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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Colleges announce 2011 acceptance rates — yet again, historically low


If you were not accepted into the prestigious university of your dreams, it’s okay — at many schools, many more applicants are rejected than accepted, and acceptance rates continue to shrink. (On the flip side, if you got in — congrats!)

Once again by popular demand, I am compiling a list of acceptance rates for the Class of 2015. (Here is last year’s list.) I would love for you to help! If you come across some current stats, shoot me an e-mail at johnsonj@washpost.com or leave a comment.

6.2 percent at Harvard: It was yet another highly selective year at one of the country’s most selective colleges. Harvard received 34,950 applications for the Class of 2015 and accepted 2,158 students for an admit rate of 6.2 percent, an all-time low and down from last year’s 6.9 percent. Ten years ago, the acceptance rate was 10.7 percent for the Class of 2005. (Crimson article)

6.9 percent at Columbia: The dean of undergraduate admissions called this "our most selective admissions cycle ever” with 35,000 applications, a 33 percent increase from last year. The university admitted 6.9 percent of applicants, a decrease from last year’s rate of 9.2 percent. (Spectator article)

7.1 percent at Stanford: Yet another record-breaking year at the Farm with 34,348 applications, 2,427 acceptances through regular and early decision, and an admit rate of 7.1 percent (barely breaking last year’s record of 7.2). The university plans to grow its freshman class by about 50 students because it has extra classroom and residence hall space. (Stanford Daily article)

7.35 percent at Yale: Applications were up, so the admit rate again went down at Yale. Out of 27,282 applications, Yale accepted 7.35 percent of students, down from last year’s rate of 7.5 percent. (Yale Daily News article)

8.39 percent at Princeton: This year just may have had “the most selective admission process in the University's history,” according to a news release. In the past seven years, Princeton has seen its applicant pool grow 98.5 percent, and this year it received a record 27,189 applications. The university accepted 2,282 students, making the admit rate for the Class of 2015 8.39 percent — down from 8.8 percent last year and 10.1 percent the year before. (News release)

8.7 percent at Brown: The Brown Class of 2015 is "very, very accomplished,” the dean of admissions says, and the most selective group yet. Brown received 30,946 applications and accepted 2,115 students to join the 577 students who were accepted through early decision. The overall admission rate is 8.7 percent, down from last year’s 9.3 percent. (Brown Daily Herald article)

9.6 percent at MIT: On Pi Day, MIT accepted 1,715 students into its Class of 2015. The university received 17,909 applications, 8 percent more than last year. That made for an admit rate of 9.6 percent, barely down from last year’s 9.7 percent. The freshman class is expected to be about 60 students larger than it was last year. (Tech article)

9.7 percent at Dartmouth: The university received a record number of applications for the Class of 2015 and accepted 2,178 students. The admit rate of 9.7 percent is down from last year’s 11.7 percent. The class includes 186 “legacy applicants,” who make up 8.5 percent of the class, slightly less than in previous years. (The Dartmouth article)

12.3 percent at the University of Pennsylvania: The university received 31,659 applications and accepted a total of 3,880 students during early and regular decision. That means a 12.3 percent acceptance rate, down from 14.2 last year. The rate for regular decision was 9.5 percent, making this the first year the university has hit single digits. (Daily Pennsylvanian article)

12.6 percent at Duke: “This was an incredibly challenging year, both for the applicants and for the staff of the admissions office” at Duke, the dean of admissions said. The university received 29,689 applications — 11 percent more than last year and 46 percent more than three years ago. Of that pool, 3,094 students were invited to join the Class of 2015. The regular-decision application rate is 10.8 percent, and the early-decision rate was 29 percent, bringing the overall rate to 12.6 percent. (Chronicle article)

15 percent at Swarthmore: The university received an all-time high of 6,547 applications this year, with a substantial boost in the number of applications from California, New York and international students. Swarthmore accepted 977 students and officials are aiming for a freshman class of about 383. The admit rate of 15 percent is less than last year’s 16 percent. (Press release)

15.45 at Vanderbilt: The university received 24,756 applications, which was 14 percent more than last year, and accepted about 3,820 students. Its admit rate, as of mailing day in late March, was 15.45 percent. That’s down from 16.4 percent last year. Of students admitted to the Class of 2015, 96 percent reported having received at least one significant honor or held at least one leadership position. (Vandy admissions blog)

15.6 percent at Bowdoin: The acceptance rate dropped considerably this year at Bowdoin College in Maine. The university received 6,554 applications through regular and early decision, and accepted 1,021 students for the Class of 2015. The admit rate is 15.6 percent, down from last year’s 19.7 percent. (Bowdoin Orient article)

18 percent at Georgetown: The university received a total of 19,275 applications and accepted 3,648 students for an admit rate of about 18 percent, down from last year’s 19.3 percent. The acceptance rate was even lower for Georgetown College, the most popular of the university’s four undergraduate schools, which admitted 17 percent of applicants. And about 1,200 students are sitting on a waiting list. (Hoya article)

18 percent at Cornell: The Class of 2015 will be the university’s sesquicentennial class — and it was difficult to get in. The university received a record high of 36,392 applications and accepted 6,534 through early and regular decision. That means an overall admit rate of 18 percent, down from 18.4 percent last year. (Daily Sun article)

18.3 at Johns Hopkins: The university invited 3,550 applicants to join the Class of 2015 after shifting through a record-breaking 19,388 applications sent in during the early and regular admissions cycles. The admissions rate also fell to a record low of 18.3 percent, down from the previous low of 20.5 percent last year. The university is hoping for a freshman class of about 1,245. (Press release)

22 percent at Tufts: Tufts’s dean of undergraduate admissions called it a “surge year,” with 17,130 applications, a 11 percent jump from last year. The university accepted 22 percent of applicants, down from 24.5 last year. (Tufts Daily article)

26.75 at Hamilton: The college received 5,264 applications and accepted 1,408 students for an acceptance rate of 26.75 percent — down from 29.44 percent last year. This year the New York school received more applications but accepted fewer students.

32 percent at George Washington: Unlike many schools, GWU saw a slight increase in its admit rate. Last year the university accepted 31.5 percent of applicants -- and this year the rate was 32 percent. The university received about 21,500 applications (from students at 2,886 high schools) for the fall and accepted 6,890 students. The plan is to have about 2,350 students in the Class of 2015. (Hatchet article)

41 percent at American: It was yet another record-high year for the number of applications to AU. The university received 18,733 applications and accepted 7,763 students. It’s acceptance rate is 41 percent, down from 43 percent last year and 53 percent in 2009.

41.76 percent at Dickinson College: This year the college saw the largest applicant pool in its history with 6,000 applications — a 21 percent increase from last year. The college accepted nearly 42 percent of applicants, less than last year. (Press release)

42.9 percent at St. Lawrence University: This liberal arts university in Canton, NY, also saw an increase in its acceptance rate. The university received 4,254 applications and accepted 1,826 students. Its acceptance rate is 42.9 percent, which is up from 38.5 percent last year and 39.2 percent the year before. But the admit rate is much lower than it was in 1999, when 73.7 percent of students were accepted.

Again, help me add more schools to this list by leaving a comment or sending me an e-mail. (And a special thanks to everyone who sent me info so far!)

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