Cornell Delays Reporting Admissions Statistics

Cornell will no longer release admissions statistics at the conclusion of each round of admission (photo credit: Sach1tb).

Cornell University has released Regular Decision notifications for its Class of 2024. And what percentage of students earned admission this Regular Decision cycle at the Ithaca, New York-based institution? We couldn’t tell you…at least not yet. You see, Cornell University has now joined Stanford University in choosing to not release admissions statistics when notifications are sent out each fall and spring. So while Cornell did release admissions statistics this past December at the end of its Early Decision cycle, it apparently marked the last time the school would be doing so. Going forward, admissions statistics will of course be published after the cycle has come and gone — just like at Stanford University — but not when decisions are released. So why the change?

Cornell Will Ultimately Release Admissions Statistics

As Madeline Rosenberg reports for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “Cornell to No Longer Report Acceptance Rate During Admissions Cycle,” “Jonathan Burdick, vice provost for enrollment, told The Sun in a statement that the University will instead release application numbers after the admissions year has ended — a move that arrives because the University does not want to discourage qualified applicants. ‘While metrics such as application numbers and admissions rates are an area of focus for many as they review annual activity in higher education, Cornell’s thorough and holistic review processes mean that no one applicant’s chances can be guided by ‘averages,” Burdick said. This shift in reporting applicant data began several months ago, according to the University. However, Cornell published early decision admissions statistics in December, when the early acceptance rate increased to 23.8 percent for the first time in four years.”

When Cornell University releases its admissions statistics for the Class of 2024, we will of course publish the data — as we do annually — in our compiled Ivy League Statistics through the years. So do stay tuned!


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  • Kerry W. says:

    Cornell deciding not to release admission statistics is likely because the overall acceptance rate went above 11%. Although the decision may seem like a good idea, the overall impact to Cornell will be negative. Unlike Stanford which had the lowest acceptance rate when it stopped releasing the statistics, Cornell has always had the highest acceptance rate amongst the Ivies. By deciding not to be transparent, Cornell is amplifying that fact and making itself look defensive.

  • Wyatt Earp says:

    Actually Kerry, you are Wrong! THE acceptance rate went DOWN. IT was 10.7%. The reason for the delayed release is because there is a new Dean of Admissions and he is mimicking Stanford’s policies.

  • Wyatt Earp says:

    By the way, not ALL the undergrad schools (of which there are 7) at Cornell have the ‘highest acceptance rate among the Ivies’. For example, the School of Arts and Sciences is lower than Dartmouth and Brown. And the Dyson School had a 2.9% acceptance rate in 2018. THAT is actually lower than Harvard. So it has the LOWEST acceptance rate among the Ivies too!

    • Bob says:

      Very true, the college of engineering is easily on par with UPenn and Dartmouth and of course as you mentioned, Dyson and Cas are both even more selective…

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