25 September 2019

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2023

Posted in Class of 2024, Class of 2023


Given how sophisticated colleges have become in recruiting applicants, it's dangerous to rely on old admissions data.  

We've taken a look at our coverage universe and identified schools with notable admission rate differences between the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2022. In addition to providing the admission rates, we've included some commentary to explain why as well as a link back to the source article.

This year's notable changes are primarily about falling admission rates with a smattering of rising rates at BYU and three University of California campuses.  For institutions with declining admission rates, much of this is attributable to year over year application growth and declines in admitted students.  While some institutions admitted fewer students to compensate for overenrollment the previous year, we suspect others have done so as a result of admitted higher proportions of applicants through early decision/early action programs. 

Depending on how you categorize schools, the admission rate change may be enough to turn a likely into a target or target into a reach.  Regardless, take a moment to review the list—the last thing anyone needs at this point is a surprise!

College Kickstart subscribers: Class of 2023 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

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Colleges with Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2023

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InstitutionReasonRate (2023)Rate (2022)% ChangeNotesSource
Mount Holyoke College Falling rate 36 51 -29% Applications up 6%, admits down 21%
Macalester College Falling rate 31 41 -24% Applications up 10%, admits down 17% to compensate for overenrollment
Bates College Falling rate 12 18 -33% Applications up 7%, admits down 27%
New York University Falling rate 15 21 -29% Applications up 12%, admits down 22%
Hamilton College Falling rate 16 21 -24% Applications up 34%
Georgia Institute of Technology Falling rate 19 23 -17% Applications up 4%, 14% fewer admits
Pepperdine University Falling rate 31 35 -11% Applications up 13%
Tulane University Falling rate 13 17 -24% Applications up 6%, admits down 19%
Boston University Falling rate 19 22 -14% Mix of class from ED up from 35% to 45%
University of Georgia Falling rate 45 48 -6% Applications up 11%
University of Notre Dame Falling rate 15 18 -17% Applications up 9%, admits down 5%
Brigham Young University - Provo Rising rate 68 64 6% Admits up 8%
University of California - Santa Cruz Rising rate 52 48 8% Admits up 7%
University of California - Merced Rising rate 75 69 9% Applications up 8%, admits up 18%
University of California - Riverside Rising rate 57 51 12% Admits up 10%
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