The Fall 2009 Admissions Update

  • Substantial increase in Early Action applications
  • Early Decision applications vary
  • Ivies up as special grant programs take effect
The number of students graduating from high school crested with the class of 2009. Competition was particularly keen for the early action and early decision rounds (at most schools). Yet, in the face of a troubled economy, many schools saw regular applications decline—though, not unsurprisingly, the most selective schools, with their large endowments and need-blind admissions, remained as popular as ever.  As the fat and skinny envelopes are beginning to course their way through the mails, it is a good time to look at what’s going on with the admissions process this year. Early action single choice (EASC) applications were uniformly up. This year, Stanford’s EASC applications increased 18%, MIT’s 25%, and Yale’s 10%. What declined were EASC acceptances at each school: Yale admitted 13.4% (742 of 5,557) of its EASC applicants, down from 18% last year, Stanford, 12.8%, down from 16.2%, and MIT, 10.1%, down from 13.3%.  EASC gives applicants an edge in the admissions process, at least statistically. That edge, however, is declining. Early decision (ED) application numbers varied. Wesleyan, in Middletown, Connecticut, is up 40%. Other campuses having double digit increases in ED applications include: Dartmouth and Middlebury, each up over 10%; Haverford up 14%; Northwestern up 15%; and Pomona up 20%.  Bowdoin, another small liberal arts school located in Maine, had an increase in ED applications by slightly less than 8%.  The US News and World Report top liberal colleges, Williams and Amherst, found their ED application numbers flat. ED applications, on the other hand, were down at Brown by 4.5%, a surprise as this year Brown adopted the Common Application, usually bringing an increase in applicants. Separately, for the second successive year, University of Pennsylvania ED applications declined: this year by 8%. The number of California ED applicants to Penn dropped by 12%, from 332 to 292. Regular applications to the highly selective schools, most of whom now supply grants rather than loans to offset their high costs (information on these programs at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and many others can be found at /wordpress/), had increases: Princeton received 21,859 ,up 2.3 % from last year; Harvard, exceeded 29,000, up 5%, with over 78% of applicants seeking financial aid; MIT up 17%; Dartmouth over 18,000, up 9%;  Stanford, over 30,000, up 20%; Yale up 13%; and Brown, despite a lackluster ED, more than 25,000, up over 20%. While the Ivies, for the most part, blew the lid off their regular application numbers, the liberal arts schools were either flat or down: Amherst down 1%; Carleton College (MN) down 3.5%; Bowdoin (MN), though a hot performer for ED applicants, was down for regular by 1.6%; Pomona College (Claremont CA.) down 2.2%; Williams College down 20%; Swarthmore down 10%; and Middlebury down 12%. Switching to the West Coast, USC saw regular applications remain flat, at around 35,000, as, ironically, did UCLA, which received about the same number of applications as last year, slightly over 55,000. USC, as well as Boston College, Colgate (New York), and the University of Santa Clara, are all raising the number of admissions by a few percentage points to offset the possible reduction of their yields (number of students accepted that elect to attend) in these difficult economic times. What had appeared to be a very competitive admissions process, especially among the early applications, seems to have cooled off by the time the regular applications were due (for the University of California, the end of November; for the private schools, early January). Not surprisingly, as the year ended, so the economy began to sink into recession—apparently this drove a certain number of applicants away from the “liberal arts” schools.  The Ivies, and the most selective schools, with their large endowments and generous tuition grants, surged. Grants and reputation tend to drive the action. They are this year as well. Ralph Becker Founder, Ivy College Prep LLC -------------------------------------- 2009년도 입학사정 최신정보
  • 얼리 액션 원서의 증가
  • 다양한 얼리 디시젼의 추세
  • 아이비 대학들의 상승하는 인기
2009년도에 졸업하는 고등학생의 수가 늘어나면서, (대부분의 학교에서) 얼리 액션과 얼리 디시젼의 경쟁이 아주 높아졌다.  한편, 불안한 경제 국면에 직면하여, 많은 학교들이 정규 원서가 줄었지만, 대부분의 명문대에서는 자산을 바탕으로 재정형편과 관계없음으로 그 어느 때보다도 인기가 높았다.  큰 봉투와 얇은 봉투로 입학의 소식이 오는 이 때, 올 입시과정을 살펴보고자 한다. 얼리 (EASC) 응시원서가 일률적으로 올라갔다.  Stanford의 EASC 원서가 18% 올라갔으며, MIT는 25%, and Yale은 10% 올라갔다. 따라서, 합격률은 내려갔다: Yale은 작년의 18%에 비해 13.4% (742 of 5,557)이었으며, Stanford는 작년 16.2%에 비해 12.8%이었으며, MIT도 13.3%에서 10.1%로 내려갔다. 얼리는 입학사정에서 응시자에게 강점을 주는데, 합격률 비율이 내려간 것이다. 얼리 디시젼(ED)의 원서량은 다양했다Wesleyan과 Connecticut은 40% 올라갔다. 또 다른 대학에서는 2자리수로 올라갔다:  Dartmouth and Middlebury는 10%; Haverford up 14%; Northwestern up 15%; and Pomona up 20%.  메이주에 있는 작은 인문대학인 Bowdoin대학은 8%가까이 올랐다.  US News and World Report의 최고 인문대학인 Williams and Amherst대학의 얼리 디시젼은 같은 수 였다. 한편, 올해 처음으로 Common Application을 도입한 Bronw 대학은 ED 원서량이 4.5%까지 내려갔다(보통은 원서량이 더 올라감).  또한 2년째인 University of Pennsylvania의 ED원서도 8%까지로 감소했다.  올해 가주 응시자수는 12%(332명에서 292명으로)까지 감소했다. 높은 등록금에 대부가 아닌 그랜트를 제공하는 최고의 명문대의 정규 원서량은 올라갔다(http://ivycollegeprep.net/wordpress/).  Princeton은 작년보다 2.3%가 올라간 21,859원서를 받았으며, Harvard는 5% 올라간 29,000의 원서를 받았으며, 이중 78% 가 재정보조를 원하는 것이었다.  MIT는 17%, Dartmouth는 9%가 올라간18,000의 원서를 받았고, Stanford는 20%가 올라간 30,000의 원서를 Yale은 13%가 올랐으며, ED의 그늘에도 불구하고Brown은 20%가 올라간 25,000이 넘는 원서를 받았다. 대부분의 아이비 명문들이 정규 원서접수에서 넘치게 받은 반면, 인문대학들은 같거나 내려갔다.   Amherst down 1%; Carleton College (MN) down 3.5%; ED에서 인기가 있었던 Bowdoin (MN)도 1.6%내려갔으며, Pomona College (Claremont CA.) down 2.2%; Williams College down 20%; Swarthmore down 10%; and Middlebury down 12%로 내려갔다. 서부해안을 살펴보면, USC의 원서량은 예년과 비슷하며, 35,000정도 였다. UCLA의 경우 작년과 비슷한 55,000이 넘는 원서가 접수되었다.  USC, Boston College, Colgate (New York), and the University of Santa Clara대학은 경제난국으로 인해 등록률이 낮아질 것에 대비해 합격률을 높이려한다. 얼리 원서들이 매우 경쟁적인 입학사정 과정을 지켜보면서, 이제 정규 원서(UC는 11월말, 사립대학은 1월말마감) 결과를 지켜보면서 차분해질 시기이다.  사실 경제가 공항에 접어들면서 인문대학의 원서량은 두드러지게 감소되었다.  그러나 풍부한 자산과 너그러운 그랜트를 줄 수 있는 명문 아이비대학들은 원서량이 더 높아지고 있다.  그랜트와 명성이 더 부추기고 있는데, 올해도 변함이 없다.

College Preparation Primer for a Fall 2008 9th Grader

  • High School Demographics 2012
  • How to Start Preparing for the Ivy League
  • How to Start Preparing for University of California
  • How to Start Preparing for California State University
If I was about to start the 9th grade in a California high school this fall, and was contemplating my college possibilities, the first thing I would want to know is what will the demographics be when I graduate in 2012? (Congratulations to any 9th grader who does this under her own power.) In 2012 there will be about 3.1 million high school graduates nationally. That compares to over 3.3 million that graduated last June, as part of the class of 2008. Further, within California, the number of graduates in 2012 will be 375,000 (March 2008, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). This figure is slightly less than the number of high school graduates this year, which is just over 388,000 (By the way, this year the number of California high school graduates peaked.) Consequently, good news, gaining admission into college will be less competitive in 2012 than it is now. In any case, the question at hand is how best to prepare for college? Let's start by setting our sites on a highly selective private college; probably the best first step is to get a copy of the Common Application and examine the various questions and categories it contains: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/DownloadForms.aspx. If there is a specific campus or two that is strongly attracting our attention, we should get their supplements (if they are using the common application-many do, such as Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Amherst-but there are holdouts) and start going through the mental exercise of how would we like to see this application filled out at the end of our four years of high school. If we're thinking of applying to Yale or Stanford, it's probably a good idea to have all our standardized tests done before we start our senior year. If we're a serious candidate for one of these two schools, we should plan to apply Early Action Single Choice (with an application deadline of November 1st). If we're now thinking about preparing to attend a UC campus, the following link, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/general_info/uc_reviews/freshman_app.html , tells us the raw admissions requirements (a-g courses, electives, tests, etc.) to gain entry. Naturally, there is a wide berth between gaining admission into UC Merced and UC Berkeley. So, as 9th graders, it's important for us to take as challenging a curriculum as our school offers, do well, make sure our standardized test scores place us well above the 50 percentile at the target UC, and to have a solid extracurricular activity that we'll develop over our four years of school. This is the standard refrain, but a very honest one nonetheless.  If you wish to get an even better sense of the admissions statistics for the UC System, campus by campus, check out www.StatFinder.ucop.edu. There are several websites that are very useful for gaining a sense of how to apply to the Cal State schools: CSU Mentor, www.csumentor,edu, and College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/. CSU Mentor is the site for all admissions information for the 23 campuses that compose the Cal State system. College Navigator is an invaluable tool for gaining the most current information on almost any college or university in the US. For now, we'll concentrate on CSU Mentor since, if you go to the following link: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/subjects.asp, you'll find a high school course planner and suggested courses and activities by grade.  Getting accepted into the Cal States, by the way, is very formulaic. If you have the grades and scores you're in. If not, possibly a year or two at community college will allow you to re-apply. Is there any magical insight to give a 9th grader a decisive edge over similar candidates? Not really. Consider the process a marathon, not a set of brilliant tactics that cast a candidate head and shoulders above the crowd. The key is to learn, to become curious, to get passionate about some activity, to really get to know whichever colleges interest you, and then to figure out your best match. There are no real blue prints. The excitement is in creating your own. Ralph Becker Founder, Ivy College Prep, LLC --------------------------------------- 올해 9학년을 위한 대학준비 입문서 2012년의 고교 졸없생 통계학
  • Ivy League 준비하기
  • UC 준비하기
  • Cal State 준비하기
필자가 올해 9학년으로서 대학준비를 시작한다면, 먼저 2012년에의 인구통계학을 알아 볼 것이다.  9학년이 이것에 관심이 있다면 축하할 일이다.  2012년에는 전국 고교졸업생이 310만 명에 달한다.  2008년 졸업생은 330만 명에 달했다.  가주에서는 2012년 고교 졸업생은 375,00명이 된다 (March 2008, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education).  이 숫자는 올 졸업생 388,000명보다 약간 적은 수이다(올 가주 졸업생이 최고치였다).  결과적으로 2012년에는 올해보다 경쟁률이 낮아질 것이다. 그러면, 대학을 준비하는 가장 좋은 방법은 무엇인가?  먼저, 명문대를 목표로 시작하자; 아마 첫 단계는 Common Application 한 부를 구해서 각 분야별 다양한 질문들을 점검하는 일이다: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/DownloadForms.aspx.  만약 한 두 군데 특정 캠퍼스가 관심을 끈다면, 보충자료도 살펴본다 (Common Application을 사용하는 경우에- Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Amherst대학도 해당됨).  4년 뒤에 이 원서에 어떻게 채울 것인지를 머릿속에 그려본다.  만약 Yale이나 Stanford 지원을 생각한다면, 12학년 전에 모든 시험을 마치도록 계획을 세운다.  이 두 대학을 정말 지망하려 한다면 Early Action Single Choice (11월 1일 마감일)를 미리 계획해야 한다. 만약 UC를 계획한다면, 웹싸이트 http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/general_info/uc_reviews/freshman_app.html 에서 입학자격 (a-g 과목, 선택과목, 시험 등)을 알 수 있다.  한편, UC Berkeley와  UC Merced까지 폭넓은 선택이 있다.  그래서 9학년들은 어려운 과목에 도전하고, 표준 시험에서 상위 50%이상을 유지하고, 4년 동안 특별활동을 개발해야 할 것이다.  이것은 기본적인 규칙이지만 또한 정직한 과정이다.  UC의 각 캠퍼스를 자세히 알고자 하면, www.StatFinder.ucop.edu . 를 참고할 수 있다. Cal State 대학들에 대해 알고자 하면, CSU Mentor, www.csumentor,edu, and College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/를 참고하면 된다.  CSU Mentor는 23개의 캠퍼스의 입학 정보를 담고 있다.  College Navigator는 미국의 각 대학의 최근 정보를 알 수 있는 곳이다.  CSU를 자세히 알고자 할 때, http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/subjects.asp 에서 고교 과목 선정과 학년별 특별활동  제안을 살펴볼 수 있다.  CSU의 입학은 필요한 과목과 성적이 있으면 가능하다.  아니면, 1-2년뒤  community college에 가서 다시 응시하면 된다. 비슷한 9학년 응시자들을 위한 묘수가 있는가?  없다.  마라톤을 생각하자.  어떤 기발한 기술이 필요치 않다.  열쇠는 배우고, 호기심을 가지며, 특정활동에 열정적이 되는 것이다.  그리고, 정말로 여러분이 어떤 대학에 관심이 있으며, 여러분과 가장 잘 맞는지를 알아내는 일이다.  특정 청사진이란 없으며, 스스로 만들어내는데 있다.