Admission Statistics for the Class of 2021
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Ivies Plus© — Class of 2021
|IVIES + MS||Overall Admissions||Early Round Admissions||Regular Decision Admissions|
|MIT + Stanford||3,488||64,320||5.42||1,378||16,216||8.50||2,110||48,104||4.39|
Ivies Plus© — Classes of 2019-2021
|IVIES + MS||2021||2020||2019|
|MIT + Stanford||3,488||64,320||5.42||3,548||63,017||5.63||3,611||60,793||5.94|
Ivies Overall, Early Round & Regular Decision
Ivy League Admissions — Classes of 2019-2021
MIT + Stanford Admit Rates — Classes of 2019-2021
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MIT + Stanford Admissions — Class of 2021
|MIT + Stanford||Overall
Ivies Plus© — Volume of Applications — From 2013 to 2021
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Ivies Plus© — Changes in Volume of Applications — From 2013 to 2021
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Ivies Plus© — Historical Admits— From 2013 to 2021
Ivies Plus© — Historical Admit Rates — From 2013 to 2021
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Review of Class of 2021 — Entering Fall 2017
Boston College: Boston College admitted 9,200 applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 28,500 restrictive early action and regular decision applications were received, down 1 percent from last year. Students were admitted from 50 states and 61 foreign countries.
Bowdoin: Bowdoin accepted 13.4 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021, the lowest acceptance rate on record. The College received a total of 7,251 applications, a 7 percent increase from 2016. 244 students were accepted during early decision, for an acceptance rate around 25 percent. They make up between 42 and 49 percent of the incoming first-year class.
Brown University: Brown University made 2,027 offers of admission (out of 29,554 applications received) to the Class of 2021 in the regular round representing an almost 6.9% acceptance rate. Admitted students for the Class of 2021 include these 2,027 students from Brown’s regular decision pool combined with the 695 students offered admission in the early decision program, for a total of 2,722 admitted students. This represents 8.3 percent of the 32,724 students who applied, the largest applicant pool in the University’s history. 47 percent of the admitted students identify as students of color and 97 percent of admitted students are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students have been admitted from all 50 states and from 77 countries. Brown accepted 22 percent of its early decision applicants to the Class of 2021, offering spots to 695 students out of 3,170 applications — the largest number of students ever admitted early decision. Brown accepted 22 percent of early applicants to the Class of 2020, 20 percent to the Class of 2019 and 18.9 percent to the Class of 2018.
Carelton: Carelton admitted 20 percent of applicants, including 40 percent from two Early Decision rounds. They received 6,500 applications with the goal of enrolling a class of approximately 520 students. The admitted students are from all 50 states and 31 countries. 14 percent of the admits are first-generation students.
Carnegie Mellon: CMU admitted 330 of 1375 ED applicants to the Class of 2021, for an admission rate of about 24 percent. For the Class of 2020, the admitted students had the following distribution.
|College of Fine Arts||5,196||12%|
|Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences||4,493||23%|
|College of Engineering||9,819||13%|
|Mellon College of Science||6,515||17%|
|School of Computer Science||6,992||6%|
|Tepper School of Business||3,053||17%|
Claremont McKenna: Claremont McKenna received 6,350 applications for the class of 2021, the second-largest applicant pool in history. They accepted 657 (including 207 from the early round) applicants, or 10.35 percent. CMC admitted 207 of 667 ED applicants, for an admission rate of about 31 percent.
Colby: Colby College received a record high number of applicants for the Class of 2021, leading to a 16 percent acceptance rate, shattering past applications numbers. The College received 11,190 applications, a 14 percent increase from the Class of 2020. The applicant pool was the most diverse and competitive in College history. They had an increase in early decision applications for the third year in a row. And, applications from students of color have increased at Colby, 200 percent in the last 2 years.
Columbia University: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received 37,389 applications for the Class of 2021, marking a 3 percent increase from last year. It is the largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history. The admit rate was 5.8 percent, down slightly from 6 percent last year. They received 4,086 early decision applications to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science this year, once again setting a record for the largest number of early decision applicants in Columbia history. The number of early decision applicants rose by 16 percent from last year, when the office received 3,520 applications.
Cornell University: Cornell has received the highest number of applications in university history for the second consecutive year. There were 47,038 applicants for admission to the Class of 2021. 5,889 applicants have been admitted, and another 5,713 students have been placed on the wait list. A record number of students self-identify as an underrepresented minority – 1,777, or 30.2 percent of the class. Students of color are 52.5 percent of the newly admitted class. There are more than 700 first-generation college students. A record number of 5,384 students applied early decision for admission to Cornell’s Class of 2021 with 1,378 acceptances representing a 10.3 percent increase from last year. This year’s numbers broke the record, set last year by the early decision Class of 2020. Cornell’s early decision pool has increased by 78 percent within the past decade. Of these applicants to Cornell, 25.6 percent were admitted — a smaller fraction than last year, when the University accepted 27.4 percent of applicants.
Dartmouth has offered 2,092 students admission to the Class of 2021 from the 20,034 applications received, for an acceptance rate of 10.3 percent, the lowest since 2013. The regular-decision applications are down 3.2 percent from the previous year. This year’s class will be the most accomplished and globally diverse the college has accepted. 96 percent of the students are among the top 10 percent of their high school class, including 547 students who are currently ranked as the valedictorian or salutatorian (46 percent are students of color), a 25 percent increase over last year and an all-time high. Mean SAT scores rose 17 points over last year, to an all-time high of 1495, while the ACT mean remained at 33. Students come from all 50 states as well as 63 foreign countries. Dartmouth accepted 555 students into the Class of 2021, selected from a record-large pool of 1,999 early decision applicants. The admitted students will form approximately 47 percent of the incoming class. This year’s 27.8 percent acceptance rate is an increase from last year’s 25.6 percent. The overall number of applications went up by 3.7 percent.
Dickinson: Dickinson extended offers of admission to 203 Early Decision applicants for the Class of 2021.
Duke: Duke University received a record 34,300 applications, an increase of nearly 7 percent from last year. Almost 55 percent of all applicants were students of color – an increase of nearly 3 percent over last year. There was a 22 percent increase in Latino applicants as well. A record number of students (3,516) applied early with Duke accepting 861 applicants into the Class of 2021 (691 into Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, 170 in the Pratt School of Engineering). This reflects a 24.5 percent acceptance rate, which is the second most selective early decision process in Duke’s history. These 861 students admitted through early decision will make up 50 percent of the Class of 2021. This year’s 3,516 applicants are 2 percent more than last year. Last year, 3,455 students applied early decision, and 813 were admitted—an acceptance rate of 23.5 percent. The early decision acceptance rates for the Class of 2019 and Class of 2018 were 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
Emory: Applications for Emory University’s undergraduate programs have hit an all-time high, with a record-breaking total applicant pool of 24,114 students seeking to join the Class of 2021, an increase of 19 percent over last year. The admission rate fell to 21.8 percent this year, from 25.3 percent last year. Emory College applications were up 19 percent to 23,694 and Oxford College applications jumped 63 percent to 14,080. More than half of the applicants (56 percent) sought to be considered for admission to both colleges. Applications were received from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from more than 65 countries. There was also an increase in domestic diversity, with a rise in applications from African American and Latino/Hispanic students. Of the 5,172 admitted students to the College, the mean unweighted GPA was 3.83. The mean composite SAT and ACT scores were 1475 and 32.3, respectively.
Georgetown: Georgetown University admissions anticipates admitting approximately 15 percent of regular decision applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 21,459 regular decision applications were received this year, up 12.4 percent from the previous year. Georgetown accepted just fewer than 12 percent (931) of its 7,822 early action applicants to the Class of 2021, a record-low rate being 1 percent lower than last year’s 13 percent. The early applicant pool increased by 11 percent from last year as well.
Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech admitted 23 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021. 7,297 students were admitted from a total pool of 31,484 early action and regular decision applicants.
Harvard University: Harvard received 39,506 applications to its Class of 2021, setting a new record for the third year in a row and surpassing last year’s total by 450 applications (1.2 percent). 2,056 of these students were invited to join the Class of 2021. There were small application increases across several groups: 21.8 percent of applicants identified as Asian American, 12.6 percent as Latino, 10.5 percent as African American, and 2.3 percent as Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. The number of women applying to the College increased by 2.5 percent, comprising 49.9 percent of the total applicants. Applications for early action rose 5 percent this year to 6,473, and 14.5 percent, or 938 students, were admitted to the Class of 2021. Last year, 6,167 applied early, and 14.8 percent, or 914 students, were admitted.
Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins admitted 2,542 applicants to the Class of 2021 under regular decision. Overall, 3,133 early and regular decision applicants were admitted from a total pool of 26,578, an acceptance rate of 12 percent. The 1,934 early decision applicants this year represent a slight increase from the then-record number of 1,929 who applied early decision last year. With 591 early decision acceptances for the Class of 2021, this reflects a 30.56 percent acceptance rate.
Middlebury: Middlebury College has offered admission to 1,350 students for the Class of 2021. The total number of admitted students this year is 1,753, which includes 343 students who were admitted through early decision. In all, this year’s accepted students were selected from among 8,910 applicants, the third largest number in the College’s history. Middlebury admitted 16.7 percent of its regular decision applicants. Middlebury offered 343 students early admission to the Class of 2021. The admitted students were chosen from a pool of 673 applicants—an increase of 6.5 percent over last year—and represent about 51 percent of the class.
MIT: The Institute has admitted 1,438 students out of 20,247 applicants for the Class of 2021 (including the 657 from the early round), resulting in an acceptance rate of 7.1 percent. A third of the students have won national or international academic distinctions and many are athletes, artists, or makers. They come from 50 states, 62 countries, and from diverse backgrounds: 25 percent identify as members of underrepresented minority groups, and 18 percent will be the first generation in their family to attend college. This year, 8,394 students applied for early admission to MIT, and early admission was offered to 657 applicants reflecting an early acceptance rate of 7.83 percent.
Northwestern: Northwestern’s acceptance rate for the Class of 2021 has dropped below 10 percent for the first time, as they admitted 9 percent of applicants. 3,371 of the 37,255 applications received were accepted. For the Class of 2020, they accepted 10.7 percent of the 35,100 applications received. Northwestern received a record number of 3,376 Early Decision applications, reflecting an increase of about 23 percent from last year.
Notre Dame: Notre Dame admitted 1,470 early action applicants to the Class of 2021. 6,020 students applied for consideration under the Restricted Early Action program reflecting a 24.4 percent acceptance rate. Early applications were up 10 percent over last year.
Pomona: Pomona received a record breaking 9,046 first-year applications for the Class of 2021. Of these applications, Pomona admitted 741 students, showcasing a selective 8.2 percent admit rate.
Princeton University: Princeton University has offered admission to 1,890 students, or 6.1 percent of the record 31,056 applicants for the Class of 2021, in what is the most selective admissions process to date. Last year, the admission rate was 6.46 percent. Of the students offered admission, 50.5 percent are women and 49.5 percent are men; 53.4 percent have self-identified as people of color and 18.9 percent will be the first in their families to attend college. Princeton University has offered admission to 770 students from a pool of 5,003 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2021. The pool was the largest in the last six years, representing an 18.3 percent increase over last year’s early applicant pool. The admission rate was 15.4 percent. In 2015, the early admit rate was 18.6 percent.
Stanford University: Stanford University has offered admission to 2,050 students, including 721 applicants who were accepted through the early action round. The Class of 2021 was selected from a pool of 44,073 candidates, the largest application pool in Stanford’s history. With 4.65 percent of applicants accepted, this year’s admission rate is the lowest in Stanford’s history, down slightly from last year’s rate of 4.69 percent. The admitted students come from all 50 states and 82 countries. Over 18 percent will be the first generation in their family to attend college.
Swarthmore: Swarthmore College has sent letters of admission to 960 members of the Class of 2021. 25 percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college, and 31 percent are affiliated with local and national community-based organizations like QuestBridge. 60 percent of the admitted students come from traditional public and public charter schools, 21 percent from private independent schools, 10 percent from parochial schools, and 8 percent from schools overseas. Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 405 for next fall.
Tufts: Tufts admitted 3,128 applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 21,101 applications were received, resulting in an overall admission rate of 14.8 percent.
University of Michigan: The institution received a record 58,590 applications for the class of 2021, a 7 percent increase over last year and a record for the school for the 11th consecutive year. UMich has offered admissions to over 14,000 students. 10,959 applications were submitted by in-state students with 4,511 being offered admissions for an acceptance rate of 42.4 percent. 35,783 of the applications submitted by students living in other states and the 8,758 applicants living in other countries, 10,815 were offered admission for an out-of-state acceptance rate of 24.5 percent.
University of Pennsylvania: A record 40,413 applications to the Class of 2021 were received. The applicant pool increased four percent from last year, continuing the trend of two to four percent increases every year. Penn admitted 22 percent of its early decision applicants to the Class of 2021 this year, slightly lower than last year’s rate of 23.2 percent. Of the 6,147 early applicants, 1,354 were accepted. The number of early decision applications increased by 7 percent from last year, and has grown by 28 percent in the last four years since the Class of 2017 applied. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the early decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by early decision applicants.
University of Virginia: 36,800 students applied to the University in 2017, a more than 13 percent increase over the total in 2016. The admitted students have a mean SAT score of 1,419 and nearly all are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The class includes students from all 50 states and 89 countries. Of those, more than 1,000 are first-generation college students and nearly 35 percent are members of a minority group.
Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt admitted 2,382 students from a pool of 27,841 Regular Decision applications to their Class of 2021. This represents an admit rate of 8.6 percent. 96 percent of the students were in the top ten percent of their graduating class.
Wake Forest: Wake Forest offered admission to only 25 percent of applicants, by far the lowest regular decision acceptance rate in history. They received 13,000 applications for the Class of 2021. 54 percent of the class is women. 34 percent are students of color. Wake Forest offered admission to 750 Early Decision applicants, 55 percent of the incoming class.
Wesleyan: Wesleyan University admitted 15.4 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021 from a total of 12,543 applicants. The applicant pool has risen 26 percent in the last two years, and greater than 3 percent over last year. 13 percent of all admits are international students, hailing from 70 countries. 39 percent are students of color, while 16 percent would be the first in their family to attend college.
Williams: Williams College has offered admission to 257 students under its Early Decision plan reflecting a 35 percent acceptance rate. These students make up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550. 728 students applied, a 25 percent increase over last year and a record number for Early Decision.
Yale University: This year, Yale received the largest number of applications ever submitted, with 32,900 applying to the Class of 2021. The record-breaking figure represents a five percent jump from last year. This year’s increase is larger than the four percent jump in applications, from 30,227 to 31,439, between the Classes of 2019 and 2020. The incoming freshman class will be the largest in Yale history — with approximately 1,550 students, 15 percent larger than recent classes. Students admitted to the Class of 2021 represent all 50 states and 68 countries. Yale also welcomed the largest group of admitted early action students in several years, inviting 871 students to join the Class of 2021 in the early round. The admitted students represent 17.1 percent of a pool of 5,086 early applicants. The early action application pool this year is 9 percent larger than last year, an uptick marking the first major increase in early application numbers after a three- year period of relative stagnation.
©2017 Top Tier Admissions and Christian Termont