Barnard College's early application numbers continued to
shoot upward this year, increasing by almost 20 percent from
last year's total. Barnard received 425 early decision
applications, 84 more than last year.
The large increase in early applicants comes just three
months after Barnard plummeted 10 spots in the popular U.S.
News & World Report college rankings, prompting an outcry
by administrators about the magazine's methodology. But
prospective students were undeterred by the rankings, which
listed Barnard as 38th among liberal arts colleges.
This year's increase in early applicants is a continuation
of a recent trend of accelerating applications at Barnard.
Just four years ago, Barnard received barely more than 200
applications under its early decision program. Nowadays, with
each successive class growing more selective than the last,
administrators talk openly about competing on a level with Ivy
Columbia College received a final total of 1,690
applications, down from 1,801 last year.
More students than ever before received rejection letters
from Columbia this year. Out of 17,255 applicants to Columbia
College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and
Applied Science, only 2,214 were accepted.
Acceptance rate for the College came out to about 10.5
percent. Last year, it was 10.8 percent.
This will be Eric Furda's last year as the executive
director of admissions. Marinaccio is now head of the office,
and she said she hopes to continue the trend established under
Barnard College also saw a substantial jump in applications
and a corresponding dip in its acceptance rate this year. Out
of a record-high 4,380 applicants, 1,163 were accepted for a
rate of 26.5 percent. That number is a significant drop from
last year's rate of 30 percent.
For students accepted to the College, the middle 50 percent
SAT is 1370-1520. At Barnard, the median SAT score for this
year's accepted students is 1390.