Jessica Cox is among a cluster of New Zealand students to recently gain admission into some of the world’s most prestigious universities, despite record-low acceptance rates this admissions round.
The former Baradene College of the Sacred Heart student had already secured scholarships to the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago, and Auckland University of Technology, but felt encouraged to pursue entry into Oxford University after her involvement with edtech college admissions company Crimson Education.
Crimson Education Co-Founder and CEO Jamie Beaton, who applied to the world’s top-ranked 25 universities while he was still in high school and gained acceptance into each of them, is delighted with the students’ success.
Beaton says there is evidence that the Ivy League universities are attempting to increase accessibility for top-performing students around the world.
“Top-ranked universities don’t want cost to be a barrier for building a community of students who will be future game-changers and will often provide generous financial aid.”
- Seven of the eight Ivy League schools posted record-high application numbers.
- More international students are getting accepted into top-ranked universities. Stanford University accepted 11.4% of international students representing 63 countries. Princeton University accepted 12% of international students representing 77 countries.
- Community service is a key element of a successful student’s profile
- Diversity among male and female gender split has increased – for example, for the first time in 10 years, the majority of Harvard’s accepted students are women (50.1% of admitted students, compared with 49.3% last year). Princeton’s admitted students were made up of 50.5% women and 49.5% men.
- Top-ranked universities are increasing the proportion of admitted students who are first in their family to attend a four-year college.
- Harvard officials noted that a record-high 20.3% of their admitted students come from modest or low-income backgrounds.
- Acceptance rate for early-action applicants is substantially higher than it is for regular applicants.
- Brown: 7.2%; admitted 2,566 of 35,438
- Columbia: 5.5%; admitted 2,214 of 40,203
- Cornell: 10.3%; admitted 5,288 of 51,328
- Dartmouth: 8.7%; admitted 1,925 of 22,033
- Harvard: 4.6%; admitted 1,962 of 42,749
- Penn: 8.4%; admitted 3,731 of 44,491
- Princeton: 5.5%; admitted 1,941 of 35,370
- Yale: 6.3%; admitted 2,229 of 35,306