With that said, I know there’s a lot of obsessing over which schools accepted which students, so here’s a collection of this year’s data from a few of the country’s most selective institutions:
Stanford University, 5.69 percent
Stanford reports that it received a record 38,828 applications from around the world and accepted 2,210. Of those, 725 applicants who were accepted in December through the early action program. The Stanford Daily reports that another 813 students are on a wait-list. This year’s admit rate of 5.7 percent is the university’s lowest yet and makes it slightly more selective than Harvard.
Harvard University, 5.79 percent
Harvard reports that it received 35,023 applications for the Class of 2017 and accepted 2,029 students. This year’s acceptance rate of 5.8 percent is slightly down from last year’s 5.9 percent. For those accepted, about 10 percent are international students, and 53.4 percent are men. Outside of class and test-taking, 42 percent cited involvement in “music and other expressive and performing arts,” 35 percent have been involved with “debate and political activities, including student government, and 54 percent plan to participate in recreational, intramural or intercollegiate athletics.”
Yale University, 6.72 percent
The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions received 29,610 applications and accepted 1,991 students, according to the Yale Daily News. The Class of 2017 will likely have about 1,350 students. Yale’s admit rate of 6.72 percent is a new low for the university — last year a whopping 6.8 percent of students were accepted. Yale received 4,520 early-action applications for this cycle and accepted 649 students, a 14.4 percent admit rate. Additionally, Yale placed 1,001 students on a wait-list.
Columbia University, 6.89 percent
Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science received 33,531 applications for the Class of 2017 and accepted 2,311 students, according to the Columbia Spectator. Overall, applications were up about 5 percent from last year. Within the first 30 seconds that Columbia posted its admission decisions online last week, 1,351 applicants had logged on to check. Within four minutes, the Spectator reports, a student from the Chicago suburbs became the first to indicate plans to enroll.