27 September 2017

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2021

Posted in Class of 2022, Class of 2021

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Given how sophisticated colleges have become in recruiting applicants, it's dangerous to rely on old admissions data.  

We've taken a look at our coverage universe and identified schools with notable admission rate differences between the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. In addition to providing the admission rates, we've included some commentary to explain why as well as a link back to the source article.

Relative to last year, the number of schools with notable changes has doubled.  Unfortunately, the news from the majority of schools listed is not in your favor, and depending on how you categorize schools, the change may be enough to turn a likely into a target or target into a reach.  On the flip side, we've also identified a few schools where rates have become more favorable due to declining applications or expanded admissions.  Regardless, take a moment to review the list—the last thing anyone needs at this point is a surprise!

College Kickstart subscribers: Class of 2021 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

 


 

Colleges with Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2021

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InstitutionReasonRate (2021)Rate (2020)% ChangeNotesSource
Wellesley College Falling rate 21 29 -28% Applications up 17%
Emory University - Oxford Falling rate 29 38 -24% Applications up 63% (now apply to both Emory and Oxford by default in Common App), admits up 25%
Tulane University Falling rate 21 26 -20% Applications up 11%, admits down 8%,
University of Florida Falling rate 38 46 -18% Applications up 8%, admits down 4%
Williams College Falling rate 15 18 -17% Applications up 23%
Colby College Falling rate 16 19 -16% Applications up 14%
Boston University Falling rate 25 29 -14% Applications up 6%, admits down 10% due to smaller targeted class size and higher mix of class from early decision
Carleton College Falling rate 20 23 -14% Admits down 11%
University of California - Riverside Falling rate 57 66 -14% Admits down 11%
New York University Falling rate 28 32 -13% Applications up 6%
University of California - Santa Cruz Falling rate 51 58 -13% Applications up 8%, mix of non-residents rising
Emory University - Emory Falling rate 22 25 -12% Applications up 19%
Georgia Institute of Technology Falling rate 23 26 -12% Applications up 3%, admits down 7%
Vassar College Falling rate 24 27 -12% Applications up 6%, admits down 10% due to higher mix of class from early decision
University of California - Irvine Falling rate 37 41 -10% Applications up 9%
University of Virginia Falling rate 27 30 -10% Applications up 14%
Wake Forest University Falling rate 27 30 -10% Applications down 7%, higher mix of class from early decision (55% vs 40%, new EDII option)
University of California - Santa Barbara Falling rate 33 36 -9% Applications up 6%, higher admit rates for non-residents
Connecticut College Rising rate 38 35 8% Applications down 8%
University of Pittsburgh Rising rate 60 55 9% Applications down 5%, admits up 2%
Oberlin College Rising rate 31 28 10% Admits up 15%
Scripps College Rising rate 33 30 10% Applications down 6%, admits up 5%, class size up 22%
American University Rising rate 29 26 11% Applications down 3%, admits up 8%
California State Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo Rising rate 34 29 17% Admits up 18%
Kenyon College Rising rate 33 27 22% Applications down 12.5%
Grinnell College Rising rate 29 20 45% Applications down 20%, higher mix of ED admits in class