Freshman applications to Harvard for the Class of 2016 fell nearly 2% after the college reinstated its early action program.
Harvard received 34,285 applications down from 34,950 a year earlier. Other members of the Ivy League, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, also reported a decline in freshman applicants following years of record increases.
Columbia reported a decline of nearly 9% for the Class of 2016. For the Class of 2015, applications to Columbia surged 33% from the year before; the increase coincided with the school’s adoption of the Common Application. At Penn applications to the Class of 2016 dropped by almost two percent.
Application were not down across the board. Yale University, another member of the Ivy League, reported a nearly 6% increase in freshman applicants from last year.
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