This week, Cornell limits early decision admits, the University of Virginia sees an increase in early applications, the University of Wisconsin reports a rise in non-resident enrollment, the number of students applying to college this year is up, and the Common App facilitates hundreds of thousands of direct admission offers.
Cornell University will limit the number of students admitted through early decision this year. In an effort to increase equity in the admissions process, the university will offer fewer students early admission, which in turn will open more slots for regular decision applicants.
The University of Virginia is reporting a record number of early action and early decision applications for admission to the class of 2028. Early action applications were up 3.3% from last year, while binding early decision applications rose 4.4%.
At the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the removal of a cap on out-of-state enrollment has led to a 29% increase in non-resident enrollment. Tuition revenue has subsequently increased by 47%. While the university no longer restricts out-of-state enrollment, it maintains a minimum enrollment quota for Wisconsin residents of 5,200 new students each year.
Data released by the Common App reveals a significant increase in the number of students applying to college for the 2024-2025 academic year. With 836,679 distinct applicants to 834 colleges, this year’s applicant pool represents a 12% increase over last year at this time, and a 41% increase over 2019-2020, the last admissions cycle not affected by the pandemic.
As a result of the Common App’s direct admissions program, more than 300,000 students received acceptance letters this month from a college or university in their home state without having completed an application. The program identified those applicants who met certain criteria including GPA and test scores, residency in low-income communities, or parents who have not gone to college.