Colleges with Diminishing Admission Rates

Tulane’s admission rate has plummeted in recent years as the school has becoming increasingly competitive.

Town & Country, which recently featured Ivy Coach in a piece on why college applicants should not try to secure letters of recommendation from famous people, is out with a new piece on universities outside of the Ivy League at which admission has become increasingly competitive over the past four or five years. So which highly selective universities made the list of schools Town & Country deems the Alt-Ivies (their term, not ours)? Wonder no more!

As reported by Leena Kim for Town & Country in a piece entitled “The Hottest College in Boston Is… Northeastern?,” “Northeastern University’s admission rate has fallen from 27.44% in 2017 to 6.79% in 2022. During this time, applications have spiked 67.85%. Georgia Tech’s admission rate, during this same period, fell from 23.4% in 2017 to 17% in 2022 as applications rose a dramatic 60.65%. University of Texas at Austin’s admission rate dropped from 2017 to 2021 from 36.49% to 28.75% as applications rose by a margin of 29.41%. At University of Virginia, the admission rate dropped from 27.35% in 2017 to 18.68% in 2021 as applications spiked 38.56%. Howard University’s acceptance rate plummeted from 41.42% in 2017 to 35.26% in 2022 with applications rising 74.79% over the four year period. Tulane University’s acceptance rate dropped from 21.5% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2022 as applications climbed 17.91%.

University of Miami’s admission rate dropped from 2017 to 2021 from 37.71% to 28.49% as applications rose by a margin of 50.65%. At Colgate University, the admission rate dropped from 28.14% in 2017 to 17.19% in 2021 as applications spiked an astonishing 148.89% from 2017 – 2022. Wellesley College’s acceptance rate plummeted from 28.59% in 2017 to 13% in 2022 as applications rose 79.23%. At University of Michigan, the admit rate dropped from 26.5% in 2017 to 20.15% in 2021 with applications up by a margin of 40.27% between 2017 and 2022. New York University’s acceptance rate fell from 27.66% in 2017 to 12.2% in 2022 as 64.04% more students applied.

In 2017, Oberlin’s acceptance rate stood at 33.72%, dropping to 9.23% in 2022 with 33.21% more applications. At University of California – Irvine, the 2017 acceptance rate stood at 36.5%, dropping to 28.96% in 2022 as applications climbed 66.86% between 2017 and 2022. Boston College’s acceptance rate dropped from 32% in 2017 to 16% in 2022 with applications spiking by a margin of 42.03%. And at Emory University, the acceptance rate plummeted from 21.8% in 2017 to 15.82% in 2022 as applications rose by 38.99%.

Think another school should have been featured for its diminishing admission rate along with the aforementioned universities by Town & Country? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!


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  • Just Talkin' says:

    Is the admission rate metric somewhat deceptive? Lumping in ED1, ED2 and sometimes EA as well in with RD leads to a number that really does not mean that much (or, stated differently, is not that helpful to an applicant). Even lumping ED1 and ED2 together is unhelpful. I wonder if any of these schools having really significant increases in the number of applications also have corresponding increases in some form of applications. I suspect most (including my alma mater) are just filling huge parts of their class ED so that they are effectively forced to turn down great candidates at the RD stage – which boosts both yield and their perceived selectivity.

  • Sam Velez says:

    I think Richmond belongs in that latter category for sure, having a 33% increase in applications in 5 years with no increase in enrollment. And with the 40th larges endowment in the country ($2.5 Billion), they have the means to MOVE.

    But I have to agree with Just Talkin’. The top candidates are just not applying to- at least not considering enrolling- a Northeastern or Tulane without significant merit money. Both of the latter 2 schools turn down almost every high achieving candidate they come across, knowing full well said candidates will not enroll. I think the above schools have played the admissions game like a fiddle and are reaping the ‘numbers’ rewards, but not the ‘quality candidate’ awards. Think any of the above will attend a UVA or Colgate over ANY Top 20 school if money is not an issue? Uh, not.

  • Farias Matteus says:

    This is ‘Smoke And Mirrors Admissions’ practiced by wannabe top schools…..they do Early Action, Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, and that is how they rig things to APPEAR Ivy League-competitive. Does ANYONE really believe that Northeastern is as competitive as 2 Ivies which accepted in the 6% range this year- Dartmouth (6.2%) and Cornell (6.9%)???

    As Biden would say, ‘Come on, Man!’

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