Ivy League acceptance rates rise at select schools

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Questions we explored this week:

  • Ivy League acceptance rates... increased? Which schools admitted more students than last year?
  • Okay, I see you...This entire state just went test optional. Are you in it?
  • Medical schools are letting their students graduate early to join the COVID-19 fight. Which ones?

March 27, 2020 — Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale and Penn

For the incoming freshman class, these four Ivies accepted more students than the year before: Harvard at 5.9% vs 5.6% last year, Dartmouth at 8.8% this year vs 7.9% last year, Yale at 6.5% vs 6.2%, and Penn at 8.1% vs 7.7%. Brown and Princeton’s acceptance rates dropped while Cornell refused to publish admission data.

What does this mean? Even the Ivies are not immune to a decreasing high school-aged population across the U.S. With coronavirus-related uncertainties, more schools are admitting students who would’ve otherwise been waitlisted. Even selective schools need enrollment certainty.

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March 25, 2020 — Oregon

Public schools in Oregon are now all test optional, starting with the class entering in 2021. Schools included: University of Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Oregon Tech, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Western Oregon, and University of Oregon Health and Science University. While all public schools are now test optional, each school still has their own admission policies.

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What does this mean? By next year, public schools that still require test scores will probably be frowned upon. Test optional doesn’t always mean less work on the applicant’s part, though. They’ll likely have to beef up their activities, essays, and recs. Lastly, pay attention to each school’s policies: they could all be different, even if in the same state.

Read more here.

March 24, 2020 — NYU, Columbia, Tufts, BU

The early graduation in April, instead of the originally-planned May, means that current med students may be joining the frontlines of coronavirus in a matter of weeks. Columbia and NYU, for example, have lined up jobs for its graduates at local New York hospitals. Many final year students were already volunteering their services.

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What does this mean? There are not enough doctors in the fight for COVID-19. While some students might feel unprepared, they have the opportunity of a lifetime pursuing their passion during an unforgettable period, not only in history, but also in their own lives. There may be some training friction, but they’re more ready than anyone else to join the battle.

Read more here.

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