For the first time in four years, Cornell’s early decision acceptance rate increased for the Class of 2024.
Cornell admitted 1,576 out of 6,615 early decision applicants, or 23.8 percent, a slight increase from last year’s 22.6 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2023, according to University statistics provided to The Sun. The early decision acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 was 24.4 percent.
Of the accepted students, 51.6 percent are women — a four percent decrease from last year. Students of color comprise 39.7 percent of admitted students, a similar figure to the percentage of students of color admitted early for the Class of 2023. Early decision applications from underrepresented minorities also increased by 11 percent.
Legacy students — whom the University recommends applying early decision — constitute 22.1 percent of the class, the same as last year. Athletes are 12.1 percent of the admitted class, a 1.4 percent decrease from last year.
According to the press release, early decision applications for the Class of 2024 rose by 7.4 percent when compared to the Class of 2023 and 4.6 percent over the Class of 2022. The University received the highest number of early decision applications in its history for this year’s admissions cycle. Over the decade, early decision applications to the University has increased by 90 percent.
Compared to last year, the percentage for international students admitted early decision also rose, with international students composing 13.6 percent of early admits.
Students who received news of their admission to Cornell on Thursday night were elated. One student wrote, “So happy to say I’m a Cornellian!”
Parents and Cornell’s schools also expressed their excitement with the admissions decisions. On Twitter, a parent wrote of their daughter’s acceptance into the Dyson School of Applied Economics, accompanied with a video of her viewing her acceptance letter.