Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cornell Admitted 5,863 Students to the Class of 2025

 Cornell’s admitted class of 2025 – a class that applied to college during an unprecedented year interrupted by pandemic-related closures and quarantines – is an impressive one and its composition has set new levels of diversity for the university.

“This has been a year like no other,” said Shawn Felton, executive director of undergraduate admissions for Cornell. “The lives of our applicants – and their experiences as high-school students – have changed. As a result, the way we reviewed applications also changed. It was especially important to be flexible this year; understanding and empathy have been key considerations for us.”

Cornell admitted 5,863 students to the Class of 2025, including early decision admission candidates.

The university continues to attract a diverse and inclusive student body. The proportion of admitted students who self-identify as underrepresented minorities increased to 34.2% from 33.7% last year, and 59.3% self-identify as students of color. That number has increased steadily over the past five years, enrollment officials said, from 52.5% in 2017 and 57.2% last year.

Of those admitted 1,163 will be first-generation college students – another increase over last year’s 844, Felton said.

Admitted members of the Class of 2025 come from 49 U.S. states (only Wyoming is not represented) plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, as well as 87 countries outside the United States. Based on citizenship, admitted students represent 113 countries.

The undergraduate admissions selection process was completed on April 6, the official notification date for Ivy League schools.

“In a process that can be time-consuming and daunting on both sides in any year, pandemic conditions tested everyone,” said Jonathan Burdick, vice provost for enrollment. “I’m astonished and want to recognize how much our applicants, their counselors and families, and our application readers persisted and even sometimes thrived through the uncertainties.”

Dartmouth Admitted 1749 Students to the Class of 2025

 Dartmouth has offered admission to 1,749 applicants to the Class of 2025 from the 28,357 students who applied, the admissions office reported Tuesday evening. The acceptance rate of 6.17% is the lowest in Dartmouth history. The College projects the class will comprise 1,150 students, suggesting a planned yield rate of roughly 66%.

The Class of 2025 saw an increase in applications of 33% over last year’s record applicant pool. This follows the implementation of a test-optional admissions policy due to pandemic-related testing difficulties.

Students identifying as “Black, Indigenous and other people of color” comprise 48% of the admitted class, the admissions office reported, noting that 51 different tribal nations and North American indigenous groups are represented in the Class of 2025. Seventeen percent of students are the first generation in their family to attend college — a record-high.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Columbia Admitted 2218 Students to the Class of 2025

Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science released offers of admission to 2,218 students on Tuesday, causing the acceptance rate to plummet to a record-low 3.66 percent. Admitted students come from all 50 states and 100 countries.

During the 2020-21 admissions cycle, Columbia Undergraduate Admissions received 60,551 applications, a 51 percent increase from last year. This spike in applications, which peer institutions have also experienced, led the Ivy League to push its joint decision release from its typical date in late March to April 6. This delay, according to a March 10 statement, would allow “Columbia to most effectively and carefully consider each applicant through its comprehensive holistic review process.” Students will have until May 3 to respond to their offers of admission.

“As we celebrate these individuals and the incredible promise of their futures, we stand in great admiration for all that they have achieved despite the significant challenges of the past year,” Jessica Marinaccio, dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, said in a statement.

Duke Admitted 2855 Students to Class of 2025

 DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University will notify 2,014 applicants Monday night of their admission to the Class of 2025, the culmination of a process representing the largest year-to-year increase in applicants in the school’s history.

With the 841 students previously admitted in December in the Early Decision process, a total of 2,855 students have been offered admission. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Duke received 49,555 applications for undergraduate admissions, representing an increase of almost 25 percent from the prior year.

About 10,000 more potential students submitted applications for 2021 admissions, compared to last year’s 39,717 undergraduate applications.

“This was, by far, the largest one-year increase in the university’s history,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. “I was proud of how everyone in the admissions office rose to the challenge of considering each applicant as an individual.”

The record-setting number happens during an unusual application period, with travel restrictions in place and many high schools shifted to online learning due to the pandemic.

Duke implemented a test-optional policy for this year’s admissions, and 44 percent of the applicants did not submit standardized exam scores.

“I think students from every background appreciated that that their SAT or ACT scores wouldn’t keep them from being competitive applicants,” Guttentag said. “We’re continuing our test-optional policy for the coming year, and will have a chance to reassess when the next admissions year is complete.”

Just over 1,000 students have accepted admission to Duke after taking a gap year or admission through early decision, leaving only about 700 places to be filled during the regular decision process.

“Ten percent of the class entering this fall were admitted a year ago, and decided to take a gap year,” Guttentag added. “That left fewer places than usual, for both Early Decision and Regular Decision.”

“In disruptive years like this, the percentage of students accepting our offer of admission is more difficult to predict,” Guttentag said. “I know many of our peer institutions have seen similar application increases this year, making their admissions processes more selective and less predictable.”

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Duke's admissions policy is "need blind," which means that applicants are accepted regardless of their ability to pay for college. Duke will meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students requiring aid.

High school seniors apply either to the university's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. Trinity College applicants increased by 28 percent from the previous year, and Pratt applicants increased by 14 percent.

International applications rose 43 percent, Guttentag said.

Duke Kunshan University, located in Kunshan, China, saw a record number of international applications this year. More than 1,800 students from over 100 countries applied to join DKU’s fourth undergraduate class, up from about 900 applications last year, said Jessica Sandberg, dean of international enrollment management.

Brown Admitted 2537 Students to Class of 2025

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On Tuesday, April 6, Brown University made 1,652 offers of admission to prospective members of next year’s entering undergraduate class. These admitted students from Brown’s regular decision applicant pool join the 885 early decision applicants offered admission last December for an admitted class of 2,537.

A total of 46,568 prospective students applied to attend Brown — a 27% increase from last year, and the University’s largest applicant pool to date by nearly 8,000 students.

“Brown was incredibly fortunate to select its incoming class from a vast and deep pool of extraordinary applicants,” said Dean of Admission Logan Powell. “With prospective students bringing a diverse range of educational achievements, personal characteristics and talents, our process remained human-focused. We made individualized decisions about each student, we heard and read their stories, and we drew upon those stories to admit a Class of 2025 that is both academically superlative and contains an incredible array of perspectives.”

The marked one-year growth in applications is largely a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on high school students and the admission process, Powell said. With prospective students facing limited ability to register for standardized tests, for example, Brown made the submission of test scores optional for the year’s admissions cycle — with many universities doing the same, some students may have cast a wider net in applying.

Powell said that applicants were invited to share how the challenges of the last year have impacted themselves and their families in two ways: Brown’s optional video portfolio — which gives students the chance to submit a 2-minute video sharing who they are and why they aspire to attend Brown — and a new Common Application question focused on community disruptions that have affected students.

“Whether looking at the global pandemic or movements to support racial justice or the environmental impacts of climate change, this has been a year of great unrest for students all over the country and world,” Powell said. “These tools really helped us understand and contextualize cases where these issues have impacted the health, financial security and academic experiences of students and their families.”

Brown’s ability to meet the full demonstrated financial need of enrolled undergraduates was a key factor for many applicants, Powell added, especially in a year when the pandemic has negatively impacted finances for many families. Among students admitted to the Class of 2025, 69% intend to apply for financial aid, continuing the high percentage of admitted students applying for financial assistance since the launch of the Brown Promise initiative, which replaced loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

With A Day on College Hill — Brown’s annual open house for admitted students — cancelled to ensure the health and safety of would-be participants, the admissions office has now launched the Bruniverse, a robust virtual campus visit platform that invites admitted students to interact with faculty, staff, students and alumni from Brown in a range of discussion formats, including one-on-one conversations and live Q&As.

Applicants began logging on to a secure website at 7 p.m. on April 6 to learn the status of their applications. Admitted students have until May 3 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of approximately 1,665, including 15 Brown / RISD Dual Degree admits.
Highlights from the admitted Class of 2025

The pool: The applicant pool of 46,568 is the largest in Brown’s history.

Admission rate: The University admitted 5.4% of applicants to the Class of 2025.

Academic standing: 95% of admitted students are in the top 10% of their high school classes.

Diversity: 55% identify as students of color.

First-generation college students: 17% represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

Financial aid: 69% intend to apply for financial aid.

United States: Students from all 50 U.S. states were admitted. The top five states are California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas.

International: The top countries (by number of admitted students) beyond the U.S. that are represented in the admitted student pool are China, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey and South Korea.

High schools: Admitted students come from 1,703 high schools — 58% attend public schools, 31% attend private schools, and 11% attend parochial schools.

Academic interests: The top 10 intended concentrations include: computer science; economics; biology; political science; engineering; international and public affairs; biochemistry and molecular biology; health and human biology; neuroscience; and biomedical engineering.

Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program: From a pool of 696 applicants, 19 students were admitted to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program.

Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME): From a pool of 3,516 applicants — a 39% increase from last year — 82 students were admitted to PLME, an eight-year program leading to both a bachelor’s degree and an M.D. from Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School.

Yale Admiited 2169 Students to the Class of 2025

 Yale College admitted 2,169 students to the class of 2025 from its largest-ever pool of 46,905 applicants, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced on Tuesday.

The number of admitted students represents 4.62 percent of applicants for both early action and regular decision. This number is the lowest in recent years — down significantly from the 6.54 percent of students admitted to the class of 2024, 5.91 percent of students admitted to the class of 2023 and 6.31 percent of students admitted to the class of 2022. The record-breaking applicant pool represents a 33 percent increase from the 35,220 students who applied during the 2019-20 admissions cycle.

Students admitted to the class of 2025 represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 72 countries. Their admission marks the culmination of an application cycle that took place entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring a heavy reliance on virtual outreach and Yale’s first-ever test-optional admissions cycle.

“The young people we met through the application process have experienced an unbelievable amount of change, disruption, and hardship this past year,” Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan wrote in a press release. “But their resilience, leadership, service to their families and others, and commitment to their academic pursuits have been truly remarkable. Our newest students will bring an extraordinary range of experiences and identities, insights and ambitions, talents and intelligences to Yale.”

Penn Admitted 3202 Students to the Class of 2025

 Penn accepted 5.68% of applicants to the Class of 2025, a record low and a significant decrease from last year's 8.07%.

This year marked Penn's largest application pool in history, with 56,333 — a 34% increase from last year. Penn offered admission to 3,202 of these applicants. In December, Penn accepted 1,194 students under the Early Decision Program from a pool of 7,962 applicants — resulting in a record-low 15% ED acceptance rate.