Admission Statistics for the Class of 2021

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Ivies Plus© — Class of 2021

IVIES + MS Overall Admissions Early Round Admissions Regular Decision Admissions
2021 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Ivies 22,805 281,060 8.11 7,211 37,348 19.31 15,594 243,712 6.40
MIT + Stanford 3,488 64,320 5.42 1,378 16,216 8.50 2,110 48,104 4.39
Total 26,293 345,380 7.61 8,589 53,564 16.04 17,704 291,816 6.07

Ivies Plus© — Classes of 2019-2021

IVIES + MS 2021 2020 2019
2021-2019 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Ivies 22,805 281,060 8.11 23,129 273,040 8.47 22,720 261,158 8.70
MIT + Stanford 3,488 64,320 5.42 3,548 63,017 5.63 3,611 60,793 5.94
Total 26,293 345,380 7.61 26,677 336,057 7.94 26,331 321,951 8.18

Ivies Overall, Early Round & Regular Decision

IVIES Overall
Acceptance
Early Round
Acceptance
Regular Decision
Acceptance
2021 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown 2,722 32,724 8.32 695 3,170 21.92 2,027 29,554 6.86
Columbia 2,185 37,389 5.84 650 4,086 15.91 1,535 33,303 4.61
Cornell 5,889 47,038 12.52 1,378 5,384 25.59 4,511 41,654 10.83
Dartmouth 2,092 20,034 10.44 555 1,999 27.76 1,537 18,035 8.52
Harvard 2,056 39,506 5.20 938 6,473 14.49 1,118 33,033 3.38
Penn 3,699 40,413 9.15 1,354 6,147 22.03 2,345 34,266 6.84
Princeton 1,890 31,056 6.09 770 5,003 15.39 1,120 26,053 4.30
Yale 2,272 32,900 6.91 871 5,086 17.13 1,401 27,814 5.04
Total Ivies 22,805 281,060 8.11 7,211 37,348 19.31 15,594 243,712 6.40

Ivy League Admissions — Classes of 2019-2021

IVIES 2021 2020 2019
Overall Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown 2,722 32,724 8.32 2,919 32,390 9.01 2,580 30,397 8.49
Columbia 2,185 37,389 5.84 2,193 36,292 6.04 2,228 36,250 6.15
Cornell 5,889 47,038 12.52 6,277 44,966 13.96 6,234 41,907 14.88
Dartmouth 2,092 20,034 10.44 2,176 20,675 10.52 2,120 20,505 10.34
Harvard 2,056 39,506 5.20 2,037 39,041 5.22 1,990 37,305 5.33
Penn 3,699 40,413 9.15 3,661 38,918 9.41 3,697 37,267 9.92
Princeton 1,890 31,056 6.09 1,894 29,303 6.46 1,908 27,290 6.99
Yale 2,272 32,900 6.91 1,972 31,455 6.27 1,963 30,237 6.49
Total Ivies 22,805 281,060 8.11 23,129 273,040 8.47 22,720 261,158 8.70

MIT + Stanford Admit Rates — Classes of 2019-2021

MIT + Stanford 2021 2020 2019
2021-2019 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,050 44,073 4.65 2,063 43,997 4.69 2,144 42,487 5.05
MIT 1,438 20,247 7.10 1,485 19,020 7.81 1,467 18,306 8.01
Total 3,488 64,320 5.42 3,548 63,017 5.63 3,611 60,793 5.948

MIT + Stanford Admissions — Class of 2021

MIT + Stanford Overall
Admissions
Early Round
Admissions
Regular Decision
Admissions
2021 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,050 44,073 4.65 721 7,822 9.22 1,329 36,251 3.67
MIT 1,438 20,247 7.10 657 8,394 7.83 781 11,853 6.59
Total 3,488 64,320 5.42 1,378 16,216 8.50 2,110 48,104 4.39

Ivies Plus© — Volume of Applications — From 2013 to 2021

Annual Volume Applications 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Brown 32,724 32,390 30,397 30,432 28,919 28,742 30,944 30,135 24,988
Columbia 37,389 36,292 36,250 32,952 33,531 31,851 34,929 26,178 25,427
Cornell 47,038 44,966 41,907 43,041 40,006 37,812 36,387 36,337 34,371
Dartmouth 20,034 20,675 20,505 19,296 22,416 23,110 22,385 18,778 18,132
Harvard 39,506 39,041 37,305 34,295 35,023 34,303 34,950 30,489 29,114
Penn 40,413 38,918 37,267 35,868 31,280 31,217 31,663 26,941 22,808
Princeton 31,056 29,303 27,290 26,641 26,498 26,664 27,189 26,247 21,963
Yale 32,900 31,455 30,237 30,932 29,610 28,974 27,283 25,869 26,003
Stanford 44,073 43,997 42,487 42,167 38,829 36,631 34,348 32,022 30,429
MIT 20,247 19,020 18,306 18,357 18,989 18,109 17,909 16,632 15,663
Total 345,380 336,056 321,951 313,981 305,101 297,413 297,987 269,628 248,898

Ivies Plus© — Changes in Volume of Applications — From 2013 to 2021

Change in
Volume Applications
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Brown 1.03% 6.56% -0.12% 5.23% 0.62% -7.12% 2.68% 20.60% 30.96%
Columbia 3.02% 0.12% 10.01% -1.73% 5.27% -8.81% 33.43% 2.95% 47.04%
Cornell 4.61% 7.30% -2.63% 7.59% 5.80% 3.92% 0.14% 5.72% 36.85%
Dartmouth -3.10% 0.83% 6.27% -13.92% -3.00% 3.24% 19.21% 3.56% 10.49%
Harvard 1.19% 4.65% 8.78% -2.08% 2.10% -1.85% 14.63% 4.72% 35.69%
Penn 3.84% 4.43% 3.90% 14.67% 0.20% -1.41% 17.53% 18.12% 77.19%
Princeton 5.98% 7.38% 2.44% 0.54% -0.62% -1.93% 3.59% 19.51% 41.40%
Yale 4.59% 4.03% -2.25% 4.46% 2.20% 6.20% 5.47% -0.52% 26.52%
Stanford 0.17% 3.55% 0.76% 8.60% 6.00% 6.65% 7.26% 5.24% 44.84%
MIT 6.45% 3.90% -0.28% -3.33% 4.86% 1.12% 7.68% 6.19% 29.27%
Total 2.77% 4.38% 2.54% 2.91% 2.58% -0.19% 10.52% 8.33% 38.76%

Ivies Plus© — Historical Admits— From 2013 to 2021

Historical Admits 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Brown 2,722 2,919 2,580 2,619 2,649 2,760 2,757 2,815 2,790
Columbia 2,185 2,193 2,228 2,291 2,311 2,363 2,419 2,472 2,501
Cornell 5,889 6,277 6,234 6,019 6,062 6,123 6,538 6,673 6,565
Dartmouth 2,092 2,176 2,120 2,220 2,252 2,180 2,270 2,193 2,279
Harvard 2,056 2,037 1,990 2,023 2,029 2,076 2,188 2,205 2,175
Penn 3,699 3,661 3,697 3,551 3,785 3,846 3,935 3,841 4,040
Princeton 1,890 1,894 1,908 1,939 1,931 2,095 2,300 2,311 2,209
Yale 2,272 1,972 1,963 1,935 1,991 1,975 2,109 2,039 1,958
Stanford 2,050 2,063 2,144 2,138 2,210 2,427 2,437 2,340 2,426
MIT 1,438 1,485 1,467 1,419 1,548 1,620 1,715 1,676 1,676
Total 26,293 26,677 26,331 26,154 26,768 27,465 28,668 28,565 28,619

Ivies Plus© — Historical Admit Rates — From 2013 to 2021

Historical Admit Rates Admit
Rate
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Admit
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Brown 8.32% 9.01% 8.49% 8.61% 9.16% 9.60% 8.91% 9.34% 11.17%
Columbia 5.84% 6.04% 6.15% 6.95% 6.89% 7.42% 6.93% 9.44% 9.84%
Cornell 12.52% 13.96% 14.88% 13.98% 15.15% 16.19% 17.97% 18.36% 19.10%
Dartmouth 10.44% 10.52% 10.34% 11.50% 10.05% 9.43% 10.14% 11.68% 12.57%
Harvard 5.20% 5.22% 5.33% 5.90% 5.79% 6.05% 6.26% 7.23% 7.47%
Penn 9.15% 9.41% 9.92% 9.90% 12.10% 12.32% 12.43% 14.26% 17.71%
Princeton 6.09% 6.46% 6.99% 7.28% 7.29% 7.86% 8.46% 8.80% 10.06%
Yale 6.91% 6.27% 6.49% 6.26% 6.72% 6.82% 7.73% 7.88% 7.53%
Stanford 4.65% 4.69% 5.05% 5.07% 5.69% 6.63% 7.10% 7.31% 7.97%
MIT 7.10% 7.81% 8.01% 7.73% 8.15% 8.95% 9.58% 10.08% 10.70%
Total 7.61% 7.94% 8.18% 8.33% 8.77% 9.23% 9.62% 10.59% 11.50%

Review of Class of 2021 — Entering Fall 2017

Boston College: Boston College admitted 9,200 applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 28,500 restrictive early action and regular decision applications were received, down 1 percent from last year. Students were admitted from 50 states and 61 foreign countries.

Bowdoin: Bowdoin accepted 13.4 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021, the lowest acceptance rate on record. The College received a total of 7,251 applications, a 7 percent increase from 2016. 244 students were accepted during early decision, for an acceptance rate around 25 percent. They make up between 42 and 49 percent of the incoming first-year class.

Brown University: The University offered admission to 8.32 percent of its applicants to the class of 2021, down from last year’s record-low acceptance rate of 9.01 percent.  The rate of admission for the ED round stood at just below 22 percent. Out of the 32,724 students who applied — the largest pool in University history — 2,722 students were admitted. The 2,027 students accepted through the regular decision process will join the 695 students admitted in December.  Last year. Brown admitted 2,919 students or 9.01 percent of its 32,390 applicants to the class of 2020.

Carleton: Carleton admitted 20 percent of applicants, including 40 percent from two Early Decision rounds. They received 6,500 applications with the goal of enrolling a class of approximately 520 students. The admitted students are from all 50 states and 31 countries. 14 percent of the admits are first-generation students.

Carnegie Mellon: For the Class of 2021, the admitted students had the following distribution.

College/Program Applications Acceptance Rate
College of Fine Arts 5,375 11%
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences 4,341 22%
College of Engineering 8,992 14%
Information Systems 1,258 8%
Mellon College of Science 6,508 16%
School of Computer Science 6,907 7%
Tepper School of Business 2,809 17%

The Class of 2021 includes students from 45 states and 27 nations. CMU admitted 330 of 1375 ED applicants to the Class of 2021, for an admission rate of about 24 percent.

Claremont McKenna: Claremont McKenna received 6,350 applications for the class of 2021, the second-largest applicant pool in history. They accepted 657 (including 207 from the early round) applicants, or 10.35 percent. CMC admitted 207 of 667 ED applicants, for an admission rate of about 31 percent.

Colby: Colby College received a record high number of applicants for the Class of 2021, leading to a 16 percent acceptance rate, shattering past applications numbers. The College received 11,190 applications, a 14 percent increase from the Class of 2020.  The applicant pool was the most diverse and competitive in College history. They had an increase in early decision applications for the third year in a row. And, applications from students of color have increased at Colby, 200 percent in the last 2 years.

Colgate: Class of 2021 admission data

Applications 8,542
Admitted 2,395 (28 percent)

The class was chosen from 8,542 applicants representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 128 countries. Admitted students had an average GPA of 3.8 and an average combined SAT of 1444. 83% were in the top 10 percent of their class and 954 percent were in the top 20 percent.

Early decision

Applications 851
Admitted 374(44 percent)

Columbia University: For the Class of 2021, Columbia accepted 2,185 from 37,389 applications.  The acceptance rate of 5.84 percent was slightly lower than the previous 6.04 percent when Columbia admitted 2,193 from 36,292 applications.  In this admission cycle, Columbia received 4,086 early decision applications and accepted 650 students for an admission rate just below 16 percent.

Cornell University: According to its Office of Admissions and Enrollment, Cornell received the highest number of applications in university history for freshman admission for the second consecutive year. There were 47,038 applicants for admission to the Class of 2021; the previous record was 44,965 applicants for the Class of 2020.

A total of 5,889 applicants were admitted for an overall admit rate of 12.52 percent, down from last year’s admit rate of 13.96 percent. Cornell admitted about 1,378 early applicants from a pool of 5,384.  In 2016, Cornell received 44,965 applications for freshman admission to the Class of 2020. The overall admit rate reported by Cornell was 13.96 percent as the school admitted 6,277 applicants with 4,939 regular decision applicants and 1,338 Early Decision applicants.

Dartmouth CollegeThe College offered admission to the Class of 2021 to 2,092 students for an overall acceptance rate of 10.44 percent, down from last year’s 10.52 percent acceptance rate when Dartmouth College extended offers of admission to 2,176 applicants for its Class of 2020. The total number of accepted students includes the 555 admitted through the early decision process in December. The overall number of applicants decreased by 3 percent from 20,675 students from last year‘s 20,034 applicants.

Dickinson: Dickinson extended offers of admission to 203 Early Decision applicants for the Class of 2021.

Duke: Duke University received a record 34,300 applications, an increase of nearly 7 percent from last year. Almost 55 percent of all applicants were students of color – an increase of nearly 3 percent over last year. There was a 22 percent increase in Latino applicants as well. A record number of students (3,516) applied early with Duke accepting 861 applicants into the Class of 2021 (691 into Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, 170 in the Pratt School of Engineering). This reflects a 24.5 percent acceptance rate, which is the second most selective early decision process in Duke’s history. These 861 students admitted through early decision will make up 50 percent of the Class of 2021. This year’s 3,516 applicants are 2 percent more than last year. Last year, 3,455 students applied early decision, and 813 were admitted—an acceptance rate of 23.5 percent. The early decision acceptance rates for the Class of 2019 and Class of 2018 were 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

Emory: Applications for Emory University’s undergraduate programs have hit an all-time high, with a record-breaking total applicant pool of 24,114 students seeking to join the Class of 2021, an increase of 19 percent over last year. The admission rate fell to 21.8 percent this year, from 25.3 percent last year. Emory College applications were up 19 percent to 23,694 and Oxford College applications jumped 63 percent to 14,080. More than half of the applicants (56 percent) sought to be considered for admission to both colleges. Applications were received from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from more than 65 countries. There was also an increase in domestic diversity, with a rise in applications from African American and Latino/Hispanic students. Of the 5,172 admitted students to the College, the mean unweighted GPA was 3.83. The mean composite SAT and ACT scores were 1475 and 32.3, respectively.

Georgetown: Georgetown University admissions anticipates admitting approximately 15 percent of regular decision applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 21,459 regular decision applications were received this year, up 12.4 percent from the previous year. Georgetown accepted just fewer than 12 percent (931) of its 7,822 early action applicants to the Class of 2021, a record-low rate being 1 percent lower than last year’s 13 percent. The early applicant pool increased by 11 percent from last year as well.

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech admitted 23 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021. 7,297 students were admitted from a total pool of 31,484 early action and regular decision applicants.

Harvard UniversityHarvard accepted a record-low 5.20 percent of applicants to its Class of 2021. This year, Harvard received a total of 39,506 applications compared to 39,041 for the Class of 2020 when the school admitted 2,037 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 5.22 percent.  With 2,056 admitted students to the Class of 2021, the rate of admission dropped to 5.20 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 6,473 applications and accepted 938, for an admit rate of 14.49% which represents a decrease from the 14.87% of 2020.  The SCEA admit rate is substantially higher than the regular decision acceptance rate of below 4 percent, and below 3 percent if factoring the students who were deferred. About 80 percent of students admitted to the College’s Class of 2020 plan to matriculate to Harvard, roughly even with the yield rates of the past two years.

Harvard’s acceptance rate of 5.20 percent was higher than the rate at Stanford, which admitted only 4.65 percent of applicants. Harvard’s percentage was lower, however, than those of its peers in the Ivy League: Yale accepted 6.91 percent, Princeton 6.09 percent, Columbia 5.84 percent, Brown 8.32 percent, the University of Pennsylvania 9.15 percent, Dartmouth 10.44 percent, and Cornell 12.52 percent.

Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins admitted 2,542 applicants to the Class of 2021 under regular decision. Overall, 3,133 early and regular decision applicants were admitted from a total pool of 26,578, an acceptance rate of 12 percent. The 1,934 early decision applicants this year represent a slight increase from the then-record number of 1,929 who applied early decision last year. With 591 early decision acceptances for the Class of 2021, this reflects a 30.56 percent acceptance rate.

Middlebury: Middlebury College has offered admission to 1,350 students for the Class of 2021. The total number of admitted students this year is 1,753, which includes 343 students who were admitted through early decision. In all, this year’s accepted students were selected from among 8,910 applicants, the third largest number in the College’s history. Middlebury admitted 16.7 percent of its regular decision applicants. Middlebury offered 343 students early admission to the Class of 2021. The admitted students were chosen from a pool of 673 applicants—an increase of 6.5 percent over last year—and represent about 51 percent of the class.

MITMIT admitted 1,438 students out of 20,247 applicants for the Class of 2021 for an acceptance rate of 7.10 percent.  In its early round, MIT admitted 657 students out of 8,394 applications, yielding 7.83% or the lowest rate of acceptance in an early round among its peer group composed of the Ivy League and Stanford.

In 2016, MIT admitted 1,485 students out of 19,020 applicants for the Class of 2020 for an acceptance rate of 7.81percent.  In 2015, MIT admitted 1,467 students out of 18,306 applicants for the Class of 2019 for an acceptance rate of 8.01 percent.

New York University:  NYU admitted 18,520 students as members of the class of 2021. The acceptance rate of 27 percent is the lowest in 16 years. The Class of 2021 has been announced to be the most diverse class in NYU’s history. The diversity ranges from the largest percentage of international students in its history, the largest percentage of African-American and Latino students in the last 16 years and 17 percent of the admitted students being first generation college students.

Northwestern: Northwestern’s acceptance rate for the Class of 2021 has dropped below 10 percent for the first time, as they admitted 9 percent of applicants. 3,371 of the 37,255 applications received were accepted. For the Class of 2020, they accepted 10.7 percent of the 35,100 applications received. Northwestern received a record number of 3,376 Early Decision applications, reflecting an increase of about 23 percent from last year.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame admitted 1,470 early action applicants to the Class of 2021. 6,020 students applied for consideration under the Restricted Early Action program reflecting a 24.4 percent acceptance rate. Early applications were up 10 percent over last year.

Pitzer:  Class of 2021 admit data:

Admit Rate: 15.6%

Average GPA: 3.96
Students of Color: 44.2%
International Students: 10.6%
First Generation: 12.8%
In-State: 39%
Out-of-State: 61%
States Represented (including Washington, DC): 41

Pomona: Pomona received a record breaking 9,046 first-year applications for the Class of 2021. Of these applications, Pomona admitted 741 students, showcasing a selective 8.2 percent admit rate.

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University has offered admission to 1,890 students, or 6.09 percent of the 31,056 applicants to the Class of 2021. Princeton University received 5,003 early action applications and accepted 770 applicants. Last year, for the Class of 2020, Princeton admitted 1,894 out of 29,303 applicants for an admission rate of 6.46 percent.  The class size is expected to be 1,308 students for the Class of 2021, as it was last year.

Stanford UniversityStanford University has offered admission to the Class of 2021 to 2,050 students, or 4.65% of all applicants. The Class of 2021 was selected from 44,073 candidates, the largest applicant pool in Stanford’s history, eclipsing last years’ unprecedented 43,997 applications. This year, Stanford declined to release the number of candidates admitted in December through Stanford’s Restrictive Early Action program. We, however, believe this number to be stable and have utilized a comparable number for our estimates prepared in April 2017.  Based on current information, Stanford remains the most selective research university in the United States for undergraduates. The early acceptance rate for the Class of 2020 was 9.22 percent.  Last year, Stanford admitted 2,063 students out of 43,997 applicants for admission to the Class of 2020 for an overall admission rate of 4.69%.

Swarthmore: Swarthmore College has sent letters of admission to 960 members of the Class of 2021. 25 percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college, and 31 percent are affiliated with local and national community-based organizations like QuestBridge. 60 percent of the admitted students come from traditional public and public charter schools, 21 percent from private independent schools, 10 percent from parochial schools, and 8 percent from schools overseas. Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 405 for next fall.

Tufts: Tufts admitted 3,128 applicants to the Class of 2021. A total of 21,101 applications were received, resulting in an overall admission rate of 14.8 percent.

University of Michigan: The institution received a record 58,590 applications for the class of 2021, a 7 percent increase over last year and a record for the school for the 11th consecutive year. UMich has offered admissions to over 14,000 students. 10,959 applications were submitted by in-state students with 4,511 being offered admissions for an acceptance rate of 42.4 percent. 35,783 of the applications submitted by students living in other states and the 8,758 applicants living in other countries, 10,815 were offered admission for an out-of-state acceptance rate of 24.5 percent.

University of Pennsylvania: Of the 40,413 students who applied to Penn’s Class of 2021 in the early and regular rounds, 3,699 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 9.15 percent. Last year’s overall acceptance rate was 9.41 percent when Penn admitted a total of 3,661 students from 38,918 applications. Out of the total 3,669 admitted to the Class of 2021, 1,354 students were admitted through the early decision round.  The admission rate for the ED round was slightly above 22 percent with 6,147 applicants.

UT Austin: McCombs School of Business has an enrollment of 6,356 undergraduates for Fall 2016. The overall freshman admission rates for Fall 2015 are:
In-state applicants: 48%
​  Automatically admitted: 100%
Not automatically admitted: 18%
Out-of-state applicants: 27%

University of Vermont: The Class of 2021 boasts the highest average combined SAT scores and average GPA in school history. 13 percent of the incoming class are students of color — the second highest percentage in any UVM class. 17 percent of the students of color admitted to the university have joined the class, is the highest in UVM history. That is up from 12.4 percent last year. 14 percent of the incoming class are first-generation college students and hail from 47 states and 25 countries. Nearly 3,200 of the 12,000 students that applied early action application to UVM for the fall were accepted.

University of Virginia: 36,800 students applied to the University in 2017, a more than 13 percent increase over the total in 2016. The admitted students have a mean SAT score of 1,419 and nearly all are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The class includes students from all 50 states and 89 countries. Of those, more than 1,000 are first-generation college students and nearly 35 percent are members of a minority group.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt admitted 2,382 students from a pool of 27,841 Regular Decision applications to their Class of 2021. This represents an admit rate of 8.6 percent. 96 percent of the students were in the top ten percent of their graduating class.

Wake Forest: Wake Forest offered admission to only 25 percent of applicants, by far the lowest regular decision acceptance rate in history. They received 13,000 applications for the Class of 2021. 54 percent of the class is women. 34 percent are students of color. Wake Forest offered admission to 750 Early Decision applicants, 55 percent of the incoming class.

Wesleyan: Wesleyan University admitted 15.4 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021 from a total of 12,543 applicants. The applicant pool has risen 26 percent in the last two years, and greater than 3 percent over last year. 13 percent of all admits are international students, hailing from 70 countries. 39 percent are students of color, while 16 percent would be the first in their family to attend college.

Williams: Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,253 applicants for the Class of 2021. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 8,593. Of the admitted students, 95 are international students representing 47 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220 students are Asian American, 214 are black, 175 Latino, and 17 Native American. 37 percent identify as white and five percent opted not to identify. A total of 274, or 22 percent, are first-generation college students. Williams College has offered admission to 257 students under its Early Decision plan reflecting a 35 percent acceptance rate. These students make up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550. 728 students applied, a 25 percent increase over last year and a record number for Early Decision.

Yale UniversityYale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 6.91 percent of the 32,900 students who applied to Yale. This represents a slight decrease from last year’s rate of 6.27 percent. The University accepted 300 more students than last year by offering admission to 2,272, up from 1,972 students last year. The SCEA round accounted for 871 acceptances out of a pool of 5,086 applications.  This marks the sixth consecutive year that Yale’s acceptance rate has remained in the 6 percent range, after hovering around 7.5 percent from 2009 to 2011. Last year, Yale accepted 1,972 students to its Class of 2020 from a pool of 31,455. The increase in admissions accounts for the opening of two new dorms in the fall 2017, which will bring the incoming freshman class to  approximately 1550 students, or 15% larger than recent classes.

Other Selective Universities Admission Data — Classes of 2019-2021 Ranked by Alphabet

Top Universities 2021 2020 2019
2021-2019 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
American 5,421 18,692 29 4,962 19,311 25.70 5,864 16,689 35.14
Boston College 9,200 28,500 32.28 9,300 28,956 32.12 8,405 29,486 28.51
Boston University 15,203 60,815 25.00 16,650 57,416 29 17,522 54,757 32
BYU 7,317 13,707 53.38 7,171 13,408 53.48 6,995 13,845 50.52
Caltech 525 7,339 7.15 541 6,856 7.89 576 6,525 8.83
Carnegie Mellon 4,836 35,740 13.53 4,598 21,189 21.70 4,863 20,547 23.67
Duke 3,116 34,406 9.06 3,314 31,150 10.64 3,534 31,150 11.35
Emory 5,172 23,694 21.83 4,927 19,924 24.73 4,796 20,519 23.37
Florida 13,214 34,000 38.86 13,624 32,026 42.54 14,237 29,837 47.72
Georgetown 3,313 21,465 15.43 3,276 20,002 16.38 3,202 19,481 16.44
Georgia Tech 7,297 31,484 23.18 7,630 30,520 25.00 8,521 27,250 31.27
GWU 11,031 27,000 40.86 10,942 25,541 42.84 9,117 19,780 46.09
Johns Hopkins 3,117 26,578 11.73 3,098 27,095 11.43 3,065 24,717 12.40
Michigan 14,000 58,590 23.89 15,871 55,504 28.59 13,584 51,761 26.24
Northwestern 3,371 37,050 9.10 3,751 35,099 10.69 4,187 32,124 13.03
Notre Dame 3,600 19,565 18.40 3,565 19,499 18.28 3,577 18,156 19.70
NYU 18,520 67,232 27.55 19,000 63,702 29.83 18,500 60,322 30.67
Tufts 3,128 21,101 14.82 2,831 20,222 14.00 3,069 19,063 16.10
Tulane 7,477 35,605 21.00 8,162 32,006 25.50 8,008 26,257 30.50
UC Berkeley 15,567 85,054 18.30 14,429 82,571 17.47 13,332 78,923 16.89
UC Davis 30,945 70,968 43.60 28,971 68,557 42.26 24,670 64,626 38.17
UC Irvine 31,103 85,097 36.55 31,639 77,817 40.66 27,796 71,788 38.72
UC San Diego 30,204 88,463 34.14 30,264 84,222 35.93 26,495 78,091 33.93
UC Santa Barbara 26,879 81,828 32.85 27,648 77,114 35.85 23,074 70,565 32.70
UCLA 16,494 102,232 16.13 17,522 97,115 18.04 16,027 92,722 17.29
USC 8,980 56,000 16.04 8,920 54,100 16.49 9,050 51,800 17.47
Vanderbilt 3,242 31,488 10.30 3,326 32,100 10.36 3,500 31,000 11.29
Virginia 9,957 36,807 27.05 9,416 32,377 29.08 9,147 30,853 29.65
Wake Forest 3,500 13,000 26.92 4,019 13,860 29.00 3,903 13,281 29.39
William & Mary 5,220 14,915 35.00 5,253 14,382 36.52 5,153 14,952 34.46
WUSTL 4,875 30,464 16.00 4,729 29,197 16.20 4,898 29,259 16.74

Other Selective Universities Admission Data — Classes of 2019-2021 Ranked by Selectivity

Top Universities 2021 2020 2019
2021-2019 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Caltech 525 7,339 7.15 541 6,856 7.89 576 6,525 8.83
Duke 3,116 34,406 9.06 3,314 31,150 10.64 3,534 31,150 11.35
Northwestern 3,371 37,050 9.10 3,751 35,099 10.69 4,187 32,124 13.03
Vanderbilt 3,242 31,488 10.30 3,326 32,100 10.36 3,500 31,000 11.29
Johns Hopkins 3,117 26,578 11.73 3,098 27,095 11.43 3,065 24,717 12.40
Carnegie Mellon 4,836 35,740 13.53 4,598 21,189 21.70 4,863 20,547 23.67
Tufts 3,128 21,101 14.82 2,831 20,222 14.00 3,069 19,063 16.10
Georgetown 3,313 21,465 15.43 3,276 20,002 16.38 3,202 19,481 16.44
WUSTL 4,875 30,464 16.00 4,729 29,197 16.20 4,898 29,259 16.74
USC 8,980 56,000 16.04 8,920 54,100 16.49 9,050 51,800 17.47
UCLA 16,494 102,232 16.13 17,522 97,115 18.04 16,027 92,722 17.29
UC Berkeley 15,567 85,054 18.30 14,429 82,571 17.47 13,332 78,923 16.89
Notre Dame 3,600 19,565 18.40 3,565 19,499 18.28 3,577 18,156 19.70
Tulane 7,477 35,605 21.00 8,162 32,006 25.50 8,008 26,257 30.50
Emory 5,172 23,694 21.83 4,927 19,924 24.73 4,796 20,519 23.37
Georgia Tech 7,297 31,484 23.18 7,630 30,520 25.00 8,521 27,250 31.27
Michigan 14,000 58,590 23.89 15,871 55,504 28.59 13,584 51,761 26.24
Boston University 15,203 60,815 25.00 16,650 57,416 29 17,522 54,757 32
Wake Forest 3,500 13,000 26.92 4,019 13,860 29.00 3,903 13,281 29.39
Virginia 9,957 36,807 27.05 9,416 32,377 29.08 9,147 30,853 29.65
NYU 18,520 67,232 27.55 19,000 63,702 29.83 18,500 60,322 30.67
American 5,421 18,692 29 4,962 19,311 25.70 5,864 16,689 35.14
Boston College 9,200 28,500 32.28 9,300 28,956 32.12 8,405 29,486 28.51
UC Santa Barbara 26,879 81,828 32.85 27,648 77,114 35.85 23,074 70,565 32.70
UC San Diego 30,204 88,463 34.14 30,264 84,222 35.93 26,495 78,091 33.93
William & Mary 5,220 14,915 35.00 5,253 14,382 36.52 5,153 14,952 34.46
UC Irvine 31,103 85,097 36.55 31,639 77,817 40.66 27,796 71,788 38.72
Florida 13,214 34,000 38.86 13,624 32,026 42.54 14,237 29,837 47.72
GWU 11,031 27,000 40.86 10,942 25,541 42.84 9,117 19,780 46.09
UC Davis 30,945 70,968 43.60 28,971 68,557 42.26 24,670 64,626 38.17
BYU 7,317 13,707 53.38 7,171 13,408 53.48 6,995 13,845 50.52

Liberal Arts Colleges Admission Data — Classes of 2019-2021 Ranked by Alphabet

Liberal Arts 2021 2020 2019
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Barnard 1,139 7,716 14.76% 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55%
Bowdoin 974 7,251 13.43% 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86%
Carleton 1,350 6,500 20.77% 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65%
Claremont McKenna 657 6,350 10.35% 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76%
Colby 1,750 11,190 15.64% 1,720 9,833 17.49% 1,710 7,593 22.52%
Colorado College 1,212 8,215 14.75% 1,263 7,997 15.79% 1,370 8,064 16.99%
Hamilton 1,340 5,678 23.60% 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94%
Harvey Mudd 566 4,079 13.88% 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 212.70%
Haverford 859 4,424 19.42% 871 4,067 21.42% 854 3,475 24.58%
Kenyon 1,850 5,600 33.04% 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87%
Macalaster 2,301 5,901 38.99% 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13%
Middlebury 1,753 8,910 19.67% 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00%
Oberlin 2,736 8,747 31.28% 2,532 9,641 26.26% 2,370 8,860 26.75%
Olin 81 1,067 7.59% 114 1,293 8.82% 118 983 12.00%
Pitzer 584 3,753 15.56% 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92%
Pomona 741 9,046 8.19% 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76%
Scripps 949 2,841 33.40% 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98%
Smith 1,950 5,432 35.90% 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97%
Swarthmore 960 9,383 10.23% 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15%
Trinity 1,951 6,098 31.99% 2,529 7,569 33.41% 2,530 7,570 33.42%
Union 2,450 6,673 36.72% 2,400 6,639 36.15% 2,297 5,996 38.31%
Vassar 1,769 7,746 22.84% 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60%
Wellesley 1,197 5,700 21.00% 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30%
Wesleyan 1,932 12,543 15.40% 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98%
Williams 1,253 8,593 14.58% 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84%

Liberal Arts Colleges Admission Data — Classes of 2019-2021 Ranked by Selectivity

Liberal Arts 2021 2020 2019
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Olin 81 1,067 7.59% 114 1,293 8.82% 118 983 12.00%
Pomona 741 9,046 8.19% 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76%
Swarthmore 960 9,383 10.23% 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15%
Claremont McKenna 657 6,350 10.35% 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76%
Bowdoin 974 7,251 13.43% 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86%
Harvey Mudd 566 4,079 13.88% 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 212.70%
Williams 1,253 8,593 14.58% 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84%
Colorado College 1,212 8,215 14.75% 1,263 7,997 15.79% 1,370 8,064 16.99%
Barnard 1,139 7,716 14.76% 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55%
Wesleyan 1,932 12,543 15.40% 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98%
Pitzer 584 3,753 15.56% 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92%
Colby 1,750 11,190 15.64% 1,720 9,833 17.49% 1,710 7,593 22.52%
Haverford 859 4,424 19.42% 871 4,067 21.42% 854 3,475 24.58%
Middlebury 1,753 8,910 19.67% 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00%
Carleton 1,350 6,500 20.77% 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65%
Wellesley 1,197 5,700 21.00% 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30%
Vassar 1,769 7,746 22.84% 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60%
Hamilton 1,340 5,678 23.60% 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94%
Oberlin 2,736 8,747 31.28% 2,532 9,641 26.26% 2,370 8,860 26.75%
Trinity 1,951 6,098 31.99% 2,529 7,569 33.41% 2,530 7,570 33.42%
Kenyon 1,850 5,600 33.04% 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87%
Scripps 949 2,841 33.40% 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98%
Smith 1,950 5,432 35.90% 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97%
Union 2,450 6,673 36.72% 2,400 6,639 36.15% 2,297 5,996 38.31%
Macalaster 2,301 5,901 38.99% 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13%

Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges Combined Acceptance Rates by Admit Rate

Admission Data—Classes of 2019-2021

Universities &
Liberal Arts Colleges
2021 2020 2019
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
4% to 15% Admit Rate
Stanford 2,050 44,073 4.65% 2,063 43,997 4.69% 2,144 42,487 5.05%
Harvard 2,056 39,506 5.20% 2,037 39,041 5.22% 1,990 37,305 5.33%
Columbia 2,185 37,389 5.84% 2,193 36,292 6.04% 2,228 36,250 6.15%
Princeton 1,890 31,056 6.09% 1,894 29,303 6.46% 1,908 27,290 6.99%
Yale 2,272 32,900 6.91% 1,972 31,455 6.27% 1,963 30,237 6.49%
MIT 1,438 20,247 7.10% 1,485 19,020 7.81% 1,467 18,306 8.01%
Caltech 525 7,339 7.15% 541 6,856 7.89% 576 6,525 8.83%
Olin 81 1,067 7.59% 114 1,293 8.82% 118 983 12.00%
Pomona 741 9,046 8.19% 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76%
Brown 2,722 32,724 8.32% 2,919 32,390 9.01% 2,580 30,397 8.49%
Duke 3,116 34,406 9.06% 3,314 31,150 10.64% 3,534 31,150 11.35%
Northwestern 3,371 37,050 9.10% 3,751 35,099 10.69% 4,187 32,124 13.03%
Penn 3,699 40,413 9.15% 3,661 38,918 9.41% 3,697 37,267 9.92%
Swarthmore 960 9,383 10.23% 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15%
Vanderbilt 3,242 31,488 10.30% 3,326 32,100 10.36% 3,500 31,000 11.29%
Claremont McKenna 657 6,350 10.35% 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76%
Dartmouth 2,092 20,034 10.44% 2,176 20,675 10.52% 2,120 20,505 10.34%
Johns Hopkins 3,117 26,578 11.73% 3,098 27,095 11.43% 3,065 24,717 12.40%
Cornell 5,889 47,038 12.52% 6,277 44,966 13.96% 6,234 41,907 14.88%
Bowdoin 974 7,251 13.43% 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86%
Carnegie Mellon 4,836 35,740 13.53% 4,961 21,189 23.41% 4,873 20,547 23.72%
Harvey Mudd 566 4,079 13.88% 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 12.70%
Williams 1,253 8,593 14.58% 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84%
Colorado College 1,212 8,215 14.75% 1,263 7,997 15.79% 1,370 8,064 16.99%
Barnard 1,139 7,716 214.76% 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55%
Tufts 3,128 21,101 14.82% 2,831 20,222 14.00% 3,050 19,064 16.00%
15% to 30% Admit Rate
Wesleyan 1,932 12,543 15.40% 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98%
Georgetown 3,313 21,465 15.43% 3,276 20,002 16.38% 3,202 19,481 16.44%
Pitzer 584 3,753 15.56% 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92%
Colby 1,750 11,190 15.64% 1,720 9,833 17.49% 1,710 7,593 22.52%
WUSTL 4,875 30,464 16.00% 4,729 29,197 16.20% 4,898 29,259 16.74%
USC 8,980 56,000 16.04% 8,920 54,100 16.49% 9,050 51,800 17.47%
UCLA 16,494 102,232 16.13% 17,522 97,115 18.04% 16,027 92,722 17.29%
UC Berkeley 15,567 85,054 18.30% 12,226 82,558 14.81% 13,000 78,900 16.48%
Notre Dame 3,600 19,565 18.40% 3,565 19,499 18.28% 3,577 18,156 19.70%
Haverford 859 4,424 19.42% 871 4,067 21.42% 854 3,475 24.58%
Middlebury 1,753 8,910 19.67% 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00%
Carleton 1,350 6,500 20.77% 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65%
Tulane 7,477 35,605 21.00% 8,162 32,006 25.50% 8,008 26,257 30.50%
Wellesley 1,197 5,700 21.00% 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30%
Emory 5,172 23,694 21.83% 4,927 19,924 24.73% 4,796 20,519 23.37%
Vassar 1,769 7,746 22.84% 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60%
Georgia Tech 7,297 31,484 23.18% 7,630 30,520 25.00% 8,521 27,250 31.27%
Hamilton 1,340 5,678 23.60% 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94%
Michigan 14,000 58,590 23.89% 15,871 55,504 28.59% 13,584 51,761 26.24%
Boston University 15,203 60,815 25.00% 16,650 57,416 29.00% 17,522 54,757 32.00%
Wake Forest 3,500 13,000 26.92% 4,019 13,860 29.00% 3,903 13,281 29.39%
Virginia 9,957 36,807 27.05% 9,416 32,426 29.04% 9,147 30,853 29.65%
NYU 18,520 67,232 27.55% 19,000 63,702 29.83% 18,500 60,322 30.67%
American 5,421 18,692 29.00% 4,962 19,311 25.70% 5,864 16,689 35.14%
30% to 60% Admit Rate
Oberlin 2,736 8,747 31.28% 2,532 9,641 26.26% 2,370 8,860 26.75%
Trinity 1,951 6,098 31.99% 2,529 7,569 33.41% 2,530 7,570 33.42%
Boston College 9,200 28,500 32.28% 8,551 29,486 29.00% 8,232 29,400 28.00%
UC Santa Barbara 26,879 81,828 32.85% 27,648 77,114 35.85% 23,074 70,565 32.70%
Kenyon 1,850 5,600 33.04% 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87%
Scripps 949 2,841 33.40% 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98%
UC San Diego 30,204 88,463 34.14% 30,264 84,222 35.93% 26,495 78,091 33.93%
William & Mary 5,220 14,915 35.00% 5,253 14,382 36.52% 5,153 14,952 34.46%
Smith 1,950 5,432 35.90% 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97%
UC Irvine 31,103 85,097 36.55% 31,639 77,817 40.66% 27,796 71,788 38.72%
Union 2,450 6,673 36.72% 2,400 6,639 36.15% 2,297 5,996 38.31%
Florida 13,214 34,000 38.86% 13,624 32,026 42.54% 14,237 29,837 47.72%
Macalaster 2,301 5,901 38.99% 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13%
GWU 11,031 27,000 40.86% 10,942 25,541 42.84% 9,117 19,780 46.09%
UC Davis 30,945 70,968 43.60% 28,971 68,557 42.26% 24,670 64,626 38.17%
BYU 7,317 13,707 53.38% 7,171 13,408 53.48% 6,995 13,845 50.52%

 

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