College acceptance rates, 2018

College acceptance rates, 2018

Many have heard that acceptance rates have been tightening year by year. As class sizes at most institutions has remained constant while the number of applications has skyrocketed, university places have become more and more competitive. This year, NYU alone received over 75,000 applications for admission, setting a new record for applicants received by a private university in the US.

Not surprisingly, the 2018 admissions season saw acceptance rates that were lower than ever before. Admissions at Harvard dropped below 5% for the first time, and below 7% at MIT. Stanford was the most competitive school for the third year in a row, with an acceptance rate of 4.4%.

2018

2017

2016

2015

American University

29 29 26 35

Amherst College

12.8 13 13.7 12

Barnard College

13.7 15 17 20

Boston College

27 32 32 28

Boston University

27 25 29 32

Bowdoin College

10.3 13.6 14.8 15

Brown University

7.2 8.3 9 8.6

California Institute of Technology

8 7.9 9

Carleton College

19.4 20 22.6 20

Carnegie Mellon University

5-14 22 21.7 24

Claremont McKenna College

9 10.4 9.4 11

Colby College

13 16 17 22

Columbia University

5.5 5.8 6.04 6.1

Cornell University

10.3 12.5 14.1 14.9

Dartmouth College

8.7 10.4 10.5 10.3

Davidson College

19 22

Emory University

18.5 21.8 25.3 23

Duke University

8 9 10.4 11

Georgetown University

14.5 15 16.4 16

Georgia Institute of Technology

22 23 25 31

Hamilton College

21 24 26 25

Harvard University

4.6 5.2 5.2 5.3

Harvey Mudd College

14 14 13 13

Haverford College

19 19 21 25

Johns Hopkins University

9.9 11.8 11.5 12

Lehigh University

22 25 26 30

Massachussetts Institute of Technology

6.7 7.1 7.8 8

Middleburty College

18.4 19.7 16 20

New York University

19 28 32 31

Northwestern University

8.4 9 10.7 13

Oberlin College

39.4 37 29 30

University of Pennsylvania

8.4 9.2 9.4 9.9

Pitzer College

13 16 13 13

Pomona College

6.9 8.2 9.1 10

Princeton University

5.5 6.1 6.5 7

Rice University

11 16 15 16

Scripps College

24 33 25 28

Smith College

31.9 37.2 37.9 38

Stanford University

4.4 4.7 4.8 5.0

Swarthmore College

9.1 10.2 12.5 12

Tufts University

14.6 14.8 14.3 16

Tulane University

17 21 26

UC Berkeley

15 18.3 14.8 17

UC Davis

34 38 41.2 38

UC Irvine

29 37 41 39

UC LA

12 16.1 18 17.3

UC Santa Cruz

41 51 58 51

University of Chicago

7.2 8.7 7.9 8

University of Michigan

23.5 24 28.6 26

University of Notre Dame

17.6 18.4 18.3 20

University of Southern California

12.8 16 16.5 17

University of Virginia

26.5 27 28.8 28

Vanderbilt University

9.2 10.3 10.4 11

Washington and Lee University

21.2 23.6 24

Washington University (St. Louis)

15 16 16.2 16.7

Wellesley College

19 22 28 29

Wesleyan University

17.5 15.4 17.7 22

College of William and Mary

36 35 38 33

Williams College

12.2 14.6 17.3 17

Yale University

6.3 6.9 6.3 6.5

Vassar College

23.5 23.8 22.8 22.5
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