New statistics show it really is that hard to get into college
Oh, students admitted to Columbia for the upcoming academic year. You few! You happy few! You 9 percent of the 26,178 who applied! Although, according to the New York Times’ 2010 Admissions Tally, only 58 percent of you enrolled. The data ran on “The Choice Blog,” under the subheading “Demystifying College Admissions and Aid.” Further demystification after the jump.
Sure, Columbia and its 9 percent admit rate were tough, but tougher still were Harvard, Stanford, and Yale (all 7 percent), as well as Princeton, Cooper Union, and Juilliard (all of which accepted only 8 percent).
The schools weren’t the only ones playing hard to get. The highest yield (admissions-speak for the percentage of accepted students who in turn accept the school) belonged to Cooper Union and (surprise!) Harvard, each with 76 percent, followed by FIT—yes, the Fashion Institute of Technology—with 75 percent. Stanford brought in 72 percent of its admits, and Juilliard passed its audition for 70 percent of the students it admitted. So basically, the best way for a college to secure a high yield is to be highly specialized and/or pre-professional. Or Harvard or Stanford.
Wait list statistics are somewhat harder to demystify, since the tally shares the raw number—not the percentage—admitted off the wait list. Not surprisingly, more students were taken off of wait lists at larger schools. There is, however, one Big Red exception. Cornell, which had a wait list of 1,492, accepted exactly zero students from its patient purgatory.
Regardless! Congratulations to the incoming first-years, who won this numbers game. Welcome to four years of being mystified.
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