Spectrum | Jan. 14 5:03 pm EST
move over yale

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

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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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COMMENTS (29)

  1. Yeah • January 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm • Reply

    Is great success!

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  2. alum • January 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm • Reply

    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 • January 15, 2011 at 9:33 am • Reply

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

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  3. who is second tier now, • January 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm • Reply

    bitches?

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  4. C YOU • January 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm • Reply

    GONNA BE NUMBA TWOO

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    • ^-- • January 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm • Reply

      like.
      Those Yalies and Princetonians can suck it.

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      • stop • January 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm •

        the bitter rivalry geex

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      • Come on • January 15, 2011 at 1:05 am •

        it’s all light-hearted jest! :D

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      • no way • January 15, 2011 at 9:35 am •

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      • yeah • January 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm •

        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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      • No no • January 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm •

        Yeah…that’s just not true

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  5. Asian Advantage College Consulting • January 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm • Reply

    Scary!

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  6. Ian Fong • January 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm • Reply

    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 • January 15, 2011 at 9:34 am • Reply

      higher for engineering. but still gonna be mad big.

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  7. Tori • January 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm • Reply

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

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    • No no • January 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm • Reply

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

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  8. anonymous • January 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm • Reply

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

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  9. Josh • January 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm • Reply

    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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  10. who cares • January 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm • Reply

    harvard forever number 1 so suck on it

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    • Columbia2015 • January 17, 2011 at 9:33 am • Reply

      Go home preppies

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  11. Tokyo Terminator • January 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm • Reply

    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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  12. ^ • January 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm • Reply

    umm…creepy

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  13. merge • January 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm • Reply

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

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    • Anonymous • January 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm • Reply

      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 • January 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm • Reply

      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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  14. Anonymous • January 21, 2011 at 1:47 am • Reply

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

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  15. SRIJIT • January 21, 2011 at 8:06 am • Reply

    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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  16. TheRealist • January 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm • Reply

    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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