With testing requirements relaxed, applications soar at selective colleges

By: | February 1, 2021

As the pandemic disrupted education, many colleges — even the most highly selective — waived their requirement that applicants submit standardized test scores for fall 2021 admission.

And the applications rolled in.

The University of Pennsylvania received 55,992, a 34% increase from the year before. Haverford College saw a 16% rise, one of its highest increases in the last 15 years. Princeton’s applications rose 15%, Swarthmore’s 12% and Villanova’s 10%. Harvard received more than 57,000 applications, a 42% increase.

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