If you’re a student who applied for admission to UPenn through Early Decision, you should know that their numbers this year are…down. That’s right, down. We know everyone’s used to reading only the phrase “applications are up” in college admissions so this is rather surprising if you didn’t consider that Harvard and Princeton’s reinstatement of Early Action programs would lead to decreases in Early Decision or Single Choice Early Action applications at some of their peer institutions.
Now before you get too excited with this curveball, know that Penn Early Decision applications are only down 0.98% this year with 4.526 applications received, according to “The Daily Pennsylvanian” article on admission to UPenn. And Penn isn’t alone this year in seeing decreases in Early applications. At MIT, applications are down 4.72%. At Columbia, they’re down 5.68%. At Stanford, 0.83%. And, most notably, Single Choice Early Action applications are down a major 18.01% at Yale (with 4,310 applications this fall)!
But all Ivy League colleges have not been as hard hit as Yale. Dartmouth, Cornell, and Brown actually saw increases in their Early applicant pools. And, while not members of the Ivy League, applications to Duke University and the University of Chicago surged by 23% and 25%, respectively, according to “The Daily Pennsylvanian.” What do you make about the surge in applications to these schools? And do you think the application dip at schools like Yale, Penn, and Columbia is related to the reinstatement of Single Choice Early Action programs at Harvard and Princeton? Let us know your thoughts on the matter by posting below and be sure to check out this post on UPenn admission.