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Figures Don’t Lie

The administration huffs and puffs about our first-time-below-10%-since-2016 acceptance rate:

The [8.7 percent] acceptance rate is an all-time low for the College and the 1,925 students offered admission represent the lowest number of accepted students since the early 1990s. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2021 was 10.4 percent and the previous record was the 9.8 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2016.

but the figures are really nothing to be proud of compared all of the other Ivies:

Ivy Acceptance Rates Classes of 2007-2022.jpg

In the 1990’s we were the 7th-or-8th-ranked school in the country — not today’s rank at 11th. And from the Class of 2007 until the Class of 2016, like every other Ivy, we annually set new records for selectivity. Since that Class, the other Ivies have gone from strength to strength virtually every year, while the mis-administrations of Jim Kim, Carol Folt and Phil Hanlon (he’ll have been in Hanover for five years in June) have had us treading water.

Qui n’avance pas recule, as the saying goes: if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Over the past 20 years, we were often more selective than Brown, and we were always a tougher admit than Penn. Not any more. (TGFC — Thank God For Cornell)

Why the Office of Communications puts out self-congratulatory press releases about our middling results is beyond me. Perhaps punters and alumni don’t understand what is happening to the College’s reputation (unless they read this space, of course), but high school guidance counselors and other admissions officers are not fooled.


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