Highly selective private institutions across the United States see a 22% rise in registrations
Top colleges in the United States are busy sorting through a record-breaking number of registrations despite the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc.
The reason for this growing interest in Ivy League colleges and other well known schools this year has been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic that led many such institutions to scrap standardised admissions tests. In some cases, applicants also were competing for fewer spots than usual because students admitted a year ago had their admissions cancelled.
This year, Harvard university selected 1,968 students for admission, just 3.4% of candidates who applied. At Yale, 2,169 students got admission, 4.6% of the record 46,905 registered candidates. Brown University accepted 2,537 students from a pool of 46,568 applicants, a 27% increase over last year, the school said.
This year, highly selective large private institutions across the United States saw a 22% increase in registrations, according to the Common App, the organisation that provides applications for about 900 U.S. colleges. The hike was about 14% at smaller highly selective private schools, and 15.5% at more selective large public schools.
Meanwhile, applications remained relatively stable at other private schools and fell at smaller public schools, according to the Common App.
Colleges that eliminated requirements for SATs or other admissions tests because of pandemic-related issues including access to testing saw more applications, Common App president and CEO Jenny Rickard said.