Why It’s Not Harder to Get Into Elite Schools in Spite of Record Low Admit Rates

“It is harder than ever to get into a top-tier college.” It’s the first sentence of an article in today’s “New York Times” penned by Anemona Hartocollis and Kate Taylor entitled “Elite Colleges Announce Record Low Admission Rates in Wake of College Cheating Scandal.” And the sentence is misleading. In … 

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Harvard Class of 2023 Regular Decision Admissions Statistics

Harvard University sent out decisions this evening to applicants to its Class of 2023 for the Regular Decision round. The overall admit rate for Harvard’s Class of 2023 landed at 4.5%. This marks the lowest overall admit rate in the university’s storied history. The same figure stood at 4.6% for … 

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Rice University Class of 2023 Admissions Statistics

The admissions statistics are in the books for the Rice University Class of 2023. In all, 27,084 students applied to be members of Rice’s Class of 2023, a figure that includes both Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants. Of these students, 2,364 earned admission. This marks an overall acceptance rate … 

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A Salute to a Senator Opposing Legacy Admission

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, recently announced that he intends to draft legislation that will propose to remove the tax breaks that certain college donors receive for gifting to their alma maters. Specifically, Senator Wyden’s legislation would be aimed at curbing tax deductions for parents whose gifts are … 

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Johns Hopkins University Class of 2023 Admissions Statistics

Johns Hopkins University has sent out its Regular Decision admissions notifications. In all, 30,163 students applied Regular Decision to Johns Hopkins in the hope of earning admission to the school’s Class of 2023. Of these applicants, 2,309 earned admission. That’s a Regular Decision admit rate of a little over 6.7%. … 

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The Advantage of Privilege in Admissions

Much of the news coverage over the course of the last several days has focused on the parents, college athletic coaches, college administrators, and the college consultant involved in the bribery and cheating scandal — and rightly so. But we thought we’d focus today’s post on, well, Dr. Dre. As … 

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UCLA Class of 2023 Application Figures

The University of California, Los Angeles has released its admissions decisions. In all, UCLA received 111,266 applications to its Class of 2023. This figure compares to 113,695 for the Class of 2022 and 102,181 for the Class of 2021. For the Class of 2023, 69,558 of the 111,266 applicants hail … 

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The Lunacy of Fancy Schmancy Summer Programs

We have long suggested on the pages of our college admissions blog that good common sense can go a long way in the highly selective college admissions process. In our experience, however, most parents and students don’t exhibit common sense when it comes to this particular stressful process. In some … 

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Carol Folt Named President of USC

Carol Folt, the recently departed chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the past interim president of Dartmouth College, has been named the University of Southern California’s next president. Folt will assume office July 1st. She will be the first female president in the 139 year … 

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A Salute to the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, through a new partnership with the nonprofit Posse Foundation, has launched a new program to offer support to select veterans enrolling at the school. In all, 12 University of Chicago students — who have served in in four of our nation’s five military branches — are … 

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