Admissions Decisions Released

Will you have an easy decision or a tough one?

The long awaited day for many seniors in which selective schools release their admissions decisions has finally passed. Students are now left with either an easy decision on where to attend, or a difficult one fraught with the anxieties of evaluating the pros and cons of each school countless times.

If you are dealing with some disappointment, it always helps to put things in perspective. A recent post on the NY Times Choice Blog presents the latest statistics on a few of the most select schools (with more to come), and reminds its readers that there are a couple thousand schools in the United States, most of which not only admit all applicants, but also offer an excellent education.

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Early Decision vs. Regular Decision Acceptance Rates

As students are narrowing down their list of colleges, and trying to come up with their top choices, it’s important to keep in mind the significance of applying early. Here are some statistics for popular schools which clearly show the benefits of being proactive with applying to your dream colleges.

College or University Early Admissions (2011) Overall Acceptance (2010)
Amherst College 36% 15%
Brown University 23% 9%
Columbia University 20% 9%
Harvard College 22% 7%
Princeton University 26% 8%
Tufts University 32% 24%
University of Pennsylvania 26% 14%
Williams College 40% 19%
Yale University 14% 7%

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