Which highly selective colleges in the United States had admit rates at under 15% this year, you ask? We’ve got all of the overall college admit rates for you, from “The New York Times.” Clocking in at under 15% are the following universities (in alphabetical order): Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Caltech, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Juilliard School, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Princeton University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University. Washington University in St. Louis just missed this cut with an overall admission rate of 15.01%.
Making the cut for the 15-20% admission rate are the following colleges (also in alphabetical order rather than in order of admit rate): Bucknell University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, Olin College of Engineering, Rice University, Tufts University, University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.
Is there a university that you thought had a higher acceptance rate than they do? Do any of the colleges on these lists surprise you? Is there a university that you thought would be on one of these two lists but isn’t? If so, let us know your thoughts on the matter and tell us who you thought would have surely been on one of these two lists. We look forward to hearing from you. And, keep in mind, that these are only the colleges that “The New York Times” has listed statistics for. As an example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology isn’t on either of these lists but MIT had an overall acceptance rate this year of 8.2%. So they’d surely be on the first list.
And, while you’re here, check out the most comprehensive Ivy League admission statistics on the web.