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