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Ivy League – Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates – Entering Fall 2020
Brown University accepted 800 students (a record low 17.5 percent) of the 4,562 early decision applicants to the Class of 2024. The number of applications rose by 8 percent. 17 percent identify as first-generation and 44 percent of students self-identify as students of color. Students come from 43 countries and 40 states. 45 students were accepted through QuestBridge. These acceptances comprise roughly 45 percent of Brown’s incoming class. Dean of Admissions Logan Powell cites The Brown Promise – a new initiative which replaces all loans in University financial aid packages – as having a major impact on the size and composition of the early pool. 62 percent of those admitted to Brown in early decision applied for financial aid, up from just 50 percent two years ago. Brown continues to push to diversify their student body, which is especially evident in the five percentage point increase in the number of first gen students in the ED admit group (17 percent this year versus 12 percent last year).
Cornell University admitted 1,576 out of 6,615 early decision applicants (a 7 percent increase over the past year’s ED applicant numbers), for a 23.8 percent acceptance rate (a 1.2 percent increase over last year). Those admitted are estimated to comprise 49 percent of the Class of 2024. Interestingly, the number of women admitted this year decreased by four percentage points to 51.6 percent. Hard to know exactly what to make of this statistic—other than perhaps Cornell was concerned that it might be approaching a tipping point with respect to gender balance. Students of color comprise 39.7 percent of admitted students. 22.1 percent are legacy and 12.1 percent are athletes.
Dartmouth College has offered admission to 526 students from a pool of 2,069 early decision applicants. They also offered places to 21 applicants through QuestBridge resulting in an acceptance rate of 26 percent. The 547 acceptances will make up about 46 percent of the Class of 2024. Legacy students make up 15 percent and recruited athletes make up 25 percent. 15 percent are first-generation students and 12 percent are international students. 95 percent rank among the top 10 percent of their senior class. The mean SAT score is 1481 and ACT composite is 33.
Harvard University accepted 895 students to the Class of 2024 from a pool of 6,424 who applied early action for a rate of 13.9 percent. 9.6 percent of the admitted students are international and 10.1 percent are first-generation students. For the first time since the fall of 2013, the university’s early action pool posted a decline, with its early action pool decreasing by 7.7 percent. The 13.9 percent acceptance rate represents a 0.5 percent increase from last year. The early admission acceptance rate has not increased year-over-year since 2013. Dean Fitzsimmons takes a global view to explain the decrease, pointing to everything from wildfires in California (the number of early applicants from California declined nearly 17 percent) to school shootings and economic uncertainty to declining numbers of high school seniors. Women comprise 51.7 percent of the admitted class thus far, slightly more than last year, when women made up 51.3 percent of the early admit class. It seems that Harvard tipped in favor of women who are interested in the physical sciences and computer science. This year, 57.4 percent of admitted students who said they intend to concentrate in the physical sciences are women, compared to 52.9 percent last year and 33 percent the year before. For computer science, 49.1 percent of interested students are women, an increase from 42.9 percent last year, and 29 percent the year before.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered early admission to 687 from a pool of 9,291 students to the Class of 2024, a 7.4 percent acceptance rate.
The University of Pennsylvania accepted 1,269 (19.7 percent) of the 6,453 ED applications it received this year, down 9 percent from last year. These students make up about 53 percent of the total class. 24 percent are legacy (up from 23% last year) and 10 percent are first-generation students. They come from 46 states and 50 countries. Of those who are United States citizens or permanent residents, 52 percent identify as students of a minority group, an increase from 48 percent last year. Similarly, 54 percent of admitted students identified as female, an increase from 51 percent last cycle. 10 percent of admitted students are first-generation college students, a slight decrease from last year’s 11 percent. Explaining the drop in ED application volume, Dean Eric Furda in an interview in the student paper seems to suggest a return to “normal” after a “bump” caused by higher scores on the redesigned SAT and students who therefore saw themselves as stronger. He, too, seems to raise the notion that natural disasters, power outages, and teacher strikes impacted the number s of students applying ED.
Yale University accepted 796 students out of a total of 5,777 early action applicants to the Class of 2024 for a rate of 13.8 percent. This early application volume was down 4 percent from last year’s record-setting pool of 6,020 students. Although short on details about the admitted group, a news release points to an announcement earlier this year from Yale that the past several classes have all set records for socioeconomic diversity, with more than 1,000 undergraduates receiving Federal Pell grants. Of those, more than 600 are in the first-year and sophomore classes. Additionally, the number of students per class who will be the first in their families to graduate from college has increased by 75 percent in the past six years. A record 87 students were admitted through QuestBridge.
More Selective Schools – Early Action and Early Decision
Duke 887 of the 4,300 early decision applicants to the Class of 2024 were accepted for an acceptance rate of 21 percent. These students will comprise 51 percent of the incoming class. Students of color comprise 46 percent of those admitted and international students make up another 6 percent.
Emory 730 from a pool of 1,812 students were accepted early decision to Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College or both for a rate of 40 percent. Emory College admitted 580 students and Oxford College admitted 295 students, with 145 admitted to both.
Georgetown The University offered admission to 856 out of 7,305 early action applicants for the Class of 2024. This reflects a record low admissions rate of 11.7 percent even with the number of overall early applicants decreasing for the second year in a row.
Johns Hopkins offered admission to 682 students during the ED round for the Class of 2024. The number of applications rose 16 percent from the past year.
Expected Percentage of Early Admissions in the Enrolled Class of 2024
The tables below present the percentage of early applicants to the projected enrollment.