How Selective Colleges Really Are

How Selective Colleges Really Are

Want to know how selective colleges really are?  Below is a VERY (That’s with a capital v, e, r and y) long list of factual data on just how selective college truly are.  You’ll see exactly how many applications they received and how many students they admitted.  Equally interesting is how selective the students are. For example, you’ll see a school that received over 10,000 applications and admitted nearly 8,000 but less than 1,000 enrolled.  You see, colleges like to maintain a mystique of being the gate keeper to an elite organization that only a select few will gain entrance into their exclusive club.

The truth is, which many admissions folks won’t openly admit, they want you as much, if not more than you want them.  The evidence is in the numbers. And it is a numbers game.  The rules are, get as many applicants as possible so we can select the top X% and refuse admission to the rest.  Using that equation (Don’t worry, I’ll do the math for you.) If a school receives 10,000 applications and accepts the top 50%, they accept 5,000 students.  Now compute the acceptance to enrolled factor.  Let’s say for the this example it’s 25%.  that would give our example school an enrolling class of 1,250 new students.  Perfect number to fill all seats, employ all faculty and staff and add to their new student union fund.  Now let’s flip the script on this school.  What if they only get 5,000 applications this year.  Using the same formula, that means only 675 new students.  Much too low for their plans.  What happens?  If nothing else changed, most schools would be forced to lower their admission standards and accept a MUCH higher rate of students, say 90%.

While some counselors will advise more applications to increase your odds of acceptance, the truth is, be selective and you’ll increase everyone’s odds.  If you truly have no plan to attend, do waste your time or money.  You shouldn’t put much weight into “fallback” colleges.   Going to college for the sake of going to college may not be your best option.  College is quite possibly the biggest investment you’ll make in yourself.  If your top schools don’t accept you, you may want to reconsider your options, i.e.: starting at an inexpensive community college and transferring in after a year.

And without further ado, here is the definitive list of how selective colleges really are:

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Institution name Number of applicants Number admitted Number admitted who enrolled Percent of applicants admitted Percent of admitted who enrolled Reporting period
Abilene Christian University 10188 4986 1030 48.9% 20.7% Fall 2013
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 1567 1111 887 70.9% 79.8% Fall 2013
Adams State University 2658 1398 519 52.6% 37.1% Fall 2013
Adelphi University 8654 5897 918 68.1% 15.6% Fall 2013
Adrian College 4675 2631 496 56.3% 18.9% Fall 2013
Adventist University of Health Sciences 2110 282 59 13.4% 20.9% Fall 2013
Agnes Scott College 1340 896 254 66.9% 28.3% Fall 2013
AIB College of Business 424 292 184 68.9% 63.0% Fall 2013
Alabama A & M University 6142 5521 1104 89.9% 20.0% Fall 2013
Alabama State University 10245 5251 1479 51.3% 28.2% Fall 2012
Alaska Bible College N/A
Alaska Pacific University 494 185 33 37.4% 17.8% Fall 2013
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 1601 1015 246 63.4% 24.2% Fall 2013
Albany State University 8250 1643 501 19.9% 30.5% Fall 2012
Albertus Magnus College 689 470 132 68.2% 28.1% Fall 2013
Albion College 4430 2498 346 56.4% 13.9% Fall 2013
Albright College 6060 3776 655 62.3% 17.3% Fall 2013
Alcorn State University 2265 1878 575 82.9% 30.6% Fall 2013
Alderson Broaddus University 4892 2114 438 43.2% 20.7% Fall 2013
Alfred University 3417 2385 535 69.8% 22.4% Fall 2013
Alice Lloyd College 3656 1646 189 45.0% 11.5% Fall 2013
Allegheny College 4512 2927 604 64.9% 20.6% Fall 2013
Allegheny Wesleyan College N/A
Allen College 4 2 1 50.0% 50.0% Fall 2013
Allen University N/A
Alliant International University 128 63 28 49.2% 44.4% Fall 2013
Alma College 2699 1833 376 67.9% 20.5% Fall 2013
Alvernia University 1792 1391 389 77.6% 28.0% Fall 2013
Alverno College 582 459 208 78.9% 45.3% Fall 2013
Amberton University N/A
American Baptist College N/A
American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc N/A
American International College 1928 1307 346 67.8% 26.5% Fall 2013
American Jewish University 100 59 23 59.0% 39.0% Fall 2013
American Musical and Dramatic Academy 2877 749 477 26.0% 63.7% Fall 2012
American Samoa Community College N/A
American University 17545 7566 1627 43.1% 21.5% Fall 2013
American University of Puerto Rico N/A
American University of Puerto Rico N/A
Amherst College 7927 1132 466 14.3% 41.2% Fall 2013
Amridge University N/A
Anderson University 2734 1516 444 55.4% 29.3% Fall 2013
Anderson University 2190 1424 502 65.0% 35.3% Fall 2013
Andrews University 2551 957 388 37.5%

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