2025 Ivy League Admissions Statistics

Ivy League CollegesOverall Accept. RateRegular Decision Accept. RateRegular Decision Apps AcceptedRegular Decision Apps ReceivedEarly Decision / Action Accept. Rate% of Class Filled by Early AppsEarly Decision / Action Apps RcvdEarly Decision / Action Apps AcceptedExpected Number of Students to EnrollTotal Apps ReceivedTotal Apps Accepted
Brown5.4%3.5%1,65241,02815.9%52.1%5,5408851,70046,5682,537
Columbia3.7%2.9%1,56854,11610.1%43.5%6,4356501,49260,5512,218
Cornell8.7%NYPNYPNYPNYPNYPNYPNYP3,296NYP5,836
Dartmouth6.2%4.5%1,15825,69321.2%51.4%2,6645911,15028,3571,749
Harvard3.4%2.6%1,22347,3497.4%n/a*10,0867471,66557,4351,970
Penn5.7%4.2%2,00848,37114.9%49.8%7,9621,1942,40056,3333,202
Princeton4.0%4.0%1,49837,601n/a#n/a#n/a#n/a#1,30837,6011,498
Yale4.6%3.4%1,33238,99610.5%n/a#7,9398371,55446,9352,169

n/a* = not applicable since an EA policy was in place
n/a# = not applicable since an EA / ED policy was not in place
NYP = not yet published

Brown University

It was an unprecedented year across the Ivy League with all Ivy League institutions dropping the SAT / ACT admissions requirement due to the ongoing global pandemic. The relaxed requirements led to a surge in applications to our nation’s elite universities with so many students — students we’ve deemed Squeakers — submitting applications without test scores. In the Early Decision round at Brown University, a record-low 15.9% of applicants to Brown’s Class of 2025 earned admission. In all, 885 students were offered admission under Brown’s binding policy out of an applicant pool of 5,540 students. The number of Early Decision admits as well as the number of Regular Decision applicants were both records for the Providence, Rhode Island-based institution.

Between Early Decision and Regular Decision, applications to Brown’s Class of 2025 surged by an astounding margin of 29.4% with the school receiving a grand total of 46,568 applications. In the Regular Decision round, 1,652 applicants to Brown earned admission, bringing the overall admit rate for the year to 5.4%. The figure marked an historic low. The previous benchmark stood at 6.6% for the Class of 2023. For the PLME program, 2% of overall applicants earned admission (out of a pool of 3,516 applicants). For the Brown-RISD program, 3% of overall applicants earned admission (out of a pool of 696 applicants).

Last year, for the Class of 2024, Brown’s overall admit rate stood at 6.9%. To put Brown’s 46,568 applications in historical perspective, 36,794 students applied and the admission rate stood at 6.9% for Brown’s Class of 2024. For Brown’s Class of 2023, a then-record 38,674 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 6.6%. Prior to the Brown Class of 2023, total applications never reached 36,000 and the admission rate never dipped below 7.2%.

Highlights of Brown University’s Class of 2025

Of those students admitted in the Early round to Brown, 48% identified as students of color — yet another new benchmark and up from 44% last year. 16% will be the first in their immediate families to attend college, down from 17% last year. And 59% of admits applied for financial aid, down from 62% last year. 45 QuestBridge scholars also earned admission. 19 students earned admission to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, marking a 10% Early Decision admit rate for PLME.

Among total admits to Brown’s Class of 2025, 55% identified as students of color. 17% will be the first in their immediate families to attend college. Admits hail from all 50 states in our union and from 72 nations around the world. The most-represented nations among admits are China, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, and South Korea.

Read more about the Early Decision round for Brown’s Class of 2025 and about the Regular Decision round for Brown’s Class of 2025.

Columbia University

Overall applications to Columbia University’s Class of 2025 skyrocketed 51%. In all, between Early Decision and Regular Decision, 60,551 students applied to Columbia’s Class of 2025. Of these applicants, 2,218 earned admission. The overall admit rate for the Class of 2025 thus dropped to an all-time low of 3.66%. In the Early Decision round, applications soared by a margin of 49%. To put Columbia’s record-setting 60,551 applications in historical perspective, for the Class of 2024, 40,084 students applied and the admission rate stood at 6.1%. For Columbia’s Class of 2023, a then-record 42,569 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 5.1%. Prior to the Columbia Class of 2023, total applications never reached 41,000 and the admission rate never dipped below 5.5%.

Highlights of Columbia University’s Class of 2025

Admits to Columbia’s Class of 2025 hail from all 50 states in our union as well as from 100 nations around the globe. More details about Columbia’s incoming class will be released in the months to come as, historically, Columbia’s admissions office is tightlipped until the school has no choice but to release the figures to our federal government, which is when the data becomes available for public consumption.

Read more cryptic details about Columbia’s Class of 2025.

Cornell University

At Cornell University, applications were up big — by a total margin of 17,000 applications in fact year-over-year. In the Early Decision round, we believe the application figure was up by around 36%. But Cornell has joined Stanford University and Columbia University in being cagey about their admissions statistics. We’ll find out the numbers soon enough when they become publicly available. What we do know is this: 5,836 students earned admission to Cornell’s Class of 2025 between the Early Decision and Regular Decision rounds. And the overall admission rate dropped to a historic low of 8.7%.

Last year, a then-record 51,500 students applied and the admission rate stood at 10.7% for Cornell’s Class of 2024 (records that we believe have since been shattered by the Class of 2025). For Cornell’s Class of 2023, 49,118 students applied and the admission rate stood at 10.6%. Prior to the Cornell Class of 2023, total applications reached a then-high of 51,328 for the Class of 2022, a year the admission rate also dipped to its lowest mark of 10.3%…before this year that is.

Highlights of Cornell University’s Class of 2025

Admits to Cornell’s Class of 2025 hail from 49 of the 50 states, which means the Ithaca, New York-based institution failed in a state to find a student with a pulse they could admit. It is every highly selective university’s goal to admit students from all 50 states in our union and for an institution as large as Cornell, the largest school among the Ivy League universities, it’s surely a slight disappointment for the admissions office. This is particularly the case in light of Cornell’s record year. And what state did Cornell not find a student to admit? That would be Wyoming! In addition to the 49 states, domestic admits hail from Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. International admits represent 87 countries outside of the United States.

34.2% of admits self-identified as underrepresented minorities, up from 33.7% for the Cornell Class of 2024. 59.3% of admits self-identified as students of color, a figure that includes minorities that are over-represented in elite college admissions such as Asian Americans. In fact, 22.1% of admits to Cornell’s Class of 2025 are Asian American. 18.% of admits self-identified as Hispanic, while 11.7% self-identified as Black. 55.4% of admits self-identified as women.

Read more about Cornell’s Class of 2025.

Dartmouth College

At Dartmouth College, total applications spiked 33%. Between the Early Decision and Regular Decision rounds, 28,357 students submitted applications — 2,664 in Early Decision (566 earned admission) and 25,693 in Regular Decision (1,183 earned admission). Overall, 6.17% of students earned admission to Dartmouth’s Class of 2025. To put these figures in historical perspective, 21,394 students applied and the admission rate stood at 8.8% for Dartmouth’s Class of 2024. For Dartmouth’s Class of 2023, a then-record 23,650 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 7.9%. Prior to the Dartmouth Class of 2023, total applications never reached 23,000 and the admission rate never dipped below 8.7%.

Highlights of Dartmouth College’s Class of 2025

Admits to Dartmouth’s Class of 2025 hail from all 50 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. The most-represented state among admits is California followed by New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. 15% of admits are international with Canada, China, the United Kingdom, India, and Brazil the most-represented nations outside of the United States. 48% of admits identified as “Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.” Dartmouth, a school founded to educate Native Americans, proudly admitted applicants from 51 various tribal nations. 17% of overall admits will be the first in their families to attend college, which is a new benchmark for the Hanover, New Hampshire-based institution. 50% of admits qualify for need-based aid, and 17% are Pell Grant-eligible, which are also both records.

Read more about the Early Decision round for the Dartmouth Class of 2025 as well as the Regular Decision round for the Dartmouth Class of 2025.

Harvard University

At Harvard University, between the Early Action and Regular Decision rounds, total applications soared 43%. 57,435 students submitted applications — 10,086 in Early Action (747 earned admission) and 46,569 in Regular Decision (1,223 earned admission). Overall, 3.4% of students earned admission to Harvard’s Class of 2025. To put these figures in historical perspective, 40,248 students applied and the admission rate stood at 4.9% for Harvard’s Class of 2024. For Harvard’s Class of 2023, a then-record 43,330 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 4.5%. Prior to the Harvard Class of 2023, total applications never reached 43,000 and the admission rate never dipped below 4.6%.

Highlights of Harvard University’s Class of 2025

In the Early Action round for Harvard’s Class of 2025, 16.6% of admits self-identified as African American, a figure up significantly from last year’s 12.7%. Meanwhile, Asian Americans constituted 23.4% of Early Action admits, compared to 24% for the Class of 2024. 10.4% of Harvard’s EA admits self-identified as Latinx, down from 11% last year. And 1.3% self-identified as Native American or Native Hawaiian, the same figure as for the Class of 2024. 17% of EA admits will be the first in their families to attend college, up significantly from last year’s 10.1%. 14.5% of admits are Pell Grant-eligible, up from 8.9% for the Class of 2024. 12.2% of admits are international, up from 9.6% last year.

Among overall admits to Harvard’s Class of 2025, African American or Black students constitute 18% of the pool, up from 14.8% last year. 27.2% self-identify as Asian American, up from 24.5% for the Class of 2024. Latinx admits rose to 13.3%, up from 12.7%. Native American admits dropped to 1.2% from 1.8% for the Class of 2024, while Native Hawaiians rose to 0.6% from 0.4%. 52.9% of admits are women, up from 51.6% last year. Admits hail from all 50 states in our union as well as from 94 nations around the world.

Read more about the Early Action round for Harvard’s Class of 2025 as well as the Regular Decision round for Harvard’s Class of 2025.

University of Pennsylvania

At the University of Pennsylvania, between the Early Decision and Regular Decision rounds, applications surged 25.07%. In all, 56,333 students submitted applications — 7,962 in Early Decision (1,194 earned admission) and 48,371 in Regular Decision (1,206 earned admission). Overall, 4.26% of students earned admission to UPenn’s Class of 2025. To put these figures in historical perspective, 42,205 students applied and the admission rate stood at 8.1% for UPenn’s Class of 2024. For UPenn’s Class of 2023, a then-record 44,960 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 7.4%. Prior to the UPenn Class of 2023, total applications never reached the tally for the Class of 2023 and the admission rate never dipped below 8.4%.

Highlights of University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2025

Among Early Decision admits to UPenn’s Class of 2025, 12% will be the first in their immediate families to attend college. Admits hail from 43 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. International admits hail from 56 nations around the world (up from 50 nations for the Class of 2024), representing 13% of all ED admits. 22% are legacies as compared to 24% last year. 54% identify as female. 50% identify as students of color, down from 52% for the Class of 2024.

Among overall admits to the UPenn Class of 2025, 15% will be the first in their immediate families to attend college. 54% identify as female. 11% are international (down from 14% for the Class of 2024), hailing from 95 nations around the world. All 50 states are represented by admits in addition to Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most-represented states among admits are Pennsylvania, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas. 155 admits hail from the City of Brotherly Love. 56% of all U.S. citizens admitted self-identify as students of color. 13% of admits are legacies, the same figure as last year.

Read more about the Early Decision round for UPenn’s Class of 2025 and the Regular Decision round for UPenn’s Class of 2025.

Princeton University

Princeton University notably marched to the beat of its own drummer during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle and opted to forgo its typical Early Action program due to the ongoing global pandemic. Princeton was the only Ivy League university that did not offer an Early application process for applicants to the Class of 2025. In fact, Princeton’s decision to be the lone Early holdout led to only a 12.56% rise in applications to the university this year. In an ordinary year, a 12.56% spike would be significant. It just doesn’t hold a candle to the application surges at the other Ivy League institutions for the Class of 2025.

In all, 37,601 students applied in Regular Decision to Princeton’s Class of 2025. Of these applicants, 1,498 earned admission — marking an overall admission rate of 3.98% for the Princeton Class of 2025. To put these figures in historical perspective, 32,836 students applied and the admission rate stood at 5.6% for Princeton’s Class of 2024. For Princeton’s Class of 2023, 32,804 students applied and the admission rate stood at 5.8%. For the Princeton Class of 2022, a then-record 35,370 students applied and the admission rate stood at 5.5%, a record low admission rate that stood until the Class of 2025 shattered it to pieces.

Highlights of Princeton University’s Class of 2025

Admits to Princeton’s Class of 2025 hail from all 50 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. International admits hail from 73 nations around the world, comprising 14% of the total admit pool. 64% of admits hail from public high schools. 68% of admits from the United States self-identify as students of color. 52% self-identify as women, while 48% self-identify as men. 24% of admits indicated an interest in studying engineering, 15% in the humanities, while 7% said they were undecided. 10% of admits are the sons or daughters of alumni. Approximately 100 students were admitted through QuestBridge.

Read more about Princeton’s Class of 2025.

Yale University

At Yale University, between the Early Action and Regular Decision rounds, total applications soared 33%. 46,905 students submitted applications — 7,939 in Early Action (909 earned admission, incorporating QuestBride admits as well) and 38,966 in Regular Decision (1,260 earned admission). Overall, 4.62% of students earned admission to Yale’s Class of 2025. To put these figures in historical perspective, 35,220 students applied and the admission rate stood at 6.5% for Yale’s Class of 2024. For Yale’s Class of 2023, a then-record 36,843 students applied and the admission rate stood at a then-record low 5.9%. Prior to the Yale Class of 2023, total applications never reached 36,000 and the admission rate never dipped below 6.3% (though it did hit that admission rate for the Classes of 2022, 2020, and 2018).

Highlights of Yale University’s Class of 2025

The admits to Yale’s Class of 2025 hail from all 50 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. International admits hail from 72 nations around the globe. They come from 1,600 secondary schools and they have indicated an interest in 79 majors at Yale.

Read more about the Early Action round for Yale’s Class of 2025 and the Regular Decision round for Yale’s Class of 2025.