March 29, 2011

Cornell Sees Record Number of Undergrad Applications

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Cornell received its highest number of undergraduate applications ever, according to admissions statistics released today as thousands of high schoolers discovered whether they would have a place in the Sesquicentennial Class of 2015. 36,392 people applied for spots in next year’s freshman class, beating last year’s total number of applications by less than one percent.

The overall admit rate for both Early Decision and Regular Decision was 18 percent, a slight decrease from the 2010 admit rate of 18.4 percent.

This year, a total of 6,534 applicants were admitted, according to a report from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Out of this total, 1,228 applicants were admitted Early Decision and 5,306 were admitted Regular Decision.

“It was a great year, and another wonderful class of Cornellians will be on their way to Ithaca!” said Barbara Knuth, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

Students discovered whether they were accepted to the University via an online notification at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition to the applicants accepted, 2,988 students were offered a place on the waitlist, compared to 2,563 from last year.

Check for a full report on this year’s admissions decisions in Thursday’s Sun.

Original Author: Sun Staff