Ivy League Admission Statistics for the Class of 2017

Ivy League Colleges Overall Accept. Rate Regular Decision Accept. Rate Regular Decision Apps Accepted Regular Decision Apps Received Early Decision / Action Accept. Rate % of Class Filled by Early Apps Early Decision / Action Apps Rcvd Early Decision / Action Apps Accepted Expected Number of Students to Enroll Total Apps Received Total Apps Accepted
Brown 9.20% 8.10% 2,091 25,909 18.50% 36.80% 3,010 558 1,515 28,919 2,649
Columbia 6.90% 5.60% 1,710 30,405 19.20% 43.20% 3,126 601 1,390 33,531 2,311
Cornell 15.20% 13.50% 4,825 35,813 29.50% 38.90% 4,193 1,237 3,182 40,006 6,062
Dartmouth 10.00% 8.60% 1,788 20,842 29.40% 41.40% 1,574 464 1,120 22,416 2,252
Harvard 5.80% 3.80% 1,134 30,167 18.40% n/a* 4,856 895 1,660 35,023 2,029
Penn 12.10% 9.80% 2,589 26,468 24.90% 49.40% 4,812 1,196 2,420 31,280 3,785
Princeton 7.3 % 5.4 % 1,234 22,688 18.30% n/a* 3,810 697 1,290 26,498 1,931
Yale 6.70% 5.30% 1,342 25,090 14.40% n/a* 4,520 649 1,350 29,610 1,991

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

The graph below of the 2017 Ivy League admissions statistics shows a comparison between the Early Decision / Early Action acceptance rates and the Regular Decision acceptance rates:

Brown University

For the Class of 2017, Brown University received a total of 28,919 applications and accepted 2,649 students, making the overall admissions rate 9.2%. This was lower than last year’s 9.6% admissions rate, when 28,742 students applied and 2,760 were accepted. However, the admissions rate for the Class of 2017 was higher than the admissions rate for the Class of 2015, which was 8.7%, the lowest in Brown University’s history.

In the Early Decision round, Brown received 3,010 applications and offered admission to 558 candidates. For the Class of 2016, 2,919 candidates applied Early Decision and 556 were accepted.

Highlights of Brown’s Class of 2017

Brown University’s admitted students hailed from all 50 states and from 83 countries. The U.S. states that were the most represented were California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. Of the international students accepted, most applicants were from China. The other countries with high numbers of admitted students were Canada, India, South Korea, and the UK.

95% of the admitted students were in the top 10% of their high school classes, and 45% were named either valedictorian or salutatorian.

45% of those admitted were students of color, including about 18% who identified themselves as Asian, 14% as Latino, 12% as black, and another 2% as Native American.

50% of the admitted students were male and 50% were female.

Another 17.5% were the first in their family to attend college.

67% of the admitted students planned on applying for financial aid.

Brown’s targeted freshmen class was 1,515, and this was an additional 30 students from the previous year (the Class of 2016).

Read the full articles: U. accepts second-lowest percentage of applicants ever; and Brown admits Class of 2017

Columbia University

In the Early Decision round for the Class of 2017, 3,126 students applied to either Columbia College or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). Last year, for the Class of 2016, 3,088 students applied Early Decision and 631 were accepted.

In the Regular Decision round, 30,405 students applied and 1,710 were admitted. This was an admit rate of 5.62%.

Overall, in both the Early and Regular Decision rounds, 33,511 students applied to Columbia University and 2,311 candidates were admitted.  This was a 6.89% admissions rate for Columbia – the lowest admit rate in Columbia’s history. The only year Columbia came even close to this was for the Class of 2015 with a 6.92% admit rate.

Columbia’s huge increase in applications for the past two years (beginning with the Class of 2015) is attributable to the university (the last of the Ivy League universities) subscribing to the Common Application. For the Class of 2014, Columbia received 26,178 applications. And because of Columbia joining the Common Application, the number of applications received for the Class of 2015 was an anomaly. Between the Class of 2016 and the Class of 2017, the number of applications has leveled off.

Read the complete article: Columbia College, SEAS see record-low admit rate for class of 2017

Cornell University

In the Early Decision round for the Class of 2017, 4,193 students applied to Cornell University and 1,237 were admitted. For the Class of 2016, Cornell received 3,609 applications and accepted 1,180 students, an increase of 584 applications in one year.

With a projected freshman class of 3,182, the Early Decision candidates made up 29.5% of the Class of 2017. The Early Decision candidates for the Class of 2016 made up 37.1% of the class.

In the Regular Decision round, Cornell received 35,813 and accepted 4,825, making the Regular Decision admissions rate 13.5%.  The overall acceptance rate (that factors in both Early Decision and Regular Decision) was 15.2% – the lowest in Cornell’s history. But perhaps the most outstanding figure this year was the total number of applications that Cornell received…40,006 applications is not only a record high for Cornell, but it’s a record high across all the Ivies.

Another 3,146 students were waitlisted.

Highlights of Cornell’s Class of 2017

The admitted students hailed from all 50 states with 45.3% from New York, California, and New Jersey. International students hailed from 82 countries. China, Korea, and India were the most represented of all the other nations.

The median SAT critical reading score was 720, and the SAT math score was 750.

11% of the admitted students were the first in their family to attend college.

Dartmouth College 

For the Class of 2017, Dartmouth College received 1,574 Early Decision applications and admitted 464 students. The previous year, for the Class of 2016, Dartmouth received 1,800 Early Decision applications and accepted 465 students. The admit rate for Early Decision for the Class of 2017 was 29.4%, a consequential increase from last year’s class when the admit rate was 25.8%.

In the Regular Decision round, 20,842 students applied to Dartmouth College and 1,788 were accepted – an 8.57% admit rate. With a total of 22,416 applications and 2,252 accepted students, this resulted in an overall admit rate of 10.04%.

However, Dartmouth’s Dean of Admissions Maria Laskaris is unconcerned with the blip and attributes it to normal fluctuations in the admissions process. She cites that for the Class of 2016 when other peer institutions and two Ivy League universities (Brown and Columbia) experienced increases in the admit rate from the previous year, Dartmouth experienced a decrease. For the Class of 2016, Dartmouth’s overall admit rate was 9.4% down from 9.7% for the Class of 2015 and significantly down from 11.5% for the Class of 2014. Dartmouth’s decision to accept more students this year (1,120 from 1,105 the previous year) instead of placing them on a waiting list also impacted the admit rate, but certainly this should be viewed in a positive light.

Highlights of Dartmouth’s Class of 2017

In the Early Decision round, admitted students had a mean SAT combined score of 2,141. In both the Early and Regular Decision rounds, the mean SAT critical reading score was 737, the mean SAT math score was 741, and the mean SAT writing score was 741.

In the Early Decision round, when students submitted the ACT in lieu of the SAT, the mean ACT composite for admitted students was 32. In the Regular Decision round, admitted students had a mean ACT composite score of 32.5.

Of the accepted students in the Early Decision round who attended schools that considered rank – 86% were ranked in the top 10% of their class and 35% were named valedictorian. In both the Early and Regular Decision rounds, 95.3% were in the top 10% of their class and 39.4% were named valedictorian while another 9.8% were named salutatorian.

48% of admitted students identified themselves as students of color, including more Asian-American and Native American students than in any previous year.

Of the Class of 2017, admitted students hailed from all 50 states. International students represented 8.9% of the class and more students than ever before hailed from South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Over 11% of the admitted students were the first in their family to attend college.

68% (a record number) of admitted students requested financial aid. Dean Laskaris expects this number to be about two-thirds of the enrolled class.

Of the admitted students, 8.8% were considered legacy – the sons and daughters of Dartmouth alumni.

Read the complete article: College admits 10% of applicants to Class of 2017.

Harvard University

For the Class of 2017 in the Single Choice Early Action round, 4,856 students applied to Harvard College and 895 applicants were admitted. For the Class of 2016, 4,228 students applied Early Action. Besides the 895 admitted students, another 3,196 applicants were deferred and 651 were denied. The rest of the applicants either withdrew their applications or their applications were incomplete. For the Class of 2016, Harvard College received 4,231 Early Action applications and accepted 772 applicants.

In the Regular Decision round, 30,167 students applied to Harvard College and 1,134 were accepted. The total number of students who applied to Harvard in the 2012-2013 application season was 35,023, the largest applicant pool in Harvard College’s history.

With a total of 2,029 students admitted to the Class of 2017, this made the regular decision admit rate 3.8% and the overall admit rate 5.8%.  In the Early Action round, 18.4% of candidates were admitted.

For the Class of 2016, the rise in applications may have been attributable to (according to Dean of Admissions Bill Fitzsimmons) some good publicity such as the Harvard basketball team appearing in March Madness as well as Jeremy Lin and Linsanity. This year, for the Class of 2017, Fitzsimmons attributes the rise in applications to Harvard’s pledge of spending an additional $10 million to make Harvard’s financial aid bucket $182 million.

Highlights of Harvard’s Class of 2017

The admitted students of the Class of 2017 were ethnically diverse – 19.9% Asian-American, 11.5% African-American, 11.5% Hispanic, 2.2% Native American and 0.5% Native Hawaiian.

20% of the admitted students represented 81 different countries and are considered international students, U.S. dual citizens, or U.S. permanent residents.

University of Pennsylvania

In the Early Decision round, out of the 4,812 candidates who applied, 1,196 students were accepted, 2,587 were rejected and another 1,029 were deferred. The admit rate for Early Decision was 24.9%, and the accepted students in the Early Decision round made up 49.4% of the targeted Class of 2017.

In the Regular Decision round, Penn received 26,468 applications and accepted 2,589 students at an admit rate of 9.4%. Another 2,800 applicants (11%) were waitlisted. For the Class of 2016, the Regular Decision admit rate was 10.0%.

With a total of 31,280 applicants (an increase of 64 applications from the previous year), Penn accepted a total of 3,785 candidates at an admit rate of 12.1%. For the Class of 2016, the admit rate was 12.3%.

A contributing factor for the increase in Early Decision applications from the previous year may have been as a result of the extension of the Early Decision deadline due to Hurricane Sandy. On November 1st (the Early Decision deadline), Penn received 2,968 Early Decision applications, but then from November 2nd through November 6th, another 1,559 students applied.

Highlights of Penn’s Class of 2017

Admitted students hailed from all fifty states. The states with the most admitted students were: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, California, Texas, Michigan, and of course Pennsylvania, which as usual, tops the list with 493 accepted students.

13% of the admitted students hail from 82 countries.

The average SAT score of the admitted students was 2,198.

For the Class of 2017, 43% of the admitted students identified themselves as either a racial or ethnic minority. For students who were either U.S. citizens or living in the U.S., 53% identified themselves as a racial or ethnic minority.

In terms of gender, 52% of admitted students were females and 48% were males.

Read the complete article – Early decision admission rates drop by less than 1%; Penn admit rate drops to record-low 12.1%

Princeton University

For the Class of 2017, in the Single Choice Early Action round, 3,810 students applied to Princeton University and 697 candidates were accepted. This makes the admit rate in the Early Action round 18.3%. In the Regular Decision round, 22,688 candidates applied and 1,234 students were accepted, making the admissions rate for Regular Decision 5.4%. With an overall admissions rate of 7.3% (an applicant pool of 26,498 and a total of 1,931 admitted students), Princeton looked to form a class of 1,290 freshmen. Another 1,395 applicants were waitlisted.

For the Class of 2016, 26,664 candidates (525 fewer applications than for the Class of 2015) applied to Princeton and 2,095 were admitted. This resulted in an overall admit rate of 7.9%.  Another 1,472 candidates were waitlisted last year.

Read the complete article – NEWS: U. admission figures show increasing selectivity, agenda

Highlights of Princeton’s Class of 2017

More than 40% of the Class of 2017 had 4.0 grade point averages. Of the admitted students whose high schools used rank, 97 % were in the top decile.

About 50% of the admitted students identified themselves as students of color, biracial, or multiracial. Another 11.4% were international students who hailed from over 140 countries.

Approximately 61% of the students who were admitted attended public schools and 13.9% were first generation.

Another 9.7% of the admitted students were considered legacy.

In terms of gender, 49.8% of the admitted students were women and 50.2% were men.

Yale University

In its Single Choice Early Action round, Yale University accepted 649 students out of an applicant pool of 4,520. This yielded a 14.4% Early admit rate. Another 2,529 students were deferred and 1,302 were rejected.  The remaining Early applications were either incomplete or withdrawn.

In the Regular Decision round, 1,991 candidates were admitted out of an applicant pool of 29,610. This yielded an overall admit rate of 6.72% – the lowest in the history of the university. For the Class of 2016, 1,973 applicants were accepted out of 28,975 candidates who applied, an overall acceptance rate of 6.8%, which was the lowest in Yale’s history.

With Yale’s target number for its freshmen class at 1,350, another 1,001 students were placed on the waitlist. For the Class of 2016, Yale accepted 70 students from its waitlist.  For the Class of 2015, Yale accepted 103 students from its waitlist.

Read the full article: Yale College offers admission to 1,991 prospective freshmen.

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