Cornell University, which broke with tradition this year by not releasing its admissions statistics in March, has alas released data on its incoming Class of 2024. So how many students applied? In all, between Early Decision and Regular Decision, 51,500 students submitted applications to the Ithaca, New York-based institution. This marked an increase of about 2,000 applicants. Of these applicants, 10.7% earned admission. This same figure stood at 10.9% for Cornell’s Class of 2023. So while many Ivy League universities reported slightly higher admission rates this year, Cornell proved an exception to the rule.
Breakdown of the Cornell University Class of 2024
As Meghana Srivastava and Madeline Rosenberg report for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “Class of 2024 Enrollment Slightly Higher Than Previous Year, Despite Pandemic Concerns,” “This year’s enrollment reflects a slight decrease in international students and students from the Midwest, both falling by less than one percent. However, incoming students are citizens of nine more countries than students from the Class of 2023. Students from other geographic regions enrolled at a similar rate to last year. The percentage of first generation students increased by 2.1 percent from last year’s incoming class, comprising 15.5 percent of their class. Students of color make up 51.7 percent of the Class of 2024, a 3.2 percent increase from last year, and underrepresented minority students represent 26.9 percent of the incoming class, a jump of 1.3 percent from the Class of 2023. The Class of 2024 has students from 48 states as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.”
But do you know which states aren’t represented among students who will be enrolling in Cornell’s Class of 2024? That would be the great states of Arkansas and North Dakota. Cornell couldn’t land a student from either of these two states this admissions cycle, which, we imagine, greatly disappointed admissions officers at the university since elite universities love to brag that they’ve got students from all 50 states.
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