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Admissions: The Ivy Numbers

The kids at Penn seem eager to get work done over the holidays. On Tuesday the following graphs appeared in a piece in the Daily Pennsylvanian entitled How Penn matches up: a breakdown of early admissions statistics across the Ivy League.

Geez, do we really have to make it easier for students to get into the College via Early Decision than any other Ivy school? I know that there are a disproportionate share of athletes in the ED pool, but that’s not what is going on (look at Cornell’s weak selectivity percentage, too — a school with almost four times as many undergrads as we have). The number of ED admits at Dartmouth has jumped a third over the last decade. We are rowing hard to protect our yield by letting in a disproportionate number of students who are contractually committed to come to Hanover:

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Our commitment to first-gen kids has returned to prior levels, following a dip under the money-above-everything Kim administration. We seem to be back to levels not seen since 2008, though a rate of 13% is down from the 15% figure of the last two years:

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Lagging the pack in admitting people of color is not a bad thing here. Rural New Hampshire is not necessarily a first choice for underrepresented minorities:

Penn Students of Color.jpg

Good for Admissions in holding the line somewhat and endeavoring to admit students who are more likely to successfully do work at the College. No need to aggravate the problem of mismatch, a phenomenon that was first studied at Dartmouth.

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