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Application Numbers This Year?

The Ivies have not yet announced their application numbers for the Class of 2022, but other schools have done so: first out of the gate was NYU, Applications to NYU Exceed 75,000, Setting New Record:

NYU President Andrew Hamilton today announced that the University received a record-shattering 75,037 applicants for first-year admission, an increase of nearly 12% over last year. This is the 11th year in a row of record-setting application numbers, and applications have roughly doubled during that period.

NYU received more applications than any other private college or university in the U.S. using the Common Application. Approximately 6,500 students are expected to enroll at one of NYU’s three degree-granting campuses - in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai - next fall.

NYU is a school on the move, but is the Lower Manhattan university successful mostly because it is situated in a desirable urban setting? Recall that the College occasionally justifies its poor applications numbers by asserting that rural schools are in disfavor these days.

Maybe not. Bowdoin has publicized its own applications results this year, and that school’s increase tops NYU, Number of applications hits all-time high:

ON THE RISE Over 9,000 students applied to Bowdoin for the class of 2022, an all-time high. Admissions decisions will be released in the spring.

The College received 9,047 applications for the class of 2022, up from 7,251 from last year. It was an increase of roughly 25 percent and the highest raw number since admissions data became available in 1989. The applications came from students at 4,383 different high schools, compared to 3,548 total high schools last year…

Bowdoin was not the only NESCAC school to witness an uptick in applicants this year. Middlebury received 9,230 applications compared to 8,109 the previous year [a 13.8% increase].

Bowdoin Applications Class of 2022.jpg

No word on when the College’s numbers will come out.

Addendum: Back in the day at Bain, a chart like the above would not have passed muster. Having the y-axis start at anything other than a zero value was a no-no. After all, the above graph makes it look as if Bowdoin has almost doubled the number of applications.


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