2022 Ivy League Admissions Statistics

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

7.2%

5.7%

1,829

31,936

21.0%

44.3%

3,502

737

1,665

35,438

2,566

Columbia

5.5%

4.3%

1,564

36,118

15.9%

46.8%

4,085

650

1,390

40,203

2,214

Cornell

10.3%

8.3%

3,755

45,009

24.3%

46.8%

6,319

1,533

3,275

51,328

5,288

Dartmouth

8.7%

6.9%

1,360

19,763

24.9%

49.1%

2,270

565

1,150

22,033

1,925

Harvard

4.6%

2.8%

998

36,119

14.5%

n/a*

6,630

964

1,665

42,749

1,962

Penn

8.4%

6.5%

2,419

37,408

18.5%

53.7%

7,074

1,312

2,445

44,482

3,731

Princeton

5.5%

3.8%

1,142

29,968

14.8%

n/a*

5,402

779

1,296

35,370

1,941

Yale

6.3%

4.7%

1,387

29,573

14.7%

n/a*

5,733

842

1,782

35,306

2,229

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

The graph below of the 2022 Ivy League admissions statistics shows a comparison between the Early Decision / Early Action acceptance rates and the Regular Decision acceptance rates:

College Acceptance Rates for Class of 2022

Brown University

It was a record-breaking Early Decision cycle for Brown University this fall. In all, 3,502 students made binding commitments to attend the Providence, Rhode Island-based school in the hope of being named members of the Brown Class of 2022. That figured shattered the same figure for Brown’s Class of 2021, when 3,186 students applied Early Decision (that’s around 10% more applicants this year). Of this year’s 3,502 Early Decision applicants to the university, 738 earned admission. This marks a 21% Early Decision acceptance rate for Brown’s Class of 2022.

In the Regular Decision round, 1,829 students earned admission to Brown’s Class of 2022 for a grand total of 2,567 admitted students to the Class of 2022 (between Early Decision and Regular Decision). “The Brown Daily Herald” reports that 2,566 students earned admission to this year’s class so maybe one student’s admission was revoked…who knows. But you get the idea. The overall admit rate for Brown’s Class of 2022 thus stands at 7%. And the total applicant pool, which consists of 35,438 students, marks the largest applicant pool for the school. Ever.

As to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program for the artists among us, 19 of 707 students earned admission to this dual degree program. That marks a 3% admit rate. And for the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), an 8-year program in which students receive a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a medical degree from Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, 88 of 2,629 students got in. That marks a 3% admit rate, too.

Highlights of Brown University’s Class of 2022

38% (283 students) of Early Decision admits to Brown identify as students of color. Indeed that’s the highest percentage of Early Decision admits who identify as students of color in the university’s history. So much for folks who suggest that Early Decision pools at our nation’s most elite universities are overwhelmingly white. It’s nonsense. Anyhow, 430 Early Decision admits identify as female, while 308 identify as male. As we’ve reported in the past, Brown tends to admit more students who identify as female than they do male so the disparity in this year’s Early Decision pool should come as little surprise. And while the total pool and the students of color figures were both up this Early Decision cycle, first generation students dipped a bit. Approximately 10% of ED admits will be the first in their families to attend college, down from 13% last year at the university. Admitted ED students hail from 43 states and 33 nations (the most represented states are New York, California, and Massachusetts, respectively, while the most represented countries outside the United States are China, the UK, and India, respectively).

In the Regular Decision round, 96% of admitted students are in the top 10% of their high school classes. 49% identify as students of color. 64% intend to apply for financial aid. Admitted students hail from 1,685 high schools, 48 states (California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas are the most represented), as well as 76 nations around our world (China, India, the UK, Canada, and Singapore are the most represented). While intended majors can surely change once students matriculate, the top ten intended majors for Brown’s admitted students to the Class of 2022 are: engineering, computer science, biology, political science, biochemistry and molecular biology, economics, BEO (business, entrepreneurship and organizations), international relations, neuroscience, and English.

Read more about the Brown Early Decision and Brown Regular Decision pools for the Class of 2022.

Columbia University

In the Early Decision round at Columbia University, 4,085 students agreed to matriculate if admitted to the Columbia Class of 2022. The figure is one shy of the same figure for last year’s Early Decision pool at the university — when 4,086 students submitted binding applications in an all-time record for the school. Falling one short of the school’s all-time record, a record set just last year, is tough! The figure for the Class of 2021 marked a spike of 16% from just the year before, though, so this year’s Early Decision pool to Columbia was a strong cycle even if it wasn’t a record-setting cycle. But a record would shatter in the admissions office at Columbia this year so do read on.

You see, in the Regular Decision round, 36,118 students submitted applications. Of these students, 1,564 applicants got in. The Regular Decision acceptance rate at Columbia for the Class of 2022 thus stands at 4.3%. Overall, a record-setting 40,203 students applied to the university between Early Decision and Regular Decision, the largest applicant pool in the school’s history and an 8% jump from just last year. So there’s that record! Of these applicants, 2,214 earned admission, marking an overall admit rate of 5.5%. That same figure stood at 5.8% last year, 6% two years ago, and 6.1% three years ago. Notice a trend? We do, we do!

Read more about the statistics for the Columbia University Class of 2022. Columbia traditionally releases more insights into its incoming class, like the demographics of admits, later on (the school’s early data is always quite vague) so we’ll be sure to update the school’s admissions stats when that time comes. Do stay tuned.

Cornell University

It was a banner Early Decision cycle for Cornell University’s Class of 2022. For the third year in a row, the school is able to boast that a record number of students submitted binding applications to the university. Now that’s something! So too is the fact that the school’s Early Decision pool has climbed by a margin of 83% over just this past decade! 83%! In all, for the Class of 2022, 6,319 students applied Early Decision to the Ithaca, New York-based institution. Of these applicants, 1,533 earned admission. This marks an Early Decision acceptance rate of 24.3%. The same figure stood at 25.8% last year and 27.4% two years ago. In the Regular Decision round, 45,009 students applied to the university. Of these students, 3,755 students earned admission. This marks a Regular Decision acceptance rate of 8.3%. And with 51,328 total applications between Early Decision and Regular Decision, the overall admit rate thus stands at 10.3%, down from 12.5% last year, 14.1% two years ago, and 15.1% three years ago. There’s that trend again! Whoot, whoot.

Highlights of Cornell University’s Class of 2022

Of the Early Decision admits to the Cornell University Class of 2022, 14.3% hail from outside of the United States. Indeed international applications were up 19% at Cornell compared to last year. So when we forecasted that America’s highly selective universities would continue to attract international applicants in spades in spite of fears sweeping across our nation that ran counter to this prediction, Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball happened to be right…as it so often is. Anyhow, of Early Decision admits, 53% identify as female (compared to 50.1% last year) while 47% identify as male. Students of color comprise 37% of admitted Early Decision applicants, a figure that’s also up from last year’s 35%. But when some things go up, some other things may very well go down. The percentage of recruited athletes among this year’s admitted ED students to Cornell stands at 11.5% (compared to 13.4% last year). Legacy students are also down this year, comprising 22.1% of ED admits as compared to 23.3% for the Class of 2021. Now that’s a trend we like to see!

Of the total pool, 33% of admitted students self-identify as underrepresented minorities. Underrepresented minorities, to be clear, is a distinct categorization from students of color. As an example, Asian American students are students of color but they do not qualify as underrepresented minority applicants. Of admitted students, 700 will be the first in their families to attend college, a highly coveted group among all highly selective universities in America. Admitted students hail from all 50 states in our union (in addition to Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa) as well as from 93 countries (Canada, China, India, South Korea, Singapore, and the UK are the most represented countries — just like last year). Additionally, 60 students’ admission was deferred until January 2019. These students are part of the First-Year Spring Admission Program.

Read more about the Cornell Class of 2022 Early Decision and Cornell Class of 2022 Regular Decision pools if you just can’t get enough. And, yes, we had Depeche Mode in our heads too when we wrote that bit as you might imagine.

Dartmouth College

It was a banner Early Decision cycle for Dartmouth College this year. A record-setting 2,270 students made binding commitments to attend the College on the Hill if admitted this Early Decision cycle (a 13.5% jump from last year’s pool of 1,999 applicants). In all, 565 students got in during the Early round of the Class of 2022. This marks an Early Decision acceptance rate of 24.9% for Dartmouth’s Class of 2022, the lowest Early Decision admit rate since 2010. Last year’s Early Decision acceptance rate for Dartmouth stood at 27.8%.

In the Regular Decision round, 19,763 students applied. Of these students, 1,360 earned admission. The Regular Decision admit rate thus stands at 6.9%. Remember, the school’s Early Decision admit rate for the Class of 2022 stands at 24.9%. So is there an advantage to applying Early? Of course! It’s a matter of 24.9% vs. 6.9%. There is a huge advantage in applying to every highly selective university in America — including Dartmouth — in the Early round. And with 22,033 total applications between Early Decision and Regular Decision, the school’s overall acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 stands at 8.7%, an all-time low for Dartmouth. This same figure stood at 10.4% for the Class of 2021 and 10.5% for the Class of 2020.

Highlights of Dartmouth College’s Class of 2022

33% of students admitted Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2022 are students of color. 13% are first generation students, students who will be the first in their families to attend college. 16% are legacy students. 95% of students are anticipated to graduate in the top 10% of their high school classes. 26 students were admitted through QuestBridge, representing the school’s commitment to helping students from low-income families (though it’s important to note the school admits many more students from low-income families — these are just the students they admit through QuestBridge!). Indeed 52% of students were offered financial aid with their acceptances and 12% are Pell Grant-eligible, further marking Dartmouth’s commitment to educating students from low-income families. Early Decision admits hail from 44 states in our union (along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C). The most represented state is…wait for it…California. International admits hail from 23 nations with Canada, Brazil, Kenya, the UK, and China being the most-represented.

Of admits between Early Decision and Regular Decision, 15% will be the first in their families to attend college. 11% are citizens of foreign nations. 9% are legacy students. Half of U.S. citizens and permanent residents admitted to the College on the Hill are students of color and 59% attend public or charter schools (take that private schools — hey we’ve got to add some flavor to otherwise dry admissions statistics!). Over 60% of admits applied for financial aid, which is need-based. 77 students join the 26 students admitted during the Early Decision round as QuestBridge admits. Admits to Dartmouth’s Class of 2022 hail from all fifty nifty United States from 13 original colonies (in addition to Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Mariana Islands). California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas are the most represented states among admitted students. Admits also represent 65 nations around our globe. China, India, the UK, Canada, and Brazil are the most represented countries among admitted students.

While you’re here, read more about Dartmouth’s Early Decision and Regular Decision pools for the Class of 2022.

Harvard College

In the Single Choice Early Action round, 6,630 students applied to Harvard in the hope of earning admission to its Class of 2022. Of these students, 964 got in. This marks a SCEA admit rate of 14.5%. Last year, for the Class of 2021, 6,443 students applied SCEA to Harvard and 938 got in. With increased applications and increased acceptances, Harvard’s SCEA admit rate thus held steady year-to-year (and tied the lowest admit rate since SCEA was reinstated in 2011 at the university).

In the Regular Decision round, 36,119 students applied to Harvard’s Class of 2022. Of these students, 998 earned admission. This marks a Regular Decision acceptance rate of a mere 2.8%. Overall, 42,749 students applied between Single Choice Early Action and Regular Decision to Harvard’s Class of 2022. A total of 1,962 earned admission, marking an overall admit rate of 4.6%, the lowest in the school’s history. To put this figure in perspective, this same figure stood at 5.2% for the Classes of 2021 and 2020 and 5.3% for the Class of 2019. There’s that trend again! Hey, it’s not exactly as hard to spot as finding Waldo in “Where’s Waldo?” now is it?

Highlights of Harvard College’s Class of 2022

Of students admitted through Single Choice Early Action to Harvard, 13.9% identify as African American, 9.8% identify as Latino, and 1.8% identify as Native American / Native Hawaiian. 24.2% of SCEA admits are Asian Americans, a figure that grew the most of all demographics this year. Harvard is of course defending itself against allegations that the school discriminates against Asian American applicants in the Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case that is front and center in the news cycle. So it’s little surprise to see this figure climb this year. Coincidence? We think not. Women comprise 47% of this year’s SCEA admits, down a percentage point from last year, while men comprise 53% of SCEA admits to Harvard’s Class of 2022 (though do read on to see how this figure flipped for the overall class!). Nearly 58% of admits applied for need-based financial aid and 13% requested application fee waivers. 10.2% of SCEA admits hail from outside the United States.

Of the full pool of admitted students to Harvard’s Class of 2022 (between the Single Choice Early Action and Regular Decision rounds), women outnumber men by a margin of 50.1% to 49.9%. This marks the first time in a decade at Harvard in which women outnumber men in the incoming class — cheers to that! First generation students comprise 17.3% of admits to the first-year class (up from 15.1% for the Class of 2021). Cheers to that, too! An all-time record 15.5% of admitted students in the overall pool are African American. 12.2% of admits are Latino (up from 11.6% for the Class of 2021). Native American admits are up too this year albeit only by a bit — to 2% from 1.9%. And 22.7% of admits are Asian American, a figure that stood at 22.2% just last year. Can we get a whoot, whoot?

Read more about the Harvard Class of 2022 Early Action and Harvard Class of 2022 Regular Decision pools.

Princeton University

In the Single Choice Early Action round, 5,402 students applied to Princeton University in the hope of earning admission to the school’s Class of 2022. Of these 5,402 students, 799 earned admission. By our long division, this marks a 14.8% SCEA admission rate. And, yes, we do realize Princeton released a 14.7% admit rate but it’s 14.79% and, well, we value accuracy in our reporting. In any case, it marked the lowest SCEA admission rate in the school’s history (the same figure stood at 15.4% the previous year). In the Regular Decision round, 29,968 students applied to Princeton. Of these students, 1,142 earned admission — marking an RD admit rate of 3.8%. Overall, Princeton received 35,370 applications to its Class of 2022. 1,941 students got in. The overall acceptance rate for Princeton’s Class of 2022 thus stands at 5.5%. This figure compares to 6.1% for the Class of 2021, 6.5% for the Class of 2020, and 7% for the Class of 2019. Ding, ding. There it is again!

Highlights of Princeton University’s Class of 2022

Of the admitted students drawn from the largest Single Choice Early Action pool in Princeton’s history, 11% are international, hailing from 48 nations. Domestic admits hail from 44 of the 50 states in our union and of these domestic students, 44% have been classified as “coming from diverse backgrounds.” 14% of SCEA admits will be the first in their families to attend college (go Princeton!), while 17% are on the other end of the spectrum — the children or stepchildren of Princeton alumni. And, yes, that’s how Princeton defines legacy applicants. 56% of admitted students hail from public or charter schools (as opposed to private schools). 49 SCEA admits were admitted through QuestBridge, demonstrating part of Princeton’s commitment to educating students from low-income families. 21% of admits expressed intentions of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering and of these students, 44% of them are women (let’s see that number hit 50% or more real soon!).

Of the overall applicant pool (the Single Choice Early Action pool plus the Regular Decision pool), 50% had SAT scores of 1400 or higher (17,692 students). A little over 40% of admitted applicants had perfect high school GPAs (14,273 students). Princeton fell short of admitting students from all 50 states to its Class of 2022. Rather, admits hail from 48 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rice, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Which states are most represented, you ask? New Jersey (home of the Tigers), California, and New York. International admits hail from 77 countries, like Estonia, Bahrain, Mauritius, Rwanda, and Serbia. 17% of admits will be the first in their families to attend college. 11.2% of admits are legacy students. 11.6% are recruited athletes. 65.5% of admits hail from public schools. 24.8% expressed intentions of receiving an undergraduate degree in engineering. Of this batch of students, 48.3% are women — so the school got close to the 50% mark among total applicants (go Princeton!).

Read more about the Princeton Single Choice Early Action and Princeton Regular Decision rounds at this year for the school’s Class of 2022.

University of Pennsylvania

A record-breaking 7,074 students applied Early Decision to the University of Pennsylvania in the hope of earning admission to its Class of 2022. Applications were up by a margin of 15% from last year’s Early Decision pool of 6,147 students. Of the students who applied ED to UPenn’s Class of 2022, 1,312 ultimately earned admission. This marks an Early Decision acceptance rate for the UPenn Class of 2022 of 18.5%, a new record. To put this number in perspective, this same figure stood at 22% for the Class of 2021, 23.2% for the Class of 2020, and 23.9% for the Class of 2019. There’s that trend again. Hiya Waldo!

In the Regular Decision round at UPenn, 37,408 students applied. Of these students, 2,419 got in. This marks a Regular Decision admit rate for the school of 6.5%. Combining the Early Decision and Regular Decision pools, the total application figure for the UPenn Class of 2022 stands at 44,482. In all, 3,731 of these students earned admission. The overall acceptance rate for the university this year stands at 8.4%. This figure compares to 9.2% for the Class of 2021, 9.4% for the Class of 2020, and 9.9% for the Class of 2019. There you are again, Waldo. You’re literally everywhere. But seriously, what a year it was for the University of Pennsylvania’s admissions office!

Highlights of University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2022

Of Early Decision admits to the UPenn Class of 2022, 25% are the sons, daughters, and/or grandchildren of University of Pennsylvania alumni. 25%! That number will hopefully decrease in the years to come — if legacy admission isn’t eliminated altogether. Indeed 16% of the Early Decision pool (this includes students who were deferred or denied admission) are considered legacies. So, yes, you can safely say that UPenn loves its legacy students. Big time. Anyhow, 12% of ED admits to UPenn’s Class of 2022 are neither U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Admits hail from 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and from 54 nations around the globe.

Of the total class, one out of every seven applicants will be the first in their families to attend college, a percentage that is up from one in every eight students just last year. This is the kind of progress we love to see! Students hail from 2,176 high schools. 175 students hail from Philadelphia because the University of Pennsylvania always loves its students from the City of Brotherly Love. Admits come from 104 countries (international applications were up this year as well at UPenn — by a margin of 6%) and from all 50 states in our union as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas are the most represented states among admitted students to the Class of 2022. 178 students admitted to the UPenn Class of 2022 are through the QuestBridge program, representing part of UPenn’s commitment to educating students from low-income families.

Read more about the University of Pennsylvania’s Early Decision pool and Penn’s Regular Decision pool, too.

Yale University

In the Single Choice Early Action round for the Class of 2022, 5,733 applied to Yale. Of these students, 842 got in. 55% were deferred admission to the Regular Decision round, 29% were denied admission outright, and 2% withdrew their applications during the process. This marks a SCEA acceptance rate for Yale’s Class of 2022 of 14.7%. In the Regular Decision round, 29,573 students applied to the university. Of these students, 1,387 earned admission — marking a RD acceptance rate of 4.7%. In total (between SCEA and RD), 35,306 students applied to Yale this year and 2,229 earned admission. The overall acceptance rate for Yale’s Class of 2022 thus stands at 6.3%. And how does this stack up against recent years, you ask? It’s a bit of an outlier compared to other Ivy League schools over the last few years. The figure stood at 6.9% last year for the Class of 2021. But the year before, it stood at 6.3% for the Class of 2020. It stood at 6.5% for the Class of 2019. So, essentially, Yale’s overall admit rate returned to its pre-Class of 2020 level.

Highlights of Yale University’s Class of 2022

Students admitted to the Yale University Class of 2022 hail from all 50 states in our nation in addition to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. International admits hail from 64 nations. Almost 1,500 high schools are represented by Yale’s Class of 2022 admits. 52 students admitted through Yale’s Single Choice Early Action program were admitted through the QuestBridge National College Match program. Of the overall pool of admits, they expressed interest in majoring in over 80 of Yale’s academic programs. Not many statistics are available about the demographic breakdown of admitted students — either in the Single Choice Early Action or Regular Decision rounds. Instead, Yale released a vague statement in a press release on the total pool of admitted students that reads: “Over the past several years, the proportion of applicants, admitted students, and incoming first-years who identify as a member of a minority group and/or first in their family to attend college has steadily increased, and this year is no exception.” Come on, Yale. Be more specific.

While you’re here, read more about the Yale SCEA pool for the Class of 2022. The link to the school’s overall pool, reflecting Regular Decision results as well, is right above.