13 September 2020

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2025, Class of 2024


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 2024 and the Class of 2023. 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 largely about rising admission rates, thanks to COVID-19 uncertainty and expanding enrollment at several University of California campuses. Declines in admission rates were observed at Boston College and the University of Virginia thanks to new Early Decision options that accounted for 37 and roughly 19 percent of the incoming class.

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 2024 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

Click Continue Reading for the list.



Colleges with Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2024

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InstitutionReasonRate (2024)Rate (2023)% ChangeNotesSource
Boston CollegeFalling rate2327-15%Shift from Early Action to Early Decision, 37% of class filled from ED
University of VirginiaFalling rate2124-13%Early Decision option added accounting for ~19% of class; admits down 14% overall
Wellesley CollegeFalling rate1922-14%Applications up 4%, 9% fewer admits
Colgate UniversityRising rate272413%Applications down 14%, mix of class from ED up from 56% to 59%
University of California - IrvineRising rate302711%Admits up 15%
Harvey Mudd CollegeRising rate181429%Applications down 16%, admits up 10%
University of Southern CaliforniaRising rate161145%Applications down 10%, admits up 21%
Wesleyan UniversityRising rate211631%Applications down 5%, admits up 21%
University of California - San DiegoRising rate383219%Admits up 20%
University of California - Santa BarbaraRising rate373023%Admits up 21%
University of California - DavisRising rate473921%Admits up 18%
Middlebury CollegeRising rate241560%Applications down 6%, admits up 31%,7% increase in class size
University of California - Santa CruzRising rate655225%Admits up 25%
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