A Look At 2013 College Admission Statistics

student-resized-600The chocie published their 2013 listing of college admissions statistics at a range of institutions.  For parents and students making their college decisions, this data, compiled by The New York Times may add some perspective to the college admissions process.
Among the trends in college admissions 2013:

1. Applicant pools are growing larger.  The University of Southern California received applications from 57,000 students.  That’s 10,000 more than they received just two years ago.

2. Colleges are becoming more selective. In some of the more extreme examples, at Harvard, the admit rate dipped to 5.79 percent. At Yale, 6.72 percents of 29,600 applicants were accepted.  Stanford accepted 5.69 percent of its more than 38,800 applicants. The University of Chicago accepted only 8.8 percent of its more than 30,300 applicants.

3.  Holistic college admissions make acceptances and rejections a vastly more complex and unpredictable process.

4.  Colleges are more concerned about their rankings and, as a result, are working to appear more selective.  It’s a trend that reeks of negativity, but the more students a college rejects, the more appealing they look.

5.  (In defense of the colleges) More students who aren’t exactly qualified are applying to elite schools and this is inflating the application numbers.  The Common App is generally the root cause for this.

6. Admission officers are selecting students who are likely to enroll — also because of rankings criteria.

Some notes about The New York Times 2013 college admissions report:

  • This list is not comprehensive. There are more than 2,000 colleges and universities in this country; only a fraction are listed.
  • Early admission applicants who were deferred and accepted in regular admissions were counted twice: as early applicants, and again as regular admits.
  • “N/A” indicates that the data was not made available or does not apply to the institution. (Colleges that do not have early admissions, for example, did not report early admit rates.)

Keep in mind, it often matters more what a student does in college than where a student goes. This is why it is so important to find the “right fit” school.  Success can be found at any number of colleges and universities.

*This information has been provided by our friends at International College Counselors

Consider what your top prioritiies for school and what it will take for you to be a successful student while still having opportunities and challenges.  Don’t attend a school just because it is the easiest or most convenient for you to get by as easily as possible.  Shoot for the stars!  Do your best in high school, get the scholarships, and attain those high scores with the SAT to open doors for what you never thought possible in your college degree.

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