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What we are learning so far from the Class of 2023 application cycle

In March 2020, this Class of 2023 was a freshman class and their schools shut down. They have shown grit and resilience through high school and we are bursting at the seams with pride in their work.

Here is incoming information from the Common Application's report on fall 2022 trends.

  • Overall, the data shows growth in the number of applicants and a rise in the number of applications each student submitted, and very strong growth in international applicants to US universities. Let's unpack what that means. Due to uncertainty and continued test optional applications, student applications are up. Last year's application cycle studentes applied to about 9% more schools overall. We recommend students lean in to a more conservative list of 9-12 schools, trending towards target admission (2/3) vs. realistic reach (1/3).

  • There was a slight drop in in the percent of applicants submitting test scores to universities (down to 48% from 51% compared to last year). While test optional is a legitimate application type, we still see that acceptance rates are higher for students that submit scores. See which test optional schools still lean into applications with SAT/ACT scores.

Balancing the student's application list is a two part process - balancing for admission but also cost of attendance. We lean into and learn from data so families are not caught scratching their heads in April wondering what happened.

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