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College Acceptance Rates, Class of 2016

  
  
  

College Admission Rates, Class of 2016

College AcceptanceCollege admission at the nation’s most selective schools has become increasingly competitive. As another admissions cycle comes to an end, many colleges are reporting another rise in applications and another decrease in acceptance rates. According to the Department of Education, there are 3.2 million graduating seniors in the US this year and the number of international students in the US has increased by more than 20% since 2007. Below is a list of colleges including the number of students who applied to each school and the percentage of students who were accepted. We will continue to update this list as more information is released in the coming weeks. 

School

Students Applied

Acceptance Rate

Barnard College

5,940

21%

Boston University

43,979

45.5%

Bowdoin College

6,716

16.1%

Brown University

28,742

9.6%

Bryn Mawr

2,600

41%

Claremont McKenna College

5,056

12.4%

Columbia University

31,851

7.4%

Cornell University

37,812

16.2%

Dartmouth College

23,110

9.4%

Duke University

31,600

11.87%

Emory University

17,502

26%

George Washington University

21,700

32.7%

Georgetown University

20,100

16%

Harvard University

34,302

5.9%

Johns Hopkins University

20,496

17.7%

Middlebury College

8,849

16%

MIT

18,109

8.9%

Northwestern University

32,065

15%

Pitzer University

4,227

15.7%

Princeton University

26,664

7.86%

Stanford University

36,631

6.6%

Swarthmore College

6,589

14.1%

Tufts University

16,379

21.2%

University of Chicago

27,277

13.2%

University of Notre Dame

16,952

22.7%

University of Pennsylvania

31,216

12.3%

University of Southern California

45,917

18.2%

University of Virginia

28,274

27.4%

Vanderbilt University

28,340

12.02%

Washington University

in St. Louis

28,826

15.4%

Wesleyan University

10,503

19.7%

Williams College

7,067

16.7%

Yale University

28,974

6.82%

Unfortunately, despite an increase in applications, many colleges are not expanding their freshmen class size. So while some students are celebrating an acceptance or feeling disappointed about a denial, others have been waitlisted. As more students apply to more schools, it has become increasingly difficult for schools to predict how many students will ultimately enroll and by utilizing a waitlist, schools have more control over the size of the freshmen class. This year, Yale University waitlisted 1,001 students, Princeton University waitlisted 1,472 students, and Stanford University waitlisted 789 students. Often a waitlisted applicant will be considered after the rest of the Regular Decision applicants have responded.

Read our team's tips for getting admitted off of a waitlist.   

We also offer a service called an Application Review: one of our expert counselors, many of whom are former admissions officers at schools like Yale University, Brown University, and Georgetown University, will review your application and provide feedback on the aspects of the application that may have led to a deferral or waitlist decision, and provide suggestions for moving forward.

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