Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dartmouth Admitted 565 Students in ED for Class of 2022

Dartmouth admitted 565 students to the Class of 2022 from a record-high 2,270 early applicants.

The admitted students represent 24.9 percent of applicants, down from last year’s early decision acceptance rate of 27.8 percent and the lowest rate since 2010. The admitted students will comprise about 47 percent of the incoming class, in line with last year.

The early application pool was 13.5 percent larger than last year’s pool of 1,999 applicants. The number of early-admitted students is a slight increase from last year’s total of 555 students. The results were released online to applicants on Dec. 14.

Ninety-five percent of the admitted students are expected to be in the top 10 percent of their class, up from 92 percent last year. The class also had higher average scores on the ACT and SAT compared to last year’s early decision admits.

For the Class of 2022, 33 percent of those accepted are students of color, 10 percent are foreign citizens and 13 percent are first-generation college students, all increases compared to last year. Sixteen percent of the admitted students are legacies, students whose parents attended Dartmouth.

Twenty-six students were admitted through the QuestBridge program, which matches strong students from low-income backgrounds with higher education institutions.

Fifty-two percent of students were accepted with financial aid, while 12 percent are eligible for Pell Grants.

Students were accepted from 44 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., with the largest contingent of students hailing from California. Internationally, the admitted students represent 23 countries, with the highest number of students from Canada, Brazil, Kenya, the United Kingdom and China.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Johns Hopkins Admitted 610 Students in ED for Class of 2022

A talented and diverse group of 610 high school students who applied for early admission to Johns Hopkins University were offered admission today, making them the first members of the undergraduate Class of 2022.

In choosing to apply early admission, these students identified Johns Hopkins as their top choice and committed to attend if admitted.

The 2,037 applicants represent a slight increase from the record number who applied early decision last year. Of the 610 applicants, 29 percent intend to study in the Whiting School of Engineering and 71 percent are interested in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
The new students will bring a variety of impressive academic and extracurricular accomplishments with them to Baltimore.

The pool includes a student who started a "Code Like a Girl" program to encourage girls to pursue technology careers; a student who developed educational programming for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Teens Take the Met; and a keeper of honey bees. There is also one of the youngest players on the international competitive fiddle scene; the founder of "Tunes for Treatment," a music therapy program for cancer patients; and a mountain unicyclist.

Given the increased focus on the undergraduate experience at Johns Hopkins, it's exciting to see how many high school students are putting Johns Hopkins at the top of their college lists, said Ellen Kim, dean of undergraduate admissions.

"These are students who value collaboration, are ready to create change, and are eager to make a social impact," Kim said. "They exemplify the values of Johns Hopkins, and we're all excited to see what they bring to our campus community."

Students who applied early decision can view admissions decisions at mydecision.jhu.edu.

The remainder of the Class of 2022 will be selected from the regular-decision applicant pool. Regular decision applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 3. Admissions decisions will be announced in mid-March.


Brown Admitted 738 Students in ED for Class of 2022

The University admitted 21 percent of its early decision applicants to the class of 2022, selecting 738 students from the largest early decision applicant pool in the University’s history, wrote Dean of Admission Logan Powell in an email to The Herald. The University saw almost a 10 percent increase in the size of its application pool from last year with 3502 applications in comparison to 3186 for the class of 2021, Powell wrote.

Half of the accepted students for the class of 2022 intend to apply for financial aid, Powell wrote. Upon admission, those who qualify for financial aid will notice that their financial aid awards do not include loans, he said. This cohort is the first admitted under the Brown Promise Campaign, which reached its $30 million fundraising goal to replace all packaged loans with grants for incoming and current undergraduate students for the 2018-19 academic year, The Herald previously reported.

“We couldn’t be happier because it’s a great opportunity for those students offered admission, and obviously a wonderful opportunity for Brown to have those students,” Powell said.

For the first time in a decade, early decision students will be invited to attend A Day on College Hill, The Herald also reported. Admitted students will learn about ADOCH, which will be split into two programs, on the accepted student Facebook page after receiving their offers of admission.

Aliko Leblanc, an admitted student from Cecilia, Louisiana, plans to attend ADOCH in April. Leblanc decided to apply early decision to Brown after spending the summer on College Hill studying neuroscience.

“While I was there I had this feeling at Brown,” she said. “It wasn’t something that had to be, but was something that was meant to be for me,” she said, adding that the diversity she observed on campus solidified her decision to apply.

The University continues to see increasingly diverse applicant pools, Powell said. Over 38 percent of the early decision admits — 283 students — identify as people of color, which marks the highest percentage in the University’s history.

About 10 percent of admitted students will be the first in their families to attend a four-year university, Powell wrote, which is a slight decrease from the 13 percent admitted early decision for the class of 2021.

Of the 738 students accepted, 430 identify as female and 308 identify as male, Powell wrote. The gender distribution, though not balanced, is reflective of the distribution of the application pool, Powell said, adding that the University has seen more female-identifying applicants in the early decision pool for the last five years.

The early decision class of 2022 represents 33 nations and 43 states, Powell wrote. The highest number of accepted students hail from New York with 110 admits, followed closely by California and Massachusetts. China, the United Kingdom and India are the most represented foreign countries.

Consistent with previous years, the University admitted 6.3 percent of its Program in Liberal Medical Education Applicants, accepting 20 new students out of 318 early decision applicants.

The early decision class of 2022 does not include any veterans, though the University has implemented programs to increase its number of student veterans, as reported previously by The Herald.

Veterans are usually  “encouraged to apply as either Resumed Undergraduates (RUE) or transfers,” Powell wrote. “We expect veterans to apply in the later rounds, and we continue to be committed to their inclusion at Brown,” he added.

Ben Silverman, an accepted student from Evanston, Illinois, was excited to see confetti on his computer screen. He plans to study both engineering and filmmaking.

“I didn’t want to go somewhere where I couldn’t pursue both of those interests,” Silverman said.

Thomas Wilson  of Apex, North Carolina, knew Brown was the right school for him after his visit to  College Hill, he said. He hopes to concentrate  in Urban Studies, though he predicts that his focus will change many times during his tenure at Brown.

Maria Myer from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, also knew she wanted to apply to Brown after her visit to College Hill.

“I fell in love with the curriculum, and the fact that when I went there, people went out of their way to say hello to the new people on campus,” she said, adding that she plans to concentrate in biology or chemistry in addition to French.

Powell stressed that there is no strategic advantage in applying early decision.

“Every early decision student who was admitted is exceptional, and would have been admitted in our regular decision round,” Powell said, adding that the vast majority of admissions will go out in the regular decision process.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

MIT Admitted 664 Students in EA for Class of 2022

This year, 9,557 students applied for early admission to MIT, and we have offered early admission to 664. These students hail from more than 519 high schools scattered across the globe, from New England to New Zealand and many places in between. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,547 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Though they all do different things — baking and beekeeping, powerlifting and politicking, tennis and tensors — 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 deferred 6,210 applicants. These students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. Deferred students do not need to send us anything new other than the February Updates and Notes Form, which will become available in mid-January on your MyMIT account. We have posted more information for deferred students here.

Because of the competitiveness of our pool, we have already informed 2,498 students that we will not be able to offer them admission this year. This decision has been made with care, and it is final. I know this can be a difficult decision to receive. Take a deep breath, shake it off, and go crush the rest of your college applications this cycle.

The balance of the applicants - 185 - withdrew from our process before we issued decisions.

We recognize it's a lot of effort for all of you to apply to MIT. It's an honor and a privilege for us to read your applications. Thank you.

Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2022. I'll be closing comments on this post to focus the conversations on the open threads for admitted, deferred, and not-admitted students.

All best, everyone, and happy holidays.


Yale Admitted 842 Students in EA for Class of 2022

Yale College has offered admission to 842 applicants for the class of 2022 through its early action program. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan also reported that 55% of the 5,733 students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 29% were denied admission, and 2% were withdrawn or incomplete.

“The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension,” Quinlan said. “We are pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2022, and look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our Regular Decision process this spring.”

Earlier this month, Yale also offered admission to 52 students through the QuestBridge National College Match program. This is the highest number of students Yale has “matched” with through QuestBridge since its partnership with the organization began in 2007. On Dec. 1, these 52 students learned that they had been admitted to the Class of 2022 and qualified for a financial aid award with a $0 parent contribution. Yale’s financial aid polices ensure that parents in families with less than $65,000 in annual income — and typical assets — are not required to make any financial contribution toward the cost of their child’s education, including tuition, room, board, books, and personal expenses.

Earlier this fall, Yale announced a third set of enhancements to its financial aid polices that will benefit students from lower-income backgrounds. Starting next year, all students who qualify for a financial aid award with a $0 parent contribution will receive free hospitalization insurance coverage (previously $2,332 annually), and an additional reduction in Student Effort. These students also receive a $2,000 startup grant in their first year, and $600 supplements in subsequent years. Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid Scott Wallace-Juedes said: “We know that the cost of a Yale education extends beyond just the cost of tuition. 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.”

Pointing to both the new financial aid policies, and the expansion of the undergraduate student body, Quinlan said: “The addition of Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray colleges enables us to bring to Yale more students from a more diverse collection of backgrounds. The combination of expanding enrollment and greater representation of students from under-resourced backgrounds means more opportunity for more students.” Quinlan noted that the current first-year class of 2021 includes almost 100 more students eligible for federal Pell Grants than the Class of 2017.

All of Yale’s admissions offers are non-binding, and admitted students will have until May 1 to reply. The Admissions Office’s Director of Recruitment Hannah Mendlowitz said she hopes all admitted students will take the opportunity to visit Yale this winter or spring. In April, the Admissions Office will host two special programs for admitted students and their families: Bulldog Days, a 3-day/2-night open house from April 23-25; and Bulldog Saturday, a 1-day program on Saturday April 7. Both events will feature courses taught by Yale faculty, presentations by undergraduate resource centers, and events hosted by some of Yale’s hundreds of student organizations.


Duke Admitted 875 Students in ED for Class of 2022

On Thursday evening, 875 high school seniors will find out that they are the first members of Duke University's Class of 2022.

This year, 4,090 students applied under Duke's Early Decision program, a record number and 16 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 just under 51 percent of next fall’s incoming class of 1,720.

Of the 875 students offered admission, 707 will enroll in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the remaining 168 will enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering.

North Carolina is the state with the greatest representation among students admitted through Early Decision, followed closely by New York and California. Students of color comprise 40 percent of those admitted, and international students make up six percent.

For the second year, Duke participated in the QuestBridge Scholars program, a recruitment program geared specifically toward low-income and first-generation students; 37 of the admitted Early Decision students are QuestBridge Scholars.

With the increase in the number of applicants, the admit rate for Early Decision was 21 percent, the most selective Early Decision process in Duke’s history.

“We received almost 600 more Early Decision applicants this year,” Guttentag said, “We were gratified by the interest of so many talented and accomplished students. The students we’re admitting on Thursday, half of the class of 2022, will set the standard for accomplished, engaged and enthusiastic members of the Duke community.

“I was particularly pleased to see so many students from North Carolina among those we admitted. We always seek to enroll the most talented students from our home state, and this is an excellent step towards that goal.”

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, with most viewing their decisions within an hour. 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, 882 were deferred to the spring Regular Decision process. Last year, Duke received almost than 31,000 Regular Decision applications.

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


Penn Admitted 1,312 Students in ED for Class of 2022

Penn admitted 18.5 percent of its early decision applicants for the Class of 2022, a dramatic drop from last year's 22 percent ED rate and the previous year's 23.2 percent rate.

Penn also received a record-breaking 7,074 early decision applications this year, a 15 percent increase from last year's 6,147 applicants. Since the Class of 2018 applied, the early decision application pool has grown 38 percent, according to a press release from Penn Admissions.

Of those accepted this year, 25 percent had a parent or grandparent who had attended Penn, as opposed to the 16 percent of legacy applications received in November. Eleven percent of accepted students are first-generation college students, which is consistent with the percentage of first-generation applications received this year.

From this year's applicant pool, 1,312 were admitted, which is similar to the 1,354 applications admitted last year. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, approximately 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.

The drop in the ED rate this year largely results from the increase in applications received, rather than a decrease in the number of applications accepted, based on the data provided.

Twelve percent of students accepted this year are non-US citizens or permanent residents. There are representatives from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 54 foreign countries.

In an emailed statement, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda wrote that "it does not appear that travel bans and immigration legislation has impacted Penn's applicant pool."

He added that this year's admissions process was the first year the redesigned SAT test was accepted.

"With changes to format and scoring instituted by The College Board in 2016, most students received higher scores on the rSAT than what they would have received in the older SAT format. The rSAT represents a significant change within the larger college application landscape that may have impacted college search, choice, and application behavior on the part of individual students,” Furda wrote in the statement.