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Ivy League Statistics for Early Admissions for the Class of 2021

Each of the Ivy League colleges reported a record number of early applicants for the Class of 2021, making it the most competitive early applicant pool in the Ivy League’s history. So far, all of the Ivy League colleges, with the exception of Dartmouth and Yale, reported lower acceptance rates.

It comes as no surprise that Ivy League acceptance rates continue to drop, as each of the colleges receive an increase in applications each year. This December, all eight Ivy League colleges (which include Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Brown, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell) released their decisions for Early Action or Early Decision.

Here are the results of the Ivy League’s early applications:

  • Brown21.9% of applicants were accepted through Brown’s Early Decision, down from 22.1% last year. Brown received 4.6% more early applications this year.
  • Columbia – Early Decision acceptance rates are not yet available. However, Columbia received 16% more early applications this year for the Class of 2021.
  • Cornell – 25.6% of applicants were accepted through Cornell’s Early Decision, down from 27.4% last year. Cornell received 10% more early applications this year.
  • Dartmouth – 27.8% of applicants were accepted through Dartmouth’s Early Decision, slightly up from 25.6% last year. Dartmouth received 3.7% more early applications this year.
  • Harvard University – 14.5% of applicants were accepted through Harvard’s restrictive Early Action, down from 14.8% last year. Harvard received 5% more early applications this year.
  • Princeton15.4% of applicants were accepted through Princeton’s restrictive Early Action, down from 18.5% last year. Princeton received 18.3% more early applications this year.
  • University of Pennsylvania – 22% of applicants were accepted through Penn’s Early Decision, down from 23.4% last year. Penn received 7% more early applications this year.
  • Yale17.1% of applicants were accepted through Yale’s restrictive Early Action, slightly up from 17% last year. Yale received 9.1% more early applications this year.

For more information about the increase in applications, you may read our article about the current trend in selective college admissions.


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