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2022-23 Application Round up and Reflection

Updated: May 18, 2023


Students we worked with this application cycle were offered admission to: California State University Channel Island, California State University Northbridge, California State University Los Angeles, Case Western Reserve University, Chapman University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Pepperdine University, Santa Clara University, Syracuse University, Trinity College, University of Arizona, University of California: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Diego campuses, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee and more….


The Common Application, an application used to apply to over 1,000 of the 4,000+ US colleges and universities has recently released application data on the 2022-23 application cycle.

Some of the more significant findings are outlined in bullet points below followed by our comments.

  • International applications have increased by 55% since 2019-20 which is mostly attributed to the global pandemic. International students continue to make up about 5% of all students studying an undergraduate degree in the US.

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) continue to be leading field for international students. Business and arts majors also remain a strong interest.

Internationally Educated (IE): International applicants are drawn to US universities due to their global reputation and future opportunities. Students are also drawn to the opportunity to explore different courses before securing an area of study or major. This unique system provides an interdisciplinary approach and educates students beyond their chosen major which is then studied extensively in their third and fourth year of their degree.

  • Total applications increased by 30% from the 2019- 2020 admission cycle to the 2022 - 2023 admission cycle.

  • Students are also applying to more university, with an 8% increase over last year (which had an increase of the year prior).

IE: The increase in applications means the acceptance rate to these institutions will decrease as the size of the incoming class has not increased proportionally. However, it is important not to confuse an acceptance rate with the quality of the education - only about 30 of the over 4000 degree granting institutions in the US have an acceptance rate less than 10% meaning there are literally thousands of universities that offer an amazing education and experience with more likely admission outcomes.

  • Only 43% of applicants reported an SAT or ACT test score (compared to 74% in 2019-20 cycle) as most institutions continue to be test optional.

IE: The test optional landscape increased significantly during the pandemic and has remained in place at most institutions as administration continues to review the SAT and ACT relevancy in admission. However, some institutions do require either an SAT or ACT test score for admission purposes, including the state system of Florida and MIT. Be sure to check the admission requirements at each institution you are considering applying.

The bottom line – given that students are applying to more universities and inflating application numbers, the competition at the most selective institutions has become even more fierce. It is more important now than ever to begin working on your application early, as in year 10. A reminder the US admission process encompasses a holistic admission process from year nine. So, what you do now in years 9, 10, or 11 will be assessed in your application for admission – guidance sought in year 10 can make a significant impact in admission decisions.


Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in achieving your US university admission goals.


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