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Your kind and warm guidance along with times of strictness has been a tremendous benefit for [our daughter]. We definitely could not have done it without your cooperation, along with the support of [our counselor].

— Anonymous Parents, Japan
Daughter accepted Early Decision to Barnard College, Class of 2017


I truly wish every child and family could have the benefit of your great wisdom and centered approach to college admission...from the very start you understood her idiosyncratic qualities and appreciated them. Thank you again for helping [our daughter] achieve her dream to attend one of the world's greatest universities.

— Anonymous Parent, New York
Daughter accepted Early Decision to Columbia University, Class of 2017


In an admissions world where 2400's and stellar letters of recommendation do not guarantee acceptance to a student's first choice school...IvyWise helped me set my best foot forward in the college process, for which I am eternally grateful.

— Anonymous Student, New York, NY, USA
Accepted to Harvard College, Class of 2014


I was accepted to both Yale College and Georgetown School of Foreign Service today! I am in a state of utter shock. I couldn't have done it without you. Again, thanks. I owe you my future.

— Anonymous Student, New Jersey, USA
Accepted as a Transfer Student for the Class of 2011

Admissions Statistics

The admissions process, while time-consuming and complex, is also fun and fascinating. Below, we've included some important facts and figures that will help you understand the trends in admission over the past 5-10 years.

College Acceptance Rates

In 2015, college acceptance rates dropped as low as 5.05% for the first time ever. Some of the most selective schools were Harvard University (5.3%) in Cambridge, MA, Stanford University (5.05%) in Palo Alto, CA, Yale University (6.5%) in New Haven, CT, and Columbia University (6.1%) in New York, NY.

School 2015 2014 2013 2005
Amherst College 13.7% 13% 13.67% 18%
Boston College 28% 33.6% 32% 38%
Brown University 8.5% 8.6% 9.2% 16%
Columbia University 6.1% 6.94% 6.89% 12%
Cornell University 14.8% 14% 15.2% 31%
Dartmouth College 10.3% 11.5% 10% 18%
Duke University 10% 10.7% 11.6% 23%
George Washington 45.5% 43.3% 33.4% 39%
Georgetown University 16.4% 16.6% 16.6% 23%
Harvard University 5.3% 5.9% 5.79% 11%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8% 7.7% 8.2% 16%
Middlebury College 17% 17.3% 19.21% 23%
New York University 30.7% 33.6% 30.3% 32%
Northwestern University 13% 12.9% 13.9% 33%
Pomona College 9.7% 12.14% 12.89% 19%
Princeton University 6.9% 7.28% 7.29% 10%
Stanford University 5.05% 5.07% 5.69% 13%
Swarthmore College 12.1% 16.79 14.05% 25%
University of California - Berkeley TBA 17.3% 20.8% 27%
University of Michigan TBA 32% 33% 63%
University of Notre Dame TBA 20.79% 22.3% 29%
University of Pennsylvania 9.9% 9.9% 12.10% 29%
University of Southern California 17.5% 17.8% 19.68% 27%
University of Virginia 28.5% 28.9% 29% 39%
Vanderbilt University 11% 12.5% 12.7% 40%
Washington University in St. Louis TBA 17.12% 15.01% 20%
Wesleyan University TBA 23.2% 19.37% 28%
Williams College 16.8% 18.2% 16.88% 21%
Yale University 6.5% 6.26% 6.72% 11%

Fun Facts for Applicants

You may think you have heard or read all there is to know about the applications, numbers, and statistics, but there are many schools that deviate from the norm. At IvyWise, we keep our fingers on the pulse of education; here are some colleges and universities that are setting themselves apart from other institutions.

  • Some schools are more selective than the ones listed above. For example, the Curtis Institute of Music admitted just 2.94% of graduates for the class of 2015. That's even lower than Harvard University, which admitted 5.9% of applicants for the class of 2016.

  • Many selective colleges encourage art, music, and dance submissions as part of their undergraduate application process. In 2009, Tufts University in Medford, MA encouraged students to submit a one-minute YouTube video. Since then, schools like Chapman University and Michigan State University have followed suit.

  • For the Fall 2008 entering class, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD had the highest yield rate (percentage of students who attended compared to the number accepted) of any liberal arts college. Second place went to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

  • Georgetown University in Washington, DC, is one of the few schools to require an interview for undergraduate admissions.

  • The smallest college in the country is Alaska Bible College, with 38 students. They admit 100% of their applicants.

  • Antioch College in Ohio is the only liberal arts college to require an off-campus, co-operative work program of all of its students.

  • Of the class of 2013 at Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA, one in seven students founded at least one new organization during their high school careers.

  • In 2012, the University of California, Berkeley was the most selective public university in the U.S., admitting 21.13% of applicants. Previously, the title was held by University of California, Los Angeles, which in 2012 admitted 21.27%.

  • The average student uses 400 sheets of paper during the college application process. Currently, over 200 colleges and universities have gone paperless. IvyWise went paperless in the summer of 2010 (spurred by a suggestion from IvyWise interns, one of whom was a former IvyWise student).

  • In 2014, it was reported that public high school college counselors spend 23% of their time on college advising. According to NACAC, in 2010-11, the national public school student-to-counselor ratio was 473:1.

  • Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania offers the Vickroy Scholarship, which is half-off tuition, to all prospective students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class.

  • Every year, the University of Chicago challenges applicants to create a unique admissions essay question. The best questions are featured on the following year's application.

  • High school students may not take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If they were allowed to, students would be testing for approximately seven hours.

  • At over $61,236 per year (including cost of living), Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY is the most expensive school in the U.S.

  • At the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, 3,000 applicants to the class of 2014 were waitlisted. The school admitted 3,847 applicants. Even if every admitted student chose another school, Penn still had enough waitlisted students to fill its freshman class (2,501 students in 2009).

  • In 2012, MIT in Boston, MA, waitlisted 849 students compared to 455 in 2009, an 86% increase.

  • All 4-year colleges and universities in the United States accept the ACT.

  • With more than 50 colleges and universities within 50 square miles, Boston is the metropolitan area with the most accredited higher education institutions.

  • In 2013, business was the most popular undergraduate major for both men and women.

  • Though the number of women applying to college exceeds the number of men by a ratio of 60:40, the United States Air Force Academy (79% male), the California Maritime Academy (80% male), and the Berklee College of Music (71% male) all boast large male student populations.


My wife and I cannot thank you enough for all of your help over the last three years. We are thrilled with our son's success in earning admission to Stanford and Harvard.

Parent, New York, NY
Son accepted Early Action to Stanford University, Class of 2014

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