A new study by “On The Numbers” concludes that Princeton University is the most selective university in the Eastern United States. Utilizing 2010 admissions data including the percentage of applicants who were admitted, the 75th percentile score on college entrance exams, and the 25th percentile on college entrance exams, Princeton University tops the list. With an admissions rate of 8.8% and a 75th percentile score of 1,580 (the score was converted to a 1,600 point scale), Princeton bests its Ivy League foes. So who placed second after Princeton? That would be Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and Columbia University.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, you should check out our Ivy League Admissions Statistics. We compile and analyze them every year for both Early Decision / Early Action and Regular Decision. It’s a good way of seeing just how competitive a university is to which you’re considering applying. Check out the overall acceptance rate, the Early Decision / Early Action acceptance rate, the percentage of the class filled by Early applications, etc. It’s a good way of strategizing which university you should use your Early card on.
But we encourage you to only use this as one component of your decision…you shouldn’t apply to a university through a policy like Early Decision if you don’t love that school and aren’t committed to attending because you can see yourself there. That doesn’t show up in the data!
Check out this post on Princeton University Admissions.