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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

School2022202120202019201820172007
Amherst College7%8.7%11.8%10.8%12.8%13% 17.5%
Babson CollegeTBA23.4%26%26%24%24%N/A
Barnard College8%10.4%10.8%11.3%13.9%15.4%28%
Boston College16.4%18.9%23.8%27.1%27%32% 27.3%
Boston University14%18.3%18.5%18%22%25%54%
Bowdoin College8.92%8.8%9.1%8.9%10.5%13.4%18.9%
Brown University5%5.4%6.8%6.6%7.2%8.3% 14.9%
Bucknell UniversityTBA34.5%37.5%34.2%31%31%30%
California Institute of TechnologyTBA3.9%6.7%6.4%8%8%16.8%
Carleton College16.5%17.5%20.1%18.9%19.4%20%29.8%
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTBA13.5%17.2%15.4%17.1%22.1%27.9%
Claremont McKenna CollegeTBA13%10%8.9%8.9%10.4%N/A
Colby College7.45%8%9.4%9.63%13%15.8%31.8%
Colgate UniversityTBA17.2%27.4%22.3%25%28%25.6%
College of William and MaryTBA42%42%38%36%35%33.6%
Columbia University3.73%3.66%6.1%5.1%5.5%5.8% 12%
Cornell UniversityTBA*8.6%10.7%10.5%10.3%12.5% 21.4%
Dartmouth College6.2%6.17%8.8%7.9%8.7%10.4% 17.7%
Davidson CollegeTBA20.3%19%18.3%18.7%20%N/A
Duke University6.2%7.4%7.7%7.4%8.3%9% 21%
Emory University15.8%20.4%17.5%15.6%18.2%21.8%N/A
George Washington UniversityTBA43%38.7%41%41.8%40.8% 37%
Georgetown University12.1%12%15.5%14%14.5%15% 20.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology17%21.3%20%18.8%22%23.2%63%
Hamilton College11.8%18%18.4%16.1%20.8%23.6%27.7%
Harvard University3.19%3.43%4.9%4.5%4.6%5.2% 9.8%
Harvey Mudd College12.9%13.7%17.9%13.6%14.5%13.9% N/A
Haverford CollegeTBA17.8%18.2%16.1%18.7%19.4%25%
Johns Hopkins University6.48%7.4%8.8%9.1%9.9%11.8%24%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology3.96%4%7.2%6.6%6.7%7.1% 12.5%
Middlebury College 11.5%15.7%24.3%15.9%18.4%19.7% 13%
New York University12.2%12.8%15.3%16%19%28% 36.7%
Northwestern University7%6.8%9%8.9%8.4%9% 26.8%
Pomona CollegeTBA6.6%7.2%6.9%6.9%8.2% 16.3%
Princeton UniversityTBA*3.98%5.5%5.7%5.5%6.09% 10%
Rice University8.5%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 College6.95%8.9%8.8%8.7%9.1%10.2% 24%
Trinity UniversityTBA33.7%33.6%29%33%32%51.5%
Tufts University9%11%15%14.6%14.6%14.8%27%
Tulane University 10%9.73%11%13.1%17%21.5%44%
University of California – BerkeleyTBA16.8%17.5%16.8%15.2%18.3% 23.3%
University of California – Los AngelesTBA14%14.3%12%14.1%16.1%23.5%
University of Chicago5%6.2%6.2%5.9%7.2%8.7% 34.9%
University of MichiganTBA20.2%26.1%22.7%23.4%24% 50.3%
University of North Carolina – Chapel HillTBA19%23.5%21.4%21.9%26.2%34.8%
University of Notre Dame12.87%14.6%16.5%15.3%17.6%18.4% 24.4%
University of PennsylvaniaTBA*5.68%8%7.4%8.4%9.1% 20.5%
University of RichmondTBA28.7%30%28.3%29.8%32.9%40%
University of Southern California11.8%12%15.8%11%12.8%16% 25.3%
University of Virginia18.7%21%20.5%24.3%26.5%27% 35.2%
Vanderbilt University6.1%6.7%11.6%7.8%9.2%10.3% 32.8%
Vassar CollegeTBA19%24.5%23.4%24%22.8%28.6%
Wake Forest UniversityTBA25.2%31.9%29%27.5%27%42.4%
Washington and Lee UniversityTBA18.8%24.5%18%21.1%21.9%27.4%
Washington University in St. Louis10%13%16%14%15%16%N/A
Wellesley College13%16%19%20%19%22%35.7%
Wesleyan University13.9%15.4%20%15.8%17.5%15.4% 27.4%
Williams College8.5%8%15%12.4%12.2%14.6% 17.4%
Yale University4.4%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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