College Applications For 2024 Show Strong Early Surge

  • September 9, 2021


A preliminary report points to a surprisingly large increase in the number of students applying to college for the upcoming 2024-25 academic year. The new data come from a recent Common App Research Brief, covering applications to four-year institutions for next year received through November 1, 2023.

Through that date, 836,679 distinct first-year applicants had applied to 834 colleges participating in the Common App. That represents an increase of 41% over 2019–20 (592,390 applicants), which was the last school year when applications were not affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a 12% increase – equal to almost 89,000 more applicants – over last year at this time.