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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.

2021 college admission rates dropped as low as 3.4%, 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

School202120202019201820172007
Amherst College13%11.8%10.8%12.8%13% 17.5%
Babson College23.4%TBA26%24%24%N/A
Barnard College10.4%10.8%11.3%13.9%15.4%28%
Boston College18.9%23.8%27.1%27%32% 27.3%
Boston University18.3%18.5%18%22%25%54%
Bowdoin College8.8%9.1%8.9%10.5%13.4%18.9%
Brown University5.4%6.8%6.6%7.2%8.3% 14.9%
Bucknell UniversityTBATBA34.2%31%31%30%
California Institute of TechnologyTBATBA6.4%8%8%16.8%
Carleton CollegeTBA20.1%18.9%19.4%20%29.8%
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTBATBA15.4%9.6%13%27.9%
Claremont McKenna College13%10%8.9%8.9%10.4%N/A
Colby College8%9.4%9.63%13%15.8%31.8%
Colgate University17.2%TBA22.3%25%28%25.6%
College of William and Mary42%TBA38%36%35%33.6%
Columbia University3.66%6.1%5.1%5.5%5.8% 12%
Cornell University – Latest Admissions Statistics~8.5%10.7%10.5%10.3%12.5% 21.4%
Dartmouth College6.17%8.8%7.9%8.7%10.4% 17.7%
Davidson College20.3%19%18.3%18.7%20%N/A
Duke University7.4%7.7%7.4%8.3%9% 21%
Emory University20.4%17.5%15.6%18.2%21.8%N/A
George Washington UniversityTBA38.7%41%41.8%40.8% 37%
Georgetown University12%15.5%14%14.5%15% 20.8%
Georgia Institute of TechnologyTBA20%18.8%22%23.2%63%
Hamilton College18%TBA16.1%20.8%23.6%27.7%
Harvard University – Latest Admissions Statistics3.43%4.9%4.5%4.6%5.2% 9.8%
Harvey Mudd College13.7%TBA13.6%14.5%13.9% N/A
Haverford College17.8%TBA16.1%18.7%19.4%25%
Johns Hopkins UniversityTBA8.8%9.1%9.9%11.8%24%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Latest Admissions Statistics4%7.2%6.6%6.7%7.1% 12.5%
Middlebury College15.7%24.3%15.9%18.4%19.7% 13%
New York University12.8%15.3%16%19%28% 36.7%
Northwestern University6.8%9%8.9%8.4%9% 26.8%
Olin College of EngineeringTBATBA15.6%14.1%13.4%N/A
Pomona CollegeTBA7.2%6.9%6.9%8.2% 16.3%
Princeton University – Latest Admissions Statistics3.98%5.5%5.7%5.5%6.09% 10%
Rice University9.3%10%8.7%11%16%N/A
Stanford UniversityTBA5.2%4.3%4.3%4.65% 10.3%
Swarthmore College8.9%8.8%8.7%9.1%10.2% 24%
Trinity UniversityTBATBA29%33%32%51.5%
Tufts University11%15%14.6%14.6%14.8%27%
Tulane University9.73%11%13.1%17%21.5%44%
University of California – Berkeley16.8%TBA16.8%15.2%18.3% 23.3%
University of California – Los Angeles14%TBA12%14.1%16.1%23.5%
University of Chicago6.2%6.2%5.9%7.2%8.7% 34.9%
University of MichiganTBATBA22.7%23.4%24% 50.3%
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill47%TBA21.4%21.9%26.2%34.8%
University of Notre Dame14.6%16.5%15.3%17.6%18.4% 24.4%
University of Pennsylvania5.68%8%7.4%8.4%9.1% 20.5%
University of RichmondTBATBA28.3%29.8%32.9%40%
University of Southern California12%15.8%11%12.8%16% 25.3%
University of Virginia21%20.5%24.3%26.5%27% 35.2%
Vanderbilt University6.7%TBA7.8%9.2%10.3% 32.8%
Vassar College19%TBA23.4%24%22.8%28.6%
Wake Forest UniversityTBATBA29%27.5%27%42.4%
Washington and Lee UniversityTBATBA18%21.1%21.9%27.4%
Washington University in St. Louis13%16%14%15%16%N/A
Wellesley College19.4%19%20%19%22%35.7%
Wesleyan University15.4%20%15.8%17.5%15.4% 27.4%
Williams College8%TBA12.4%12.2%14.6% 17.4%
Yale University – Latest Admissions Statistics4.62%6.4%5.9%6.3%6.9% 11.4%
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