Bloomberg is reporting that the application numbers are up at all eight Ivy League Colleges. Harvard is up 5.6%, Yale is up 14% and Princeton is up 2 percent.
However, applications at many of the top liberal arts colleges have dropped this year. Williams is down 20%, Middlebury is down 12% and Swarthmore is down 10%. Other top liberal arts colleges that had fewer applicants include Amherst, down 1%, Carleton, down 3.5%, Pomona, down 2% and Bowdoin, down 1.6%.
It is not clear why the number of applicants are down at the liberal arts colleges, although even with the decreases, the admit rate of each of these colleges is still very low. But it may be slightly easier this year to gain admission to one of the top liberal arts colleges compared to last year.