Many students who applied for early decision/action to Ivy League schools can stop checking their mail for their acceptance letters. Nearly every Ivy League university has reported the number of applicants who were accepted early this year, according to a Business Insider article.
Harvard had the lowest acceptance rate, with just 14.5% of applicants receiving acceptance letters, versus 14.8% last year. Applications were up 5% over last year, increasing from 6,167 to 6.473.
All of the Ivy League schools reported an increase in applications this year. Princeton had the largest jump – 4,229 last year to 5,003 this year – an 18% increase.
Early applications come with conditions. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are restrictive early-action schools. This means that students can only apply early to one school, but have until May to accept.
In contrast, Brown, Columbia (which does not announce acceptance statistics), Cornell, Dartmouth, and University of Pennsylvania are all early-decision schools. Students who apply early to these schools must go there if they get accepted.
Here are this year’s early decision/action acceptance stats for each Ivy League school:
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