After extending the Early Decision deadline by four days due to Hurricane Sandy, Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science received 3,126 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2017, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.
Last year, Early Decision applications for the Class of 2016 dipped 5.68 percent from the previous year, a trend that the admissions office attributed to the reinstatement of early admission policies at peer institutions.
Princeton saw an increase of roughly 10 percent in its number of early applications for its Class of 2017, and Yale saw a slight rise in its number of early applications, from 4,323 to 4,514.
Harvard has not yet released the number of early applications that it received, while Brown, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania received 2,957, 1,526, and 4,780 early applications, respectively.
A spokesperson from the College said that Columbia will release a full statement with details about the Early Decision class in December, after the admissions decisions have been mailed.