The pool, which includes both early decision and regular decision applicants, represents a 9.8 percent increase over last year’s pool of 20,034. Both the early and regular decision pools saw increases, from 1,999 to 2,270 — 13.5 percent — for early-decision and from 18,022 to 19,735 — 9.5 percent — for regular decision. This year’s early-decision pool was also the largest in the College’s history, and the first such pool with over 2,000 applicants. The Classes of 2019 and 2020 received 20,504 and 20,675 applicants, respectively.
In the College’s press release, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin attributed the increase in applicants to expanded recruitment efforts and the College’s new communications plan, which emphasizes the College’s commitment to teaching. The College publicly announced the plan on its website on Jan. 21. Coffin also noted that the applicant pool has increased qualitatively as well as quantitatively, though the press release did not provide statistics on applicants’ GPAs or standardized test scores.