Admissions Rates – Update April 2014

Admission update for late April

American University : 6,927 offers out of 15,127 apps, 46 percent.

 Amherst College: 1,103 admission offers out of 8,468 applications, 13 percent.

Babson College: 1,721 offers out of 6,197 apps, 27.8% percent.

Bowdoin College: 1,032 offers out of 6,935 apps, 15 percent.

Boston College–34% admit rate (same as last year)

Boston U–34% (last year 37%)

Brown University: 2,619 offers out of 30,432 apps, 9 percent.


California Institute of Technology: 529 offers out of 6,524 apps, 8 percent.

Carleton College: 1,446 offers out of 6,293 apps, 23 percent.

Carnagie Mellon University: 4,767 offers out of 19,810 apps, 24.1 percent.

Claremont McKenna College: 613 offers out of 6,043 apps, 10 percent.

Colgate University: 2,224 offers out of 8,713 apps, 26 percent.

College of William and Mary : 4,738 offers out of 14,545 apps, 33 percent.

Columbia University: 2,291 offers out of 32,967 apps, 7 percent.

Conneticut College 36%

Cornell University: 6,014 offers out of 43,041 apps, 14 percent.

Dartmouth College: 2,220 offers out of 19,296 apps, 12 percent.

Davidson College: 1,169 offers out of 5,558 apps, 21 percent.

Duke University: 3,499 offers out of 32,506 apps, 11 percent.

Elmhurst University: 65 percent

Elon University: 5,397 offers out of 10,408 apps, 51.8 percent

Emory University: 4,616 offers out of 17,797 apps, 26 percent

Georgetown University : 3,232 admitted out of 19,501 apps, 17 percent.

George Washington University : 8,248 offers out of 19,028 apps, 43 percent.

Georgia Tech–32%

Grinnell College: 1,626 offers out of 6,056 apps, 27 percent.

Hamilton College: 1,312 offers out of 5,017 apps, 26 percent.

Harvard University: 2,023 offers out of 34,295 apps, 6 percent.

Harvey Mudd College: 510 offers out of 3,678 apps, 14 percent.

Haverford College: no figures available yet.

Howard University : 4,867 offers out of 13,714 apps, 35 percent.

James Madison University : 14,675 offers out of 23,326 apps, 63 percent.

Johns Hopkins University : 3,586 offers out of 23,875 apps, 15 percent.

Loyola Marymount: 52%

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology:1,419 offers out of 18,357 apps, 8 percent.

Middlebury College: 1,422 offers out of 8,196 apps, 17 percent.

New York University: 17,483 offers out of 52,000 apps (all campuses), 34% percent.

Northwestern University: 4,349 offers out of 33,673 apps, 12.9 percent.

Olin College: 102 offers out of 998 apps, 10.2 percent.

Pomona College: 938 offers out of 7,727 apps, 12 percent.

Princeton University: 1,939 offers out of 26,641 apps, 7 percent.

Purdue University: 57.6%.

Rensslear Polytechnic University:  6,750 offers out of 18,569 apps, 36.4 percent.

Rice University:  2,498 offers out of 17,720 apps, 14 percent.

Santa Clara University:  48%

Sarah Lawrence University:  1,214 offers out of 2,387 apps, 50.9 percent.

Scripps College: 758 offers out of 2,782 apps, 27.2 percent.

Smith College: 1,802 offers out of 4,461 apps, 40 percent.

Stanford University: 2,138 offers out of 42,167 apps, 5 percent.

Swarthmore College: 930 offers out of 5,540 apps, 17 percent.

Trinity College: 2,461 offers out of 7,503 apps, 32.8 percent.

Tufts University: 3,315 offers out of 19,075 apps, 17.4 percent.

 University of Arizona: 70%

 University of California at Berkeley: 17.4%

University of California at LA: 16.3%

University of California at San Diego: 34.4%

University of California at Irvine: 35.4%

University of California at Santa Barbara: 36.1%

University of California at Davis: 40.6%

University of California at Riverside: 56.7%

University of California at Santa Cruz: 56.9%

University of California at Merced: 64%

University of Chicago: 2,304 offers out of 27,503 apps, 8.3 percent.

University of Florida: 12,923 offers out of 12,923 apps, 44.1 percent.

University of Illinois at Chicago :  15,872 apps, 71 percent.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign :  35,700 apps, 57 percent.

University of Maryland : 12,419 offers out of 26,228 apps, 47 percent.

University of Maryland Baltimore County : 5,808 offers out of 10,081 apps, 58 percent.

University of Notre Dame: 3,720 offers out of 17,897 apps, 21 percent.

University of Pennsylvania: 3,583 offers out of 35,868 apps, 10 percent.

University of Southern California: 9,218 offers out of 51,788 apps, 17.8 percent.

University of Virginia : 8,970 offers out of 31,042 apps, 29 percent.

U.S. Military Academy: no figures available yet.

U.S. Naval Academy: no figures available yet.

Vanderbilt University: 3634 offers out of 29,490 apps, 12 percent.

Vassar College: 1,771 offers out of 7,784 apps, 23 percent.

Wake Forest College: 3,773 offers out of 11,053 apps, 34.1 percent

Virginia Tech : 14,230 offers out of 20,897 apps, 68 percent.

Washington and Lee University : 1,062 offers out of 1,062 apps, 18 percent.

Washington University in St. Louis: 5,002 offers out of 29,211 apps, 17 percent.

Wellesley College: 1,330 offers out of 4,710 apps, 28 percent.

Wesleyan University: 2,199 offers out of 9,477 apps, 23 percent.

Whitman College: ? offers out of 3,791 apps, 39.5 percent.

Williams College: 1,150 offers out of 6,316 apps, 18 percent.

Yale University: 1,935 offers out of 30,932 apps, 6 percent.


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SAT Scores and Ivy League Schools…

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While it’s fresh in my mind…

We just got some excellent US offers for Florimont students, accepted at Georgetown, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, Berkeley, Barnard, Emerson and elsewhere.  One of our students has been offered a scholarship, too!

Looking at the SAT scores with one of the students, here are some conclusions –

  • 1900s  are very much at the low end for Ivy League!
  • Reading has to be at least 650
  • One of our students only applied to Ivy League, but with just over 2000 total found it hard to get offers.
  • Even with just over 2150 total, success cannot be guaranteed in getting offers.
  • Think twice before doing SAT II in Physics!  The approach and content are very different to Bac and Matu. At least one of our students did not prepare well enough and consequently did not receive as many offers as he might have…
  • CHECK HOW MANY SAT SUBJECT TESTS ARE REQUIRED as you do your college research – Georgetown, for example, requires 3 subject tests!
  • To be admitted to the top schools (e.g. MIT) you will probably score 750 or more in both the subject tests you take.  A minimum for Ivy League is 700 – 620 is just not good enough!

For interest, below are the SAT scores in relation to admit rates for Georgetown 2013…

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Cornell at Florimont – by Skype

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Tara Bubble can respond to your questions at

More info on admissions –


  • 14k undergrads.  Upstate New York.
  • V trad college campus.  Residential community.
  • Founded 1865 – Ezra Cornell.  « Any people, any study ».  Genuine interest in recruiting a range of people.
  • Need-blind admission decisions.
  • Choose an academic emphasis – Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Ecology, Hotel Admin & Architecture.
  • Lots of opps outside the classroom – research, study abroad.


  • 670 plus on critical reading to demonstrate English proficiency
  • Demonstrate interest in particular strength
  • Demonstrate academic background
  • SATs or ACTs
  • Limited financial aid for international students
  • Ithaca – higher education the leading industry
  • Research university – can study at all 7 colleges – can try all.
  • Third on major, third on other, third on free elective.


University of Chicago Distinctives – Core Curriculum, Econ, Political Science, Sciences, History, Sociology


Mary Hetlage, of Chicago, addressing the rapt Florimont students.


The serried ranks of eager students!

3 approaches – completely open choice, directed choice, distribution requirements.  Uni Chicago is the 2nd.

For IB, most who make competitive applications would be getting 6s or 7s.,_Chicago

Chicago – career opportunities, internships, financial hub,arts community, government.  Institute of Politics – top political speakers.  Sciences – Institute of Molecular Engineering.  NOT TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING.  Battery and electrical engineering.

The Windy City.

House system – communities – microcosm of the wider university.  Academic support.  Collaborative place – learning happens through discussion. Social support too.

Greek life – 10% of students.

Visual and Performing Arts Centre – see  Music major – theory.  Theatre and Performance Studies – academic approach.  Cinema and Media STudies Major.  Artist in residence.

June – writing supplement.  1 essay from a choice of 5.  E.g. « What’s so odd about odd numbers? »  « What’s your pH? »  See

See for IB credit.

Individual counselling.

Here are my notes from the presentation –

Chicago 5.5k undergraduates. 8 Nobel prize winners on faculty. Liberal arts.

Small classes 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Core curriculum.   1-3 of your coursework.  1-3 Major.  1-3 of something else you like.

One of the most rigorous curricula you will find.  Great literary works.  19 students max, discussion-led.  Conversation with Faculty.  Very international.

Discussion and debate. Then choose Major…follow your passion.

Research university. Grad schools like business.  Interdisciplinary opps.

Double major possible. Centres all over world.

Strong career programme. Internships. Live on campus 1st year and longer if want.

3rd largest city in US.  Academic experiences and your take on things. Extra curric.  No particular SAT scores.  Writing score not used.  Out of 1600 total – 1500-1550 for CR and Math. No subject tests required.

11% international students. 2.7k  rolling applications.

EA no ED. Charity work…be authentic.  Scholarships both merit and need based.