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Ivy League – Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates – Entering Fall 2021
Brown University accepted 885 students out of 5,540 early applications received for the Class of 2025. Applications through the program increased 22 percent compared to the Class of 2024. Last year, Brown received 4,562 applications for early decision and accepted 800 applicants. Brown accepted 16 percent to the Class of 2025, 18 percent to the Class of 2024, and 18 percent of early applicants to the Class of 2023.
Columbia received 6,435 early applications compared to 4,318 last year. The rate of admission dropped to slightly over 10 percent with an admission of 650 students.
Cornell University, as announced last year, has decided to not disclose its admissions’ numbers until the end of the yearly cycle.
Dartmouth College received 2,664 early decision applications for the Class of 2025. This number represents an increase of almost 29 percent over last year’s early decision pool of 2,069 applicants. Dartmouth accepted 566 ED applications – 19 more than last year’s 547 students. The 566 students will compose approximately 49 percent of the Class of 2025 estimated at 1,150 students. This year’s 21.25 percent acceptance rate is a decrease from last year’s 26.44 percent.
Harvard University accepted 747 or 7.41 percent of the 10,086 early applicants to the Class of 2025. The size of the early action pool increased by about 57 percent and the acceptance rate decreased by 6.5 percent. Last year, Harvard’s Early Action program admitted 895 students or 14 percent of the 6,424 early applicants to the Class of 2024.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology received 15,036 early action applications (up from the 9,291 received last year) and accepted 719 students for an acceptance rate of 4.78 percent. Last year, MIT accepted 687 students for an acceptance rate of 7.39 percent.
The University of Pennsylvania received 7,962 early decision applications for the Class of 2025 and reported an increase from last year’s 6,453 early decision applications. Penn admitted 1,194 students under the Early Decision program for a 15 percent admit rate. These students make up just below 50 percent of the target class of 2,400 students for the Class of 2025.
Princeton has cancelled its single-choice early action program for the Class of 2025.
Yale University reported a record of 7,939 applications, a large increase of 38 percent from last year’s 5,777 applications for its SCEA program. The school offered admission to 837 Early Action applicants for the Class of 2025, up from 796 applicants for its Class of 2024. Yale expects to make another 1,200 admission offers in the spring, aiming for a freshman class of about 1,580 for enrollment in the fall of 2025.
More Selective Schools – Early Action and Early Decision
Duke accepted 840 of the 5,036 students who applied under its Early Decision program to the Class of 2025. Last year, Duke reported that 4,300 students applied under its Early Decision program and admitted 887 to the Class of 2024. Early decision applicants will make up 49 percent of Duke’s Class of 2025, comprising around 1720 students.
Georgetown admitted 957 of 8,700 early applicants to the Class of 2025 and maintained its historically low admission rate of 11 percent. Last year, Georgetown received 7,305 applications and admitted 856 students for an admission ratio of 11.72 percent.
Johns Hopkins accepted 520 of the 4,727 students who applied for the Class of 2025. This represents an increase of 2,328 applications from last year when the university reported that 2,399 applied early with 682 successful applicants.
Notre Dame admitted 1,672 early action applicants to the Class of 2025 as 7,744 students applied for consideration under the Restricted Early Action program reflecting a 21.6 percent acceptance rate. Early applications were up over last year when Notre Dame admitted 1,540 Early Action applicants to the Class of 2024 from a pool of 7,295 students.
Rice admitted 421 high school students from 2,635 applicants, which is a 29 percent increase over last year when 2,042 students applied to Rice through its binding Early Decision program.
Expected Percentage of Early Admissions in the Enrolled Class of 2025
The tables below represent the percentage of early applicants to the projected enrollment.