The 2013 Cornell admissions statistics are in and, as it turns out, the university received the most applications of all of its Ivy League peers. With 40,006 applicants, Cornell’s applicant pool was its largest to date. This figure actually marked a 5.8% increase over the total number of applications sent into Cornell last year (when 37,812 students applied for admission). And Cornell’s admission rate is dropping as well. This year, the university had a 15.2% admission rate (the highest in the Ivy League with Harvard’s being the lowest). Last year, Cornell had a 16.2% admission rate. And the year before? It was 18% then.
Does that mean that it was more difficult to get into Cornell this year as compared to two years ago? Yes, and no. Because the admission rate is not necessarily indicative of the quality of the applicant pool – and it’s the quality of the applicant pool that we don’t know about. But you should know that students applying with ‘B’ and ‘C’ averages does not make an applicant pool more competitive. And this is not only happening at Cornell. All those who say Ivy League admission is getting tougher every year because admission rates get lower and lower don’t fully understand important lessons about statistics. We say this repeatedly.
According to an article in “The Cornell Chronicle” on Cornell’s admission stats, “The number of admitted students from underrepresented minority populations increased to 1,512, or 24.9 percent, from 1,469, or 24.0 percent, in 2012. Women were 51.6 percent of all admitted students, compared with 52.0 percent in 2012. In newly included data this year, first-generation applicants — students whose parents did not graduate from college — represent 11 percent of the admit pool at Cornell. Admitted students reside in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam; and in 82 countries worldwide, a significant jump from 68 countries represented in last year’s admissions.”
While you’re here, check out our compiled Ivy League Admissions Statistics.