Seriously! One would think a nation in some economic difficulty would see the number of applicants to institutions costing more than $50,000.00 per year start to decline – – – but, for the most part, NO!
There are some interesting observations to be made about the most recent season:
1. The number of institutions admitting fewer than 20% of applicants has risen.
2. The pecking order may have changed just a tiny bit at the top.
One sign of increased sensitivity to this statistic is the concern with which institutions report the acceptance rate. Here are the most current stats for the eight colleges that make up the Ivy league as reported by the Washington Post .
Brown University: 2,619 offers of admission out of 30,432 applications. Admission rate: 8.6 percent, down modestly.
Columbia University: 2,291 offers out of 32,967 apps. Rate: 6.9 percent, about the same as last year.
Cornell University: 6,014 offers out of 43,041 apps. Rate: 14.0 percent. The rate is down more than one percentage point because applications rose.
Dartmouth College: 2,220 offers out of 19,296 apps. Rate: 11.5 percent. Dartmouth’s admit rate edged up about a point because its total application pool shrank significantly — 14 percent — for reasons the college is still analyzing. It was described as the largest application drop for Dartmouth in 21 years.
Harvard University: 2,023 offers out of 34,295 apps. Rate: 5.9 percent, little changed.
Princeton University: 1,939 offers out of 26,641 apps. Rate: 7.3 percent, nearly the same as 2013.
University of Pennsylvania: 3,583 offers out of 35,868 apps. Rate: 10.0 percent. No, Penn’s rounded rate is not 9.9 percent, contrary to its news release. But the admit rate has fallen about two points because applications are on the rise.
Yale University: 1,935 offers out of 30,932 apps. Rate: 6.3 percent, a slight decline.
So, in the IVY group, rate of acceptance varied from 5.9 (Harvard) the lowest to 14.0 (Cornell). Penn and Columbia continue to drop as Dartmouth experiences a puzzling decrease in the number of applicants.
What about the rest of the most selective crowd?
Amherst College: 1,103 admission offers out of 8,468 applications, 13 percent.
Bowdoin College: 1,032 offers out of 6,935 apps, 15 percent.
California Institute of Technology: 529 offers out of 6,524 apps, 8 percent.
Carleton College: 1,446 offers out of 6,293 apps, 23 percent.
Claremont McKenna College: 613 offers out of 6,043 apps, 10 percent
Davidson College: 1,169 offers out of 5,558 apps, 21 percent.
Duke University: 3,499 offers out of 32,506 apps, 11 percent.
Georgetown University: 3,232 admitted out of 19,501 apps, 17 percent.
Harvey Mudd College: 510 offers out of 3,678 apps, 14 percent. Note: Harvey Mudd’s figures are based on what it labels “actionable” applications, meaning those that are complete enough for the college to make a decision. Separately, it reports a higher figure for total apps. If that higher figure were used, its admission rate would be a percentage point lower.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology:1,419 offers out of 18,357 apps, 8 percent.
Middlebury College: 1,422 offers out of 8,196 apps, 17 percent.
Northwestern University: 4,349 offers out of 33,673 apps, 13 percent.
Pomona College: 938 offers out of 7,727 apps, 12 percent.
Rice University: 2,498 offers out of 17,720 apps, 14 percent.
Stanford University: 2,138 offers out of 42,167 apps, 5 percent.
Swarthmore College: 930 offers out of 5,540 apps, 17 percent.
University of Chicago: 2,304 offers out of 27,503 apps, 8 percent.
University of Notre Dame: 3,720 offers out of 17,897 apps, 21 percent.
University of Pennsylvania: 3,583 offers out of 35,868 apps, 10 percent.
Vanderbilt University: 3634 offers out of 29,490 apps, 12 percent.
Vassar College: 1,771 offers out of 7,784 apps, 23 percent.
Washington University in St. Louis: 5,002 offers out of 29,211 apps, 17 percent.
Wesleyan University: 2,199 offers out of 9,477 apps, 23 percent.
Williams College: 1,150 offers out of 6,316 apps, 18 percent.