Selective US Colleges and Universities - Admission Statistics 2005


School

Type of Early
Acceptance (
4)

Admit Rate
Early Acceptance
(High School '05,
except where noted)

Admit Rate
Regular Decision
(High School '05,
except where noted)

% in top 10
of HS class

General
Admit Rate
% Difference
'05 vs '00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvard

SCEA

21%

9. 10%

90%

-2%

Yale

SCEA

18. 1%

9. 70%

95%

-6%

Columbia (1)

ED

23. 6%

10. 7%

88%

-3%

Princeton

ED

29. 1%

10. 9%

95%

0%

Stanford

SCEA

16. 1%

11. 9%

90%

-2%

MIT

EA

13. 50%

14. 2%

97%

-5%

Brown

ED

28%

14. 3%

87%

-3%

Dartmouth

ED

33. 3%

16. 8%

88%

-4%

Williams

ED

40%

18%

88%

-5%

Amherst

ED

34. 6%

18%

86%

-1%

Cal Tech

EA

10%

20%

99%

-2%

U Penn

ED

34. 2%

20. 8%

93%

-8%

Pomona

ED

35%

21%

84%

-11%

Claremont McKenna

ED I & II

N/A

21 .7% (HS'04)

N/A

-7% ('04 vs '99)

Duke

ED

31%

22%

90%

-6%

Georgetown

EA

22%

22%

83%

-2%

Wash U St Louis

ED

N/A

23%

91%

-11%

UC Berkeley (2)

N/A

N/A

24%

98%

-3%

Middlebury

ED

34%

24%

77%

-2%

Swarthmore

ED

49. 8%

22%

90%

0%

Cornell

ED

41. 7%

24. 3%

85%

-9%

Barnard

N/A

N/A

26. 9%

N/A

N/A

UCLA

N/A

N/A

27% (28% in-state; 21% out-of-state)

N/A

N/A

Tufts

ED I & II

39%

27%

72%

-9%

Wesleyan

ED I & II

44%

27. 5%

73%

-1.5%

NYU

ED

30%

28. 6%

71%

-3%

Vassar

ED I & II

44%

28. 70%

69%

-14%

Northwestern

ED

46%

30%

83%

-2%

USC

N/A

N/A

30%

80%

-7%

Johns Hopkins

ED

51%

30%

78%

-3%

U Chicago

EA

40%

35%

78%

-12%

Boston College

EA

25%

32%

73%

-3%

Wellesley

ED

68%

36%

62%

-10%

Emory

ED I & II

61%

38%

90%

-5%

UVA

ED

42. 5%

38%

85%

0%

Carnegie Mellon (3)

ED I & II

52% (HS'04)

39%

69% (HS'04)

3%

George Washington

ED I & II

50%

39%

84%

-10%

U Michigan (2)

N/A

N/A

56 .9%

90%

2%

Smith

ED

60%

57%

59%

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In 2005, Harvard received the highest number of applications in the university's history - 22,796 - and reported a record low admit rate of 9.1%.
  • In 2005, the number of applications at Harvard, Cornell, and Princeton increased 15.4%, 17.4% and 20.6% over 2004.
  • In the last 5 years, 7 of the 8 Ivy League schools have reported a decrease in admit rates: Brown by 3%, Columbia by 3%, Cornell by 9%, Dartmouth by 4%, Harvard by 2%, UPenn by 8%, and Yale by 6%.
  • 68% of the valedictorians who applied to Brown's Class of 2009 were denied admission. Harvard rejected 50% of their valedictorian applicants.
  • For the past five years at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conferences, much discussion revolved around putting a moratorium on early decision or at least cutting back on the number of applicants who were admitted early. Many conference attendees think early decision is unfair to the students who are applying for financial aid, who cannot get their act together on time, who need to show mid-year grades or who need to take or re-take SAT I and SAT IIs.


Notes:
1.
Data is for Columbia College at Columbia University. At the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the admit rate was 26.3%.
2.
Admission rates at state universities (Berkeley, Michigan) may appear high for their competitiveness. This is due to automatic admission of in-state students who meet certain academic standards. Out-of-state admitted students tend to have higher grades and test scores.
3. Data is for admissions to all schools at CMU. The admit rates at the School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business ran at the 20-25% range.
4.
SCEA=Single Choice Early Action; EA= Early Action; ED= Early Decision.

Source
: compiled from various sources September 2005; sorted by lowest Regular Decision admit rates.

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