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Some Early Action and Early Decision Data for the Class of 2015

A good number of colleges with EA and ED plans (remember the difference? I talk about it here) have released their admission decisions.  As with last year, the early pools at many highly-selective colleges are increasingly competitive, sometimes with acceptance rates just as competitive as the regular decision pool.

For example, Georgetown University in Washington DC admitted 13% of their Early Action applicants (see article here); their acceptance rate overall has hovered around 16% for the past several years.  Stanford University accepted just over 10% of their 7,297 EA applicants (see article here), leaving just about 1,000 spaces in their class for the additional 30,000 applications they anticipate during their regular decision round (do the numbers – about 3.5% of the RD applicants will be admitted). Stanford’s EA is non-binding but their yield is very high; Georgetown yields about half of their accepted EA students.

Finally, the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania released their binding Early Decision responses yesterday; 24% of the nearly 5,500 applicants received good news (see article here).  Penn’s overall acceptance rate is around 12%.  Penn’s Dean of Admissions, the widely-respected Eric Furda, offered students some advice regardless of the decision they received (click here for his blog post).

I added my own advice here.

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