Ivy League Admission Statistics for the Class of 2015

Ivy League Colleges Overall Accept. Rate Regular Decision Accept. Rate Regular Decision Apps Accepted Regular Decision Apps Received Early Decision / Action Accept. Rate Percent of Class Filled by Early Apps Early Decision / Action Apps Received Early Decision / Action Apps Accepted Expected Number of Students to Enroll Total Apps Received Total Apps Accepted
Brown 8.70% 7.50% 2,115 28,150 20.60% 38.90% 2,796 577 1,485 30,946 2,692
Columbia 6.90% 5.70% 1,792 31,712 19.50% 45.10% 3,217 627 1,391 34,929 2,419
Cornell 18% 16.10% 5,306 32,936 35.50% 39% 3,456 1,228 3,150 36,392 6,534
Dartmouth 9.70% 8.40% 1,734 20,626 25.20% 40.40% 1,759 444 1,100 22,385 2,178
Harvard 6.20% 6.20% 2,158 34,950 n/a* n/a* n/a* n/a* 1,655 34,950 2,158
Penn 12.30% 9.90% 2,685 27,102 26.20% 49.40% 4,557 1,195 2,420 31,659 3,880
Princeton 8.40% 8.40% 2,282 27,189 n/a* n/a* n/a* n/a* 1,300 27,189 2,282
Yale 7.40% 5.70% 1,245 22,025 14.50% n/a* 5,257 761 1,310 27,282 2,006

* n/a = not applicable since an Early Action policy was in place

The graph below of the 2015 Ivy League admissions statistics shows a comparison between the Early Decision / Early Action acceptance rates and the Regular Decision acceptance rates:

Brown University

Out of 30,946 applications received, Brown University accepted 2,692 applicants. That’s an 8.7% admit rate, including applicants who applied both Early Decision and Regular Decision. For the fall of 2011, Brown anticipates an incoming freshmen class of about 1,485 students.

In recent years, Brown has experienced a 50% surge in applications. Three years ago, for the Class of 2012, Brown received 20,630 applications.

Here are the highlights of the admitted Class of 2015:

Geographic Diversity: Admitted students hail from all 50 states. The states with the highest number of accepted students are: California (393), New York (322), Massachusetts (216), New Jersey (141), and Texas (101). International students were admitted from 79 countries. The nations with the highest number of admitted students were from China (57), India (34), United Kingdom (33), Korea (30), and Canada (28).

Gender: Of the admitted students, 51% are female, and 49% are male.

First Generation: 17% of the admitted students are the first generation in their families to attend college.

Financial Aid: Almost two-thirds of the admitted class applied for financial aid.

Academic Interest: Admitted students indicated the following academic interests: Physical sciences (33%), social sciences (25%), life and medical sciences (22%) and humanities (16%). About 4% of admitted students are undecided.

Concentrations: The most popular intended concentrations are engineering, biology, international relations, economics, and human biology.

Read the full article: Brown admits 2,692 for Class of 2015

Columbia University

The admit rate for Columbia College (CC) dropped to its lowest point ever – just 6.4% for the Class of 2015. The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) admitted 9.9% of applicants, with an overall admit rate of 6.9% for the two schools.

These numbers represent a significant drop from last year, when Columbia College admitted 8.3% of applicants and the combined admit rate for CC and SEAS was 9.2%.

A total of 34,929 students applied to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This represents a 33% increase over the Class of 2014 when Columbia University (CC and SEAS) received 26,178 applications. The spike in applications is to a major extent due to Columbia’s new membership in the Common Application.

For the Early Decision admissions cycle, Columbia received 3,217 applications (up from 2,983 for the Class of 2014) and 627 students were accepted. For the Regular Decision admissions cycle, the University accepted 1,792 applicants, which made the Regular Decision admit rate 5.7%. Columbia University expects to enroll 1,391 freshmen for the Class of 2015.

Cornell University

For the Class of 2015, Cornell University’s 150th freshmen class, the overall acceptance rate was 18%, 0.4% lower than for the Class of 2014.

A total of 5,306 students were accepted through the Regular Decision round. There was a decline from the 2009-2010 admissions cycle in overall acceptances because this year Cornell accepted 52 more Early Decision applicants than last year. In the Regular Decision round, Cornell typically accepts a little more than twice the number of its targeted class, but because of the increase of Early Decision students for the Class of 2015, the university expected a lower yield in the Regular Decision round. Cornell University expects that of the 6,534 admitted students, 3,150 will enroll as freshmen.

Here are the highlights of the admitted Class of 2015:

Geographic Diversity: The admitted students come from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The highest number of students in the U.S. hail from New York, California and New Jersey. International students come from 69 countries with the majority of international students from China, Korea, and Canada.

Ethnic Diversity: For the Class of 2015, 22.3% of admitted students identified themselves as underrepresented minorities (URM) (Hispanic, African American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Native American). This percentage increased from the Class of 2014 when 20.9% of admitted students identified themselves as URMs.

Gender: Of the admitted students, 49.8% are female, and 50.2% are male.

SAT Scores: The median SAT scores remain the same as for the Class of 2014, with a Critical Reading score of 710 and a Math score of 740.

Waitlist: A total of 2,988 applicants were offered a spot on the waitlist. For the class of 2014, 2,563 were placed on a waiting list. However, in 2010, Cornell University did not go to its waitlist.

Dartmouth College

With a total of 22,385 applications for the Class of 2015, a Dartmouth record, the college offered admission to 2,178 students for a targeted class of 1,100 freshmen. That’s 9.7% of the applicant pool, down from last year’s overall acceptance rate of 11.5%. In the Early Decision round, 444 students were admitted. For the Class of 2014, Dartmouth received 18,778 applications and 2,165 applicants were admitted.

Here are the highlights of the admitted Class of 2015:

Geographic Diversity: Admitted students hail from 49 states and from 54 countries. The following is a breakdown: New England (16%), Mid-Atlantic (25%), Mid-West (12%), South (19%), West Coast (21%), Outside the United States (7%).

Ethnic Diversity: Dartmouth College admitted 44% of students of color and 7.3% international students.

Gender: Of the admitted students, 1,100 are men and 1078 are women.

First Generation: Nearly 11% of the admitted students are the first in their families to attend college.

Financial Aid: Approximately half of the entering class will receive need-based financial aid awards.

Strength in Academics / SAT Scores: Of the admitted students, 40% are class valedictorians and 10% are class salutatorians. A total of 94% are in the top 10% of their class, and the mean SAT scores are: 734 for Critical Reading, 740 for Math, and 744 for Writing.

Legacy: For the Class of 2015, 186 applicants were considered legacy, representing 8.5% of the overall admitted group.

Read the full article: Dartmouth Admits 9.7 Percent of Applicants for Class of 2015

Harvard University

For the Class of 2015, 34,950 students applied to Harvard College and 2,158 students were admitted, representing 6.2% of the applicant pool, another record for Harvard.

Geographic Diversity: More than 22% of the admitted students are from the mid-Atlantic states, 21% are from the Western and Mountain states, 19% are from the South, 16% are from New England, 10% are from the Midwest, and 12% are from the U.S. territories and abroad. International students make up 10% of the admitted students and together with foreign citizens, U.S. citizens with dual citizenship, and U.S. permanent residents constitute a total of 20% of the class (representing 85 countries).

Ethnic Diversity: The admitted class is 17.8% Asian-American, 11.8% African-American, 12.1% Latino, 1.9% Native American, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian.

Gender: Of the admitted students, 51.5% are male, while 48.5% are female.

Financial Aid: More than 60% of the admitted students will receive need-based scholarships averaging more than $40,000. Families with students on scholarship contribute an average of $11,500 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.

Strength in Academics / SAT Scores: Approximately 3,800 applicants were ranked first in their high school classes. More than 14,000 applicants scored 700 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test, 17,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT Math test, and 15,000 scored 700 or higher on the SAT Writing test.

Academic Interests: Admitted students indicated the following academic interests: social sciences (24.9%), biological sciences (23.3%), humanities (19%), engineering (12.6%), physical sciences (9.5%), mathematics (7.7%), computer science (1.9%), and 1.2% are undecided.

Extracurricular Interests: For the Class of 2015, 44% of admitted students cited their interests in music and performing arts, 35% cited debate and political activities (including student government), 21% cited social service, and 19% cited their interests in writing and journalism. In addition, 56% of the class expects to participate in recreational, intramural, or intercollegiate athletics.

Read the full article: An unprecedented admissions year

University of Pennsylvania

For the most competitive year in the University of Pennsylvania’s history, of the 31,659 students who applied for admission to the Class of 2015, the University has offered admission to 3,880, or 12.3% of the applicant pool. Last year, Penn received 26,940 applications and admitted 3,840 freshmen. The total number of applications were up 18% from the 2009-2010 admissions year.

Geographic Diversity: The admitted students represent all 50 states, and 11% are international students representing 82 countries.

Ethnic Diversity: The admitted class is 44% Asian, black / African-American, American Indian, and Hispanic / Latino.

Gender: Of the admitted students, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Waitlist: A total of 2,400 applicants were offered a spot on Penn’s waitlist.

Princeton University

With 27,189 applications for the Class of 2015 (a record number), Princeton University has offered admission to 2,282 students, an 8.3% admissions rate. This compares with Princeton’s final admission rates of 8.8% for the class of 2014 and 10.1% for the class of 2013. Over the last seven years, Princeton’s applicant pool has increased by 98.5%.

Geographic Diversity: Admitted students come from 49 states and Washington, D.C., with the largest number of students admitted from California followed by New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. International students make up 10.3% of the admitted students and they are citizens of 66 countries, including Belgium, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and the Ukraine.

Ethnic Diversity: The Class of 2015 self-identified themselves among the following racial and ethnic groups: 9.1% as African American; 22% as Asian American; and 9.8% as Hispanic or Latino.

Gender: Of the admitted students, 50.7% are men and 49.3% are women.

Financial Aid: The University expects that 60% of the first-year class of 2015 will receive need-based financial aid. The average aid package is projected to be $38,000, which more than covers the cost of next year’s tuition. For an incoming freshman whose family income is $60,000 or less a year, the projected aid package is $49,650.

Strength in Academics / SAT Scores: Among the applicants, 10,099 had a cumulative grade point averages of 4.0 and 14,042 had a combined score of 2100 or higher on the three sections of the SAT.

Academic Interests: Of the admitted students, 23% indicated that they planned on pursuing a bachelor of science in engineering and 42% of those students are women.

Waitlist: A total of 1,248 applicants were offered a spot on the waitlist and, as in past years, Princeton expects that approximately half of those students will choose to stay on the waitlist. Students who ultimately are offered a position in the class in May or June will receive the same financial aid considerations as students offered admission in March. For the Class of 2015, Princeton expects that 1,300 freshmen will enroll. By the academic year 2012-2013, Princeton expects to have a student body of 5,200.

Princeton’s previous record-low 8.8% admission rate for the Class of 2014 includes those students who were admitted from the waitlist.

Read the full article: Princeton makes offers to 8.39 percent of applicants in record admission cycle

Yale University

For the Class of 2015, 7.35% of applicants were offered admission. For the Class of 2014, 7.5% of applicants were admitted. In actual numbers, out of a total of 27,282 applications received, Yale University accepted 2,006 applicants. Yale’s targeted freshmen class size is 1,310. Yale admitted 65 more students this year than last year, when 1,941 applicants were admitted out of a total pool of 25,869.

Waitlist: Yale offered 996 students a place on the waitlist. Last year, Yale waitlisted 932 applicants and eventually made offers of admission to 98 of them. With these additional offers of admission, Yale’s overall acceptance rate was 7.9%.

Read the full article: Class of 2015 admit rate lowest ever.


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