Evanston, Ill. - For the ninth consecutive year, applications to Northwestern University have reached a new high, the school announced Wednesday. At 31,991, total applications for the class of 2016 are up by 3.5 percent, a release from Northwestern said.
This follows a 15.2 percent increase in early-decision applications, from which a record 814 students, or approximately 40 percent of Northwestern’s Class of 2016, already enrolled in December, the release said. A total of 2,450 applied early.
The record 40 percent of the Class of 2016 enrolled at Northwestern via early admission compares with 33 percent of the Class of 2015 and 28 percent of the Class of 2014.
The 31,991 applications received this year are almost double the number Northwestern received in 2005 (16,228), and the 15 percent increase in early-decision applications for the Class of 2016 follows a 26 percent increase the year before.
Additionally, the release said, this school year Northwestern also produced the second highest number of Fulbright grant recipients among the nation’s research institutions, according to a ranking published last fall in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright winners, who currently teach, conduct research or study in countries around the world, represent every Northwestern undergraduate school as well as the law and medical schools.
Admissions officials now are poring over regular-decision applications to select the remaining approximately 1,225 students who will make up next year’s freshman class.
“We’ve had an extremely successful year in attracting a very strong pool of high-quality applicants,” Christopher Watson, dean of undergraduate admissions, said. “The Northwestern name increasingly is known both in the United States and internationally. Now our staff will be making difficult choices as we make our admissions decisions.”