Acceptance rates at the most selective US colleges
At the majority of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the US, the admissions rates have been dropping significantly year-over-year. This visualization shows the acceptance rate at the most selective schools in the US — the forty-three institutions where, in 2018, the acceptance rate was below 20%. At nearly half of these schools, the acceptance rate was below 10%, meaning that one in ten hopeful students were accepted. New York University had one of the steepest drops in admissions rates, falling from 32% in 2016 to 19% in 2018, a 40.6% decrease in just two years. The schools at the very top of the rankings have continued to become more competitive as well; in 2018, admissions at Harvard dropping below 5% for the first time. For the third consecutive year Stanford was the most selective school in the US, with an acceptance rate of 4.4%.