Ivy League Admission Statistics for Class of 2011

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
Harvard University Ivy 2,058 22,955 8.97%
Princeton University Ivy 1,791 18,942 9.46%
Yale University Ivy 1,860 19,323 9.63%
Stanford University   2,464 23,958 10.28%
Columbia University Ivy 2,255 21,343 10.57%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology   1,553 12,445 12.48%
Brown University Ivy 2,683 19,097 14.05%
Dartmouth College Ivy 2,166 14,176 15.28%
University of Pennsylvania Ivy 3,637 22,646 16.06%
Claremont McKenna Lac 670 4,140 16.18%
Pomona Lac 964 5,907 16.32%
California Institute of Technology   605 3,595 16.83%
Swarthmore Lac 890 5,244 16.97%
Amherst Lac 1,167 6,668 17.50%
Williams Lac 1,190 6,448 18.46%
Bowdoin Lac 1,130 5,961 18.96%

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Ivy League

IVIES Overall Early Round Estimated Regular Decision
2011 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown 2,683 19,097 14.05 525 2,316 22.67 2,158 16,781 12.86
Columbia 2,255 21,343 10.57 594 2,429 24.45 1,661 18,914 8.78
Cornell 6,503 30,383 21.40 1,101 3,015 36.52 5,402 27,368 19.74
Dartmouth 2,166 14,176 15.28 380 1,285 29.57 1,786 12,891 13.85
Harvard 2,058 22,955 8.97 859 4,008 21.43 1,199 18,947 6.33
Penn 3,637 22,646 16.06 1,178 4,001 29.44 2,459 18,645 13.19
Princeton 1,791 18,942 9.46 597 2,276 26.23 1,194 16,666 7.16
Yale 1,860 19,323 9.63 709 3,541 20.02 1,151 15,782 7.29
Total Ivies 22,953 168,865 13.59 5,943 22,871 25.98 17,010 145,994 11.65

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Stanford and MIT

MIT + Stanford Overall Early Round Estimated Regular Decision
2011 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,464 23,958 10.28 750 4,644 16.15 1,714 19,314 8.87
MIT 1,553 12,445 12.48 390 3,493 11.17 1,163 8,952 12.99
Total 4,017 36,403 11.03 1,140 8,137 14.01 2,877 28,266 10.18

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Ivy League Plus Stanford and MIT

IVIES + SM Overall Early Round Estimated Regular Decision
2011 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Ivies 22,952 168,865 13.59 5,943 22,871 25.98 17,009 145,994 11.65
MIT + Stanford 4,017 36,403 11.03 1,140 8,137 14.01 2,877 28,266 10.18
Total 26,969 205,268 13.14 7,083 31,008 22.84 19,886 174,260 11.41

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Review of Ivy League Plus Stanford and MIT

Brown University

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.

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Columbia University

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
CC 1,647 18,081 9.11 454 2,011 22.58 1,193 16,070 7.42
SEAS 608 3,262 18.64 140 418 33.49 468 2,844 16.46
Combined 2,255 21,343 10.57 594 2,429 24.45 1,661 18,914 8.78

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Cornell University

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.

2011 Overall
Cornell Admit Applied %
Agriculture & Life Sciences 975 4,329 22.52
Architecture, Art & Planning 163 956 17.05
Arts & Sciences 2,634 14,662 17.96
Engineering 1,853 5,999 30.89
Hotel Administration 200 968 20.66
Human Ecology 434 1,229 35.31
Industrial & Labor Relations 244 876 27.85
No College Designated 0 1,364 0.00
TOTAL 6,503 30,383 21.40

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Dartmouth College

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.

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Harvard University

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.

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MIT

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.

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Penn (University of Pennsylvania)

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.

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Princeton University

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.

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Stanford University

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.

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Yale University

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.

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Other Selective Universities

2011 Admitted Applied Admit Rate
Caltech 605 3,595 16.83%
Chicago 3,628 10,408 34.86%
Duke 4,053 19,207 21.10%
Emory 4,200 15,374 27.32%
Johns Hopkins 3,588 14,848 24.16%
Northwestern 4,852 20,649 23.50%
Notre Dame 3,548 14,506 24.46%
Rice 2,251 8,968 25.10%
Vanderbilt 4,238 12,911 32.82%
Virginia 5,095 18,068 28.20%

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Chicago

The number of early applications rose 9%. The early action acceptance rate at the university was 40%, and the overall acceptance rate was 35%.

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Duke University

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
Duke Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
2011 4,053 19,207 21.10 504 1,187 42.46 3,549 18,020 19.69

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Georgetown

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.

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University of Virginia

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.

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Liberal Arts Colleges

2011 Admitted Applied Admit Rate
Amherst 1,167 6,668 17.50%
Bowdoin 1,130 5,961 18.96%
Carleton* 1,450 4,859 29.84%
Claremont McKenna 670 4,140 16.18%
Colby 1,490 4,679 31.84%
Colgate 2,234 8,759 25.51%
Davidson 1,117 3,992 27.98%
Grinnell 1,535 3,777 40.64%
Hamilton 1,410 4,962 28.42%
Haverford 878 3,492 25.14%
Middlebury 1,650 7,185 22.96%
Harvey Mudd 700 2,493 28.08%
Pomona 964 5,907 16.32%
Smith 1,726 3,329 51.85%
Swarthmore 890 5,244 16.97%
Vassar 1,831 6,393 28.64%
Washington & Lee 1,019 3,718 27.41%
Wellesley 1,432 3,982 35.96%
Wesleyan 2,123 7,750 27.39%
Williams 1,190 6,448 18.46%

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* Carleton’s number of admitted students is estimated.

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Statistics by Christian Termont at Economics of Education Research Associates

Admission Statistics for Ivy League & Other Top Colleges