Another Competitive Year in Admissions
Yale University registered the lowest rate of admissions
for the Class of 2008, only admitting 9.9 percent of
applicants, 1,950 students in total. For Yale, this year's
decision marked a record low in rate of admissions from a
record-high number of applicants, with a total of 19,674
Harvard reported an admittance rate of 10.3 percent with
2,029 students admitted, compared to their record low of 9.8
percent last year.
For the first time in history, Harvard admitted more women
than men to the Class of 2008, by a small margin of 1,016
women admitted to 1,013 men.
Princeton admitted 1,631 students for the Class of 2008.
This represents an admissions rate of 11.9 percent, up from
last year's 9.9 percent.
The total percentage of applicants accepted at Penn was 21
percent. Only Cornell registered a higher admissions rate,
admitting 28.7 percent of the 20,800 applications received.
Brown University reported a slight increase in total number
of applications this year and admitted 2,412 students, an
admissions rate of 15.8 percent, nearly a point increase from
14.9 percent in 2003.
Columbia saw its rate of admissions fall to 10.5 percent of
applicants accepted for a total of 1,590 students, a slight
decrease from last year's rate of 10.8 percent. The decrease
in rate of admissions came on the heels of an increase in
total admissions from 2003.
Rounding out the Ivy League, Dartmouth College accepted
2,143 students to the Class of 2008, reporting an admissions
rate of 18.3 percent, up from 17.5 percent last year.
Ivy League schools saw increases in average SAT scores
across the board. Dartmouth reported a jump of 15 points in
combined scores from the previous year, with an average of
Many Ivies also reported increases in the number of
minority applicants admitted. Harvard set records for
percentages of blacks and Latinos admitted. Cornell reported
that 33 percent of those students admitted identify themselves
as students of color.
Students from all 50 states were represented in the pool of
students admitted for every Ivy school, as well as a plethora
of countries from six continents.