Most Selective Schools – Entering Fall 2007
In order of selectivity for total acceptance rates below 20%
|All Schools Below 20% Admit Rates||Admitted||Applied||Rate|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||1,553||12,445||12.48%|
|University of Pennsylvania||Ivy||3,637||22,646||16.06%|
|California Institute of Technology||605||3,595||16.83%|
|IVIES||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
Stanford and MIT
|MIT + Stanford||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
Ivy League Plus Stanford and MIT
|IVIES + SM||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
|MIT + Stanford||4,017||36,403||11.03||1,140||8,137||14.01||2,877||28,266||10.18|
Review of Ivy League Plus Stanford and MIT
Brown received an all time high of 19,097 applicants, 4% more than last year. They accepted 2,683, or 14%.
This year Brown accepted 525 of the 2,316 early decision applicants to the Class of 2011 for a 22.7% acceptance rate making the University the most selective for early decision admission in the Ivy League for the second consecutive year.
The early decision acceptance rate at Brown, 22.7 percent, remained constant from the previous year. However, the actual number of accepted students decreased slightly as the number of early applications declined by about three percent.
The University rejected 293 applications, or about 12.7 percent of the applicants, according to Dean of Admission James Miller ’73. The remaining 1,491 applicants, comprising 64.6 percent of the pool, were deferred.
Columbia admitted 2,255 students out of the 21,343 who applied, for an overall admission rate of 10.7%. Columbia College admitted 9.1%, Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences accepted 18.6%, and overall Columbia accepted 10.6%. Applications were up 6.7%.
ED pool this year increased 6.7% due to 51% increase in engineering school. A record total of 2,429 students applied to Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science under Columbia’s early decision program this year–an 8 percent increase over last year’s figures. Of this year’s early decision applicants, 24.4 percent were admitted, down from 26 percent in 2005.
|2011||Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
Cornell received a total of 30,383 applications for admission to the Class of 2011 and admitted 6,503 applicants for a 21.40% rate, down from 24.7 percent a year earlier. This number represents an increase of 7.5 percent from last year and is a 45 percent increase from 2004. Of these applications, 27,368 were for regular decision.
Of the 3,015 early decision applications, the admissions office admitted 1,101 students or 36.6 percent of applicants. Students admitted under early decision fill a little over one-third of the incoming freshmen class. Last academic year, 2,849 students applied early, of which 1,110 or 38.9 percent, were admitted.
In Cornell’s case, students should compare the acceptance rates at the particular college to which they are applying. Most people think of the Arts and Sciences when they mention Cornell, but there is also the School of Engineering, Human Ecology, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and others.
|Agriculture & Life Sciences||975||4,329||22.52|
|Architecture, Art & Planning||163||956||17.05|
|Arts & Sciences||2,634||14,662||17.96|
|Industrial & Labor Relations||244||876||27.85|
|No College Designated||0||1,364||0.00|
Dartmouth accepted only 2,166 of 14,176 of applicants, a record low 15%. Applications, up 2%, represented the largest applicant pool in Dartmouth’s history. In the early round, 380 of 1285 were accepted to the class of 2011, a 29% acceptance rate. Average SAT scores for the class were 723 critical reading, 726 math. A full 37.2% of students were valedictorians of their high schools and a record 94.4% were ten percent of their high school in rank.
Dartmouth received 1,285 Early Decision applications this year, offering admission to 380 students (29.7%). Approximately 28% of applications were "deferred" to the Regular Decision round, while another 40% were denied admission in Early Decision. Application numbers decreased by approximately 2.3 percent from 1,317 to 1,285 early applicants.
Fifty-eight of the accepted students were legacies, a slight drop from the 60 legacies admitted early last year. Valedictorians made up 27 percent of the admits, salutatorians 10 percent and students in the tenth of their class 90 percent. Among accepted students the mean SAT verbal score was 702, the mean SAT math score 713 and the mean SAT writing score 701. Recruited athletes — of which there were 120 — comprised about 31 percent of the admitted group.
Harvard took only 9% overall of the 22,955 students who applied, accepting 2058–2,108 with its waiting list admits. 3,000 applicants ranked #1 in their class, 2,500 scored 800 on the critical reading, 3,200 scored 800 on the math section of the SAT I.
Harvard accepted 875 students or 22 percent of the 4,008 who applied early. That compares with 813, or 21 percent, accepted from 3,869 early applications in 2005. That is a 3.5 percent increase over last year. The early applicants who accept the offer will make up about 47 percent of the incoming class of 1,675. The number of foreign candidates in Harvard’s early application pool rose 33 percent, and the number of engineering and computer science applicants increased 18 percent.
The school admitted 11 percent of the 3,493 early applicants this year, compared with 12 percent last year. MIT deferred 2,784 of the early applications, or 80 percent of the total, this year, for consideration with the pool of regular applications. MIT denied admission to 9 percent of the early pool.
Penn had a 15.95% acceptance rate, accepting 3,637 of 22,646. ED applications dropped 2.5% but will make up 46 percent at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Princeton accepted 1,791 students from a record pool of 18,942 applicants for a 9.5 percent admission rate, lower than the 10.5 percent rate for the current freshman class. This is the final year of Princeton’s early decision process, through which 597 of accepted students received word in December.
The Admission Office received 2,276 early applications for the Class of 2011, two percent more than the number of applications received last year and just short of the record 2,350 applications received in 2002 for the Class of 2007. Princeton accepted 597 from 2276 for an early decision acceptance rate of 26.2% and an estimated 48% of the incoming freshman class.
2,464 freshman applicants have been admitted to Stanford of 23,958, only 1,714 of whom were admitted through regular alone. 750 applicants were previously offered admission through Stanford’s Single-Choice Early Action program, a non-binding, early admission program for students who have identified Stanford as their first choice. Stanford received 4,644 early apps, a 5% increase. The early acceptance rate was 15.8% while the regular acceptance rate was 8.9%. The overall acceptance rate was 10.3%.
Californians account for the largest group offered admission, with 958 students. Texans rank second, with 147 students, and New Yorkers rank third with 107. Outside the United States, Koreans account for the largest group offered admission, with 35 students. Singaporeans rank second, with 18 students, and Canadians rank third, with 17.
Yale’s total acceptance rate rose .7% to 9.6% for the class of 2011, accepting 1,860 out of 19,323 students. For regular decision alone, the school only accepted 1,151 out of 15,782 for a regular admit rate of 7.3% and 859 were offered a spot on the waiting list.
Yale received 3,541 early apps, a 13% DECREASE from last year. Of the 3,541 who applied early action to Yale, 709 were accepted and 2,208 were deferred for a 20% admit rate.
Early apps will make up 47% at Yale University.
Other Selective Universities
The number of early applications rose 9%. The early action acceptance rate at the university was 40%, and the overall acceptance rate was 35%.
Duke University applications dropped 1 percent this year, to 19,207, from a record high a year earlier. It admitted 4,053 students, or 21 percent of applicants.
Duke’s admit rate for its Early Decision round jumped from 31% to 42%, as application tumbled 20% from last year’s number. This year, 1,187 seniors applied for admission and 504 were admitted. The 1,187 applications received this year represent a substantial decline from last year’s record of 1,499 applicants.
|Overall||Early Round||Estimated Regular Decision|
Georgetown received 4,575 early applications, up from 4,000 last year. The School of Nursing had a big rise in apps from 528 last year to 820 this year. Other schools are also seeing more applications this year. Estimated totals are: Georgetown College, 9,920; the Walsh School of Foreign Service, 3,045; and the McDonough School of Business, 2,410.
UVA admitted 5,095 students out of 18,068 applications. The school received 2,410 early decision applications this fall, compared with 2,311 a year ago. Over the past six years, the number of early decision applications has averaged 2,369. In addition to admitting 973 or 40 percent of the applicants, 1,131 students had their decisions deferred so that they will be part of the regular decision process; 306 students were denied admission.
Liberal Arts Colleges
|Washington & Lee||1,019||3,718||27.41%|
* Carleton’s number of admitted students is estimated.
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Statistics by Christian Termont at Economics of Education Research Associates