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College Admissions: Early Apps Up for Class of 2019

Monday, November 17, 2014

 

Over the last 30 days, students from across the country and around the world sent in college applications under binding Early Decision and non-binding Early Action programs. While most colleges are still tallying numbers, a few universities have released early statistics. And despite demographics showing that the number of U.S. college-age students has started to decline, it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier to gain acceptance to the nation’s top colleges. 

At Brown University, Early Decision applications were the second highest in the school’s history.  3,016 students applied for early admission, and minority students accounted for 33% of this pool. According to the Brown Daily Herald, international students from 63 countries account for 17% of applicants, with most hailing from Asia and a substantial number coming from just across the border in Canada. The U.S. distribution of candidates is broad from 49 states. Mid-Atlantic students make up 25% of applicants, New England 18% and Western states 16%. California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut are the most popular states for Brown’s ED pool. 

Other Ivy League college early admission numbers appear to have remained strong as well. Dartmouth College received a record 1,856 Early Decision applications. This reflects a 10% surge over last year’s numbers. And the University of Pennsylvania is sorting a record 5,390 applications, up 5% from last year. According to administrators, UPENN will fill 40-50% of their freshmen seats in this round of admission for the class of 2019.

Heading south to other elite institutions: Duke received 3,146 Early Decision applications, slightly fewer than last year which set a record at the university and ultimately filled 47% of the Class of 2018. At the University of Virginia, a record 16,185 students applied Early Action, up 7.5% from last year.

What is clear from these numbers is that more applicants are taking advantage of early admission programs each year. Some candidates apply early because they have an absolute first choice and getting in early can relieve senior year stress. Others send in fall apps because they know that the statistics favor ED and EA students at many colleges with substantially higher acceptance rates than during Regular Decision. Additionally, students are catching on to the idea that many colleges are filling 30-70% of their freshmen seats in the early admission round, and applications surge during Regular Decision.

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

 

Related Slideshow: College Guide: Best Off-Campus Study Spots in Central MA

Are you having trouble finding some much needed peace and quiet on your college campus? Check out the following coffee shops and cafés, which are sure to satisfy your studying needs and taste buds.

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In House Coffee

Enjoy homemade regular and flavored coffee, fresh baked muffins, bagels and more at In House Coffee. They even feature a Tiramisu flavored coffee and serve breakfast sandwiches. At In House Coffee you’ll find all the caffeine and baked goods you’re going to need to get through your studying.

225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester

508-363-1212.

Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM - 10 PM, Sun 8 AM - 10 PM. 

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Bean Counter Coffee Bar

Continuously voted “Best Coffee” by Worcester Magazine, Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery offers the perfect energy boost for your long day of studying. Order one of their homemade pastries for an extra pick me up.

113 Highland St, Worcester

508-754-3125

Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 AM - 10 PM, Fri 6:30 AM - 11 PM, Sat 7 AM - 11 PM, Sun 7 AM - 10 PM.

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Acoustic Java

Acoustic Java is a great spot for studying off-campus, offering plenty of seating and a cozy atmosphere. They also offer a wide selection of seasonal freshly roasted and artisan coffees, teas and made-to-order sandwiches as well as vegetarian options.

932A Main St, Worcester

508-756-9446

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 7 PM, Sat- Sun 8 AM - 6 PM.

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NU Café

Curl up next to the fireplace with your books and a latte. Is there really any other way to study? Serving certified organic coffee and real fruit smoothies, NU Café has everything you need to get through your study session. Not convinced? At night they serve beer and wine for those 21+.

335 Chandler St, Worcester

508-926-8800

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 9 AM - 8 PM.

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Starbucks

Starbucks is more than great coffee and snacks. Its comfy chairs and tables provide you with the perfect study environment. Choose from their many hot and cold drink items as well as their sandwiches, pastries and salads.

11 East Central St, Worcester

508-756-4048

Hours: Mon-Sat 5 AM - 10 PM, Sun 6 AM - 8:30 PM.

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Panera Bread

Though everyone knows Panera for their delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, their couches and booths are also a great place to get some studying done while you eat. With many great locations Panera Bread is a convenient place for homework.

Three locations: 120 Goldstar Blvd, Worcester, 508-856-7007; 50 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, 508-798-9949; 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.

Photo: Flickr/docoverachiever

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Straight Up Café

Straight Up Café serves locally roasted coffees so you know you’ll be drinking the freshest coffee while writing that final paper. Offering breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads, you’ll have enough options to get you through a whole day of studying.

795 Main St, Worcester

774-243-1313

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 5 PM.

Photo: Flickr/roboppy

 
 

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