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Colleges grouped by selectivity rating

gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Super Moderator Senior Member
edited April 2007 in College Admissions
Princeton Review has each college and university rated from 60-99 on selectivity. I've looked in vain to find on their website a listing of schools by rating, thinking it would be a useful tool in deciding whether to consider a given school to be a reach, a target, or a safety. Since the PR website doesn't have such a list, I made my own groupings using USNWR's top 50 universities and top 50 LACs. I certainly wouldn't treat it as gospel, but in the event that you all find it useful, or at least interesting, here's the list:

99 - Harvard
Yale
Princeton
Penn
Columbia (?)
Brown
Duke
Stanford
MIT
Cal Tech
Wash U. St. L.
Williams
Swarthmore
Pomona
Middlebury

98 - Dartmouth
Johns Hopkins
Rice
Notre Dame
Emory
UC-Berkeley
Georgetown
UCLA
Tufts
Amherst
Bowdoin
Haverford
Claremont McKenna
Davidson
Barnard

97 - Cornell
Northwestern
U. of Chicago
Vanderbilt
U. of Virginia
William & Mary
Southern Cal
Brandeis
Boston College
Wellesley
Carleton
Wesleyan U.
Vassar
Washington & Lee
Colgate
Oberlin

96 - Carnegie Mellon
Michigan
UNC-Chapel Hill
Lehigh
UC-San Diego
NYU
Grinnell
Hamilton
Colby
Bates
Scripps
Kenyon
Reed
Harvey Mudd

95 - Wake Forest
U. of Rochester (?)
UC-Irvine
U. of Washington
Smith
Macalester
Bucknell
Colorado College
Lafayette
U. of Richmond
Connecticut College
Whitman
Bard
Furman

94 - Tulane
UC-Santa Barbara
UC-Davis
U. of Florida
Bryn Mawr
Trinity College
Holy Cross
Union
Gettysburg

93 - Mt. Holyoke
Occidental
Rhodes

92 - U. of Wisconsin
Franklin & Marshall
Centre
Skidmore
Dickinson
DePauw

91 - Case Western Reserve
Georgia Tech (?)
Rensselaer Polytechnic (?)
Syracuse
Sewanee

90 - Sarah Lawrence

89 - Penn State

87 - U. of Illinois
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Replies to: Colleges grouped by selectivity rating

  • SweetLax88SweetLax88 Posts: 308Registered User Junior Member
    Wash U and Middebury are a bit high up...
  • beefsbeefs Posts: 2,559Registered User Senior Member
    99 - Harvard
    Yale
    Princeton
    Penn
    Columbia
    Brown
    Stanford
    MIT
    Cal Tech
    Wash U. St. L.
    Williams
    Swarthmore
    Pomona
    Middlebury

    98 -
    Cornell
    Duke
    Dartmouth
    Johns Hopkins
    Rice
    Notre Dame
    Emory
    UC-Berkeley
    Georgetown
    UCLA
    Tufts
    Amherst
    Bowdoin
    Haverford
    Claremont McKenna
    Davidson


    97 -
    Northwestern
    U. of Chicago
    Vanderbilt
    U. of Virginia
    William & Mary
    Southern Cal
    Brandeis
    Boston College
    Wellesley
    Carleton
    Wesleyan U.
    Vassar
    Barnard
    Washington & Lee
    Colgate
    Oberlin
  • unregisteredunregistered Posts: 1,180Registered User Member
    Middlebury is not more selective than Dartmouth and Amherst.
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Super Moderator Senior Member
    Note that this isn't my own opinion. It's the selectivity rating for each school that Princeton Review shows on its "Statistics" link off each school's profile.
  • unregisteredunregistered Posts: 1,180Registered User Member
    Yeah, and I'm challenging it. Amherst and Dartmouth belong in the first group, Middlebury in the second. (I would drop WashU down, too).
  • Tyler09Tyler09 Posts: 2,768Registered User Senior Member
    I think it's pretty good, the bottom 5 of the first tier should be dropped down to second tier though, they arent even on the same level.
  • SweetLax88SweetLax88 Posts: 308Registered User Junior Member
    It should be this

    99 - Harvard
    Yale
    Princeton
    Penn
    Columbia
    Brown
    Stanford
    MIT
    Cal Tech
    Dartmouth

    98 -
    Cornell
    Duke
    Johns Hopkins
    Rice
    Notre Dame
    Georgetown
    Amherst
    Wash U. St. L.
    Williams
    Swarthmore
    Pomona

    97 -
    Northwestern
    U. of Chicago
    Vanderbilt
    UC-Berkeley
    Emory
    Middlebury
    U. of Virginia

    96
    William & Mary
    Southern Cal
    Brandeis
    Boston College
    Wellesley
    Carleton
    Wesleyan U.
    Vassar
    Barnard
    Washington & Lee
    Colgate
    Oberlin
    Bowdoin
    Haverford
    Claremont McKenna
    Davidson
    UCLA
    Tufts
  • a778999a778999 Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    Wash U was REALLY competitive this year.
  • pb2002pb2002 Posts: 355Registered User Member
    bowdoin is too low. and your list is kind of screwy. emory and vanderbilt are too high.
  • Abhi08544Abhi08544 Posts: 2,184Registered User Senior Member
    These are the top 20 this year (deleting some state schools for obvious reasons)

    1. HARVARD UNIVERSITY 19,690 2,054 10.4%
    2. YALE UNIVERSITY 17,735 2,014 11.4%
    3. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 13,695 1,733 12.7%
    4. STANFORD UNIVERSITY 19,172 2,486 13.0%
    5. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK 17,258 2,275 13.2%
    6. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 10,466 1,665 15.9%
    7. BROWN UNIVERSITY 15,285 2,505 16.4%
    8. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 11,734 2,173 18.5%
    9. WILLIAMS COLLEGE 5,705 1,093 19.2%
    10. AMHERST COLLEGE 5,489 1,136 20.7%
    11. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 18,282 3,878 21.2%
    12. DUKE UNIVERSITY 17,749 3,804 21.4%
    13. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY 14,828 3,243 21.9%
    14. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST LOUIS 19,822 4,400 22.2%
    15. RICE UNIVERSITY 8,106 1,802 22.2%
    16. MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE 5,702 1,286 22.6%
    17. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES 44,981 10,577 23.5%
    18. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY 37,001 8,833 23.9%
    19. BOWDOIN COLLEGE 4,853 1,186 24.4%
    20. DAVIDSON COLLEGE 4,154 1,108 26.7%

    EDIT: DATA ARE FROM 2004. SOURCE USATODAY
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    This list is a little off. Middlebury more selective than Dartmouth and Amherst is ridiculous for example.
  • symphonyofs0undsymphonyofs0und Posts: 374Registered User Member
    Abhi08544, that link is for 2006 admits. this year i think the most selective was columbia with 8.9%.
  • Abhi08544Abhi08544 Posts: 2,184Registered User Senior Member
    I edited that before, See the edit. The data used is from 2004. Too old and useless.
  • symphonyofs0undsymphonyofs0und Posts: 374Registered User Member
    hahaha, my bad...=]

    also, i heard that jhu's ED rate is really high....something like 50-60%. i really want to go there, but does anyone know if this is true?
  • SweetLax88SweetLax88 Posts: 308Registered User Junior Member
    Why are Vandy and Emory too high? Maybe Emory but Vandy is very selective
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