Friday, March 31, 2023

Cornell Admitted 4994 Students to the Class of 2027

 Members of Cornell’s prospective Class of 2027 breathed a sigh of relief after their college admissions process came to an end, each eager to find their place on the hill this coming fall. 

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, the University, along with each of the seven other Ivy League institutions, released its final round of admissions decisions. Students across the world know this long-standing tradition as “Ivy Day.”

“It was like this, almost sacred, type of thing,” Sam Jacobson ’26 said, recalling his emotions from last year’s Ivy Day. “It’s a lot of suspense, nerves [and] pressure… it’s definitely a hyped-up day for something as mundane as checking a portal, which happens probably in the span of thirty minutes.” 

Historically, numerous universities, including the Ivy Leagues, held annual “Ivy Day” ceremonies, which consisted of placing an ivy stone on a university building in honor of academic excellence. At the time, the ceremony was also known as “planting the ivy.” 

Today, Ivy League universities and their students honor this tradition by releasing regular admission decisions simultaneously each year. For current students and prospective applicants of these selective institutions, “Ivy Day” continues to bring waves of anticipation.   

Jacobson recalls the day he awaited his own acceptance letter.

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“I came home [from school] that day at around 3:30, and [the rest of the day] was literally my family and I sitting around waiting for the clock to turn 7… we were checking every minute,” Jacobson said.  

Last year, Cornell welcomed a “talented and diverse” Class of 2026, with students hailing from all 50 states and 85 countries. This year, admitted students again represent every U.S. state including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. The class additionally constitutes 87 countries.

“Students in the Class of 2027 had some time to adjust to pandemic disruption during high school,” said Jonathan Burdick, vice provost for enrollment. “True to Cornell’s founding vision, these extraordinary students will bring a diverse range of ideas and experiences to enrich campus life together.”

For the Class of 2027, 4,994 students were admitted in total, with 3,324 being notified on Ivy Day. An additional 1,670 applicants were admitted during the early-decision round in December.

The Class of 2026, with 71,000 applicants and 4,908 admits, had an all-time low acceptance rate of 6.9 percent. Acceptance rates for the Class of 2027 will not be released until the summer.

Prospective students continue to be drawn to Cornell’s vast number of opportunities. For Lucas Macedo ’27, who is from Brazil, Cornell’s unique agricultural sciences program inspired him to apply to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“I knew of all the available resources they have for someone who is interested in agriculture and how I would have access to so many opportunities that I would not have in other institutions,” Macedo said.

Reed Robinson ’27, who is from Portland, Maine, intends to major in Environment and Sustainability due to his interest in conservation. He discovered Cornell in high school after developing a passion for studying birds.

“I had already been using several resources from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and had heard so much about all of the work that is done there,” Robinson said. “While I was able to find a few other schools with ornithology programs, none seemed to match Cornell’s.”

Robinson further emphasized the sense of community he felt before applying to Cornell. 

“This past summer I got to visit Cornell and the Lab of Ornithology when I attended [the] Young Birders Event,” Robinson said. “The open and friendly vibe really cemented my dream of Cornell, and from that point on there was no doubt that I would apply early decision to Cornell.”

While the University is known for its unique academic programs and access to vast resources, other prospective students valued Cornell’s balance between rigorous academics and lively student life when choosing where to apply. 

Griffin Fitzpatrick ’27, who is from Chicago, Illinois, saw himself fitting in with Cornell’s campus culture and student body. 

“I am most excited about the work-hard-play-hard vibe Cornell emits,” Fitzpatrick said. “At Cornell, I found a place where I can achieve academic, athletic and social excellence while surrounded by like-minded peers.”

After months of anticipation, stress and hard work, the day each student opened their admissions decision had finally come. With somewhat low expectations, Macedo was surprised to read “Congratulations” on his computer screen.

“After receiving the decision, it felt like a wave washed over me and took all the bad feelings with it — the worry, the stress, the fear, the anxiety,” Macedo said. “It was a relief knowing that all my hard work paid off and that Cornell was able to see this hard work.”

As a recruited athlete, Fitzpatrick plans to join the Men’s Heavyweight Rowing team in the fall. While his application process may have been different than the average prospective student, he still felt a sense of relief and pride upon receiving his acceptance. 

“I realized that my goal of rowing in college and attending a top-tier university was no longer just a goal, but a reality,” Fitzpatrick said. “There is no place I would rather be to realize this goal than at Cornell.”

Admitted students can connect to the Cornell community throughout the month of April through both virtual events and on-campus Cornell Days. Each has until May 1 to accept Cornell’s admission offer. 

As another college admissions cycle wraps up the school year, the incoming Class of 2027 anticipates an exciting college experience. Current students look forward to welcoming them to Ithaca in the fall. 

“Be in the moment, don’t think about college until the summer and just enjoy yourself,” Jacobson said as a recommendation to recently admitted students. “Congratulations, you made it to Cornell.”

Yale Admitted 2275 Students to the Class of 2027

  Yale College admitted 2,275 students to the class of 2027 from its largest-ever pool of 52,250 applicants, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced on Thursday.

776 students were admitted during the early action round and 66 matched through the QuestBridge National College Match program. The remaining 1,433 received their offers of admissions Thursday. An additional 1,145 applicants were offered spots on the waitlist.

The admitted cohort overall includes students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four United States territories and 78 countries. The admissions office withholds detailed statistics about the demographics of the applicant pool as well as the group of admitted students each year, but told the News it would release a profile of matriculates in August.  

“The strength and diversity of the applicant pool is much more important than the number of applications we receive,” said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan in the announcement. “I am pleased that Yale College continues to appeal to promising students from a wide range of backgrounds. I am also proud that the admissions office has been able to continue its thoughtful whole-person review process of each applicant, even as the volume of applications has increased.”

The number of applicants is up by nearly 50 percent compared to the pool of students that sought entry to the class of 2024. Quinlan attributed this shift to the University’s choice to adopt a test-optional policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the admissions office has renewed for each of the intervening application cycles. Last month, the admissions office extended its test-optional policy through to class of 2028’s application cycle, with plans to decide on a long-term testing policy in the winter of 2024. 

The 4.35 percent acceptance rate for the class for 2027 is the lowest in recent history, down from 4.46 percent for the class of 2026, 4.62 for the class of 2025, 6.54 percent for the class of 2024 and 5.91 for the class of 2023. 

According to the admissions office, the target size for the first-year class has rested between 1,550 and 1,575 students since the new residential colleges — Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges — opened in 2017.

This year’s class of admitted students will be invited to Yale’s campus for Bulldog Days, a program that showcases academic and extracurricular life on campus, from April 24 to 26.

Students admitted in the early action round who were unable to travel to campus for Bulldog Days also had the option of participating in this year’s inaugural  “Yalies for a Day” program on one of four days in February. There will be four additional “Yalie for a Day” programs on one of four days early next month for students admitted on Thursday evening.

“The Yale community does an extraordinary job opening its arms to admitted students every spring,”

Senior Associate Director for Outreach and Recruitment Mark Dunn said in Thursday’s announcement. “I believe Yale’s greatest asset is its people, and my top priority in the month of April is connecting admitted students with the undergraduates, faculty, and staff who make Yale so special.”

The admissions office extends travel grants to low-income students interested in participating in Bulldog Days. Last year, more than 500 admitted students received such funding. 

The admissions office’s Recruitment Coordinators, who are current Yalie student employees, are also running a program called “Prefrosh Advisors.” Admitted students who opt into the program are matched to one of over 240 current Yalies who host Zooms or FaceTimes to answer questions from new admits. 

“I heard recently from a Prefrosh Advisor majoring in music that he has been helping his music-interested students navigate their college options for music programs, while sharing his experience as part of our music department and student performance groups here,” Assistant Director of Admissions Marty Chandler ’21 told the News. “These are exactly the conversations our team hoped would come from the program, and we’re excited to have RD admitted students join us soon as well.”

Newly-admitted students who choose to join the class of 2027 will be joined by an additional 54 students who were originally admitted to the class of 2026 — the current first-year class — but chose to postpone their matriculation for one year.

Admitted students are required to matriculate by May 1.

Columbia Admitted 2246 Students to the Class of 2027

Columbia Undergraduate Admissions is pleased to announce that 2,246 students have been offered admission to the Class of 2027 by Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The final numbers reflect a combination of applications submitted during the Early Decision and Regular Decision cycles. The schools received a total of 57,129 applications, which is the third largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history. This year’s admission rate was 3.9 percent.

The admitted class — given the news via secure online access tonight at 7:00 p.m. — hails from all 50 states (as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands and US Virgin Islands) and 101 countries. At this point, approximately half of admitted students have been offered need-based financial aid; evaluations are ongoing as financial aid staff continue to work with families in the weeks ahead. Columbia meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all students admitted as first-years, regardless of citizenship.

“After months of interacting with prospective students — from discussing our academic opportunities, to describing the energy that New York City brings to our community, to sharing highlights of our campus traditions — it was a distinct pleasure to spend time getting to know these individuals more through their application materials,” said Jessica Marinaccio, dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. “In countless hours of review and discussion, my colleagues and I were inspired again and again by the quality of applicants’ high school work and writing, imaginative voices and bold displays of curiosity and generosity. We were fortunate to have an extraordinary applicant pool, and I’m so excited for the Class of 2027 to join us here on campus!”

The admitted students will have until Monday, May 1, to respond to their offer of admission.

“This is a special time in our process, when we invite admitted students to in-person and virtual events to help them deepen their understanding of the undergraduate experience and determine whether Columbia is the best place for them,” Marinaccio said. “And today especially, we wish to celebrate the bright potential of all students who are pursuing their dream of a higher education.”

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Dartmouth Admitted 1798 Students to the Class of 2027

 At 7 p.m. Thursday, 1,173 regular decision applicants received messages posted by the Admissions Office in an electronic portal, notifying them that they had been accepted for the Dartmouth Class of 2027.
They join 578 applicants admitted via the early decision round in December and an additional 47 students who matched with Dartmouth in November via QuestBridge, a national access program that introduces high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to many of the leading institutions of higher education.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application process for the Class of 2027 was the first since 2019 in which Dartmouth admissions officers offered a full complement of on-campus tours and information sessions, as well as fanned out to visit high schools across the country and around the world.

“As we reopened, people could once again experience the Dartmouth story in person, and that makes a big difference,” says Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid. “The applicant pool included a remarkable number of students whose academic interests were terrifically aligned with our liberal arts program and its points of excellence.”

“They see themselves thriving in Dartmouth’s small discussion-oriented classrooms. They admire and appreciate the flexibility and independence of the Dartmouth academic calendar, and they see personal opportunities to learn and grow at a college framed by nature.”

It was the third consecutive admissions cycle in which Dartmouth received more than 28,000 applications for its first-year class. The 28,841 applications comprise the largest pool in Dartmouth’s 253-year history, representing a 2% increase over last year. Similarly, it is the third consecutive year in which the College’s acceptance rate is 6%.

The Class of 2027 is also the first to apply since Dartmouth announced a suite of financial aid enhancements made possible by the Call to Lead campaign. Financial aid support of $149 million for undergraduates is forecast for the coming year, up over the current year’s $135 million.

Among the new policies are those that enable the Dartmouth admissions process to be universally need-blind (Dartmouth is one of only seven institutions in the U.S. that offers need-blind admissions and meets 100% of demonstrated need regardless of citizenship) and that ensure all financial aid packages are free of required loans. In addition, Dartmouth removed the required parent contribution for all families with earnings and typical assets below $65,000.

As of the time decisions were released, scholarships totaling more than $51 million have been offered to accepted students, with an average scholarship of $65,411. Both are record highs. (Dartmouth commits to meet the fully demonstrated need of all undergraduate students, for the full cost of attendance.)

While those offered admission to the Class of 2027 in the regular decision round must now engage in decision-making processes of their own, here is some of what we know about the rough contours of the class at this early stage:

Accepted students hail from all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. They also represent 75 other countries, a record high, and 56% of those admitted attend a public or charter high school. Of those whose schools provide rankings within the class, 444 are currently ranked first or second in the class.

“The admitted cohort sustains the demographic highlights of recent classes,” Coffin says. “It is a cohort of individuals literally drawn from around the world—and from a rainbow of socioeconomic backgrounds, points of view, ethnicities, and geographies.”

Coffin also notes that he and his admissions colleagues kept a keen eye and ear out for evidence of kindness and empathy as they read this year’s applications, including as articulated in recommendations from counselors, teachers, and peers.

“Kindness is one of those qualities that make organizations, campuses, and communities gel,” he says. “We were looking for people who will look out for each other. In the digital world we’re in, sometimes kindness can slip away. Seeing representations of collaboration, of good citizenship, of an openness to people who don’t think, look, or believe the same way you might is valuable as a community like the Class of 2027 begins to come together.”

For the first time in four years, Dartmouth will welcome accepted students and their families to one of two “Dimensions of Dartmouth” open house programs on April 17 and April 24. Enrollment decisions are due by May 1, for an entering class projected to number 1,150 in September.

Brown Admitted 2609 Students to the Class of 2027

 Brown University offered admission to 1,730 prospective members of next year’s entering undergraduate class on Thursday, March 30. Admitted through Brown’s regular decision process, the students join 879 early decision applicants offered admission in December 2022 for a total admitted class of 2,609.

Among a record 51,302 prospective students who applied to attend Brown, the University saw an increase in the number of applicants who will be the first person in their families to attend college, as well as a surge in the number from low- and moderate-income families, according to Logan Powell, associate provost for enrollment and dean of undergraduate admission.

“Our admissions staff has been incredibly diligent in working to broaden the reach of Brown’s recruitment efforts, and I’m proud to be able to welcome such extraordinarily talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds,” Powell said. “The students admitted to the Class of 2027 represent a remarkable group of inspired young scholars from communities across the nation and the world who are drawn to pursue Brown’s rigorous educational opportunities and student-centered learning environment.”

Amid the largest applicant pool to date, there was an 8% increase in the number of applicants from Rhode Island, a 3% growth in students from rural areas and small towns, and the largest admitted group of student veterans to date, Powell added.

“These increases in applications speak volumes about the value of a Brown education, and we’re particularly excited about the significant jump in applicants from our home state of Rhode Island and the number of students who indicate that they’re applying for financial aid,” Powell said. “The recent additions to our financial aid measures and the generosity of the University’s financial aid really can’t be overstated.”

Building on the work of the Brown Promise initiative, which replaced loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards starting in 2018-19, the University eliminated the consideration of a family’s home equity as an asset when calculating a student’s available financial resources, which typically translates to thousands of additional dollars in a student’s scholarship aid. Additionally, Brown set the goal of becoming fully need-blind for international students starting with the Class of 2029, who will begin at Brown in Fall 2025. Sixty-nine percent of this year’s admitted students intend to apply for financial aid, which represents a 4% increase since the 2018-19 admission cycle.

University financial aid covers full tuition for families earning $125,000 or less with typical assets. For students from families making less than $60,000 a year with typical assets, scholarships cover all expenses, including tuition, room, board, books and more.

“All of these measures send the important message that Brown is doing everything we can to be accessible and affordable to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” Powell said. “It’s being felt by more students every year, and that’s a wonderful thing. Brown is tremendously fortunate to be able to welcome such an outstanding pool of applicants who bring a wide range of academic and personal experiences.”

Students in the admitted Class of 2027 hail from all 50 U.S. states, plus Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They come from 90 countries across the globe, with the most international students from China, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, South Korea, Pakistan and Singapore, respectively.

Twenty-four student veterans were admitted; 20 students were admitted to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, a five-year program that allows students to earn bachelor’s degrees from both Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design; and 74 students were admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, an eight-year program leading to both a bachelor’s degree and an M.D. from Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

While all enrolled undergraduates will have the opportunity to explore courses of study through Brown’s Open Curriculum, the students’ top intended concentrations include: computer science, economics, political science, international and public affairs, engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, applied mathematics, public health, psychology, English, health and human biology, mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience.

Applicants began logging on to a secure website at 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 30, to learn the status of their applications. Following the release of admission decisions, Brown will host two admitted student programs on campus for the Class of 2027. A Day on College Hill (ADOCH) sessions will take place on Friday, April 14, and Friday, April 21, for students who are able to visit Providence in person. The University will also continue to support admitted students with virtual programming that provides opportunities to explore, learn, ask questions and connect to the campus while showcasing Brown’s vibrant community.

Admitted students have until Monday, May 1, to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of approximately 1,700 students, including 15 Brown/RISD Dual Degree students.

Harvard Admitted 1942 Students for the Class of 2027

 Harvard College admitted 3.41 percent of applicants to the Class of 2027, marking the second-lowest admissions rate in the College’s history.

The College’s Admissions Office notified 1,220 students of their acceptances in the regular decision cycle at 7 p.m. Thursday. The admitted students join 722 applicants accepted through the College’s early action program in December, totaling 1,942 admitted students from a pool of 56,937 applications.

This year’s acceptance rate reflects a slight increase from last year’s record-low acceptance rate of 3.19 percent, with a 7 percent decrease in the total number of applications from last year’s all-time high of 61,220 applicants.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in an interview Thursday that he believes the Class of 2027, like every admitted class, is “unique.”

“Our admissions committee would say the proof in all this is the individuals we recruited, first of all — from around the country and around the world — and then ended up over a long period of time, admitting,” Fitzsimmons said.

“Now, of course, we hope they’ll choose to come here,” he added.

African American or Black students comprise 15.3 percent of applicants admitted to the Class of 2027, a decrease from 15.5 percent last year. The proportion of Latinx students admitted dropped to 11.3 percent from 12.6 percent in the year before. Just over 2 percent of admits are Native American, a drop from 2.9 percent last year. Native Hawaiian students made up 0.5 percent of accepted students this year, a drop from from 0.8 percent last year.

Harvard admitted the highest ever proportion of Asian American applicants at 29.9 percent, marking a 2.1 percentage point increase from the 27.8 percent accepted to the Class of 2026.

“It’s been part of a long-term trend,” Fitzsimmons said. “The percentages have been going up steadily. It’s not a surprise.”

The uptick comes in advance of the Supreme Court’s decision on a lawsuit against Harvard brought by Students for Fair Admissions, an anti-affirmative action group that claims the College’s race-conscious admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants.

Legal scholars widely expect the Court’s strong conservative majority to overturn affirmative action, with a decision expected in late spring or summer.

Students admitted to the Class of 2027 come from all 50 states and 102 countries. Roughly 22 percent of admits hail from the Mid-Atlantic, 17.4 percent from the South, 15.9 percent from New England, 17 percent from the Western/Mountain region, 10.1 percent from the Midwest, and 15.8 percent from U.S. territories and abroad.

Northwestern University Admitted 3640 Students to the Class of 2027

 NU’s chemistry research program will allow her to try new things, Taiwo said. She said she was drawn to the one-of-a-kind technology available to NU’s chemistry students..

Annabelle Sweet, who is from Kansas City, Missouri, said she was “literally shaking” when she saw a status update to her NU admissions portal.

“Northwestern is one of my top picks. I clicked (the status update), and it had the confetti and everything,” Sweet said. “Not going to lie, I cried a little, because I was so happy.”

Sweet applied for the Bienen School of Music as a voice and opera major. Bienen offers conservatory-level training within a university, which differs from the other music schools Sweet applied for.

While conservatories mostly focus on music, NU offers more, Sweet said. Students can take classes beyond music to broaden their learning experience, which appealed to her.

“There’s sports. There’s a larger community. There’s sororities and fraternities,” Sweet said. “My dad always told me, ‘You’re a sorority girl. You don’t even know it.’ We’ll see.”

Jessie Dong, who is from Roslyn, New York, applied to Weinberg as a global health studies major. Dong opened her acceptance letter after a club meeting at school. She screamed.

“I screamed forever after opening my decision. I was so shocked,” Dong said. “One of the janitors came up to me and asked me if I was okay.”

Dong said she’s looking for a change of pace after living in New York for a while. People from all over come to NU, and she said she’s excited to build connections with a greater variety of people.

She said she’s also excited to see the campus in person –– rather than online. The campus reminds her of an island, especially with NU’s beaches, she said.

Taiwo plans to visit the campus in April as part of Wildcat Days, a welcome program for newly admitted Wildcats. Like Dong, she said she looks forward to seeing the campus in person and possibly attending a class that weekend.

As for Dong, she already knows where she’s heading to celebrate her acceptance this weekend — the local mall.

“I want to get some merchandise to wear and show Northwestern pride,” Dong said.