Admission Statistics for the Class of 2016
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Ivies Plus© — Class of 2016
|IVIES + MS||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
|MIT + Stanford||4,047||54,740||7.39||1,435||11,888||12.07||2,612||42,852||6.10|
Ivies Plus© — Classes of 2014-2016
|MIT + Stanford||4,047||54,740||7.39||4,152||52,257||7.95||4,016||48,654||8.25|
Ivies Plus© — Volume of Applications — From 2012 to 2016
|Change in Volume Applications||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012|
Ivies Plus© — Changes in Volume of Applications — From 2012 to 2016
|Change in Volume Applications||Change
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Ivies Plus© — Historical Admits— From 2012 to 2016
Ivies Plus© — Historical Admit Rates — From 2012 to 2016
|Historical Admit Rates||Rate 2016||Rate 2015||Rate 2014||Rate 2013||Rate 2012|
Admission Data — Ivy League
Ivy League — Class of 2016
|IVIES||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
Ivy League — Classes of 2014-2016
Admission Data — MIT and Stanford
|MIT + Stanford||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
MIT and Stanford — Classes of 2014-2016
|MIT + Stanford||2016||2015||2014|
Review of Class of 2016 — Entering Fall 2012
Brown University admitted 2,760 students, with 556 through early decision. A total of 28,742 applications were received for regular and early decision admissions slots, a decrease over last year’s pool of 30,944. The rates of acceptance were 9.6 for the combined rounds and 19 percent for the Early Decision round only. For the Class of 2015, Brown admitted 2,757 candidates from the 30,944 applications it received.
For the Class of 2016, Columbia accepted 2,363 from 31,851 applications. The acceptance rate of 7.4 percent was slightly superior to the previous 6 percent when Columbia admitted 2,419 students. In this admission cycle, Columbia received 3,088 early decision applications and accepted 605 students for an admission rate just below 20 percent. In its second year of using the Common Application, Columbia experienced a 9 percent drop in applications.
According to its Office of Admissions and Enrollment, Cornell has received an all-time high of 37,812 applications for freshman admission to the Class of 2016. The overall admit rate reported by Cornell is 16.2 percent, slightly down from last year’s admit rate of 18 percent. Cornell admitted 6,123 applicants with 4,952 regular decision applicants and 1,171 Early Decision applicants. Cornell admitted over 32 percent of Early Decision applicants, but only accepted 14 percent of applicants for regular admissions.
Dartmouth College extended offers of admission to 2,180 applicants for its Class of 2015, from a pool of 23.110. This represents the largest number of applicants in the College’s history and a further increase over last year’s record number of applications. The acceptance rate was 9.4 percent. In December 2011, from a pool of 1,800 applicants, Dartmouth accepted 465 students into the Class of 2015 through the early decision admissions program. Last year, Dartmouth College accepted 2,270 applicants for its Class of 2015, from a pool of 22,385.
The Class of 2016 witnessed the reinstatement of a single choice early action program at Harvard. The school received a total of 34,302 applications compared to 34,950 for the Class of 2015 and admitted 2,032 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 5.9 percent, which is the lowest in Harvard’s history. In the early round, Harvard University received 4,245 applications and accepted 773, for an admit rate of 18.2% of its applicant pool. Although its pool of applicants decreased for the Class of 2016 when compared to the Class of 2015, Harvard experienced a 25 percent growth in applications over the past four years.
MIT admitted 1,620 students out of 18,109 applicants for the Class of 2016. As a result, the acceptance rate plummeted to a record-low 8.95 percent, a decrease from the Class of 2015’s 9.6 percent acceptance rate. In 2011, MIT admitted 1,715 students out of 17,909 applicants for the Class of 2015, and previously, MIT admitted 1,676 students out of 16,632 applicants for the Class of 2014.
In its early round, MIT admitted 680 students out of 6,008 applications, the lowest rate of acceptance in an early round among its peer group composed of the Ivy League and Stanford.
After reinstating its early action program, Princeton University admitted a record low 7.9 percent of the 26,664 applicants received as the school offered admission to 2,095 students. For the Class of 2015, Princeton admitted 2,282 applicants for an admission rate of 8.4 percent. Princeton University received 3,476 early action applications and accepted 726 applicants.
Stanford University received an unprecedented 36,631 applications and offered admission to 2,427 applicants for its undergraduate Class of 2016. The figure, which includes 755 candidates admitted in December through Stanford’s Restrictive Early Action program, represents an admission rate of below 7 percent, the most competitive in the university’s history. During the past 4 years, Stanford’s number of applications has grown by close to 45 percent, the highest growth rate in its peer group. The early acceptance rate for the Class of 2016 was below 13 percent. Last year, Stanford admitted 2,477 students out of 34,348 applicants for admission to the Class of 2015 for an overall admission rate of 7.1%.
Yale University received 28,974 applications to its Class of 2016 and accepted 1,975 students, representing an overall acceptance rate of 6.8 percent. The SCEA round accounted for 675 acceptances out of a pool of 4,304 applications. In the previous year, Yale admitted 2,109 students out of 27,283 applicants, or 7.73 percent of its applicants. In the SCEA round for the Class of 2015, Yale reported a total of 5,257 applications and offered admission to 761 applicants.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania accepted 12.3 percent of the 31,217 applications it received for the Class of 2016. Out of the total 3,846 admitted, 1,148 students were admitted through the early decision round. The admission rate for the ED round was slightly over 25 percent.
For the Class of 2015, Penn admitted a total of 3,935 students from 31,663 applications. Penn’s overall acceptance rate was 12.4 percent in 2011.
Other Selective Universities
Admission Data—Classes of 2014-2016
|UC San Diego||22,939||60,838||37.71||18,212||53,461||34.07||18,307||48,112||38.05|
|UC Santa Barbara||23,803||54,831||43.41||22,386||49,033||45.65||19,741||46,721||42.25|
|UNC Chapel Hill||7,596||28,491||26.66||7,469||22,652||32.97||7,559||23,271||32.48|
|Washington University in St. Louis||4,873||27,265||17.87||4,763||28,823||16.52||5,285||24,939||21.19|
Liberal Arts Colleges
Admission Data—Classes of 2014-2016
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Statistics for the Class of 2016
Preliminary Results – Early Action and Early Decision – Entering Fall 2012
Ivy League – Early Action and Early Decision
Brown accepted 556 of the 2,919 applications received for the class of 2016. The 2,796 applications for early decision this year represent a slight increase from last year’s 2,796.
Columbia received 5.68 percent fewer applications with 3,088 early applications compared to 3,229 last year. The admission rate remained similar as Columbia admitted 605 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 1,800 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2016. This represents a small increase over the Early Decision applications for the Class of 2015. Dartmouth accepted 465 ED applications, 21 more than last year’s 444 students. The 465 students will compose approximately 40 percent of the Class of 2016 estimated at 1110 students.
Harvard accepted 18 percent of the 4,231 early applicants to the Class of 2016. These 772 students mark the first group to be admitted early since the College eliminated its early admission process four-years ago. The Office of Admissions deferred 2,838 applicants, roughly two-thirds of applicants, to be considered in the regular application pool and rejected 546 students.
Penn received 4,526 early decision applications for the Class of 2016 and reported a slight decrease from last year’s 4,557 early decision applications. Penn admitted 1,148 students under the Early Decision program for a record low 25% admit rate.
Princeton, for the is the first year since 2006, offered an early application round and admitted 726 out of the 3,476 candidates who applied last fall through single-choice early action.
Yale reported a total of 4,304 applications, a substantial decrease from last year’s 5,257 applications for its SCEA program. The school offered admission to 675 applicants for its Class of 2016. The 15.7 percent early acceptance rate marks an increase from last year’s 14.5 percent early admission rate and the 13.9 percent acceptance rate for the class of 2014.
Stanford and MIT – Early Action
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology received 6.008 early action applications (down from the 6,405 received last year) and accepted 680 students for an acceptance rate of 11.32%.
Stanford accepted 12.84% percent of its SCEA pool by admitting 755 out of 5,880. Last year, Stanford admitted 754 students out of 5,929 applicants.
More Selective Schools – Early Action and Early Decision
|J. Hopkins ED||561||1,459||38.45||518||1,330||38.95||493||1,155||42.68|
The University of Chicago received 8,698 early-action applications to the College, a dramatic increase from the previous year when 6,960 applications were received. Despite an estimated total class of 1,350 students, Chicago offered admission to 1,532 students under its Early Admission non-binding program.
Duke reported that 2,641 students applied under its Early Decision program, an increase over the 2,287 who applied early in the prior year. Out of the 2,641 who completed their applications, 648 were offered admission to the Class of 2016. Last year, the university accepted 645 students through Early Decision. This year’s acceptance rate is a record low for Duke, as the number dips below 25 percent. Students admitted through Early Decision this year will represent 38 percent of next fall’s incoming class, which is expected to include 1,705 students.
Johns Hopkins reported that 1,459 applied for the Class of 2016. This represents an increase of 119 applications from last year. 561 applicants will be the first students welcomed into the Class of 2016.
Georgetown received 6,730 applications and admitted 1,012 students for an admission ratio of 15%. Last year, Georgetown received 6,654 applications and admitted 1,122 students for an admission ratio of 17%.
Northwestern University reported 2,450 applications and admitted 804 students to its Class of 2016. In 2011, Northwestern had 2,127 applications and admitted 715 students to its Class of 2015.
Liberal Arts Colleges – Early Decision – ED1 Only
|Class 2016 Early LAC||Admit||Applied||%|
Expected Percentage of Early Admissions in the Class of 2016
The tables below present the percentage of early applicants in the projected enrollment for the Class of 2016.
|Admit||Enroll Est||% Early|
|Total Ivies Plus||7,553||16,616||45.46|
|Admit||Enroll Est||% Early|
|J. Hopkins ED||561||1,241||45.21|
It should be noted that, because of the non-binding nature of regular Early Admission, the numbers for schools such as Chicago, Georgetown, or MIT should not be compared to schools with Early Decisions and Restricted and Single Choice Early Admissions.
|Admit||Enroll Est||% Early|
Volume of Applications and Changes – Early and Regular Decision – Class 2016
In the past six 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 – 6 Years Trends
For the first time in the past six years, the total number of applications to the eight Ivy League schools plus MIT and Stanford decreased from the prior year.
Applications went down substantially at Brown and Columbia, but increased at Yale and Stanford by similar margins. Harvard, Penn, and Princeton all experienced a slight decrease.
|Change in Volume Applications||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011|
Ivy League, Stanford and MIT – 5 Years Annual Changes
|Change in Volume Applications in %||Change 15 to 16||Change 14 to 15||Change 13 to 14||Change 12 to 13||Change 11 to 12||Change 11 to 16|
Other Selective Schools – Total Applications Class 2015 and 2014
|Liberal Arts Colleges||2016||2015||Change|
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