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College Admission Statistics

College Acceptance Rates

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

2020 college admission rates dropped as low as 4.9%, making it another competitive year for students applying to the most selective colleges and universities in the US. College acceptance rates over time have been dropping dramatically, making for an extremely competitive admissions process at some of the country’s top colleges and universities. Here’s a look at US college admission rates over the years.

College Acceptance Stats

School20202019201820172007
Amherst College11.8%10.8%12.8%13% 17.5%
Babson CollegeTBA26%24%24%N/A
Barnard College10.8%11.3%13.9%15.4%28%
Boston College23.8%27.1%27%32% 27.3%
Boston University18.5%18%22%25%54%
Bowdoin College9.1%8.9%10.5%13.4%18.9%
Brown University6.8%6.6%7.2%8.3% 14.9%
Bucknell UniversityTBA34.2%31%31%30%
California Institute of TechnologyTBA6.4%8%8%16.8%
Carleton College20.1%18.9%19.4%20%29.8%
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTBA15.4%9.6%13%27.9%
Claremont McKenna CollegeTBA8.9%8.9%10.4%N/A
Colby College9.4%9.63%13%15.8%31.8%
Colgate UniversityTBA22.3%25%28%25.6%
College of William and MaryTBA38%36%35%33.6%
Columbia University6.1%5.1%5.5%5.8% 12%
Cornell UniversityTBA10.5%10.3%12.5% 21.4%
Dartmouth College8.8%7.9%8.7%10.4% 17.7%
Davidson College19%18.3%18.7%20%N/A
Duke University7.7%7.4%8.3%9% 21%
Emory University17.5%15.6%18.2%21.8%N/A
George Washington University38.7%41%41.8%40.8% 37%
Georgetown University15.5%14%14.5%15% 20.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology20%18.8%22%23.2%63%
Hamilton CollegeTBA16.1%20.8%23.6%27.7%
Harvard University4.9%4.5%4.6%5.2% 9.8%
Harvey Mudd CollegeTBA13.6%14.5%13.9% N/A
Haverford CollegeTBA16.1%18.7%19.4%25%
Johns Hopkins University8.8%9.1%9.9%11.8%24%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7.2%6.6%6.7%7.1% 12.5%
Middlebury College24.3%15.9%18.4%19.7% 13%
New York University15.3%16%19%28% 36.7%
Northwestern University9%8.9%8.4%9% 26.8%
Olin College of EngineeringTBA15.6%14.1%13.4%N/A
Pomona CollegeTBA6.9%6.9%8.2% 16.3%
Princeton University5.5%5.7%5.5%6.09% 10%
Rice UniversityTBA8.7%11%16%N/A
Stanford UniversityTBA4.1%4.3%4.65% 10.3%
Swarthmore College8.8%8.7%9.1%10.2% 24%
Trinity UniversityTBA29%33%32%51.5%
Tufts UniversityTBA14.6%14.6%14.8%27%
Tulane University11%13.1%17%21.5%44%
University of California – BerkeleyTBA16.8%15.2%18.3% 23.3%
University of California – Los AngelesTBA12%14.1%16.1%23.5%
University of Chicago6.2%5.9%7.2%8.7% 34.9%
University of MichiganTBA22.7%23.4%24% 50.3%
University of North Carolina – Chapel HillTBA21.4%21.9%26.2%34.8%
University of Notre Dame16.5%15.3%17.6%18.4% 24.4%
University of Pennsylvania8%7.4%8.4%9.1% 20.5%
University of RichmondTBA28.3%29.8%32.9%40%
University of Southern California15.8%11%12.8%16% 25.3%
University of Virginia20.5%24.3%26.5%27% 35.2%
Vanderbilt UniversityTBA7.8%9.2%10.3% 32.8%
Vassar CollegeTBA23.4%24%22.8%28.6%
Wake Forest UniversityTBA29%27.5%27%42.4%
Washington and Lee UniversityTBA18%21.1%21.9%27.4%
Washington University in St. LouisTBA14%15%16%N/A
Wellesley CollegeTBA20%19%22%35.7%
Wesleyan UniversityTBA15.8%17.5%15.4% 27.4%
Williams CollegeTBA12.4%12.2%14.6% 17.4%
Yale University6.4%5.9%6.3%6.9% 11.4%