Students Allege Price Fixing in Elite College Admissions

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against 16 universities — Brown University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, … 

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Defending Early Decision Policies

There he goes again. In a tirade in The New York Times entitled “Merit Aid (or Lack Thereof) Makes Early Decision Ever Murkier,” Ron Lieber writes “Early decision isn’t binding, and Northeastern should say so on its website, using those same italics that are already there. (It is indeed as … 

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Notre Dame Class of 2026 Early Action Statistics

The University of Notre Dame has notified Early Action applicants to its Class of 2026 of their decisions. In all, an all-time record 9,683 students applied Early Action to Notre Dame this fall. Last year, this same figure stood at 7,744. EA applications were thus up over 25% year-over-year, an … 

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A New Generation of UC Applicants

There’s a piece in The Los Angeles Times that tells the story of “a new generation” of University of California applicants, dubbing this group of young people “the unentitled kids.” The piece focuses on a group of students from Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, a school with students … 

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On Committing Early Decision

One of the core objectives of this college admissions blog has long been to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process. And today we will do just that as we address an article in The New York Times by Ron Lieber entitled “Early Decision Isn’t Binding. Let Us … 

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Princeton Delays Reporting Admissions Statistics

Princeton University has joined institutions like Cornell University, Columbia University, and Stanford University in choosing not to release admissions statistics. Of course, the data ultimately becomes publicly available and will eventually appear in our comprehensive Ivy League Admissions Statistics. So it’s not as though Princeton — or Cornell, Columbia, or … 

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Harvard Extends Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Over the nearly 30 years in which we’ve been reporting on elite college admissions, there have been many trends. Colleges doing away with legacy admissions. Colleges switching to virtual tours and information sessions due to the pandemic. Colleges delaying the reporting of admissions statistics. But one trend has remained a … 

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NYU Class of 2026 Application Numbers

New York University has announced its application tally for the Class of 2026. Between Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision, NYU received over 105,000 applications. This marks a 5% increase from last year for the Class of 2025, a year that marked the first time the Greenwich … 

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Georgetown Class of 2026 Early Action Statistics

Another Early Action cycle at Georgetown University is in the books. In all, 8,832 students applied Early Action to Georgetown’s Class of 2026. Of these students, 881 earned admission. As compared to last year, for the Class of 2025, applications rose by 1.4% and the admission rate dropped by 0.79% … 

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Vanderbilt Class of 2026 Early Decision I Statistics

Vanderbilt University has notified Early Decision I applicants of their decisions. In all, approximately 2,700 students applied to Vandy in the first round of the school’s binding Early Decision program. Of these students, around 650 earned admission, marking an ED I admission rate of about 24.1%. And here’s where we’d … 

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