“The number of Cornell students and alumni applying to law school has decreased significantly,” Sparrow said. “For Cornell seniors and alumni applying to law schools during that time, the decline was even greater at 53 percent.”
“People see that positive end result, but I would definitely like to say that it did not come easy,” Gauthier said. “Nothing on this grand of a scale comes easy. Everything that has led to this moment was hard.”
A group of 80 public and private universities announced plans on Sept. 28 to improve the college admission process by launching a new application platform. The group, which includes all eight Ivy League institutions, is known as the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and aims to reshape the traditional approach to admissions and increase educational access for low-income families and underrepresented groups. The coalition formed in response to barriers low-income students often face in the college admissions process. They plan to launch a new application website which they hope will make the process more broadly accessible.
“The schools in the Coalition have individually tried many different and creative approaches to address these challenges,” said Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions at Yale University, in a statement from the coalition.
For the first time in Cornell’s history, the admit rate for the incoming freshman class dropped below 20 percent. After a rise in early admissions applicants in December, Cornell administrators projected an increase in the number of this year’s regular decision applicants, which reached an all time high of 34,381.
A Most Selective Class
The admit rate for the Class of 2013 fell to the unprecedented level of 19.1 percent. While Cornell admitted 36.68 percent of early decision applicants, regular admissions only accepted 17.2 percent of applicants.
Prospective students and their parents have been flocking to campus for Cornell Days, which started April 9 and continues through April 20. Cornell Days is jointly run by the Cornell Red Carpet Society, which manages the overnight hosting, and the Cornell University Ambassadors, who plan the daytime events.
According to Laura De Santis ’09, co-chair of RCS, of the over 1000 people came to campus for Cornell days on Friday, 600 were students — the largest one-day turnout so far.
“It’s been going fabulously, everything has been going really smoothly and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far,” De Santis said.
As Cornell admitted its potential Class of 2013, Deputy Provost David Harris estimated on Monday that around 10 percent of these students were deemed “selected students” under the University’s new financial aid initiative, which hopes to recruit “enrollment priorities” more aggressively.
This year’s admissions results, which the University announced on March 31, reported a 19.1 percent admit rate. This percentage translates into a total admittance of 6,567 students.
Cornell administrators announced a new financial aid plan last November, with one of the three components aimed at attracting “selected students” with higher quality of aid packages.