Welcome! Login | Register
 

The Scoop: Fung’s Plan to Reform Taxes, Gorbea Adds to Campaign Team, and More—Welcome back to The Scoop, the 4 p.m.…

Flu Vaccination Campaign to Kick-Off at RI State House—Rhode Island’s flu vaccination campaign will kick off…

Narragansett Beer Re-Releases Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout—Originally introduced last December as “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up,”…

RWU and Silent Witness Initiative To Launch Domestic Violence Online Database Tool—Roger Williams University and the Silent Witness Initiative…

Taco Pledges $400,000 to Support URI’s College of Engineering and Yes on 4—The Taco White Family Foundation will donate $400,000…

Rhody Ramble’s Upcoming Fall Events for Families—Rhody Ramble, launched in 2012, connects families with…

The Scoop: Kilmartin Hits Back at Hodgson, Harrop Urges Right-To-Work Municipal Ordinance, and More—Welcome back to The Scoop, the 4 p.m.…

Pawtucket Hall of Fame Taps Nesselbush As “Person of the Year”—Three City residents, Joan Crawley, former Director of…

Patriots Blown Out By Chiefs In Kansas City—Many billed the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs…

NEW: Hodgson Blasts Kilmartin For No Bid Legal Contracts to State Legislator—Rhode Island State Senator Dawson Hodgson blasted Attorney…

 
 

College Admissions: The Hardest Colleges To Get Into In 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

 

Stanford University has overtaken Harvard as the hardest college to get into in 2013, with a record-breaking low acceptance rate of 5.7%.

Statistics for the Class of 2017 are staring to roll out now that regular decision season has come to a close, and the numbers are daunting at the big name colleges. 7 of the 8 Ivy League universities reported a lower acceptance rate (only Dartmouth saw a slight increase). Harvard reported the lowest Ivy acceptance rate at 5.79%, followed by Yale at 6.72%, Columbia at 6.89%, Princeton at 7.29% and Brown at

9.16%. In the double digits, Dartmouth offered 10.05% of applicants a spot in the freshman class, followed by UPENN - 12.10% and Cornell - 15.15%. Outside the Ivy League, Stanford topped Harvard with an all-time low acceptance rate of just 5.7% and MIT took just 8.2% of applicants.

City Schools-Big Winners

Meanwhile, applications surged at a number of colleges, particularly those in cities. Boston University saw almost a 20% increase in applications. Case Western in Cleveland received 25% more applications. And at UCLA, U. Chicago and NYU, applications increased approximately 10%. Even colleges in smaller cities, like Clark in Worcester, saw a 28% jump. However, one rural college rocked the numbers with a 42% increase in applicants: tiny Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Scandals Can Hurt

Who took a tumble? Amherst College saw more than a 7% decrease in apps following a rape scandal that shook the campus and national media. And for unknown reasons, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute applications dropped more than 10%.

All Colleges Are NOT Uber Competitive

Depressed by the numbers? Don’t be. There are more than 2,000 four year colleges in the U.S., and only 300-400 of those are selective. The reality is that most colleges in the U.S. take more than 75% of applicants, and less than 10% of Fortune 500 CEO’s went to an Ivy League college. The most important factor in selecting a school should not be selectivity, but rather how well the institution matches your learning style, academic goals, career interests, personality and budget.

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic, college counseling and athletic recruiting services for students. www.collegeadvisorsonline.com.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.