The Wall St. Journal reports that application volume is up at many of the nation’s top colleges. Most of the schools believe the increase means applicants are submitting more applications to early action programs because they no longer have to deal with the binding nature of early decision programs at certain schools, particularly Harvard and Princeton.
- Yale has received 4,820 applications so far to its early action program, up 36% over last year.
- The University of Chicago has received 4,349 applications, up 42% over last year.
- Georgetown has experienced a 30% increase in applications to 5,925 applications submitted so far this year.
- Stanford’s application volume is down slightly, but not significantly.
The WSJ cited the dropping of early decision programs by Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Virginia as a factor in the increased application volume at the schools with the sharpest increases. Applicants applying to more schools also contributes to soaring application volume.
The article also suggests that yield will likely drop and certainly be harder to predict.