The Ivy League comprises eight universities and colleges: Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Cornell University. (Obviously there are other highly selective and prestigious schools, such as MIT and Stanford, but only these eight are officially part of the Ivy League collegiate athletic conference.)
Here’s how each school compares along with some fun facts and figures that give you a sense of how these schools strive for equity and diversity.
Let’s start with Early Action. For the class of 2024, Harvard had a total 6,424 Early Action applicants, and offered admission to 895 of them — an admissions rate of 13.9 percent, up slightly from the previous year’s record low of 13.4 percent. (Comparatively, this number was 14.5 percent for the Classes of 2022 and 2021, though it has seen an annual drop since the Class of 2018.) Those who applied for Regular Decision numbered at 33,824, of which 1,085 students were accepted, at a rate of 3.2 percent. The total number of applicants is 40,248, of which 1,980 were accepted. That’s a 4.92 percent rate of admission, up slightly from the previous year’s record low of 4.5 percent admitted.
As for class makeup, 24.5 percent are Asian American (compared to 25.4 percent for the class of 2023), 14.8 percent are African American, 12.7 percent are Latinx, and 2.2 percent are Native American or Native Hawaiian. 24 percent of admitted Early Action students were Asian American, while African American admits made up 12.7 percent, Latinx were 11.1 percent, and Native American and/or Native Hawaiian were 1.3 percent.
Early Applicants: 6,424
Early Admits: 895
Early Admission rate: 13.9 percent
Regular Decision Applicants: 33,824
Regular Decision Admits: 1,085
Regular Decision Admission Rate: 3.2 percent
Total Applicants: 40,248
Total Admitted: 1980
2020 Admission Rate: 4.92 percent
Fun Fact: Of Harvard’s 2020 admits, 19.4 percent are the first in their families to attend college. In 2019, this number was 16.4 percent. Among the admitted students are also 13 U.S. military veterans. Over 10 percent of SCEA students are the first in their families to receive higher education.