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No Way: Columbia receives 34,587 undergrad applications (UPDATED)

Total applications for the Columbia Class of 2015 rose 32 percent from last year, increasing from 26,179 to 34,587 applications.

A month ago, Columbia accepted a record-low 19.6 percent of early decision applicants from a pool of 3,229 early applications. That record total marked a 7.2 percent increase from last year's early pool of 2,983.

Now with this year's tidal wave of regular applications, which likely can be attributed in large part to Columbia's decision to switch to the Common Application, I think it's fair to say that Columbia's admission rate, 9.16 percent last year, will hit another all-time low. Wow.

Other Ivy League schools are reporting similar spikes in the number of applications, though none are as drastic as Columbia's surge. Harvard's application pool increased 15 percent from 30,489 to almost 35,000 this year. The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Penn received a record 30,956 applications, up from nearly 27,000 last year. Dartmouth's applications increased from 18,778 to 21,700. No word yet from Brown, Princeton, Cornell, or Yale.

UPDATE (6:33 pm): Statement from Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jessica Marinaccio.

“Columbia University has received a record 34,587 applications for the Class of 2015, a 32 percent increase over last year’s application total.

We attribute this continued and growing interest in Columbia to a variety of factors, including our commitment to communication and outreach to communities which have been historically under-served or under-resourced educationally, an increase in global awareness of Columbia’s reputation, the continued desirability of New York City, and greater ease of and access to our application process by virtue of our first-year membership with The Common Application.

Columbia prides itself on having a holistic, committee-based admissions process. When making a decision, we consider a variety of factors beyond grades and test scores, such as a student's academic history, extracurricular interests, intellectual achievements, and personal background. Having prepared in advance for the possibility of an increase in application volume by increasing staff and improving technologies, we remain committed to this approach for the Class of 2015 and all future applicant pools. As always, we will focus on identifying students who would be most likely to thrive both academically and personally at Columbia, as well as seek those applicants who will further enrich our already vibrant community.”

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TheRealist posted on

HOLY OSDFaskjdvhlA#*%&w8789rKDHJFEF#*&$()dfkj!!!!!!!!
This isn't good news for me at all! I'm dying to go to Columbia in three years. Hopefully I won't have such a rough time since I'm applying ED...And hopefully the admissions board likes me. :'/

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No no posted on

Yeah...that's just not true

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Columbia2015 posted on

Go home preppies

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Yeah posted on

Is great success!

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alum posted on

the admissions committee continues to impress, moving to the common app was not in vain! let the upward trajectory continue!

I will say that a 6.9% acceptance rate (which we're on track to have) is a fairly ridicuous number, seems like a negative more than a positive.

9%-->6.9% in one year is an impressive feat.

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how on earth posted on

could that possibly be negative. CO-LUM-BIA!

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who is second tier now, posted on

bitches?

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C YOU posted on

GONNA BE NUMBA TWOO

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^-- posted on

like.
Those Yalies and Princetonians can suck it.

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stop posted on

the bitter rivalry geex

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Come on posted on

it's all light-hearted jest! :D

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no way posted on

...

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yeah posted on

honestly every time i hear someone be like "boo yale boo princeton" it makes me cringe. no one at other Ivies do these things, at least it seems

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Asian Advantage College Consulting posted on

Scary!

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Ian Fong posted on

Wow! This makes me excited yet I am one of the 35,000 students who applied so this makes me scared. Is this Columbia University as a whole or just columbia college? Do you know the break downs for Columbia School of Engineering?

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they're usually a bit posted on

higher for engineering. but still gonna be mad big.

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anonymous posted on

Tori said CC apps were up 34%. If true, SEAS apps were up slightly less than 32%.

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Tori posted on

I don't know the number for SEAS, but Columbia College applications went up 34%.

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No no posted on

Actually, the number is for Columbia University (CC + SEAS) as a whole

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Josh posted on

For what it's worth, in 2004-05, CC+SEAS received 18,125 applications (15,793 College + 2,332 SEAS). In other words, the pool of applicants to Columbia has doubled in six years.

I wonder how much of this year's jump is due to the introduction of the common application, but no matter what, this is a huge brightly colored feather in the cap of Dean Marinaccio.

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^ posted on

umm...creepy

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who cares posted on

harvard forever number 1 so suck on it

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Tokyo Terminator posted on

feel special while you can boyz and girlz, the world is cold and cruel and waiting to make a snack of all of you. Fortunately, a Columbia College education is the best of the best. Make the most of it. Please?

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merge posted on

GS admissions with SEAS & CC already so that the embarrassing 35% admission rate comes down already

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Anonymous posted on

Like it or not, as it is, the current admissions rate is fraudulent. How about Cornell doesn't report some of its schools' statistics? Or people who get in through some guaranteed transfer program doesn't get reported also?

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Anonymous posted on

Like it or not, as it is, the current admissions rate is fraudulent. How about Cornell doesn't report some of its schools' statistics? Or people who get in through some guaranteed transfer program doesn't get reported also ?

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Anonymous posted on

As Bollinger, THIS IS COLUMBIA's MOMENT! Proud alumni

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SRIJIT posted on

COLUMBIA. BOOYAAAH!!!

BTW, Yale has reported 5% increase. Princeton reported a similar increase. Brown's applicant pool also grew by roughly 3%. However, the applicant pool at these colleges totals to about 27,000 (much lower than Columbia's pool).

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