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College Admission Statistics

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.

2023 college admission rates dropped as low as 3.45%, making it another competitive year for students applying to the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. 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 U.S. college admission rates over the years.

School  2024  2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Amherst College 9.00% 9.81% 7.25% 8.70% 11.80% 10.80% 12.80% 13.00%
Babson College TBA 19.74% 22.35% 23.40% 26.00% 26.00% 24.00% 24.00%
Barnard College 7.00% 7.96% 8.79% 10.40% 10.80% 11.30% 13.90% 15.40%
Boston College 14.70% 15.45% 16.70% 18.90% 23.80% 27.10% 27.00% 32.00%
Boston University TBA 10.85% 14.00% 18.30% 18.50% 18.00% 22.00% 25.00%
Bowdoin College 6.97% 8.02% 9.19% 8.80% 9.10% 8.90% 10.50% 13.40%
Brown University 5.16% 5.23% 5.00% 5.40% 6.80% 6.60% 7.20% 8.30%
Bucknell University TBA  32.01% 32.55% 34.50% 37.50% 34.20% 31.00% 31.00%
California Institute of Technology TBA TBA 2.69% 3.90% 6.70% 6.40% 8.00% 8.00%
Carleton College 17.85%  22.28% 16.63% 17.50% 20.10% 18.90% 19.40% 20.00%
Carnegie Mellon University TBA 11.40% 11.30% 13.50% 17.20% 15.40% 17.10% 22.10%
Claremont McKenna College TBA 11.12% 10.30% 13.00% 10.00% 8.90% 8.90% 10.40%
Colby College 6.64% 7.00% 7.45% 8.00% 9.40% 9.63% 13.00% 15.80%
Colgate University TBA 11.95% 12.43% 17.20% 27.40% 22.30% 25.00% 28.00%
College of William & Mary 33.00%  32.72% 33.50% 42.00% 42.00% 38.00% 36.00% 35.00%
Columbia University 3.85% 4.00% 3.74% 3.66% 6.10% 5.10% 5.50% 5.80%
Cornell University TBA 7.90% 7.26% 8.60% 10.70% 10.50% 10.30% 12.50%
Dartmouth College 5.32% 6.23% 6.38% 6.17% 8.80% 7.90% 8.70% 10.40%
Davidson College TBA  14.48% 16.95% 20.30% 19.00% 18.30% 18.70% 20.00%
Duke University 5.15% 6.30% 6.20% 7.40% 7.70% 7.40% 8.30% 9.00%
Emory University 14.49% 16.24% 15.80% 20.40% 17.50% 15.60% 18.20% 21.80%
George Washington University TBA 43.54% 48.98% 43.00% 38.70% 41.00% 41.80% 40.80%
Georgetown University 12.33% 13.08% 12.10% 12.00% 15.50% 14.00% 14.50% 15.00%
Georgia Institute of Technology 13.81%  16.46% 17.14% 21.30% 20.00% 18.80% 22.00% 23.20%
Hamilton College TBA 11.77% 11.78% 18.00% 18.40% 16.10% 20.80% 23.60%
Harvard University 3.59% 3.45% 3.19% 3.43% 4.90% 4.50% 4.60% 5.20%
Harvey Mudd College TBA 13.10% 13.36% 13.70% 17.90% 13.60% 14.50% 13.90%
Haverford College TBA 12.91% 14.21% 17.80% 18.20% 16.10% 18.70% 19.40%
Johns Hopkins University ~6.20%  7.56% 7.24% 7.40% 8.80% 9.10% 9.90% 11.80%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.52% 4.80% 3.96% 4.00% 7.20% 6.60% 6.70% 7.10%
Middlebury College TBA  10.37%  12.69% 15.70% 24.30% 15.90% 18.40% 19.70%
New York University 8.00% 9.41% 12.46% 12.80% 15.30% 16.00% 19.00% 28.00%
Northwestern University ~7.50% 7.20% 7.21% 6.80% 9.00% 8.90% 8.40% 9.00%
Pomona College TBA 6.76% 7.02% 6.60% 7.20% 6.90% 6.90% 8.20%
Princeton University TBA 4.50% 5.70% 3.98% 5.50% 5.70% 5.50% 6.09%
Rice University 7.51% 7.88% 8.68% 9.3% 10.00% 8.70% 11.00% 16.00%
Stanford University TBA 3.91%  3.68% 3.95% 5.20% 4.30% 4.30% 4.65%
Swarthmore College 7.46% 6.94% 6.93% 8.90% 8.80% 8.70% 9.10% 10.20%
Trinity University 26.00% 28.16% 30.51% 33.70% 33.60% 29.00% 33.00% 32.00%
Tufts University 10.00% 10.13% 9.69% 11.00% 15.00% 14.60% 14.60% 14.80%
Tulane University 13.00%  14.59% 11.45% 9.73% 11.00% 13.10% 1700.% 21.50%
University of California – Berkeley TBA 11.73% 11.39% 16.80% 17.50% 16.80% 15.20% 18.30%
University of California – Los Angeles TBA  8.73% 8.56% 14.00% 14.30% 12.00% 14.10% 16.10%
University of Chicago TBA  4.79% 5.43% 6.20% 6.20% 5.90% 7.20% 8.70%
University of Michigan TBA 17.94% 17.69% 20.20% 26.10% 22.70% 23.40% 24.00%
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill TBA 18.39% 16.85% 19.00% 23.50% 21.40% 21.90% 26.20%
University of Notre Dame 11.10% 12.38% 12.87% 14.60% 16.50% 15.30% 17.60% 18.40%
University of Pennsylvania 5.38%  5.80% 6.50% 5.68% 8.00% 7.40% 8.40% 9.10%
University of Richmond 22.00% 23.31% 24.37% 28.70% 30.00% 28.30% 29.80% 32.90%
University of Southern California 9.20% 10.02% 11.88% 12.00% 15.80% 11.00% 12.80% 16.00%
University of Virginia 16.38% 16.86% 18.68% 21.00% 20.50% 24.30% 26.50% 27.00%
Vanderbilt University 5.09% 6.28% 6.10% 6.70% 11.60% 7.80% 9.20% 10.30%
Vassar College TBA 17.73% 18.66% 19.00% 24.50% 23.40% 24.00% 22.80%
Wake Forest University TBA 22.31% 21.37% 25.20% 31.90% 29.00% 27.50% 27.00%
Washington and Lee University TBA  17.36% 16.96% 18.80% 24.50% 18.00% 21.10% 21.90%
Washington University in St. Louis 11.43% 11.96% 10.00% 13.00% 16.00% 14.00% 15.00% 16.00%
Wellesley College ~13.00% 13.91% 13.57% 16.00% 19.00% 20.00% 19.00% 22.00%
Wesleyan University TBA 17.10% 14.43% 15.40% 20.00% 15.80% 17.50% 15.40%
Williams College 7.52% 9.99% 8.50% 8.00% 15.00% 12.40% 12.20% 14.60%
Yale University 3.73% 4.50% 4.57% 4.62% 6.40% 5.90% 6.30% 6.90%

*Some schools have announced that they will not provide admission statistics at the time decisions are released. This means data may not be available until the publication of their Common Data Set the following year.

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