Cornell Class of 2022 Early Decision Admission Statistics

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It was a banner year for Cornell’s admissions office.

It was a banner year for Cornell University’s admissions office with a record-setting 6,319 students submitting Early Decision applications to the university. Of these 6,319 students, 1,533 were offered a slot in the Cornell University Class of 2022. This marks an admission rate of 24.3% for the Ithaca, New York-based school. It was a record-setting admit rate, too, besting the mark set for the Class of 2021 (25.6%). If you just look back some years, it’s rather striking that the Early Decision admit rate for the Class of 2009 stood at 41.7%. But, hey — different times, different numbers. If you peruse our compiled admissions statistics for Cornell University, you’ll note that just 10 years ago, for the Class of 2012, 3,095 students applied Early Decision to Cornell (compared to 6,319 students who applied Early Decision to the Class of 2022). A whopping difference indeed!

Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission this fall to Cornell University! We’re very happy for you!

Breakdown of the Cornell Class of 2022 Early Decision Admits

As reports John Girsky in a piece about Cornell’s Class of 2022 for “The Cornell Daily Sun,” “Out of the admitted students, who were notified on Dec. 11 of the decision, 14.3 percent are international. The release noted that international applications were up 19 percent over last year despite the current political climate. Last year, international applications were up 20 percent over the previous year. Fifty-three percent of the early admits are female, up from 50.1 percent last year. At 37 percent, students of color also make up a higher percentage than last year’s figure of 35 percent. The percentage of legacy students and athletes both fell since last year. Legacy students went from making up 23.3 percent of early admits for the class of 2020 to 22.1 percent this year, while athletes went from 13.4 percent last year to 11.5 percent this year.”

We’re happy to see a drop in the percentage of admitted legacy applicants in this year’s Early Decision round at Cornell. We’re also happy to see a drop in the percentage of admitted recruited athletes. Make it a trend, Cornell. Make it a trend.

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  • Chester says:

    The information in this article is great, except for one part: “We’re happy to see a drop in the percentage of admitted legacy applicants in this year’s Early Decision round at Cornell. We’re also happy to see a drop in the percentage of admitted recruited athletes. Make it a trend, Cornell. Make it a trend.” As someone who is a legacy at this school, i find this highly offensive, not to mention completely biased and unnecessary.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      It’s offensive that we believe colleges like Cornell should admit fewer children of alumni? Then so be it. We’re entitled to our opinion — as you are to yours.

    • Bob says:

      I think the ivy coach position against legacies and athletes is self serving because legacies and athletes who can get into a particular college due to those hooks are highly unlikely to be clients of theirs. I bet most of the ivy coach clients are highly qualified unhooked student. Less legacy and athlete admissions means more open spots for ivy coach customers.

      • Ivy Coach says:

        Hi Bob –

        We’ve worked with many legacies and athletes over the quarter of a century we’ve been in business, contrary to your post. But even if what you wrote were true, that doesn’t mean our position isn’t right or justified. Legacy admission, as an example, is a violation of tax law: 26 U.S. Code § 170 to be specific. Alumni should not receive preferential treatment for their children when making tax-deductible donations to their alma maters. If that position serves our business (which it does not), then great! Colleges should follow the law and we will stand up on our soapbox in college admissions and let it be known when injustices exist. Also, our clients don’t need those extra slots ;).

        • Tax Attorney says:

          Ivy Coach,

          Probably should stay away from areas that are not within your expertise. You are completely wrong with respect to tax law.

          More importantly, what is your advice to legacies? They should not preference the alma maters of their parents?

          • Ivy Coach says:

            Saying someone is completely wrong without presenting any evidence to the contrary isn’t exactly a strong argument. You purport to be an attorney. Surely this was taught during your first year of law school.

            If we’re wrong — that offering preferential treatment to the children of donors to a university — isn’t a violation of tax law, why isn’t it? Taxpayers should not receive anything in return for making tax-deductible donations. And yet, so often, they are receiving something in return — their children have an advantage in the admissions process.

            Might we suggest before asking our advice, you avoided insulting us without making any well-reasoned argument.

    • C.U. says:

      Legacy admissions is affirmative action for white applicants. The overwhelming majority of beneficiaries have always been white and often wealthy applicants. Students from less-privileged backgrounds will not be considered with the same advantage and lose out on the spots that they are just as qualified for.

      • Legacy says:

        This is a false presumption that Legacy applicants are less qualified than others (unless your last name it Trump). For most cases, Legacy status won’t get you in if you’re not qualified. Among applicants of equivalent qualifications, schools give preferences to legacy and under-represented minorities. Nothing wrong with that. If the underprivileged is less qualified, why should he/she be admitted?

        I’m non-white, only donated $250 to Cornell over the past 30 years and have kids applying to college. NOW, after all the white children have enjoyed this privilege for decades, people want to deny this benefit when it begins to help people of color…

  • Student says:

    The crazy thing is, no one said legacy students are less qualified than other applicants. The underprivileged are less qualified because they have less resources (money, quality education) which correlates to lower test scores, fewer AP classes, and limited club leadership positions,etc. Often times, underprivileged students have to divert their attention from their school work and other school clubs towards caring for siblings, working to support their families, etc. As a result, they may seem less qualified on paper.

    I guarantee, if these underprivileged students that are accepted into competitive schools all did poorly and couldn’t meet the standards of the other students, they would not be accepted. However, this is not the case, for MOST underprivileged students all they lack is resources, but the competitive schools that they are applying to have those resources. Be aware that other people exist too, every person has a background that contributed to who they may appear to be. Test scores and GPA’s do no weigh educational and professional success, drive does.

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