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College Admissions: Early Application Numbers

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

The first round of Early Decision and Early Action deadlines has come and gone as students wait anxiously for returns. Most colleges are still tallying the numbers, but a few of the Ivy League have released early statistics.

At Princeton, applications soared 9.4% this year, possibly due to the University dropping their SAT II Subject Test requirement. Princeton’s biggest pool ever, 4,164 students applied under the Single Choice Early Action (SCEA). These students were restricted from applying to other private universities early, but are not committed to attend Princeton if they are fortunate enough to be accepted. They may wait until the spring and play out regular decision acceptances and financial aid packages before making their decision.

UPenn also saw a significant jump in applications with 5,629 students applying under their binding Early Decision program. This represents a 4.4% increase over last’ year’s early applications at Penn.

Dartmouth reported a 2% increase in Early Decision applications, and Yale remained relatively flat with just a .6% rise in their Restrictive Early Action applications. Cornell, Brown and Harvard have not yet released their early admission data. Applicants from the early Ivy League admission pool can expect to hear from colleges around December 15.

For students who missed out on November Early Decision and Early Action deadlines, Regular Decision deadlines still offer an opportunity for admission for the fall of 2016. Some colleges also offer Early Decision II (ED2) binding plans with January deadlines for students willing to commit to attending the college. While Ivy League institutions don’t offer an ED2 option, several elite New England colleges do. They include: Bates, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Colby Middlebury, Tufts and Wesleyan.

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic college counseling, SAT/ACT prep and athletic recruiting services.

 

Related Slideshow: New England Colleges With the Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report released a survey conducted in 2013 of college administrators on the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Several New England made their lists for best National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Regional Universities. See which schools made the lists in the slides below: 

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National Universities

9. Brown University

Providence, RI 
 
Students: 6,435
2013-14 Tuition: $45,612
Admissions: 9.6% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

5. Yale University 

New Haven, CT
 
Students: 5,405
2013-14 Tuition: $44,000
Admissions: 7.0% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

1. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
 
Students: 4,193
2013-14 Tuition: $46,752
Admissions: 9.8% Acceptance Rate
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National Liberal Arts Col

18. Mount Holyoke College

 
South Hadley, MA 
 
Students: 2,322
2013-14 Tuition: $41,456
Admissions: 42.1% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

9. Amherst College

Amherst, MA
 
Students: 1,817 
2013-14 Tuition: $46,574
Admissions: 13.0% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

5. Williams College

Williamstown, MA
 
Students: 2,052
2013-14 Tuition: $46,600
Admissions: 17.0% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

4. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
 
Students: 3,879
2013-14 Tuition: $42,920
Admissions: 71.2% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

2. Providence College

Providence, RI
 
Students: 3,810
2013-14 Tuition: $42,206
Admissions: 61.0%
 
 

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