It is Ivy League acceptance day. Thursday afternoon, March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. thousands of anxious high school seniors found out if their dreams came true or were crushed as the Ivy League universities sent out acceptances. Late Thursday afternoon Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University released their acceptance data for the Class of 2020 showing the trend is towards lower acceptance rates for nearly all schools. With the record number of increases in applications, the Ivy League is becoming even more selective as to whom they allow in the hallowed halls. Students have until May 1, to notify the universities if they plan to attend in the fall.
The following is the Ivy League Class of 2020 acceptance data:
Brown University: Brown had a 9% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 2,919 students accepted out of 32,390 applicants. For the Class of 2019 Brown had an 8.49% acceptance rate with 2,580 students accepted out of 30,397 applicants, a record number. Brown admitted 669 students in December as part of the early decision program. Brown’s acceptance rate for the regular cycle was only 7%. The students accepted came from all 50 states and 83 nations. Brown is the exception having a higher acceptance than other Ivies this year after last year’s record low. Brown believes only 1,665 will accept their admission offer.
Columbia University: Columbia had a 6.04% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 2,193 students accepted out of 36,292 applicants. For the Class of 2019, Columbia had 6.1% acceptance rate with 2,228 students accepted out of 36,250 applicants.
Cornell University: Cornell had a 13.96% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 6,277 students accepted out of 44,966 applicants. An additional 4,572 students were placed on a wait list. For the Class of 2019 Cornell had a 14.9% acceptance rate with 2,228 students accepted out of 36,250 applicants. Cornell has the highest acceptance rate of all the Ivies. The incoming freshman includes students from all 50 states and the territories and 85 countries with 10 percent of those accepted being international students. There was a record number of diverse students accepted, 49 percent are “students of color,” with 1,718, or 27 percent are underrepresented minorities.
Jason Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment, commented, “This year’s exceptionally large application pool produced a remarkable class of scholars. From our first-generation students to ROTC candidates and student athletes, the Class of 2020 is incredibly talented.” Cornell believes only 3,275 will accept their admission offer.
Dartmouth College: Dartmouth had a 10.52% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 2,176 students accepted out of 20,675 applicants. For the Class of 2019, Dartmouth had a 10.3% acceptance rate with 6,234 students accepted out of 41,907 applicants. Dartmouth is the only Ivy after Brown to admit more students than last year making it an exception.
Princeton University: Princeton had a 6.46% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 1,894 students accepted out of 29,303 applicants. Additionally, 1,237 students were placed on the wait list. For the Class of 2019 Princeton had a 6.99% acceptance rate with 1,908 students accepted out of a record 27,290 applicants. Of the new freshmen, 785 were accepted in December as part of the “single-choice early action” program. The admitted students come 49 states and the territories and 66 countries with 11.7 percent being international students. According to Princeton’s press release, “49.5 percent of the Class of 2020 are women and 50.5 percent are men” while “50.6 percent have self-identified as people of color.”
Dean of Admission Janet Lavin Rapelye commented about the incoming class, “The admitted students are outstanding in every way. They have superb talents in the arts, athletics, academic research, leadership roles and service to their communities. The personal qualities, backgrounds, beliefs and abilities these students will bring to campus will contribute to all Princeton offers.” Princeton is expecting 1,308 to accept their offers of admission.
The University of Pennsylvania: UPenn had a 9.4% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 3,661students accepted out of 38,918 applicants. For the Class of 2019, the University of Pennsylvania had a 9.9% acceptance rate with 3,697 students accepted out of 37,267 applicants. This year’s acceptance rate is “the lowest in the University’s history.” In December 1,332 students were accepted as part of the early decision program filling up 54.6 percent of the spots for the Class of 2020. The incoming freshman includes students from all 50 states and the territories and 88 countries, with 14 percent of the class being international students. Nearly half, 48% of the accepted students are from minority groups.
Dean of Admissions Eric Furda remarked on the Class of 2020, “My excitement about this class is kind of the unknown. I can say, well, this is what the Class of 2020 looks like, but what is it going to become – I don’t have the answer to that. I know academically, I know with their interests, I know with what they conveyed about what they saw in the Penn community, whether they say yes to us or not, that they recognize that there’s a unique opportunity here for them. So I’m excited for it.”
Yale University: Yale had a 6.27% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020, with 1,972 students accepted out of a record 31,455 applicants. Additionally, 1,095 students were placed on the wait list. For the Class of 2019 Yale had a 6.26% acceptance rate with 1,963 students accepted out of 30,237 applicants. With the construction of additional residential colleges, the Class of 2021 will grow by 15 percent making Yale is the only Ivy planning to increase enrollment. The incoming class hails from all 50 states and 63 countries, and there is a substantial minority population accepted promising an incoming class of diversity.
Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions called the incoming class “extraordinary.” Quinlan said. “The process of selecting students from among such a talented and diverse group of students from around the world is extremely challenging, but the results are always rewarding. These students will enrich each other’s lives in innumerable ways. We know that those who select Yale will bring an astonishingly wide variety of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations to campus this coming fall.”