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Each year around this time, journalists write stories about how many applications have been received by top colleges and also how many students have been admitted.

In 2018, Stanford University announced that it was pulling out. While Stanford still provides the information to the federal government once a year, it doesn't promote it.

Stanford's provost, Persis Drell, said at the time, "When Stanford publicizes its admission numbers during the enrollment cycle, the main result we observe is stories that aim to identify which universities experience the most demand and have the lowest admit rates. That is not a race we are interested in being a part of, and it is not something that empowers students in finding a college that is the best match for their interests, which is what the focus of the entire process should be."

Now Cornell is joining Stanford's push.

Jonathan Burdick, its vice provost for enrollment, said in a statement, “While metrics such as application numbers and admissions rates are an area of focus for many as they review annual activity in higher education, Cornell’s thorough and holistic review processes mean that no one applicant’s chances can be guided by ‘averages.’ Cornell’s highest priority remains to encourage a broad and diverse pool of applicants to consider their opportunities here.”

He added, “Cornell University no longer highlights detailed applications data when admissions decisions are issued in the spring and fall of each year. The university will instead provide application numbers as part of its annual reporting to the federal government after the application year has concluded. Information about our enrolled classes will continue to appear on our university news site and other platforms.”

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