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Colleges 2007

Statistics from the 2007 America’s Best Colleges 
by U.S. News & World Report for 2005-06 freshman class.

School % accepted total applicants number accepted % Asian-Am. in student body
Juilliard School 5.39 2,523 136 13
Harvard 9.22 22,796 2,102 18
Yale 9.67 19,451 1,880 14
Princeton 10.94 16,510 1,807 13
Stanford 12.01 20,195 2,426 24
Columbia 12.79 18,119 2,318 16
U.S. Naval Academy 13.30 11,259 1,497 5
Cooper Union 13.39 2,301 308 20*
MIT 14.31 10,440 1,494 27*
U.S. Military Academy 14.36 10,778 1,548 7
Brown 15.12 16,911 2,557 14
Dartmouth 17.02 12,756 2,171 14
U.S. Air Force Academy 18.19 9,601 1,746 8
Amherst 18.73 6,273 1,175 13
Washington Univ. (St. Louis) 18.80 21,515 4,044 10
Williams 18.81 5,822 1,095 9
Pomona 18.83 5,050 951 14
CalTech 19.96 2,760 551 33
U. of Pennsylvania 20.78 18,824 3,913 18
Claremont McKenna 21.05 3,734 786 15
Georgetown 21.50 15,285 3,286 9*
Swarthmore 22.45 4,085 917 15
Middlebury 23.62 5,254 1,241 7
Duke 23.73 16,820 3,992 14
U.S. Merchant Marine 24.10 1,647 397 no info
Average 14.58

*decrease from prior year
3/31/06 The Dartmouth: “Class of 2010 receives decisions,”
By Marina Agapakis
Of the 13,937 applicants to the class of 2010, a record low of only 15.4 percent were offered admission, which surpasses last year’s previous record-low admission rate of approximately 17 percent. Of the 2,150 students offered admission this year, 398 were accepted as early decision applicants back in December.
One measure of the strength of the applicant pool is in its SAT averages. Of the total applicants, about 2,200 students had received an 800 on either the verbal or math portions of the SAT, more than the total number of students ultimately admitted.
Admitted students exhibit a strong minority representation, with 39.5 percent of admits being students of color, up slightly from last year’s 38.8 percent.
Asian American students made up 17.7 percent of admits and Native Americans 3.6 percent, both up slightly from last year.
African American students held about steady at 9.6 percent of admits, as did Latino and multi-racial students at 7.6 and 1.0 percent of acceptances respectively.
Women dominate the largest ever proportion of admits at 51.4 percent with 62 more females admitted than males. Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg attributes this increase to the greater growth of applications from women.
Approximately 147 students, or 6.8 percent of admits, are Dartmouth legacies.
3/30/06 www.dukenews.duke.edu: “Duke Mails Admissions Decisions to More than 19,000 Applicants for the Class Of 2010: Friday’s mailing brings the university’s total offers of admission to 3,778 students, including 470 early decision applicants accepted in December.”
Durham, N.C. — Duke University will mail decision letters Friday to 19,358 high school seniors who vied for admission to the Class of 2010 from every state and dozens of nations.
Friday’s mailing brings the university’s total offers of admission to 3,778 students, including 470 early decision applicants accepted in December. The university expects 1,665 of the accepted students to enroll this fall. The admissions rate of 19 percent is the lowest on record since the university began keeping track of data in the late 1950s.
Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions.
One in six applicants with a class rank was ranked first in his or her class. Duke admitted only 42 percent of the 1,548 valedictorians who applied for admission. More than 1,300 of this year’s applicants had SAT scores of 1,550 or above on the math and verbal sections of the test; Duke admitted 59 percent of these students.
Other records broken this year include the number of African American applicants (2,122), Asians/Asian Americans (4,735) [24.5% of 19,358 applicants]  and Latinos (1,234).
5/11/06 Harvard Gazette: “The Class of 2010 Reaps 80 Percent Yield,” Asian-American students will comprise 19.2 percent of the Class of 2010, compared with 18.5 percent last year. African-American students will comprise 9.3 percent of the class (9.3 percent last year), Latino students 8.8 percent (7.3 percent last year) and Native Americans 1.2 percent (0.9 percent last year).
4/6/06 Harvard Gazette- College Class of 2010 is the most diverse in Harvard history
Asian Americans increased their numbers slightly compared to last year, comprising 17.7 percent of the admitted students. A record 51.8 percent of those admitted are women, compared to 49.5 percent last year. Records were also set for Latinos (9.8 percent), Native Americans (1.4 percent), and African Americans (tying last year’s record of 10.5 percent).
By standard measures of academic talent, including test scores and academic performance in school, this year’s applicant pool reflects the remarkable level of excellence typical of recent years. For example, nearly 2,600 scored a perfect 800 on their SAT verbal test; 2,700 scored 800 on the SAT math; and nearly 3,000 were valedictorians of their high school classes.
A total of 2,109 (9.3 percent) students were admitted from an applicant pool of 22,753 (just shy of last year’s record of 22,796).
3/31/06 Harvard Crimson: “Class of ’10 Set To Break Records for Numbers of Latinos, Women: Admissions dean attributes increasing diversity to success of financial aid initiative,”
Harvard has admitted more Latino students to next year’s freshman class than ever before in school history. Of the current high school seniors who received thick envelopes from Harvard, a record 9.8 percent are Latino, up from 8.2 percent last year.
The composition of the Class of 2010 reflects another nationwide demographic trend as well—women now outnumber men among Harvard’s admitted students, just as they do at undergraduate institutions across the country.  According to Harvard officials, a record 51.8 percent of admitted students are female, up from 49.5 percent last year.  Nationwide, more than 56 percent of undergraduates are female.
The percentage of African-Americans in the admitted freshman class remained constant at 10.5 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of Asian-Americans rose to 17.7 percent, still a full percentage point below the Class of 1998’s mark.
The admissions office said in February that more African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans applied for admission this year than in 2005.  In addition, a record 51.6 percent of this year’s pool was female. Today’s announcement indicates that the acceptance rate for females this year was slightly higher than it was for male applicants.
The admissions office also accepted more low-income students than last year, even though the number of low-income applicants to Harvard did not rise. The College received 2,353 fee-waiver requests this year, precisely the same number as it did last year—an indication that the number of freshmen from low-income backgrounds next year would remain roughly the same.
Harvard’s acceptance rate will also rise this spring from the record low of 9.2 percent set last year. This year, 22,753 students applied to the College, and 2,109—or 9.3 percent—have been admitted. That percentage is likely to increase slightly after the College takes in more applicants off the waiting list.
12/15/05 Harvard University Gazzette:
”Early Admission numbers return to past levels,”
Just over 800 students were admitted to Harvard College ‘s Class of 2010 under the Early Action program this week (Dec. 14-15), the smallest number since the Class of 1999. While the exact numbers were not available by press time as the Admissions Committee finished its final deliberations, it appears that there will be 80 or so fewer admitted compared with last year’s 892 for the Class of 2009.
African-American students will once again comprise nearly 9 percent of admits. Asian Americans increased from 17.9 percent to more than 20 percent, Latinos increased from 6.2 percent to 6.6 percent, and Native Americans from 0.7 percent to almost 1 percent.
4/13/06 Middlebury press release: “Middlebury’s class of 2010 selected from an all-time high of 6,200 applicants,”
Middlebury , VT. ― This year, an unprecedented 6,200 students applied for about 560 places in Middlebury College ’s class of 2010.
Of those who applied, 24 percent were admitted:
335 students of color, including 154 Asian Americans [2.5% of applicants]; 110 Hispanic Americans, a 10 percent increase over last year; 60 African Americans, a 20 percent increase; and 11 Native Americans
4/3/06 DailyPennsylvanian.com: “Admit rate hits all-time low mark: Acceptance rate for Class of ’10 down 3.1 percentage points from 2005; minority acceptances up,”
By Meagan Steiner
A record low of 17.7 percent of applicants have been accepted into Penn’s Class of 2010.
The University accepted 3,622 out of 20,479 applicants — 13.8 percent of regular-decision applicants and 28 percent of early-decision applicants.
Overall, this marks a 3.1 percentage-point decrease from last year’s acceptance rate.
The proportion of admitted students from minority groups surged to 44.4 percent of acceptances from 39.2 percent last year. Black and African-American students represent 11.1 percent, up from 9.4 percent, and Latino students make up 9 percent, up from 7.1 percent, while 18 Native Americans were accepted, one more than last year.
Asians comprise 23.8 percent of the accepted pool, two students fewer than last year.
Legacies represented 10.8 percent of the total. About 6 or 7 percent of those admitted are athletes, in accordance with Ivy League restrictions.
The admissions office does not collect data on economic diversity.
1/25/06 DailyPennsylvanian.com: “Applications up 8 percent from last year: Major increases seen among blacks, Latinos, West Coast residents,”
By Meagan Steiner
More than 20,300 students have applied regular decision to the Class of 2010.
Penn fared particularly well among many racial minority groups. Applications from black students increased 17 percent from last year to 1,441, and the number of Latino applicants rose 12 percent to 1,201 — both record figures. A 15 percent increase brought the number of Asian applicants to 6,432. [Asian applicants represent 31.7% of the regular decision applicant pool.] Applications from Native American students increased slightly to 74. Women represent 49 percent of the applicant pool.
The regular decision applicants averaged a score of 671 in Critical Reading, 675 in Writing and 704 in Math. Their average SAT II score is 713, and the average class ranking is in the 96th percentile.

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