(2011.04.01) Another Tough Year for High School Seniors Applying to Private Colleges (Fall 2011/Class of 2015)

Most private colleges and universities release admissions decisions by April 1st. High school seniors (fall 2011/class of 2015) applying to elite private colleges this year had a tremendously difficult time getting in. Almost all private colleges saw a substantial increase in the number of applications they received, which resulted in record low percentages of students admitted. Below are the admissions data for some of the most prestigious private colleges and universities in the country:
 

 

No. of Applicants

No. of Admitted Students

 Percentage Admitted

 Harvard

 34,950 (30,489 in 2010)

 2,158 (2,184 in 2010)

 6.2% (7.2% in 2010)

 Columbia

 34,929 (26,178 in 2010)

 2,410 (2,397 in 2010)

 6.9% (9.2% in 2010)

 Stanford

 34,348 (32,022 in 2010)

 2,427 (2,340 in 2010)

 7.1% (7.3% in 2010)

 Yale

 27,282 (25,869 in 2010)

 2,006 (2,039 in 2010)

 7.4% (7.9% in 2010)

 Princeton

 27,189 (26,247 in 2010)

 2,282 (2,148 in 2010)

 8.4% (8.8% in 2010)

 Brown

 30,948 (30,163 in 2010)

 2,692 (2,804 in 2010)

 8.7% (9.3% in 2010)

 MIT

 17,909 (16,632 in 2010)

 1,715 (1,676 in 2010)

 9.6% (10.1% in 2010)

 Dartmouth

 22,385 (18,778 in 2010)

 2,178 (2,165 in 2010)

 9.7% (11.5% in 2010)

 U Penn

 31,659 (26,938 in 2010)

 3,880 (3,830 in 2010)

 12.3% (14.2% in 2010)

 CalTech

 5,225 (4,859 in 2010)

 628 (610 in 2010)

 12.0% (12.5% in 2010)

 Duke

 29,689 (26,770 in 2010)

 3,739 (3,372 in 2010)

 12.6% (12.6% in 2010)

 Amherst

 8,438 (8,099 in 2010)

 1,077 (1,240 in 2010)

 12.8% (15.3% in 2010)

 Pomona College

 7,207 (6,764 in 2010)

 979 (997 in 2010)

 13.6% (14.7% in 2010)

 Claremont McKenna

 4,481 (4,264 in 2010)

 619 (729 in 2010)

 13.8% (17.1% in 2010)

 Swarthmore

 6,547 (6,041 in 2010)

 977 (967 in 2010)

 14.9% (16.0% in 2010)

 Wash U in St Louis

 28,826 (24,939 in 2010)

 4,440 (5,285 in 2010)

 15.4% (21.2% in 2010)

 Univ of Chicago

 21,773 (19,340 in 2010)

 3,446 (3,639 in 2010)

 15.8% (18.8% in 2010)

 Williams

 7,030 (6,633 in 2010)

 1,199 (1,237 in 2010)

 17.1% (18.7% in 2010)

 Georgetown

 19,275 (18,100 in 2010)

 3,466 (3,490 in 2010)

 18.0% (19.3% in 2010)

 Cornell

 36,392 (36,338 in 2010)

 6,534 (6,673 in 2010)

 18.0% (18.4% in 2010)

 Northwestern

 30,975 (27,615 in 2010)

 5,575 (6,379 in 2010)

 18.0% (23.1% in 2010)

 Johns Hopkins

 19,388 (18,459 in 2010)

 3,550 (3,787 in 2010)

 18.3% (20.5% in 2010)

 Rice

 13,803 (12,393 in 2010)

 2,568 (2,639 in 2010)

 18.6% (21.3% in 2010)

 Harvey Mudd

 3,144 (2,718 in 2010)

 614 (638 in 2010)

 19.5% (23.5% in 2010)

 USC

 37,107 (35,794 in 2010)

 8,449 (8,715 in 2010)

 22.8% (24.4% in 2010)

 Notre Dame

 16,543 (14,510 in 2010)

 3,995 (4,009 in 2010)

 24.2% (27.6% in 2010)

 NYU

 42,242 (38,037 in 2010)

 10,831 (11,327 in 2010)

 25.6% (29.8% in 2010)

 Boston College

 33,000 (29,933 in 2010)

 9,200 (9,310 in 2010)

 27.9% (31.1% in 2010)

 Carnegie Mellon

 16,525 (15,459 in 2010)

 5,023 (5,135 in 2010)

 30.4% (33.2% in 2010)

 
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