is not how a 17-year-old writes',” Bezella said.

Even if an applicant is caught lying, Penn cannot legally notify other universities. Antitrust laws prohibit colleges from sharing information about applicants with each other, and colleges are also barred from asking candidates where else they applied.

Daniel Evans, a former Penn admissions officer, also said he once found out an applicant falsely claimed he had Native American heritage after he reached out to his high school.

“It’s hard for me to say the college needs to spend more time [on fact-checking],” Evans said. “A lot of colleges are seeing really robust increases in applications, and their staffs are not necessarily growing proportionally.”

While outright lying is rare, applicants exaggerating on their applications is more common, Director of One-Stop College Counseling and 1986 Wharton graduate Laurie Kopp Weingarten said. As a personal consultant for students applying to college, Weingarten said she often corrects students who state unrealistic total number of hours spent each week on extracurricular activities. She added that she questions students who have "50 hours a week of activities" on their application.

“Though this year, I did have a parent say ‘so how much can we fabricate,'” Weingarten said.

Exaggerations are more difficult to fact-check, however, and admissions officers agreed that formally investigating them would not be an effective use of time.

“With an eight percent admit rate if we’re not quite sure about something, guess what, we don’t have to take the risk,” Furda said.

Staff Reporter Seth Schuster contributed reporting.

Northwestern Received 40,577 Applications for Class of 2023

After years of growing applications, the number of undergraduate applicants to Northwestern is beginning to stabilize.

The number of regular decision applicants for the class of 2023 was “flat” compared to last year, said Christopher Watson, the dean of undergraduate admission. The Office of Undergraduate Admission received a total of 40,577 applications by the Jan. 1 deadline, he told The Daily.

This is only about 100 more applicants than last year, when 40,425 students applied to NU in total, Michael Mills, the associate provost for university enrollment, told The Daily in an email.

“Overall, the numbers for the class of 2023 are only up slightly,” Watson said. “It’s a very tiny increase from last year.”

Watson estimated that the overall acceptance rate for first-year students is expected to be about the same as last admissions season, which was 8.4 percent for the class of 2022. Each graduating class is made up of just under 2,000 students.

“It’s hard to know right now whether the number is going to be higher or lower,” Watson said, “but it should not be dramatically off.”

Watson also mentioned that the pools of applicants for fall 2018 and fall 2019 are “almost identical,” and that there “really was no shift” in composition. He said most students applied to Weinberg, while McCormick was the second most popular school.

Despite nationwide concern about international students applying in fewer numbers, Watson said NU did not see this trend in the application pool. In an email, Watson said he does not know the reason for this, though University President Morton Schapiro has expressed confidence in Northwestern’s ability to attract top-tier international students.

In 2016, Schapiro announced a school-wide priority to have 20 percent of an incoming class be Pell Grant-eligible by the fall of 2020. This was achieved with the class of 2022, and Watson said it should happen again with this year’s admits.

“Our class of 2023 Early Decision admits were 20 percent Pell (Grant-eligible), so there is no reason to think that we won’t have 20 percent Pell (Grant-eligible) in regular decision, too,” Watson said.

Schapiro, an education economist, said in an interview with The Daily on Monday that the number of applicants matches what he had predicted.

“Once you hit 40-41,000 apps, you look at the peers … the changing demographics, and now with an 8 percent admit rate it scares away a number of people who were not remotely admissible, which is good,” Schapiro said.

The change in applicants, he added, is visible in the number of Early Decision applicants, which rose about nine percent in December 2018. Watson said 4,399 students applied Early Decision to NU for the class of 2023. Those who applied regular decision will hear from NU in the spring, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Elizabeth Byrne contributed reporting.

Harvard Received 43,330 Applications for Class of 2023

Applications for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2023 reached 43,330, an increase of 1.4 percent from the 42,749 applicants for the Class of 2022.

“We are thrilled to once again see so many extraordinary students from throughout the nation and around the world apply to Harvard College,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.

There are slightly more men (50.2 percent) than women in the applicant pool this year. Most regions of the U.S. demonstrated increases in applications, especially the South, while interest from international areas remained strong.

There were increases across the board in academic interests, highlighted by an 11.6 percent increase in prospective computer scientists, 5.1 percent increase in social scientists, and a 4.2 percent increase in humanities-intended concentrators. Minority applications also increased, with a 5.1 percent rise in applications from Asian Americans, and a 3.4 percent increase on the part of Latinx students.

The economic diversity of the applicant pool also increased this year. Those requesting an application fee waiver rose by 15.5 percent over last year and first-generation College applicants increased by 13.8 percent.

Since launching the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in 2005, Harvard has awarded more than $2 billion in grant aid to undergraduates. Harvard’s undergraduate financial aid award budget has increased more than 138 percent, from $80 million in 2005 to more than $191 million in 2018. Further, Harvard’s net-price calculator makes it easy for families to get a sense of the College’s affordability.

Harvard costs the same or less than most public universities for 90 percent of American families. More than half of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid, and the average grant is $53,000. No loans are required. Families with incomes up to $150,000 and typical assets pay 10 percent or less of their annual incomes. Families with higher incomes receive need-based aid depending on individual circumstances.

Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee’s decisions on March 28. Admitted students will be invited to Cambridge to attend Visitas, a special program designed to familiarize them with the opportunities at Harvard. This year Visitas will be held from April 27 to 29, and students will have until the national reply date of May 1 to make their final college choices.

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.