Bucking a Boastful Trend, Stanford Will No Longer Brag About Its Application Numbers

August 31, 2018
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Every year around the same time, colleges and universities release glowing news releases touting the record number of applications they received, sometimes followed closely by the minuscule percentage of applicants they accepted. In the past year alone, colleges heralded “a record-setting year,”“an unprecedented surge in applications,” “a historic increase in applications,” and “the highest number of prospective Bulldogs in recorded history.”


Stanford University said on Thursday that it’d had enough. The institution will no longer publicize top-line application numbers, it announced in a news release, starting this fall. In doing so, the institution said, it hoped to do its part to discourage an obsession over the competition for the lowest admit rate.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Bucking-a-Boastful-Trend/244413