Admission Statistics for the Class of 2025
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This year was the “triple storm” of events that drove up applications and drove down admissions rates: 1 – the pandemic forced colleges to become “score optional” so thousands more students sent in applications to top tier colleges 2 – because students couldn’t visit colleges, they tended to apply to “big name” schools sight unseen and 3 – up to a fifth of freshman from last year deferred because of Covid so colleges had to “reserve” a lot of spaces and take fewer students this year.
As a result, applications hit all-time highs while admissions rates hit all-time lows. The numbers are insane – Princeton for example only accepted 3.96% of applicants (and they did not have an early round at all) and all the Ivies were sub-10%. Amherst and Williams were tied at 8% so it wasn’t just the bigger Ivies. We hope next year colleges will take more students but we expect admission rates to stay fairly low, though hopefully not as low as this year which may prove to be the toughest year in college admissions history.
Ivy League — Class of 2025
Ivy League — Classes of 2023-2025
Ivies Plus© — Volume of Applications — From 2016 to 2026
Ivies Plus© — Changes in Volume of Applications — From 2016 to 2025
Ivies Plus© — Historical Number of Admitted Students— From 2016 to 2025
Ivies Plus© — Historical Admit Rates — From 2016 to 2025
Review of the Ivy League Class of 2025 — Entering Fall 2021
Brown University offered admission to 5.45 percent of its applicants to the Class of 2025, down from last year’s acceptance rate of 6.88 percent for the Class of 2024. Out of the 46,568 students who applied—the largest pool in University history —2,537 students were admitted. The 1,652 students accepted through the regular decision process joined the 885 students admitted in December. The rate of admission for the ED round stood at just below 16 percent. Last year, Brown offered admission to 6.88 percent of its applicants to the Class of 2024, up from the previous year’s acceptance rate of 6.60 percent. For the Class of 2024, 36,794 students applied and 2,533 students were admitted with 800 students admitted in December for a rate of admission for the ED round of 17.54 percent.
For the Class of 2025, Columbia accepted 2,218 students from 60,551 applications, a 51 percent increase from last year. The acceptance rate of 3.66 percent is below last year’s 6.15 percent when Columbia admitted 2,465 applicants from 40,084 applications. For this admission cycle, we estimate that Columbia received 6,435 early decision applications and accepted 650 students for an admission rate just above 10 percent.
This year, Cornell admitted 5,836 applicants from a pool of 67,000 to the Class of 2025. Cornell did not release the statistics of its Early Decision round. In previous years, Cornell received 51,500 applications for admission to the Class of 2024 and 49,118 applications for the Class of 2023.
Dartmouth College offered admission to 1,749 students for the Class of 2025 for an overall acceptance rate of 6.17 percent, down from last year’s 8.79 percent. Last year Dartmouth College extended offers of admission to 1,881 applicants for its Class of 2024. The Class of 2025 saw an increase in applications of 33 percent over last year’s record applicant pool with applications jumping up from 21,394 to 28,357. This follows the implementation of a test-optional admissions policy due to pandemic-related testing difficulties. The total number of accepted students to the Class of 2025 includes the 591 admitted through the early decision process in December. Last year, Dartmouth College offered early admission to 574 students in December.
Harvard accepted 3.43 percent of applicants to its Class of 2025. This year, Harvard received a total of 57,435 applications compared to 40,248 for the Class of 2024. With 1,968 admitted students to the Class of 2025, the rate of admission decreased from 4.92 percent to just 3.43 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 10,086 applications and accepted 747 for an admit rate of 7.41 percent, down from 13.93 percent the previous year. Harvard’s SCEA admit rate (the early round only) is substantially higher than the regular decision acceptance rate of 2.58 percent. Last year, Harvard received a total of 40,248 applications compared to 43,330 for the Class of 2023. With 1,980 admitted students to the Class of 2024, the rate of admission increased from 4.50 to 4.92 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. Also, for the Class of 2024’s early round, Harvard University received 6,424 applications and accepted 865 for an admit rate of 13.93 percent.
Of the 56,333 students who applied to Penn’s Class of 2025 in the early and regular rounds, 3,202 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 5.68 percent. The 3,202 admitted students to the Class of 2025 included 1,194 students who were admitted through the early decision round. The admission rate for the ED round was 15 percent out of 7,962 applicants. Last year, 42,205 students applied to Penn’s Class of 2024 in the early and regular rounds and 3,404 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 8.07 percent. Out of the total 3,404 admitted to the Class of 2024, 1,269 students were admitted through the early decision round. The admission rate for the ED round was 19.67 percent out of 6,453 applicants. For the Class of 2023, 44,960 students applied to in the early and regular rounds and 3,345 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 7.44 percent.
Princeton University has offered admission to 1,498 students, or 3.98 percent of the 37,601 applicants to the Class of 2025. Last year, Princeton University offered admission to 1,823 students, or 5.55 percent of the 32,836 applicants to the Class of 2024. Princeton received over 5,000 early action applications for the Class of 2024 and accepted 791 applicants. Princeton University offered admission to 1,895 students, or 5.78 percent of the 32,804 applicants to the Class of 2023. Princeton received 5,335 early action applications and accepted 743 applicants to their Class of 2023.
Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 2,169 students or 4.62 percent of the 46,905 students who applied to the Class of 2025. This represents a decrease from last year’s rate of 6.54 percent. The SCEA round accounted for 837 acceptances out of a pool of 7,939 applications. Last year Yale accepted 2,304 students or 6.54 percent of the 35,220 students who applied to the Class of 2024. The SCEA round accounted for 796 acceptances out of a pool of 5,777 applications. For the Class of 2023, Yale accepted 2,178 students or 5.91 percent of the 36,843 students who applied. The SCEA round accounted for 794 acceptances out of a pool of 6,020 applications.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted 1,340 students out of 33,240 applicants for the Class of 2025 for an acceptance rate of 4.03 percent. In its early round, MIT admitted 719 students out of 15,036 applications, yielding 4.78 percent which is also the lowest rate of acceptance in an early round among its peer group composed of the Ivy League and Stanford. Last year, MIT admitted 1,457 students out of 20,075 applicants to the Class of 2024 for an acceptance rate of 7.26 percent. In its early round, MIT admitted 687 students out of 9,291 applications, yielding an admission rate of 7.39 percent. In the previous year, the school admitted 1,410 students out of 21,312 applicants to the Class of 2023 for an acceptance rate of 6.62 percent. In the 2023 early round, MIT admitted 707 students out of 9,600 applications.
All Universities – Classes of 2023-2025
Liberal Arts Colleges – Classes of 2023-2025 Listed by Alphabet
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