Despite recent questions about admission policies and
procedures, Princeton admission office saw an increase in the
number of early applicants this year.
There were 2,350 early applicants this year compared to
last year's 2,120, about an 11-percent increase. Straying from
University tradition and the actions of nearly every Ivy
League school, Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon would not
release early decision statistics for the Class of 2007 until
all regular admission decisions have been made because he
thinks the process has become too much like a "sporting
The early admission process has also come under the radar
of higher education leaders, including the University of North
Carolina, Stanford University and Yale University, which have
thrown out their binding early decision programs in the past
Indeed, increases in early applications remained a trend
throughout the Ivy League.
Yale topped the Ivies with a 23-percent increase in
applications, receiving 2,600 early applications this year
compared to last year's 2,100.
Dartmouth College saw a 7- to 8-percent increase in
applicants. The University of Pennsylvania saw a 16-percent
increase, and its admission office expects to admit 45 to 48
percent from the early applicant pool.
Columbia University had an 11-percent increase in early
applicants and plans to admit 45 to 47 percent into the Class
Columbia's admissions office responded to criticism it
received after admitting 49 percent of the Class of 2006 from
the early applicant pool by lowering that number this year.
Princeton received a record 15,725 applications for spots
in the Class of 2007, and accepted 1,570 students. The
acceptance rate of 9.9 percent is down this year from 10.8
The number of applications was up 8 percent from last year,
when the total received was 14,521.
Of the students who received fat envelopes, 591 were
admitted early decision in the fall. These numbers are only
slightly lower than those for the Class of 2006, for which a
total of 1,585 students were admitted, and 585 of whom were
Princeton applicants came from 6,051 different secondary
schools and 117 different countries. Out of the initial 117
countries, 57 are represented among the admitted students, and
international students make up 10.3 percent of this group.
Of those U.S. citizens and permanent residents admitted, 34
percent are of minority background, 10.5 percent are children
of alumni and 7.1 percent are the first generation of their
families to attend college.
With admissions to Princeton and other Ivies growing more
competitive each year, newly appointed Dean of Admissions
Janet Rapelye, will take over for Hargadon next year, and
Hargadon relinquishes the task willingly.