Class of 2021 Early Admission Rates

Thursday, December 15, 2016

class of 2021 early admission rates.jpgHere are Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2021


The first members of the college class of 2021 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the class of 2020? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2021. More decisions will be released this week and next, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

Application Numbers

Many colleges and universities reported record-high early application numbers for the class of 2021.

Dartmouth College reported the largest early decision pool in the school’s history, with 1,999 early applicants. Brown University also reported a record-high number of early applicants, with 3,170 students applying early to the Ivy League institution.

At Duke University, 3,516 students applied early to the selective institution, the largest early applicant pool in the school’s history.

Cornell reported a 10% increase in early applications for the class of 2021, with 5,384 students applying early. This was also a record-high number of early applicants for the institution. Columbia University also reported a record-setting early application pool, with 16% more students applying early this year – 4,086 to be exact.

While other colleges are reporting their early admission statistics, Stanford University chose not to immediately release information on the number of early applicants and acceptances for the class of 2021. This is unusual, as the highly selective university has in the past released information on the early application pool after decisions went out.

Admission Rates

Early admission rates for the class of 2021 were very similar to the stats for the class of 2020, with some schools reporting a lower admission rate, while some actually increased.

Here are some available early admission rates for the class of 2021 compared to early admission rates for the class of 2020:

SchoolClass of 2021 Early Admission RateClass of 2020 Early Admission Rate
Brown University21.9%22%
Cornell University25.6%27.4%
Dartmouth College27.7%25.6%
Duke University24.5%23.5%
Georgetown University11.9%12.7%
Harvard University14.5%14.9%
Johns Hopkins University30.5%30%
Middlebury CollegeTBD41.7%
Princeton University15.4%18.5%
Stanford UniversityTBD9.5%
University of Pennsylvania22%23%
Williams College35.3%42%
Yale University17.1%17%



For many early admission applicants, decisions don’t yield a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but rather a deferral – meaning their application will be considered again in the regular round.

This year, Duke deferred 671 applicants – about 20% of students who applied in the early round. Statistics on deferrals from other institutions were not immediately available.

For those who were deferred, here’s what to do if you’re deferred and how you can improve your chances of admission in the regular round. If you need additional help, contact us today for more information on our deferral consultation.

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