Cornell University has alas released overall admissions statistics for the Class of 2025. In all, 67,380 students applied to the Ithaca, New York-based institution this past year. It marked an increase of nearly 16,000 applications from last year for the Class of 2024. Of the 67,380 applicants, 5,836 ultimately earned admission — either through Early Decision or Regular Decision. This marks an overall admission rate of 8.7%. The Cornell Daily Sun has dubbed this past year’s acceptance rate as “the lowest in recent years.” We’ll take it a step further since we’re a purveyor of Ivy League admissions statistics through the decades. Cornell 8.7% overall admission rate for the Class of 2025 is indeed the lowest overall admission rate in the university’s history. For comparative purposes, for the Class of 2024, the overall admission rate stood at 10.7%. For the Class of 2023, it stood at 10.6%. For the Class of 2022, it stood at 10.3%, a then-record low figure. And just who earned admission to the Cornell University Class of 2025?
As Kayla Riggs reports for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “Cornell’s Class of 2025 Sees Lowest Acceptance Rate in Recent Years, Sets Records,” “The Class of 2025 is among the most diverse of the University’s recent classes, with 34.2 percent of the students self-identifying as underrepresented minorities, an increase of 7.3 points from the Class of 2024, and 59.3 percent identifying as students of color, a jump from last year’s 51.7 percent. 19.4 percent of the class are first-generation college students, and 55 percent are women, both an uptick from previous years. Because 96 percent of Cornell’s on-campus population –– including students, faculty and staff –– are vaccinated, the campus is moving toward a sense of pre-pandemic normalcy.” After reporting admissions statistics on incoming classes at our nation’s elite universities for multiple decades, we have to say this is the first time we’ve ever seen the percentage of students who are vaccinated along with other pertinent data like the percentage of first-generation college students and the percentage of women.
Congratulations to all of our students who earned admission to the Cornell University Class of 2025. We are so proud of you. Go Big Red!
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