Admission Statistics for the Class of 2020

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Ivies Plus© — Class of 2020

IVIES + MS Overall Admissions Early Round Admissions Regular Decision Admissions
2020 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Ivies 23,129 273,040 8.47 6,951 34,169 20.33 16,178 238,855 6.77
MIT + Stanford 3,548 63,017 5.63 1,401 15,589 8.99 2,147 47,428 4.53
Total 26,677 336,057 7.94 8,352 49,758 16.78 18,325 286,283 6.40

Ivies Plus© — Classes of 2018-2020

IVIES + MS 2020 2019 2018
2020-2018 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Ivies 23,129 273,040 8.47 22,720 261,158 8.70 22,597 253,457 8.92
MIT + Stanford 3,548 63,017 5.63 3,611 60,793 5.94 3,557 60,524 5.88
Total 26,677 336,057 7.94 26,331 321,951 8.18 26,154 313,981 8.33

Ivies Overall, Early Round & Regular Decision

IVIES Overall
Acceptance
Early Round
Acceptance
Regular Decision
Acceptance
2020 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown 2,919 32,390 9.01 669 3,030 22.08 2,250 29,360 7.66
Columbia 2,193 36,292 6.04 620 3,520 17.61 1,573 32,772 4.80
Cornell 6,277 44,966 13.96 1,338 4,882 27.41 4,939 40,084 12.32
Dartmouth 2,176 20,675 10.52 494 1,927 25.64 1,682 18,748 8.97
Harvard 2,037 39,041 5.22 918 6,173 14.87 1,119 32,868 3.40
Penn 3,661 38,918 9.41 1,332 5,762 23.12 2,329 33,156 7.02
Princeton 1,894 29,303 6.46 785 4,229 18.56 1,109 25,074 4.42
Yale 1,972 31,455 6.27 795 4,662 17.05 1,177 26,793 4.39
Total Ivies 23,129 273,040 8.47 6,951 34,185 20.33 16,178 238,855 6.77

Ivy League Admissions — Classes of 2018-2020

IVIES 2020 2019 2018
Overall Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Brown 2,919 32,390 9.01 2,580 30,397 8.49 2,619 30,432 8.61
Columbia 2,193 36,292 6.04 2,228 36,250 6.15 2,291 32,952 6.95
Cornell 6,277 44,966 13.96 6,234 41,907 14.88 6,019 43,041 13.98
Dartmouth 2,176 20,675 10.52 2,120 20,505 10.34 2,220 19,296 11.50
Harvard 2,037 39,041 5.22 1,990 37,305 5.33 2,023 34,295 5.90
Penn 3,661 38,918 9.41 3,697 37,267 9.92 3,551 35,868 9.90
Princeton 1,894 29,303 6.46 1,908 27,290 6.99 1,939 26,641 7.28
Yale 1,972 31,455 6.27 1,963 30,237 6.49 1,935 30,932 6.26
Total Ivies 23,129 273,040 8.47 22,720 261,158 8.70 22,597 253,457 8.92

MIT + Stanford Admit Rates — Classes of 2018-2020

MIT + Stanford 2020 2019 2018
2020-2018 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,063 43,997 4.69 2,144 42,487 5.05 2,138 42,167 5.07
MIT 1,485 19,020 7.81 1,467 18,306 8.01 1,419 18,357 7.73
Total 3,548 63,017 5.63 3,611 60,793 5.948 3,557 60,524 5.88

MIT + Stanford Admissions — Class of 2020

MIT + Stanford Overall
Admissions
Early Round
Admissions
Regular Decision
Admissions
2020 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,063 43,997 4.69 745 7,822 9.52 1,318 36,175 3.64
MIT 1,485 19,020 7.81 656 7,767 8.45 829 11,253 7.37
Total 3,548 63,017 5.63 1,401 15,589 8.99 2,147 47,428 4.53

Ivies Plus© — Volume of Applications — From 2012 to 2020

Annual Volume Applications 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Brown 32,390 30,397 30,432 28,919 28,742 30,944 30,135 24,988 20,633
Columbia 36,292 36,250 32,952 33,531 31,851 34,929 26,178 25,427 22,585
Cornell 44,966 41,907 43,041 40,006 37,812 36,387 36,337 34,371 33,073
Dartmouth 20,675 20,505 19,296 22,416 23,110 22,385 18,778 18,132 16,538
Harvard 39,041 37,305 34,295 35,023 34,303 34,950 30,489 29,114 27,462
Penn 38,918 37,267 35,868 31,280 31,217 31,663 26,941 22,808 22,922
Princeton 29,303 27,290 26,641 26,498 26,664 27,189 26,247 21,963 21,369
Yale 31,455 30,237 30,932 29,610 28,974 27,283 25,869 26,003 22,813
Stanford 43,997 42,487 42,167 38,829 36,631 34,348 32,022 30,429 25,298
MIT 19,020 18,306 18,357 18,989 18,109 17,909 16,632 15,663 13,396
Total 336,057 321,951 313,981 305,101 297,413 297,987 269,628 248,898 226,089

Ivies Plus© — Changes in Volume of Applications — From 2012 to 2020

Change in
Volume Applications
Change
19 to 20
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18 to 19
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17 to 18
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16 to 17
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15 to 16
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13 to 14
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12 to 13
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Brown 6.56% -0.12% 5.23% 0.62% -7.12% 2.68% 20.60% 21.11% 56.98%
Columbia 0.12%> 10.01% -1.73% 5.27% -8.81% 33.43% 2.95% 12.58% 60.69%
Cornell 7.30% -2.63% 7.59% 5.80% 3.92% 0.14% 5.72% 3.92% 35.96%
Dartmouth 0.83% 6.27% -13.92% -3.00% 3.24% 19.21% 3.56% 9.64% 25.02%
Harvard 4.65% 8.78% -2.08% 2.10% -1.85% 14.63% 4.72% 6.02% 42.16%
Penn 4.43% 3.90% 14.67% 0.20% -1.41% 17.53% 18.12% -0.50% 69.78%
Princeton 7.38% 2.44% 0.54% -0.62% -1.93% 3.59% 19.51% 2.78% 37.13%
Yale 4.03% -2.25% 4.46% 2.20% 6.20% 5.47% -0.52% 13.98% 37.88%
Stanford 3.55% 0.76% 8.60% 6.00% 6.65% 7.26% 5.24% 20.28% 73.91%
MIT 3.90% -0.28% -3.33% 4.86% 1.12% 7.68% 6.19% 16.92% 41.98%
Total 4.38% 2.54% 2.91% 2.58% -0.19% 10.52% 8.33% 10.09% 48.64%

Ivies Plus© — Historical Admits— From 2012 to 2020

Historical Admits 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Brown 2,919 2,580 2,619 2,649 2,760 2,757 2,815 2,790 2,828
Columbia 2,193 2,228 2,291 2,311 2,363 2,419 2,472 2,501 2,418
Cornell 6,277 6,234 6,019 6,062 6,123 6,538 6,673 6,565 6,834
Dartmouth 2,176 2,120 2,220 2,252 2,180 2,270 2,193 2,279 2,228
Harvard 2,037 1,990 2,023 2,029 2,076 2,188 2,205 2,175 2,175
Penn 3,661 3,697 3,551 3,785 3,846 3,935 3,841 4,040 3,769
Princeton 1,894 1,908 1,939 1,931 2,095 2,300 2,311 2,209 1,976
Yale 1,972 1,963 1,935 1,991 1,975 2,109 2,039 1,958 1,892
Stanford 2,063 2,144 2,138 2,210 2,427 2,437 2,340 2,426 2,400
MIT 1,485 1,467 1,419 1,548 1,620 1,715 1,676 1,676 1,554
Total 26,677  26,331 26,154 26,768 27,465 28,668 28,565 28,619 28,074

Ivies Plus© — Historical Admit Rates — From 2012 to 2020

Historical Admit Rates Admit
Rate
2020
Admit
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2019
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2016
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Brown  9.01% 8.49% 8.61% 9.16% 9.60% 8.91% 9.34% 11.17% 13.71%
Columbia  6.04% 6.15% 6.95% 6.89% 7.42% 6.93% 9.44% 9.84% 10.71%
Cornell  13.96% 14.88% 13.98% 15.15% 16.19% 17.97% 18.36% 19.10% 20.66%
Dartmouth  10.52% 10.34% 11.50% 10.05% 9.43% 10.14% 11.68% 12.57% 13.47%
Harvard  5.22% 5.33% 5.90% 5.79% 6.05% 6.26% 7.23% 7.47% 7.92%
Penn  9.41% 9.92% 9.90% 12.10% 12.32% 12.43% 14.26% 17.71% 16.44%
Princeton  6.46% 6.99% 7.28% 7.29% 7.86% 8.46% 8.80% 10.06% 9.25%
Yale 6.27% 6.49% 6.26% 6.72% 6.82% 7.73% 7.88% 7.53% 8.29%
Stanford  4.69% 5.05% 5.07% 5.69% 6.63% 7.10% 7.31% 7.97% 9.49%
MIT  7.81% 8.01% 7.73% 8.15% 8.95% 9.58% 10.08% 10.70% 11.60%
Total 7.94% 8.18% 8.33% 8.77% 9.23% 9.62% 10.59% 11.50% 12.42%


© 2016 Top Tier Admissions

Review of Class of 2020 — Entering Fall 2016

Bowdoin: Bowdoin received 614 Early Decision I (EDI) applications for the Class of 2020. 207 were admitted—an acceptance rate of 33.7 percent. There were 256 Early Decision II (EDII) applicants.

Brown University: Brown accepted 669 of the 3,030 early applications received for the class of 2020. The 3,030 applications for early decision this year represent a slight increase from last year’s 3,016 applications. The University offered admission to 9.01 percent of its applicants to the class of 2020, up from last year’s record-low acceptance rate of 8.49 percent. The rate of admission for the ED round stood at just above 22 percent. Out of the 32,390 students who applied — the largest pool in University history — 2,919 students were admitted. The 2,250 students accepted through the regular decision process will join the 669 students admitted in December. Last year. Brown admitted 2,580 students or 8.5 percent of its 30,397 applicants to the class of 2019.

Columbia University: For the Class of 2020, Columbia accepted 2,193 from 36,292 applications. The acceptance rate of 6.04 percent was slightly lower than the previous 6.15 percent when Columbia admitted 2,228 from 36,250 applications. In this admission cycle, Columbia received 3,520 early decision applications and accepted 620 students for an admission rate just below 18 percent.

Cornell University: According to its Office of Admissions and Enrollment, Cornell received 44,966 applications for admission to the Class of 2020, the highest applicant pool in university history. A total of 6,277 applicants were admitted. The overall admit rate reported by Cornell is 13.96 percent, down from last year’s admit rate of 14.88 percent. Cornell admitted about 1,338 early applicants from a pool of 4,882. In 2015, Cornell received 41,907 applications for freshman admission to the Class of 2019. The overall admit rate reported by Cornell was 14.88 percent as the school admitted 6,234 applicants with 5,038 regular decision applicants and 1,196 Early Decision applicants.

Dartmouth College: The College offered admission to the Class of 2020 to 2,176 students for an overall acceptance rate of 10.52 percent, up from last year’s 10.34 percent acceptance rate when Dartmouth College extended offers of admission to 2,120 applicants for its Class of 2019. The total number of accepted students includes the 525 admitted through the early decision process in December. Dartmouth received 1,927 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2020. The 1,927 applicants represent a 3.6 percent increase over last year’s early decision pool. Dartmouth accepted 525 Early Decision applications –42 more than last year’s 483 students. The 494 students will compose approximately 45 percent of the Class of 2020, estimated at 1175 students. The overall number of applicants increased by 170 students from last year‘s 20,505 applicants.

Duke: Duke reported that 3,455 students applied under its Early Decision program and admitted 813 to the Class of 2020. Last year, Duke accepted 815 of the 3,180 students who applied under its Early Decision program to the Class of 2019. Early decision applicants will make up 48 percent of Duke’s Class of 2020—the same proportion of students admitted through the early decision process of last year. The University accepted 2,501 of the 28,600 regular decision applicants — 8.7 percent, for the Class of 2020.

Georgetown: Georgetown received 7,027 applications and admitted 892 students for an admission ratio of 12.69 percent. Last year, Georgetown received 6,840 applications and admitted 907 students for an admission ratio of 13 percent.

Harvard University: Harvard accepted a record-low 5.22 percent of applicants to its Class of 2020. This year, Harvard received a total of 39,041 applications compared to 37,305 for the Class of 2019 when the school admitted 1,990 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 5.33 percent. With 2,037 admitted students to the Class of 2020, the rate of admission dropped to 5.22 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 6,173 applications and accepted 918, for an admit rate of 14.87% which represents a decrease from the 16.51% of 2019. 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 5.22 percent was higher than the rate at Stanford, which admitted only 4.7 percent of applicants. Harvard’s percentage was lower, however, than those of its peers in the Ivy League: Yale accepted 6.27 percent, Princeton 6.46 percent, Columbia 6.04 percent, Brown 8.5 percent, the University of Pennsylvania 9.41 percent, Dartmouth 10.52 percent, and Cornell 13.96 percent.

Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins accepted 584 students of the 1,929 who applied early for the Class of 2020. This represents an increase of 3 percent or 64 applications from last year. Last year, the university reported that 1,865 applied early for the Class of 2019 with 539 successful applicants. Johns Hopkins University has admitted a total of 2,539 students to the Class of 2020.

MIT: MIT admitted 1,485 students out of 19,020 applicants for the Class of 2020 for an acceptance rate of 7.81 percent. In its early round, MIT admitted 656 students out of 7,767 applications, yielding the lowest rate of acceptance in an early round among its peer group composed of the Ivy League and Stanford. 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. In 2014, MIT admitted 1,419 students out of 18,357 applicants for the Class of 2018, for an acceptance rate of 7.73 percent.

Middlebury: Middlebury received 636 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2020. They accepted 338 Early Decision applications which will compose approximately 49 percent of the Class of 2020’s estimated 685 students. Last year Middlebury College received 667 applications for early decision and admitted 280 students. Middlebury College offered admission to 1,042 students in its regular decision round for the Class of 2020. That brought the total number of admitted students this year to 1,415, for an admit rate of 16 percent. They were selected from among 8,820 applicants, the fourth largest number in the College’s history.

Northwestern: Northwestern University reported a record 3,022 applications and admitted 1,061 students to its Class of 2020. Northwestern’s acceptance rate dropped again, with the University only admitting 10.7 percent of applicants. In 2015, the school had 2,793 applications and admitted 1,011 students to its Class of 2019.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame has admitted 1,610 Early Action applicants to the Class of 2020. 5,321 students were reviewed under the University’s Restricted Early Action program. Early applications were up 21 percent over last year, when 67 percent of the Early Action admitted students enrolled at Notre Dame. This year, 818 admissions candidates to Notre Dame were deferred in the Early Action process and they will be reconsidered in the regular decision admissions process.

Pomona: Pomona received 8,104 first-year applications, the most selective year yet, with the College admitting a record-low 9.1 percent of applicants, or 743 students.

Princeton University: Princeton University has offered admission to 1,894 students, or 6.46 percent of the 29,303 applicants to the Class of 2020. Princeton University received 4,229 early action applications and accepted 785 applicants. Last year, for the Class of 2019, Princeton admitted 1,908 out of 27,290 applicants for an admission rate of 6.99 percent. The class size is expected to be 1,308 students for the Class of 2020.

University of Southern California: USC admitted 8,920 students of the 54,100 applicants for the Class of 2020, a 16.5 percent admission rate which was the lowest in the University’s history.

Stanford University: Stanford University has offered admission to the Class of 2020 to 2,063 students. The Class of 2020 was selected from 43,997 candidates, the largest applicant pool in Stanford’s history, eclipsing last years’ unprecedented 42,487 applications. The figure, which includes 745 candidates admitted in December through Stanford’s Restrictive Early Action program, represents an admission rate of below 4.69 percent. This rate, the most competitive in the university’s history and the lowest in the nation for the fourth year reinforces Stanford’s position as the most selective research university in the United States. The early acceptance rate for the Class of 2019 was 9.52 percent. Last year, Stanford admitted 2,144 students out of 42,487 applicants for admission to the Class of 2019 for an overall admission rate of 5.05 percent.

The University of Pennsylvania: Of the 38,918 students who applied to Penn’s Class of 2020 in the early and regular rounds, 3,661 were admitted, leading to an overall acceptance rate of 9.41 percent. Last year’s overall acceptance rate was 9.92 percent when Penn admitted a total of 3,697 students from 37,267 applications. Out of the total 3,661 admitted, 1,332 students were admitted through the early decision round. The admission rate for the ED round was slightly above 23 percent.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt accepted 2,526 from 28,700 applicants, according to its website. The admissions rate for the Class of 2020 was 8.8 percent.

University of Virginia: The University of Virginia’s early acceptance rate was 31 percent, with 5,203 offers of admission from a pool of 16,768 Early Action applicants. 9,358 students were offered admission from 32,426 total applications for the Class of 2020 – a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year’s pool. The Class of 2020 is targeted to be about 3,675 students — about the same as last year’s enrollment.

Wellesley College: For the Class of 2020, Wellesley received 4,888 applications for admission, the highest number of applications to date. 28% of applicants were admitted. Average SAT scores were: 715/703/717 and the average ACT Composite was 32. 63% of students attended public high schools, 34% attended private/independent schools, and 2% parochial schools. 87% were ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class, though a majority of admitted students came from high schools that do not rank. Students hail from 47 states and the District of Columbia, and represent 51 nations. 52% identify as students of color (including biracial and multiracial) and 8% have alumnae relatives (including cousins).

Williams: Williams College has offered admission to 246 students under its Early Decision plan. This will make up 44.7 percent of the incoming Class of 2020, whose ultimate target size is 550. A total of 585 students applied under Early Decision. Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,206 applicants for the Class of 2020. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 6,982, for an overall acceptance rate of 17 percent.

Yale University: Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 6.27 percent of the 31,455 students who applied to Yale. This represents a slight decrease from last year’s rate of 6.49 percent. The University accepted 9 more students than last year by offering admission to 1,972 students in total. The SCEA round accounted for 795 acceptances out of a pool of 4,662 applications. This marks the fifth 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 1,963 students to its Class of 2019 from a pool of 30,237.

Top Universities Admission Rates — Classes of 2018-2020

Top Universities 2020 2019 2018
2020-2018 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Boston College 8,551 29,486 29 8,232 29,400 28 8,000 23,323 34.30
Boston University 16,650 57,416 29 17,522 54,757 32 18,500 54,191 34.14
Caltech 541 6,856 7.89 576 6,525 8.83 529 6,524 8.11
Carnegie Mellon 4,598 21,189 21.70 4,863 20,547 23.67 4,767 19,810 24.06
Chicago 2,482 31,411 7.90 2,521 30,188 8.35 2,304 27,503 8.38
Duke 3,314 31,150 10.64 3,534 31,150 11.35 3,494 32,506 10.75
Emory 4,927 19,924 24.73 4,796 20,519 23.37 4,616 17,797 25.94
Georgetown 3,276 20,002 16.38 3,202 19,481 16.44 3,232 19,501 16.57
GWU 10,942 25,541 42.84 9,117 19,780 46.09 8,248 19,028 43.35
Johns Hopkins 3,098 27,095 11.43 3,065 24,717 12.40 3,586 23,875 15.02
Northwestern 3,751 35,099 10.69 4,187 32,124 13.03 4,349 33,673 12.92
Notre Dame 3,565 19,499 18.28 3,577 18,156 19.70 3,720 17,897 20.79
NYU 19,000 63,702 29.83 18,500 60,322 30.67 19,000 52,000 36.54
Rice 2,581 15,415 16.74 2,865 17,951 15.96 2,498 17,720 14.10
Tufts 2,831 20,222 14.00 3,050 19,064 16.00 3,325 19,076 17.43
UC Berkeley 12,226 82,558 14.81 13,332 78,923 16.89 13,338 73,794 18.07
UNC Chapel Hill 9,252 35,864 25.80 9,510 31,953 29.76 8,929 31,332 28.50
USC 8,920 54,100 16.49 9,050 51,800 17.47 9,200 51,700 17.79
Vanderbilt 3,326 32,100 10.36 3,500 31,000 11.29 3,631 29,604 12.27
Wake Forest 4,019 13,860 29.00 3,903 13,281 29.39 3,826 11,119 34.41
Virginia 9,416 32,426 29.04 9,147 30,853 29.65 8,970 31,042 28.90
WUSTL 4,729 29,197 16.20 4,898 29,259 16.74 5,002 29,211 17.12

Liberal Arts Colleges Admissions Data—Classes of 2018-2020

Liberal Arts 2020 2019 2018
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Amherst 1,149 8,397 13.68 1,176 8,566 13.73% 1,173 8,478 13.84%
Barnard 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55% 1,323 5,676 23.21%
Bowdoin 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86% 1,032 6,935 14.88%
Carleton 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65% 1,426 6,293 22.66%
Claremont McKenna 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76% 613 6,043 10.14%
Davidson 1,100 5,614 19.59% 1,200 5,350 22.43% 1,169 5,558 21.03%
Dickinson 2,636 6,171 42.72% 2,700 6,028 44.79% 2,720 5,650 48.14%
Grinnell 1,326 7,368 18% 1,580 6,414 24.63% 1,697 6,058 28.01%
Hamilton 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94% 1,312 5,071 25.87%
Harvey Mudd 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 12.70% 510 3,850 13.25%
Kenyon 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87% 1,631 6,627 24.61%
Macalaster 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13% 2,349 6,463 36.35%
Middlebury 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00% 1,422 8,196 17.35%
Occidental 2,884 6,409 45% 2,652 5,911 44.87% 2,552 6,071 42.04%
Pitzer 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92% 580 4,324 13.41%
Pomona 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76% 939 7,724 12.16%
Smith 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97% 1,802 4,461 40.39%
Scripps 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98% 758 2,782 27.25%
Swarthmore 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15% 930 5,540 16.79%
Vassar 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60% 1,771 7,784 22.75%
Wellesley 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30% 1,418 4,667 30.38%
Wesleyan 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98% 2,199 9,477 23.20%
Williams 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84% 1,150 6,316 18.21%

Top Universities Admit Rates — Classes of 2018-2020

Top Universities 2020 2019 2018
2020-2018 Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Boston College 8,551 29,486 29 8,232 29,400 28 8,000 23,323 34.30
Boston University 16,650 57,416 29 17,522 54,757 32 18,500 54,191 34.14
Caltech 541 6,856 7.89 576 6,525 8.83 529 6,524 8.11
Carnegie Mellon 4,598 21,189 21.70 4,863 20,547 23.67 4,767 19,810 24.06
Chicago 2,482 31,411 7.90 2,521 30,188 8.35 2,304 27,503 8.38
Duke 3,314 31,150 10.64 3,534 31,150 11.35 3,494 32,506 10.75
Emory 4,927 19,924 24.73 4,796 20,519 23.37 4,616 17,797 25.94
Georgetown 3,276 20,002 16.38 3,202 19,481 16.44 3,232 19,501 16.57
GWU 10,942 25,541 42.84 9,117 19,780 46.09 8,248 19,028 43.35
Johns Hopkins 3,098 27,095 11.43 3,065 24,717 12.40 3,586 23,875 15.02
Northwestern 3,751 35,099 10.69 4,187 32,124 13.03 4,349 33,673 12.92
Notre Dame 3,565 19,499 18.28 3,577 18,156 19.70 3,720 17,897 20.79
NYU 19,000 63,702 29.83 18,500 60,322 30.67 19,000 52,000 36.54
Rice 2,581 15,415 16.74 2,865 17,951 15.96 2,498 17,720 14.10
Tufts 2,831 20,222 14.00 3,050 19,064 16.00 3,325 19,076 17.43
UC Berkeley 12,226 82,558 14.81 13,332 78,923 16.89 13,338 73,794 18.07
UNC Chapel Hill 9,252 35,864 25.80 9,510 31,953 29.76 8,929 31,332 28.50
USC 8,920 54,100 16.49 9,050 51,800 17.47 9,200 51,700 17.79
Vanderbilt 3,326 32,100 10.36 3,500 31,000 11.29 3,631 29,604 12.27
Wake Forest 4,019 13,860 29.00 3,903 13,281 29.39 3,826 11,119 34.41
Virginia 9,416 32,426 29.04 9,147 30,853 29.65 8,970 31,042 28.90
WUSTL 4,729 29,197 16.20 4,898 29,259 16.74 5,002 29,211 17.12

Liberal Arts Colleges Admissions by Selectivity

Admission Data—Classes of 2018-2020

Liberal Arts 2020 2019 2018
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Pomona 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76% 939 7,724 12.16%
Claremont McKenna 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76% 613 6,043 10.14%
Swarthmore 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15% 930 5,540 16.79%
Harvey Mudd 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 12.70% 510 3,850 13.25%
Pitzer 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92% 580 4,324 13.41%
Amherst 1,149 8,397 13.68 1,176 8,566 13.73% 1,173 8,478 13.84%
Bowdoin 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86% 1,032 6,935 14.88%
Barnard 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55% 1,323 5,676 23.21%
Middlebury 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00% 1,422 8,196 17.35%
Williams 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84% 1,150 6,316 18.21%
Grinnell 1,326 7,368 18% 1,580 6,414 24.63% 1,697 6,058 28.01%
Wesleyan 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98% 2,199 9,477 23.20%
Davidson 1,100 5,614 19.59% 1,200 5,350 22.43% 1,169 5,558 21.03%
Carleton 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65% 1,426 6,293 22.66%
Scripps 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98% 758 2,782 27.25%
Hamilton 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94% 1,312 5,071 25.87%
Kenyon 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87% 1,631 6,627 24.61%
Vassar 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60% 1,771 7,784 22.75%
Wellesley 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30% 1,418 4,667 30.38%
Macalaster 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13% 2,349 6,463 36.35%
Smith 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97% 1,802 4,461 40.39%
Dickinson 2,636 6,171 42.72% 2,700 6,028 44.79% 2,720 5,650 48.14%
Occidental 2,884 6,409 45% 2,652 5,911 44.87% 2,552 6,071 42.04%

Universities Acceptance Rates by Selectivity

Admission Data—Classes of 2018-2020

Universities 2020 2019 2018
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
Stanford 2,063 43,997 4.69% 2,144 42,487 5.05% 2,138 42,167 5.07%
Harvard 2,037 39,041 5.22% 1,990 37,305 5.33% 2,023 34,295 5.90%
Columbia 2,193 36,292 6.04% 2,228 36,250 6.15% 2,291 32,952 6.95%
Yale 1,972 31,455 6.27% 1,963 30,237 6.49% 1,935 30,932 6.26%
Princeton 1,894 29,303 6.46% 1,908 27,290 6.99% 1,939 26,641 7.28%
MIT 1,485 19,020 7.81% 1,467 18,306 8.01% 1,419 18,357 7.73%
Caltech 541 6,856 7.89% 576 6,525 8.83% 529 6,524 8.11%
Chicago 2,482 31,411 7.90% 2,356 30,162 7.81% 2,304 27,503 8.38%
Brown 2,919 32,390 9.01% 2,580 30,397 8.49% 2,619 30,432 8.61%
Penn 3,661 38,918 9.41% 3,697 37,267 9.92% 3,551 35,868 9.90%
Vanderbilt 3,326 32,100 10.36% 3,500 31,000 11.29% 3,631 29,604 12.27%
Dartmouth 2,176 20,675 10.52% 2,120 20,505 10.34% 2,220 19,296 11.50%
Duke 3,314 31,150 10.64% 3,534 31,150 11.35% 3,494 32,506 10.75%
Northwestern 3,751 35,099 10.69% 4,187 32,124 13.03% 4,349 33,673 12.92%
Johns Hopkins 3,098 27,095 11.43% 3,065 24,717 12.40% 3,586 23,875 15.02%
Cornell 6,277 44,966 13.96% 6,234 41,907 14.88% 6,019 43,041 13.98%
Tufts 2,831 20,222 14.00% 3,050 19,064 16.00% 3,325 19,076 17.43%
UC Berkeley 12,226 82,558 14.81% 13,000 78,900 16.48% 12,795 73,711 17.36%
WUSTL 4,729 29,197 16.20% 4,898 29,259 16.74% 5,002 29,211 17.12%
Georgetown 3,276 20,002 16.38% 3,202 19,481 16.44% 3,232 19,501 16.57%
USC 8,920 54,100 16.49% 9,050 51,800 17.47% 9,200 51,700 17.79%
Rice 2,581 15,415 16.74% 2,600 17,900 14.53% 2,498 17,720 14.10%
Notre Dame 3,565 19,499 18.28% 3,577 18,156 19.70% 3,720 17,897 20.79%
Carnegie Mellon 4,598 21,189 21.70% 4,863 20,547 23.67% 4,767 19,810 24.06%
Emory 4,927 19,924 24.73% 4,796 20,519 23.37% 4,616 17,797 25.94%
UNC Chapel Hill 9,252 35,864 25.80% 9,510 31,953 29.76% 8,929 31,332 28.50%
Wake Forest 4,019 13,860 29.00% 3,903 13,281 29.39% 3,826 11,119 34.41%
Boston University 16,650 57,416 29.00% 17,522 54,757 32.00% 18,500 54,191 34.14%
Boston College 8,551 29,486 29.00% 8,232 29,400 28.00% 8,000 23,323 34.30%
Virginia 9,416 32,426 29.04% 9,147 30,853 29.65% 8,970 31,042 28.90%
NYU 19,000 63,702 29.83% 18,500 60,322 30.67% 19,000 52,000 36.54%
GWU 10,942 25,541 42.84% 9,117 19,780 46.09% 8,248 19,028 43.35%

Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges Combined Acceptance Rates by Admit Rate

Admission Data—Classes of 2018-2020

Universities &
Liberal Arts Colleges
2020 2019 2018
Admit Applied % Admit Applied % Admit Applied %
4% to 10% Admit Rate
Stanford 2,063 43,997 4.69% 2,144 42,487 5.05% 2,138 42,167 5.07%
Harvard 2,037 39,041 5.22% 1,990 37,305 5.33% 2,023 34,295 5.90%
Columbia 2,193 36,292 6.04% 2,228 36,250 6.15% 2,291 32,952 6.95%
Yale 1,972 31,455 6.27% 1,963 30,237 6.49% 1,935 30,932 6.26%
Princeton 1,894 29,303 6.46% 1,908 27,290 6.99% 1,939 26,641 7.28%
MIT 1,485 19,020 7.81% 1,467 18,306 8.01% 1,419 18,357 7.73%
Caltech 541 6,856 7.89% 576 6,525 8.83% 529 6,524 8.11%
Chicago 2,482 31,411 7.90% 2,356 30,162 7.81% 2,304 27,503 8.38%
Brown 2,919 32,390 9.01% 2,580 30,397 8.49% 2,619 30,432 8.61%
Pomona 743 8,104 9.17% 790 8,091 9.76% 939 7,724 12.16%
Claremont McKenna 594 6,342 9.37% 698 7,152 9.76% 613 6,043 10.14%
Penn 3,661 38,918 9.41% 3,697 37,267 9.92% 3,551 35,868 9.90%
10% to 20% Admit Rate
Vanderbilt 3,326 32,100 10.36% 3,500 31,000 11.29% 3,631 29,604 12.27%
Dartmouth 2,176 20,675 10.52% 2,120 20,505 10.34% 2,220 19,296 11.50%
Duke 3,314 31,150 10.64% 3,534 31,150 11.35% 3,494 32,506 10.75%
Northwestern 3,751 35,099 10.69% 4,187 32,124 13.03% 4,349 33,673 12.92%
Johns Hopkins 3,098 27,095 11.43% 3,065 24,717 12.40% 3,586 23,875 15.02%
Swarthmore 963 7,717 12.48% 950 7,817 12.15% 930 5,540 16.79%
Harvey Mudd 526 4,180 12.58% 523 4,119 12.70% 510 3,850 13.25%
Pitzer 536 4,155 12.90% 536 4,149 12.92% 580 4,324 13.41%
Amherst 1,149 8,397 13.68 1,176 8,566 13.73% 1,173 8,478 13.84%
Cornell 6,277 44,966 13.96% 6,234 41,907 14.88% 6,019 43,041 13.98%
Tufts 2,831 20,222 14.00% 3,050 19,064 16.00% 3,325 19,076 17.43%
Bowdoin 970 6,788 14.29% 1,009 6,790 14.86% 1,032 6,935 14.88%
UC Berkeley 12,226 82,558 14.81% 13,000 78,900 16.48% 12,795 73,711 17.36%
Barnard 1,131 7,071 15.99% 1,301 6,655 19.55% 1,323 5,676 23.21%
Middlebury 1,415 8,820 16.04% 1,512 8,894 17.00% 1,422 8,196 17.35%
WUSTL 4,729 29,197 16.20% 4,898 29,259 16.74% 5,002 29,211 17.12%
Georgetown 3,276 20,002 16.38% 3,202 19,481 16.44% 3,232 19,501 16.57%
USC 8,920 54,100 16.49% 9,050 51,800 17.47% 9,200 51,700 17.79%
Rice 2,581 15,415 16.74% 2,600 17,900 14.53% 2,498 17,720 14.10%
Williams 1,206 6,982 17.27% 1,159 6,883 16.84% 1,150 6,316 18.21%
Grinnell 1,326 7,368 18% 1,580 6,414 24.63% 1,697 6,058 28.01%
Notre Dame 3,565 19,499 18.28% 3,577 18,156 19.70% 3,720 17,897 20.79%
Wesleyan 2,200 12,026 18.29% 2,177 9,905 21.98% 2,199 9,477 23.20%
Davidson 1,100 5,614 19.59% 1,200 5,350 22.43% 1,169 5,558 21.03%
20% to 30% Admit Rate
Carnegie Mellon 4,598 21,189 21.70% 4,863 20,547 23.67% 4,767 19,810 24.06%
Carleton 1,430 6,500 22% 1,388 6,721 20.65% 1,426 6,293 22.66%
Emory 4,927 19,924 24.73% 4,796 20,519 23.37% 4,616 17,797 25.94%
Scripps 745 2,978 25.02% 731 2,613 27.98% 758 2,782 27.25%
Hamilton 1,317 5,230 25.18% 1,301 5,434 23.94% 1,312 5,071 25.87%
UNC Chapel Hill 9,252 35,864 25.80% 9,510 31,953 29.76% 8,929 31,332 28.50%
Kenyon 1,688 6,400 26.38% 1,689 7,077 23.87% 1,631 6,627 24.61%
Vassar 1,943 7,306 26.59% 1,937 7,567 25.60% 1,771 7,784 22.75%
Wellesley 1,368 4,888 27.99% 1,380 4,555 30.30% 1,418 4,667 30.38%
Wake Forest 4,019 13,860 29.00% 3,903 13,281 29.39% 3,826 11,119 34.41%
Boston University 16,650 57,416 29.00% 17,522 54,757 32.00% 18,500 54,191 34.14%
Boston College 8,551 29,486 29.00% 8,232 29,400 28.00% 8,000 23,323 34.30%
Virginia 9,416 32,426 29.04% 9,147 30,853 29.65% 8,970 31,042 28.90%
NYU 19,000 63,702 29.83% 18,500 60,322 30.67% 19,000 52,000 36.54%
30% to 40% Admit Rate
Macalaster 2,081 5,946 35% 2,360 6,031 39.13% 2,349 6,463 36.35%
Smith 1,955 5,252 37.22% 1,800 5,004 35.97% 1,802 4,461 40.39%
Dickinson 2,636 6,171 42.72% 2,700 6,028 44.79% 2,720 5,650 48.14%
GWU 10,942 25,541 42.84% 9,117 19,780 46.09% 8,248 19,028 43.35%
Occidental 2,884 6,409 45% 2,652 5,911 44.87% 2,552 6,071 42.04%
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