The Ivy Coach Daily

June 6, 2023

Ivy League Application Fees & Revenue

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Cornell University’s application fee for the 2022-2023 admission cycle was $80 (photo credit: Sach1tb).

Originally Published on February 2, 2019:

Have you been awake at night wondering about the application fees for undergraduate admission at each of the eight Ivy League schools? If so, we’ve got those application fee figures so you can rest easy.

Ivy League Application Fees for 2022-2023 Admissions Cycle

Below is the application fee for first-year admission at each of the eight Ivy League schools for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle (unless students receive a fee waiver). You’ll also find the 2017-2018 application fees for each Ivy to compare and contrast.In 2019, when we reported on application fees at each of the eight Ivies, it may surprise our readers that, despite sharp inflation, seven of the eight institutions had the same application fees as they do now in 2023. The only exception? No, it isn’t Columbia University, despite its hefty real estate costs in New York City. Harvard University raised its first-year application fee to $85 from $75.

And why have seven of the eight Ivies not hiked their first-year application fees? Because they want to encourage applicants to apply. The more students who apply, the lower the school’s admission rate will be, and invariably the higher the school will be ranked in the all-important US News & World Report annual college ranking.

Application Fee Revenue: How Much Did Each Ivy League School Make?

Ivy League Institution2022-2023 Application Fee for First-Year Undergraduate Admissions2017-2018 Application Fee for First-Year Undergraduate Admissions
Brown University$75.00$75.00
Columbia University$85.00$85.00
Cornell University$80.00$80.00
Dartmouth College$80.00$80.00
Harvard University$85.00$75.00
University of Pennsylvania$75.00$75.00
Princeton University$75.00$75.00
Yale University$80.00$80.00

In 2019, when we reported on application fees at each of the eight Ivies, it may surprise our readers that, despite sharp inflation, seven of the eight institutions had the same application fees as they do now in 2023. The only exception? No, it isn’t Columbia University, despite its hefty real estate costs in New York City. Harvard University raised its first-year application fee to $85 from $75.

Application Fee Revenue: How Much Did Each Ivy League School Make?

And why have seven of the eight Ivies not hiked their first-year application fees? Because they want to encourage applicants to apply. The more students who apply, the lower the school’s admission rate will be, and invariably the higher the school will be ranked in the all-important US News & World Report annual college ranking.

Ivy League InstitutionTotal Applications2022-2023 Application Fee Estimated Projected Revenue2017-2018 Application Fee Revenue
Brown University51,302$3.08 million$2.42 million
Columbia University57,129$3.88 million$3.14 million
Cornell UniversityNot Yet PublishedTBD$3.59 million
Dartmouth College28,841$1.85 million$1.65 million
Harvard University56,937$3.87 million$2.92 million
University of Pennsylvania~59,000~$3.54 million$2.91 million
Princeton UniversityNot Yet PublishedTBD$1.9 million
Yale University52,250$3.34 million$2.51 million
* Since the figures are not yet available, these calculations are based on assuming that 20% of application fees are waived at each of the Ivies, relatively consistent with past trends.

While application fee revenue is not yet available for the eight Ivy League schools for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, assuming that all of the Ivies — more or less — grant the same percentage of fee waivers to low-income applicants (about 20% in recent years), which of the schools raked in the most revenue from applications?

While application fee revenue is not yet available for the eight Ivy League schools for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, assuming that all of the Ivies — more or less — grant the same percentage of fee waivers to low-income applicants (about 20% in recent years), which of the schools raked in the most revenue from applications?

That would be based on overall applications. Since applications have been skyrocketing at each Ivy League school in recent years, it’s thus no surprise that application fee revenue is rising — even if seven of the eight institutions have kept their application fees steady.

And while Cornell and Princeton have yet to release their admissions statistics for the Class of 2027, making it impossible to forecast their projected application revenue for the year, Cornell likely led the Ivies — as it did during the 2017-2018 admissions cycle — in total application revenue based on its total number of applicants. Columbia and Harvard follow Cornell’s lead. Dartmouth traditionally rakes in the least cash from application dollars since it attracts the fewest applicants as the smallest of the Ivies.

But since these are projections, stay tuned to find out where these numbers land once released!

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