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Ivy League drops admission rates for class of 2017

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PROVIDENCE – Brown University was one of the seven Ivy League colleges to accept fewer students this year, admitting 9.2 percent of the nearly 29,000 applicant pool, compared to 9.6 percent of applicants last year.

Brown accepted 2,649 students from the United States and around to its 2017 class, a class that Brown boasts is “the most diverse admitted class in university history.”

“We are grateful to the nearly 29,000 students who gave us the opportunity and the privilege of learning so much about them and their remarkable accomplishments,” James Miller, dean of admission, said in prepared remarks. “The class of 2017 has the potential to be among the most accomplished in Brown’s history.”

Of those admitted, 45 percent of students self-identified as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian and 17.5 percent represent the first generation of their families to go to college.

Candidates admitted to Brown’s 2017 class have until May 1 to accept the school’s offer of admission. Brown said it anticipates and income class of 1,515.

Seven of the eight colleges and universities that make up the Ivy League, including Brown, lowered their acceptance rates since last year, according to The New York Times.

Harvard University had the lowest admittance rate at 5.79 percent, a 0.01 percentage point decrease from last year’s acceptance rate. Yale University came in second for selectiveness, admitting 6.72 percent of applicants, versus 6.81 percent last year.

Columbia University accepted 6.89 percent of applicants compared to 7.4 percent to the class of 2016. Princeton accepted 7.29 percent of applications, a 0.57 percentage point decrease from last year’s class. The University of Pennsylvania accepted 12.1 percent of applicants, versus 12.6 percent the previous year.

Of the Ivy League schools, Cornell University admitted the most applicants, at 15.15 percent. Still, the figure represents a 1.05 percentage point drop compared to the 16.2 percent of applicants admitted to the school’s 2016 class.

Of the eight Ivy League colleges, Dartmouth College was the only institution to increase its acceptance rate this year, according to the New York Times. Dartmouth accepted just over 10 percent of applicants for the incoming 2017 class, making it slightly less selective than the 9.43 percent admissions rate for the 2016 class.

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