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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.

2022 college admission rates dropped as low as 3.19%, 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 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2007
Amherst College 7.00% 8.7% 11.8% 10.8% 12.8% 13%  17.5%
Babson College 22.00% 23.4% 26% 26% 24% 24% N/A
Barnard College 9.00% 10.4% 10.8% 11.3% 13.9% 15.4% 28%
Boston College 16.66% 18.9% 23.8% 27.1% 27% 32%  27.3%
Boston University 14.00% 18.3% 18.5% 18% 22% 25% 54%
Bowdoin College 9.13% 8.8% 9.1% 8.9% 10.5% 13.4% 18.9%
Brown University 5.05% 5.4% 6.8% 6.6% 7.2% 8.3%  14.9%
Bucknell University 32.56% 34.5% 37.5% 34.2% 31% 31% 30%
California Institute of Technology TBA 3.9% 6.7% 6.4% 8% 8% 16.8%
Carleton College 16.50% 17.5% 20.1% 18.9% 19.4% 20% 29.8%
Carnegie Mellon University TBA 13.5% 17.2% 15.4% 17.1% 22.1% 27.9%
Claremont McKenna College TBA 13% 10% 8.9% 8.9% 10.4% N/A
Colby College 7.45% 8% 9.4% 9.63% 13% 15.8% 31.8%
Colgate University 12.34% 17.2% 27.4% 22.3% 25% 28% 25.6%
College of William and Mary 33.00% 42% 42% 38% 36% 35% 33.6%
Columbia University 3.73% 3.66% 6.1% 5.1% 5.5% 5.8%  12%
Cornell University TBA* 8.6% 10.7% 10.5% 10.3% 12.5%  21.4%
Dartmouth College 6.24% 6.17% 8.8% 7.9% 8.7% 10.4%  17.7%
Davidson College 16.93% 20.3% 19% 18.3% 18.7% 20% N/A
Duke University 6.17% 7.4% 7.7% 7.4% 8.3% 9%  21%
Emory University 15.82% 20.4% 17.5% 15.6% 18.2% 21.8% N/A
George Washington University TBA 43% 38.7% 41% 41.8% 40.8%  37%
Georgetown University 12.10% 12% 15.5% 14% 14.5% 15%  20.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology 17.00% 21.3% 20% 18.8% 22% 23.2% 63%
Hamilton College 11.79% 18% 18.4% 16.1% 20.8% 23.6% 27.7%
Harvard University 3.24% 3.43% 4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 5.2%  9.8%
Harvey Mudd College 12.90% 13.7% 17.9% 13.6% 14.5% 13.9%  N/A
Haverford College 14.21% 17.8% 18.2% 16.1% 18.7% 19.4% 25%
Johns Hopkins University 6.48% 7.4% 8.8% 9.1% 9.9% 11.8% 24%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3.96% 4% 7.2% 6.6% 6.7% 7.1%  12.5%
Middlebury College  14.06% 15.7% 24.3% 15.9% 18.4% 19.7%  13%
New York University 12.20% 12.8% 15.3% 16% 19% 28%  36.7%
Northwestern University 7.00% 6.8% 9% 8.9% 8.4% 9%  26.8%
Pomona College TBA 6.6% 7.2% 6.9% 6.9% 8.2%  16.3%
Princeton University TBA* 3.98% 5.5% 5.7% 5.5% 6.09%  10%
Rice University 8.56% 9.3% 10% 8.7% 11% 16% N/A
Stanford University  TBA* 3.95% 5.2% 4.3% 4.3% 4.65%  10.3%
Swarthmore College 6.95% 8.9% 8.8% 8.7% 9.1% 10.2%  24%
Trinity University 31.00% 33.7% 33.6% 29% 33% 32% 51.5%
Tufts University 9.69% 11% 15% 14.6% 14.6% 14.8% 27%
Tulane University 8.50% 9.73% 11% 13.1% 17% 21.5% 44%
University of California – Berkeley 11.39% 16.8% 17.5% 16.8% 15.2% 18.3%  23.3%
University of California – Los Angeles 8.57% 14% 14.3% 12% 14.1% 16.1% 23.5%
University of Chicago 5.44% 6.2% 6.2% 5.9% 7.2% 8.7%  34.9%
University of Michigan TBA 20.2% 26.1% 22.7% 23.4% 24%  50.3%
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill TBA 19% 23.5% 21.4% 21.9% 26.2% 34.8%
University of Notre Dame 12.87% 14.6% 16.5% 15.3% 17.6% 18.4%  24.4%
University of Pennsylvania TBA* 5.68% 8% 7.4% 8.4% 9.1%  20.5%
University of Richmond 24.37% 28.7% 30% 28.3% 29.8% 32.9% 40%
University of Southern California 11.88% 12% 15.8% 11% 12.8% 16%  25.3%
University of Virginia 18.68% 21% 20.5% 24.3% 26.5% 27%  35.2%
Vanderbilt University 6.10% 6.7% 11.6% 7.8% 9.2% 10.3%  32.8%
Vassar College TBA 19% 24.5% 23.4% 24% 22.8% 28.6%
Wake Forest University TBA 25.2% 31.9% 29% 27.5% 27% 42.4%
Washington and Lee University 17.00% 18.8% 24.5% 18% 21.1% 21.9% 27.4%
Washington University in St. Louis 11.33% 13% 16% 14% 15% 16% N/A
Wellesley College 13% 16% 19% 20% 19% 22% 35.7%
Wesleyan University 13.24% 15.4% 20% 15.8% 17.5% 15.4%  27.4%
Williams College 8.50% 8% 15% 12.4% 12.2% 14.6%  17.4%
Yale University 4.47% 4.62% 6.4% 5.9% 6.3% 6.9%  11.4%

*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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