Ivies Plus© – Early Admissions for Class of 2015

Statistics for the Class of 2015. Preliminary Results – Early Action and Early Decisions – Entering Fall 2011

Ivy League

Early Rounds 2015 2014 2013
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown ED 577 2,796 20.64 567 2,847 19.92 551 2,348 23.47
Columbia ED 632 3,229 19.57 631 2,995 21.07 594 2,945 20.17
Cornell ED 1,215 3,456 35.16 1,176 3,594 32.72 1,249 3,405 36.68
Dartmouth ED 444 1,759 25.24 461 1,594 28.92 401 1,550 25.87
Penn ED 1,195 4,557 26.22 1,200 3,842 31.23 1,156 3,666 31.53
Yale SCEA 761 5,257 14.48 730 5,235 13.94 742 5,557 13.35
Total Ivies 4,824 21,054 22.91 4,765 20,107 23.70 4,693 19,471 24.10

Brown University accepted 577 of the 2,796 applications received for the class of 2015. The 2,796 applications for early decision this year represent a slight decrease of almost 2 percent from last year’s 2,847.

Columbia University received 3,229 early applications compared to 2,995 last year, and admitted 632 students.

Cornell reported a three percent decrease in the number of early decision applicants with 3,456 applications for the Class of 2015, as opposed to the 3,594 applications that were reviewed in December 2009. In the latest early decision cycle, Cornell admitted 1,215 students, slightly more than the 1,176 granted admission last year.

Dartmouth received 1,759 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2015. This represents an increase of 12% over the 1,594 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2014. Dartmouth accepted 444 ED applications, 27 fewer than last year’s 461 students.

Penn received 4,557 early decision applications for the Class of 2015 and reported a 19 percent increase from last year’s 3,842 early decision applications. Penn admitted 1,195 students under the Early Decision program for a record low 30% admit rate.

Yale reported a total of 5,257 applications, a number that is almost to last year’s 5,235 applications for its SCEA program. The school offered admission to 761 applicants for its Class of 2015.

Harvard and Princeton no longer accept early applications.

Stanford and MIT

Early Rounds 2015 2014 2013
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford SCEA 754 5,929 12.72 753 5,566 13.53 689 5,363 12.85
MIT EA 772 6,405 12.05 590 5,684 10.38 540 4,681 11.54
Total 1,526 12,334 12.37 1,343 11,250 11.94 1,229 10,044 12.24

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology received a record 6,405 early action applications (up 13% from the 5,684 received last year) and accepted 772 students for an acceptance rate of 12%.

Stanford reported an increase of more than 6% for the Class of 2015. Stanford accepted 12.72% percent of its SCEA pool by admitting 754 out of 5,929. Last year, Stanford admitted 753 students out of 5,566 applicants.

More Selective Schools

Early Rounds 2014 2013 2012
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Chicago EA 1,400 6,960 20.11 1,676 5,855 28.63 1,146 3,795 30.20
Duke ED 645 2,287 28.20 602 1,924 31.29 548 1,539 35.61
Georgetown 1,122 6,654 16.86 1,160 6,105 19.00 1,160 6,100 19.02
Northwestern 715 2,127 33.62 618 1,776 34.80 590 1,595 36.99
J. Hopkins ED 518 1,330 38.95 493 1,155 42.68 502 1,049 47.86

The University of Chicago received 6,960 early-action applications to the College, a dramatic increase from the previous year when 5,855 applications were received. Despite an estimated total class of 1,350 students, Chicago offered admission to 1,400 students under its Early Admission non-binding program.

Duke reported that 2,287 students applied under its Early Decision program, an increase over the 1,924 who applied early in the prior year. Out of the 2,287 who completed their applications, 645 were offered admission to the Class of 2015. Last year, the university accepted 602 students through Early Decision. This year’s acceptance rate is a record low for Duke, as the number dips below 30 percent.

Johns Hopkins reported that 1,330 applied for the Class of 2015. This represents an increase of 15% from last year. The acceptance rate has dropped to below 40%. 518 applicants will be the first students welcomed into the Class of 2015.

Georgetown received 6,654 applications and admitted 1,122 students for an admission ratio of 17%.

Northwestern University reported 2,127 applications and admitted 715 students to its Class of 2015.

Volume of Applications and Changes – Early and Regular Decision – Class 2015

In the past five years, applications to the eight Ivy League schools plus MIT and Stanford increased from slightly above 200,000 applications to almost 300,000 early and regular applications, for a compound increase of more than 40 percent.

Ivy League, Stanford and MIT – 5 Years Trends

Change in Volume Early +
Regular Applications
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Brown 31,000 30,136 24,988 20,633 19,097
Columbia 34,587 26,178 25,428 22,585 21,343
Cornell 36,273 36,338 34,381 33,073 30,383
Dartmouth 21,700 18,778 18,130 16,538 14,176
Harvard 35,000 30,489 29,112 27,462 22,955
Penn 31,651 26,938 22,939 22,922 22,646
Princeton 27,115 26,247 21,964 21,369 18,942
Yale 27,230 25,869 26,003 22,817 19,323
Stanford 34,200 32,022 30,429 25,298 23,958
MIT 17,908 16,632 15,661 13,396 12,445
Total 296,664 269,627 249,035 226,093 205,268

Ivy League, Stanford and MIT – 5 Years Annual Changes

Change in Volume Early +
Regular Applications
Change
14 to 15
Change
13 to 14
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12 to 13
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11 to 12
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11 to 15
Brown 2.87% 20.60% 21.11% 8.04% 62.33%
Columbia 32.12% 2.95% 12.59% 5.82% 62.05%
Cornell -0.18% 5.69% 3.95% 8.85% 19.39%
Dartmouth 15.56% 3.57% 9.63% 16.66% 53.08%
Harvard 14.80% 4.73% 6.01% 19.63% 52.47%
Penn 17.50% 17.43% 0.07% 1.22% 39.76%
Princeton 3.31% 19.50% 2.78% 12.81% 43.15%
Yale 5.26% -0.52% 13.96% 18.08% 40.92%
Stanford 6.80% 5.24% 20.28% 5.59% 42.75%
MIT 7.67% 6.20% 16.91% 7.64% 43.90%
Total 10.03% 8.27% 10.15% 10.15% 44.53%

Other Selective Schools – Total Applications Class 2015 and 2014

Universities 2015 2014 Change
Caltech 5,240 4,859 7.84%
Chicago 21,669 19,374 11.85%
CMU 16,474 15,496 6.31%
Duke 29,526 26,784 10.24%
Georgetown 19,300 18,070 6.81%
JHU 19,201 18,459 4.02%
Lehigh 11,500 10,328 11.35%
Northwestern 30,925 27,615 11.99%
NYU 42,242 38,037 11.06%
Rice 13,776 12,393 11.16%
Tufts 17,074 15,433 10.63%
UVA 23,942 22,516 6.33%
Vanderbilt 24,650 21,811 13.02%
William Mary 12,776 12,539 1.89%
Washington University in St. Louis 28,800 24,939 15.48%

© 2011 Hernandez College Consulting and Christian Termont of EERA