UCLA, Princeton And Harvard See Rise In Applications For Class Of 2021By Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Universities and colleges in the U.S. have seen a rise in applications for the class of 2021. Early admissions applications are particularly the trend nowadays.
USA Today College described this application season as being "on turbo." This year, universities and colleges saw higher levels of essays, recommendation letters and informational forms for the class of 2021.
Ivy League universities like Princeton got over 5,000 applications. This is an 18 percent jump from last year's early action data. The New Jersey school has only accepted 770 applicants so far.
Another Ivy League school, Harvard, already announced that it had 938 successful early applicants for this year. The university's official website reported that applications for early action at Harvard College increased 5 percent this year to over 6,400 applications.
Last year, 6,167 high school seniors applied early. 14.8 percent, or 914 students, were admitted for the class of 2020.
William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, deemed early admission as the "new normal" nowadays. More students are applying early to universities and colleges than in the past years.
Meanwhile, University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) received a whopping 102,107 applications. According to The Washington Post, it has become the first school to receive more than 100,000 applications. This is just a 5 percent increase from last year. However, it was noted that the target size for the entering class is only about 6,500.
UCLA has always received a lot of applications. It had the most applicants for last year with 92,728 applications.Coming in second place is the school's other campus, the University of California - Berkeley. However, it has a difference of about 20,000 from UCLA with 78,924 applications. University of California - San Diego came in third place with 78,056.
Other University of California schools also received a lot of applications. The school's campus in Irvine, Santa Barbara and Davis got 71,768, 70,444 and 64,510 applications, respectively.