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Part 2: Elite College Acceptance Rates for 2016

Last week, we presented the Regular Decision (RD), Early Action (EA), and Early Decision (ED) admissions statistics for the eight Ivy League schools and Northwestern, MIT, and Stanford. This week, we present the RD statistics for 25 additional elite and popular colleges and universities that published their admissions results for the Class of 2020 by mid-April.

Institution Applicants

In 2016

Admitted in 2016 2016 %

Admitted

Applicants

In 2015

Admitted in 2015 2015 %

Admitted

Amherst 8,397 1,149 14 8,536 1,006 12
Barnard 7,071 1,131 16 6,655 1,301 20
Berkeley 82,558 12,226 15 78,928 13,332 17
Bowdoin 6,788 970 14 6,970 1,010 15
Carleton 6,500 1,430 22 6,721 1,344 20
Claremont 6,342 594 9 7,152 698 10
Duke 32,202 3,319 10 31,180 3,465 11
Emory 19,924 4,927 25 20,519 4,796 23
Georgetown 27,029 4,168 15 19,481 3,202 16
Grinnell 7,368 1,326 18 6,414 1,585 25
Hamilton 5,230 1,317 25 5,434 1,348 25
Johns Hopkins 27,095 3,098 11 24,717 3,065 12
Kenyon 6,400 1,688 26 7,076 1,703 24
Middlebury 8,820 1,415 16 8,892 1,768 20
Notre Dame 19,499 3,665 19 18,156 3,577 20
Pomona 8,104 743 9 8,091 790 10
Swarthmore 7,717 963 12 7,818 976 12
Tufts 20,222 2,831 14 19,064 3,000 16
USC 54,100 8,920 16 51,800 9,050 17
Virginia 32,426 9,416 29 30,853 8,786 28
Vanderbilt 32,100 3,326 10 31,474 3,470 11
Vassar 7,306 1,943 27 7,567 1,947 26
Wake Forest 13,860 4,019 28 13,200 3,696 28
Williams 6,982 1,206 17 6,883 1,197 17
William & Mary 15,380 4,906 32 14,552 4,802 33

As was true with last week’s statistics, the trend toward increasing exclusivity in college admissions is evident in this data set. More than twice as many admissions rates fell than rose, with 15 institutions declining, 6 rising, and 4 remaining the same in a sample size of 25 schools.

Over the past decade, the competitiveness of admissions at elite schools has intensified. According to a study done by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the percentage of applicants accepted has declined by 6% during this period.

Whether or not they publicly acknowledge it, the US News rankings remain important to all but the most ultra-selective schools. The admissions rate is the key criterion in the ranking of colleges and universities by US News. The average class rank and test scores of admitted students are the only other factors in the rankings. However, these criteria are not as reliable as the admissions rate because class rank is often not disclosed by high schools and a growing number of institutions no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores.

As a result, admissions rate, although an imperfect measure, has become a proxy for academic quality in the perception of many high school sophomores, juniors, and parents when they begin to investigate and compare the top-tier colleges and universities that they may wish to target for admissions. To rely too heavily on a single facet of a school’s performance is a common mistake that you would be wise to avoid.

An IvySelect private admissions counselor will work with you you to select 12 or 13 schools that fit your unique set of needs, preferences, talents, and objectives. These may include some of the most exclusive colleges, but they won’t be targeted for that reason alone. They will be chosen for the extent to which they satisfy your personal requirements.