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College Admissions: Early Admission Apps Soared for Class of 2018

Monday, December 23, 2013

 

Who saw the largest increase in early decision applications this year?

Early admission numbers are still being released since many colleges extended deadlines due to Common Application issues this year. Nevertheless, it appears that the predicted low in the number of college-age students has not affected early action and early decision applications at the nation’s most competitive colleges

. Students are still flocking in record numbers to apply to elite colleges during early decision and early action rounds, drawn in by high acceptance rates than regular decision and the desire to know early in the year where they will matriculate.

Duke, Northwestern and BU: Big Winners

This year, Duke saw its largest increase in early decision applications ever, up 25% over last year. Meanwhile, early applications to Northwestern and Boston University increased approximately 15%, reflecting a growing trend in popularity among college campuses in or near a major city.

Ivy League Holds Strong

Brown University accepted 583 students during early decision, representing a 19 percent acceptance rate from a record high pool of 3,088 applicants. The students who were accepted were from 30 nations and 41 states. The top countries represented outside the United States are China, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, and Korea. Eleven percent of accepted students will be the first-generation in their family to attend college, 30 percent are students of color, 318 are female and 265 are male. The top majors that accepted students intend to pursue are engineering, biology, business, entrepreneurship and organizations, economics, and English.

Columbia received 3,296 applications during Early Decision, and reported that their ED pool grew by 5.4% over last year.

Cornell numbers are not yet available.

Dartmouth sent invitations to 469 students to join the class of 2018 during the Early Decision round. This year, 1,678 students applied ED, an increase of 6 percent from last year. Forty percent of the entering freshmen seats have now been filled at Dartmouth, leaving 60 percent for regular decision applicants.

Harvard accepted 992 students during Early Action, just over 21 percent of applicants. This represented the highest acceptance rate since Harvard re-instituted Early Action in 2011.

UPenn admitted 25.3 percent of early decision applicants, filling more than 50% of the expected entering freshman class. The number of UPENN applications during ED grew by approximately 6.7 percent this year.

Princeton had 3,831 students submit Early Action applications this fall, up slightly from the 3,810 last year; 714 students (18.5%) were accepted. In the early acceptance pool, 8 percent are international students and 41 percent are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds. They hail from 32 countries, 44 states and the District of Columbia. Fifty-five percent are from public schools, and 9 percent are the first in their family to attend college. Fifteen percent are legacy students who had a parent graduate from Princeton.

Finally, Yale Early Action applications rose 5.6% this year over 2012 as the university accepted 735 students among 4,750 applicants. Another 2,735 students were deferred to the Regular Decision round, and 1,225 were rejected.

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic, individual counseling for college-bound students. www.collegeadvisorsonline.com

 

Related Slideshow: Central MA Colleges & Universities with the Highest Student Debt

Seven in 10 college seniors (71%) who graduated last year had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 per borrower, according to a new report released by the Institute for College Access and Success.

According to the Institute’s Project on Student Debt, the average student debt in Massachusetts is $28,460, but what about the state's individual institutions? Check out the slides below to see the average debt graduates are accruing at colleges and universities in Central Massachusetts. (Not all schools self-reported student debt; if not, they are not in the slideshow). 

Note: All data is based on four-year or above institutions for students graduating in the 2011-2012 academic year. Worcester Polytechnic and University of Massachusetts Medical School are not included in the data below, because they did not report the average debt of their graduates.

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#7 Worcester State Univ.

Average Student Debt: $20,449

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 74%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 20%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 861

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 3,901

In-State Tuition and Fees: $7,653

Total Cost of Attendance: $21,585

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 21%

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#6 Clark University

Average Student Debt: $25,175

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 91%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 15%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 539

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,218

In-State Tuition and Fees: $37,350

Total Cost of Attendance: $46,200

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 20%

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#5 Holy Cross

Average Student Debt: $26,567

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 55%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 16%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 692

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,872

In-State Tuition and Fees: $41,488

Total Cost of Attendance: $54,358

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 16%

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#4 Nichols College

Average Student Debt: $30,890

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 89%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 29%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 278

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 1,116

In-State Tuition and Fees: $30,400

Total Cost of Attendance: $43,315

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 34%

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#3 Assumption College

Average Student Debt: $34,579

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 81%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 29%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 485

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 2,090

In-State Tuition and Fees: $32,545

Total Cost of Attendance: $45,830

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 18%

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#2 Becker College

Average Student Debt: $44,596

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 95%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 33%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 239

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 1,400

In-State Tuition and Fees: $28,490

Total Cost of Attendance: $42,710

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 48%

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#1 Anna Maria College

Average Student Debt: $49,206

Percent of Graduates with Debt: 86%

Non-Federal Debt, Percent of Total Debt of Graduates: 39%

Bachelor's Degree Recipients: 165

Full-time Enrollment Fall 2011: 803

In-State Tuition and Fees: $29,860

Total Cost of Attendance: $42,930

Percent Pell Grant Recipients: 38%

 
 

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