Williams College has made public its annual tabulation of early-decision offers and acceptances, and the numbers are fodder for an exchange on an unofficial alumni "blog" about SAT scores and affirmative action.
The college release is at: http://www.williams.edu/admin/news/releases.php?id=1104
It says acceptance letters went out Dec. 14 to 221 of the 554 applicants to the Class of 2010 under the college's early decision program. Applications for early decision increased by 5 percent over last year. Williams said its early decision program has been in place since 1964. The accepted students for the Class of 2010 represent 41 percent of the projected class size of 538.
"Once again the admissions committee was extremely impressed with the strength of the applicant pool and its diversity," Director Richard Nesbitt said. "The newly admitted students come from 39 states and 13 foreign countries. One hundred men and 121 women were accepted. African Americans comprise 8 percent of the admitted students, Asian Americans 8 percent, and Latinos 5 percent. International students account for 5 percent of the early admit group."
And here's the blog discussion of affirmative action: http://www.ephblog.com/archives/002452.html