Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, 840 students will learn that they are the first members of Duke University’s Class of 2025.
The students applied as Early Decision applicants, indicating that Duke is their first choice and committing to enroll at the university if admitted.
Of these, 676 plan to enroll in the Trinity School of Arts & Sciences, and 164 in the Pratt School of Engineering, said Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions.
Duke received 5,036 early decision applicantions -- a 16 percent increase over last year and the most early decision applicants in the university's history. The 840 new students represent a 16.7 percent admit rate, compared to 20.7 percent last year and 18.2 percent in 2018, Guttentag said.
The states most represented by the early decision admits are North Carolina, New York, California and Florida.
Look for posts from newly admitted students on social media tonight, using #Duke2025 on Instagram, Twitter and other platforms.
“We were particularly pleased at the increase in the early decision applicant pool given all the challenges students, families and schools faced this year," Guttentag said. "The students who applied were exceptionally accomplished, and we had a difficult time choosing among them. These students will create an unusually talented and diverse foundation for the Class of 2025, and we look forward to welcoming them to campus in person next fall.”
Also, 32 early decision students admittted at Duke Kunshan University in China represent a 25 percent increase compared to last year. It's the university's fourth year of undergraduate admissions.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
This year’s ED applicant pool saw 2,664 applicants — a 29% increase from last year’s number and an all-time high for the College, which extended admission offers to 21% of candidates on Wednesday. This percentage marks a decline from last year’s ED acceptance rate of 26%. A record-high percentage of accepted early decision students come from diverse racial, socioeconomic and international backgrounds, while recruited athletes comprise an unusually low portion of the cohort.
Vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin said that in recent years, the pool of applicants and admits has continued to become more “dynamic” and “diverse.”
“In this round, we were really blessed with an [early decision] pool that had lots of different representations of the kind of class we're hoping to pull together,” Coffin said.
Of the 566 admits, 36% are Black, Indigenous or people of color, 16% are first-generation and 14% live outside of the U.S. — all early decision records. Coffin added that a record 26% come from low-income families, and 18% of the early decision admits are projected to be eligible for Pell Grants. Admitted students represent 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam and 36 countries.
Coffin said that he believes this year’s virtual recruitment cycle may have made the admissions process more accessible to a broad range of students. According to Coffin, the admissions office was able to reach 64% more prospective students virtually this year than during last year’s in-person recruitment cycle.
Meanwhile, 15% of the incoming early decision cohort are children of Dartmouth alumni, and 18% are recruited athletes. In 2019, recruits made up 25% of admitted early decision students, and they comprised 24% in 2018. This decrease in athletic admissio
This year, 15,036 students applied for early admission to MIT. This is an unprecedented increase of approximately 62% from last year’s early action period, when we received 9,291. As I wrote a few weeks ago, our dedicated staff has worked tirelessly for weeks to ensure that every applicant receives the individual attention they deserve; we are very proud of, and grateful for, all their hard work. I also know that our prospective students (and their teachers, counselors, and mentors) worked hard to complete and submit their applications amidst all the COVID-related disruptions, and we appreciate that too.
As of *checks watch* right now, we have offered early admission to 719 newly-minted members of the Class of 2025. These students hail from more than 500 high schools scattered across the globe, from Maine to Mongolia and many places in between. We can’t wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,360 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Though they are all different in their own way — fencers and farmers, pilots and powerlifters, beekeepers and biologists — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to make the world a better place.
We deferred 10,656 applicants.01 These students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. If you are deferred, you are not expected to send us any new information besides the February Updates and Notes Form, which will become available in mid-January in your application portal. We have posted more information for deferred students here; you can also read posts from bloggers who were deferred here, here, here, and most recently here.
Given the competitiveness of our pool, we have also informed 3,101 students that we will not be able to offer them admission this year. This decision has been made with care, and it is final. I know this can be a difficult decision to receive, but trust me: it works out okay in the end. Take a deep breath, shake it off, and go crush the rest of your college applications (or whatever else you choose to do) this year.
The balance of the applicants withdrew from our process before we issued decisions or requested to be switched to Regular Action; we wish them luck in their college search.
We recognize it’s a lot of effort for all of you to apply to MIT. It’s an honor and a privilege for us to read your applications. Thank you.
Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2025. I’ll be closing comments on this post to focus the conversations on the open threads for admitted, deferred, and not-admitted students immediately below.
All best, everyone; wishing you healthy and happy holidays.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Yale College has offered admission to 837 applicants for the class of 2025 through its early action program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced on Dec. 16. According to the office, 50% of students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 38% were denied admission, and 1% were withdrawn or incomplete.
The admissions office received a record 7,939 applications in the early action round — an increase of 38% over last year, said Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid.
“The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension,” Quinlan said. “Although high schoolers have dealt with countless challenges this year, the resilience, intellectual curiosity, and positive community contributions we’ve seen from our applicants has been inspiring.”
The strength of the early action applicant pool was a sign of success for the admissions office’s new virtual outreach programming, said Mark Dunn, director of outreach and communications for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
“In a year when very few high school students could visit Yale or meet a representative in person, we didn’t know how our applicant pool would change,” said Dunn. “We worked hard to make sure our many new outreach initiatives were a strong substitute for an in-person visit. It was reassuring to see that many early applicants demonstrated a real appreciation of what makes the Yale experience special after they engaged with online programing.”
Dunn highlighted the office’s virtual Multicultural Open House and active Instagram account as examples of initiatives that have been especially effective in engaging with prospective students.
Earlier this month, Yale also offered admission to 72 students through the QuestBridge National College Match program. QuestBridge is a national non-profit organization that connects high-achieving students from lower-income backgrounds with selective colleges and universities. The 72 matches are the second-highest number of “QuestBridge Matches” for Yale in their 14-year partnership.
On Dec. 1, these 72 students learned that they had been admitted to the Class of 2025 and qualified for a financial aid award with a $0 parent share. This is Yale's most generous financial aid award, and includes hospitalization insurance coverage, a $2,000 grant to help with one-time expenses in the first year, and a student share expectation of only $3,700 — an amount equal to Yale's estimate for out-of-pocket costs like books, laundry, and other personal expenses.
Despite the disruptions associated with the pandemic, Yale has maintained all of its extraordinary need-based aid policies. Parents in families with less than $75,000 in annual income and typical assets qualify for a $0 parent share award and are not required to make any financial contribution towards the cost of their child’s education — including tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses. This year Yale waived the “student share” portion of financial aid awards for those students enrolling remotely and adjusted the cost of attendance to provide additional aid to account for technology costs for remote learners.
Newly admitted students will have until May 1 to reply. Before then, students will have several opportunities to connect on virtual platforms. Although the Admissions Office will not be able to host an on-campus Bulldog Days program this spring, dozens of faculty, staff, and current students look forward to replicating the success of last year’s 30 Bulldog Days of April — a new collection of virtual welcome events offered exclusively to admitted students.
“We are delighted to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2025,” Quinlan said. “But we also look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our regular decision process this spring.”
Penn accepted a record-low 15% of early decision applicants to the Class of 2025, a significant decrease from last year's 19.7%.
This year, 7,962 students applied through the University's early decision program, a 23% increase from last year's 6,453 applicants. Penn offered admission to 1,194 students, which will comprise about half of the Class of 2025.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On Thursday, Dec. 17, Brown University invited 885 prospective students who applied through its early decision program to become the first members of its undergraduate Class of 2025.
The pool of 5,540 early decision applicants from which those students were admitted marked the University’s largest to date. Applications through the program, intended for prospective students who have expressed a commitment to attend Brown if accepted, increased 22% compared to the Class of 2024. It is the fourth consecutive year that early decision applications have increased, a trend that coincides with 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.
“In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented challenges for students and families across the country and around the world, we were more humbled than ever by the breadth and talent of our early decision applicants,” said Dean of Admission Logan Powell. “From among them, we are very excited to welcome to Brown an early decision cohort whose wide-ranging experiences and perspectives will enrich our community.”
Powell noted that this year’s early decision applicant pool was the most diverse in Brown’s history, with record numbers of first-generation college students, students from low-income families and students of color.
“Because of the pandemic, we worried that we might not see the number of applicants we would hope for among students from groups historically underrepresented at colleges and universities,” Powell said. “We are delighted that they in fact applied in record numbers.”
Powell noted that the cohort reflects the University’s sustained commitment to making a Brown education more accessible to students from every socioeconomic and geographic background.
Among this year’s admitted early decision students, 59% applied for financial aid, and 16% of students will be first in their family to attend college. Within the cohort, 48% are students of color, defined as those who self-identify as Black, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Asian — a 8% increase from last year.
Among the 885 accepted students are 45 admitted through Brown’s partnership with QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that works to equalize access to top colleges and universities for high school students from low-income families — that number is up from just three students as recently as five years ago.
Collectively, the accepted early decision students represent 46 nations, 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The top countries represented outside the United States are China, the United Kingdom, India, South Korea and Canada.
Applicants were able to learn their application status beginning at 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 17 via a secure website. All early decision applicants indicated that Brown was their first-choice college and agreed to accept an offer of admission if the University extended one.
The deadline for regular decision applications for Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2025 is Jan. 5, 2021.
Harvard College today accepted 747 students to the Class of 2025 from a pool of 10,086 who applied under the early action program. Those students will join 349 others who deferred admission to the Class of 2025 this past summer. Last year, 895 students were selected from the 6,424 who applied.
“The outstanding students admitted today come from every corner of the United States and the world and have an incredible array of talents and experiences,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Given the high number of remarkable applicants to date, Harvard has taken a conservative approach to admitting students in the early admissions process to ensure proper review is given to applicants in the regular admissions cycle.”
All students deferred in the early admissions process will be considered again in the regular action cycle. Regular decision applicants are slated to be admitted in late March.
Harvard’s generous financial aid program was cited as a factor by student and families in Zoom sessions as a reason for applying. As always, many of the students admitted early have yet to file complete financial aid materials. Harvard’s financial aid program — bolstered by the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI)— aims to make the College accessible to any student who is admitted. Approximately 55 percent receive need-based scholarships, paying an average of $12,200 per year. Twenty percent of families pay nothing, and Harvard does not require loans. International students receive the same financial aid consideration as domestic students.
So far, nearly 17 percent of the admitted students come from first-generation college backgrounds compared with 10.1 percent last year. In addition, this year 14.5 percent are estimated to be eligible for federal Pell Grants for those demonstrating exceptional need, up from 8.9 percent, and 21.7 percent are eligible for HFAI, an increase from 15.6 percent.
African Americans constitute 16.6 percent of those admitted (12.7 percent last year), Asian Americans 23.4 percent (24 percent last year), Latinx 10.4 percent (11 percent last year), and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 1.3 percent (1.3 percent last year).
International citizens comprise 12.2 percent of the admitted students to date this year, compared with 9.6 percent last year.
Students were notified of early action decisions via email at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. Those admitted are not obligated to attend and have until May 1 to make their final decision. At this time, Harvard is planning to maintain its current deferral policy for this admissions cycle.
The deadline to apply for regular decision is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 1.