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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

School 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2007
Amherst College 13% 11.8% 10.8% 12.8% 13%  17.5%
Babson College 26% TBA 26% 24% 24% N/A
Barnard College 10.4% 10.8% 11.3% 13.9% 15.4% 28%
Boston College 18.9% 23.8% 27.1% 27% 32%  27.3%
Boston University 18.3% 18.5% 18% 22% 25% 54%
Bowdoin College 8.8% 9.1% 8.9% 10.5% 13.4% 18.9%
Brown University 5.4% 6.8% 6.6% 7.2% 8.3%  14.9%
Bucknell University TBA TBA 34.2% 31% 31% 30%
California Institute of Technology TBA TBA 6.4% 8% 8% 16.8%
Carleton College TBA 20.1% 18.9% 19.4% 20% 29.8%
Carnegie Mellon University TBA TBA 15.4% 9.6% 13% 27.9%
Claremont McKenna College TBA 10% 8.9% 8.9% 10.4% N/A
Colby College 8% 9.4% 9.63% 13% 15.8% 31.8%
Colgate University 17.2% TBA 22.3% 25% 28% 25.6%
College of William and Mary TBA TBA 38% 36% 35% 33.6%
Columbia University 3.66% 6.1% 5.1% 5.5% 5.8%  12%
Cornell University ~8.5% 10.7% 10.5% 10.3% 12.5%  21.4%
Dartmouth College 6.17% 8.8% 7.9% 8.7% 10.4%  17.7%
Davidson College TBA 19% 18.3% 18.7% 20% N/A
Duke University TBA 7.7% 7.4% 8.3% 9%  21%
Emory University 20.4% 17.5% 15.6% 18.2% 21.8% N/A
George Washington University TBA 38.7% 41% 41.8% 40.8%  37%
Georgetown University TBA 15.5% 14% 14.5% 15%  20.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology TBA 20% 18.8% 22% 23.2% 63%
Hamilton College TBA TBA 16.1% 20.8% 23.6% 27.7%
Harvard University 3.43% 4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 5.2%  9.8%
Harvey Mudd College TBA TBA 13.6% 14.5% 13.9%  N/A
Haverford College 17.8% TBA 16.1% 18.7% 19.4% 25%
Johns Hopkins University TBA 8.8% 9.1% 9.9% 11.8% 24%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology TBA 7.2% 6.6% 6.7% 7.1%  12.5%
Middlebury College TBA 24.3% 15.9% 18.4% 19.7%  13%
New York University 12.8% 15.3% 16% 19% 28%  36.7%
Northwestern University 6.8% 9% 8.9% 8.4% 9%  26.8%
Olin College of Engineering TBA TBA 15.6% 14.1% 13.4% N/A
Pomona College TBA 7.2% 6.9% 6.9% 8.2%  16.3%
Princeton University 3.98% 5.5% 5.7% 5.5% 6.09%  10%
Rice University 9.3% 10% 8.7% 11% 16% N/A
Stanford University TBA 5.2% 4.3% 4.3% 4.65%  10.3%
Swarthmore College TBA 8.8% 8.7% 9.1% 10.2%  24%
Trinity University TBA TBA 29% 33% 32% 51.5%
Tufts University 11% 15% 14.6% 14.6% 14.8% 27%
Tulane University TBA 11% 13.1% 17% 21.5% 44%
University of California – Berkeley TBA TBA 16.8% 15.2% 18.3%  23.3%
University of California – Los Angeles TBA TBA 12% 14.1% 16.1% 23.5%
University of Chicago TBA 6.2% 5.9% 7.2% 8.7%  34.9%
University of Michigan TBA TBA 22.7% 23.4% 24%  50.3%
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill TBA TBA 21.4% 21.9% 26.2% 34.8%
University of Notre Dame 14.6% 16.5% 15.3% 17.6% 18.4%  24.4%
University of Pennsylvania 5.68% 8% 7.4% 8.4% 9.1%  20.5%
University of Richmond TBA TBA 28.3% 29.8% 32.9% 40%
University of Southern California 12% 15.8% 11% 12.8% 16%  25.3%
University of Virginia 21% 20.5% 24.3% 26.5% 27%  35.2%
Vanderbilt University 6.7% TBA 7.8% 9.2% 10.3%  32.8%
Vassar College 19% TBA 23.4% 24% 22.8% 28.6%
Wake Forest University TBA TBA 29% 27.5% 27% 42.4%
Washington and Lee University TBA TBA 18% 21.1% 21.9% 27.4%
Washington University in St. Louis 13% 16% 14% 15% 16% N/A
Wellesley College 19.4% 19% 20% 19% 22% 35.7%
Wesleyan University TBA 20% 15.8% 17.5% 15.4%  27.4%
Williams College 8% TBA 12.4% 12.2% 14.6%  17.4%
Yale University TBA 6.4% 5.9% 6.3% 6.9%  11.4%
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