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It's Getting More Competitive, Again

February 15, 2018
Written by Taylor

Several top colleges and universities have recently revealed noteworthy leaps in the number of applications from last year (college class of 2021) to this year (college class of 2022).

To be more specific:

  • Harvard University saw an 8.2% increase in applications
  • Bowdoin College: 25% increase in applications
  • New York University: 12% increase in applications
  • Dartmouth College: 9.8% increase in applications
  • Boston College: 9% increase in regular applications and 15% increase in early applications
  • UC Davis: 8.6% increase in applications
  • Northwestern University: 8.5% increase in applications
  • Brown University: 8% increase in applications
  • Yale University: 7.3% increase in applications
  • Boston University: 6% increase in applications
  • UNC-Chapel Hill: 6% increase in applications


This dramatic increase in applications is primarily a result of more students applying to more colleges and universities each year, among other factors. This shift seems to indicate that we will see the continuance of a trend of lower and lower acceptance rates at the nation's top universities. It has never been easy to gain admission to these schools, but it is now more challenging to do so than ever before.

 

 

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