This week, there was chatter about the make-up of Stanford’s undergraduate enrollment, more news about application trends, the Ivy League’s rejection of a proposal to host a lacrosse season, and an important update from the Common Application.
Faculty at Stanford University have recently adopted two new proposals designed to de-emphasize wealth in admissions. This comes after a report by the NYT that exposed the undergraduate make-up of Stanford’s student body as the wealthiest in the nation.
The University of Pennsylvania reported a 50% increase in international applicants, a record-breaking increase, even as international student enrollment in the United States saw a drastic decrease this year. The University of California system also saw a record-breaking number of applicants this year, including large increases in underrepresented students.
We’re tracking application trends at Expert Admissions and you can see more on our blog post, here.
George Washington University announced a plan to increase their incoming class size by about 300 students next year. This is a sharp reversal of their pre-pandemic plans to reduce undergraduate enrollment.
The Ivy League rejected a proposal from alumnus Joe Tsai, founder of Alibaba, to host a lacrosse season in a “bubble” for both men’s and women’s lacrosse. Beyond that, the Ivy League announced the cancellation of the spring sports season.
And last, but certainly not least, the Common Application announced its essay prompts for the next application cycle. There were no drastic changes, but one question was eliminated and replaced with a new question about happiness and gratitude. And the “topic of your choice” remains.