2021 College Admissions Statistics

In what can only be dubbed a perfect storm in elite college admissions, at America’s top universities in 2021, applications soared and acceptance rates plummeted in an unprecedented fashion. And why? Look no further than the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to America’s elite universities not requiring an SAT or ACT … 

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Waitlisted Applicants Must Convince Each College It’s Their First Choice

When college applicants are waitlisted to multiple elite universities, they often debate whether or not they should articulate to each school that has placed them in limbo that the school is their first choice. Let’s end that debate here and now once and for all (or at least until next … 

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2022 US News Ranking of Graduate Programs

The 2022 edition of the US News & World Report ranking of graduate programs is hot off the presses. For those not familiar with university rankings, many magazines rank colleges. But the kingpin of all such rankings? That would be — you guessed it — US News & World Report. … 

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Waitlisted Students Are Sitting and Waiting

We’ve discerned a new trend in elite college admissions this year. We call it the sit and wait-ers. So who exactly are the sit and wait-ers? They’re students who were notified at some point over the last couple of weeks that they were placed on the waitlist of a highly … 

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Rice University to Expand Incoming Class Size

Rice University has plans to increase the size of its student body. In fact, by fall 2025, Rice will be expanding its student body from 4,000 students in fall 2020 to 4,800 in fall 2025. It marks a 20% increase, which is rather significant if you ask us. Few highly … 

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Why Applicant Pools Mushroomed for the Class of 2025

Wondering why applications skyrocketed to our nation’s elite universities this year? While it’s true that applications to the vast majority of America’s universities were down or even this year, this was not the case at our nation’s most highly selective institutions, including the Ivy League institutions. At many of our … 

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Vanderbilt University Class of 2025 Admissions Statistics

It was certainly a banner year in Vanderbilt University’s admissions office. Between Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision, Vanderbilt received a grand total of 47,174 applications to its Class of 2025. Of these students, 3,162 earned admission. The overall admit rate for Vanderbilt’s Class of 2025 thus … 

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Vanderbilt Releases Test Score Data for the Class of 2025

Do you believe in “test-optional”? When Al Michaels joyfully asked the world if we believed in miracles after the United States upstaged the Soviet Union in men’s hockey at the 1980 Olympic Games in what is widely regarded as the most significant upset in the history of sports, most people … 

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The Waitlist Dance

We anticipate our nation’s elite colleges will waitlist more students this year than in typical years. We also anticipate our nation’s elite colleges will accept more students from their waitlists this year than in typical years — not as many as last year but nonetheless quite a lot. And why? … 

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Asian Americans Are Significantly Underrepresented on Elite University Admissions Staffs

As admissions officers at America’s elite universities post #stopasianhate on social media, it seems like an opportune time to discuss the history of discrimination against Asian American applicants in the admissions process. And while many are already quite familiar with the implicit bias Asian American applicants face in admissions thanks … 

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