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Northeastern: 7% acceptance rate!

ivyambitionivyambition Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2010 in Northeastern University
So, I was accepted at Northeastern and through this e-mail they sent me, they told me that they accepted 2,800 students out of 38,000 applications! Northeastern, according to US News stats of last year, accepted 35% in 2008. Is this sudden jump possible? This is seriously incredible!
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Posts: 983Registered User Member
    Northeastern enrols 2800 freshman out of 38,000 applications. The yield rate (percent of those accepted who actually enrol) is around 20 to 25%. This yield rate is comparable with BU and BC.

    They will likely accept about 30% of applicants, knowing that many accepted students will end up going elsewhere for a variety of reasons.
  • ivyambitionivyambition Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    No- I am not talking about how many will attend. They mentioned in the e-mail that they finished deciding and the aforementioned are the stats- therefore, a 7% acceptance rate this year.
  • blinkangel44blinkangel44 Posts: 1,159Registered User Senior Member
    They definitely accepted way more than 2,800. They freshman class profile from Fall 2008 said there were 2,923 freshmen who attended. We obviously don't know how many will attend Northeastern this upcoming fall yet, but the number should be around 2,800.
  • Emily2007Emily2007 Posts: 981Registered User Member
    Tomsr is right.

    there are 2800 spots in a class. They accept far, far more than 2800 students... like Tomsr said, about 30% (30% of 38000 is about 11000). Then, of these 11,000, about 2800 attend.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 10,006Registered User Senior Member
    You are misreading it or they said it very badly, but TomSr is right. Many years not even Harvard has 7%. But you aren't thinking at all if you think they really only offered admission to 2,800 students out of 38,000 applicants. Last year they enrolled 2,830 in their freshman class. You think their yield is 100%?
  • HYPhoperHYPhoper Posts: 409Registered User Member
    Acceptance rate =/= ( attending / applicants )

    Acceptance rate == ( acceptances / applicants )
  • Emily2007Emily2007 Posts: 981Registered User Member
    wow, posting jinx.
  • hudsonvalley51hudsonvalley51 Posts: 2,394Registered User Senior Member
    Don't believe that for a second. There same sort of garbled acceptance letter mislead a lot of students into thinking Geneseo was as selective as Princeton last year. I will bet you a fleet of BMW Z4s that Northeastern accepted more than 2,800 applicants this year. Feel free to PM me to collect if I am proved wrong.
  • ivyambitionivyambition Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    " We have now completed our decisions for the Fall class and we ended up with almost 38,000 applications for only 2,800 available spots! You should be very proud of your success."
  • HYPhoperHYPhoper Posts: 409Registered User Member
    They're trying to look more selective than they are.

    They accepted probably 10,000+ applicants.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Posts: 983Registered User Member
    "...we ended up with almost 38,000 applications for only 2,800 available spots! You should be very proud of your success."

    They are telling the truth. NU does not say the only ADMITTED 2800 students. If you choose to read more into this than is there, then you are mistaken.

    A 30% acceptance rate is a pretty low acceptance rate.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 10,006Registered User Senior Member
    Wow, ivyambition. What was your CR score on the SAT, 400? The letter is extemely clear. They have 2,800 available spots. 38,000 people applied for those spots. Anyone that has spent more than 5 minutes looking into applying for college knows that colleges accept more people than they have spots, since at most schools more than half the students decide to go elsewhere. I would stop posting on this thread if I were you, it is so embarrassing.

    BTW HYPhoper, I know you had a "typo" in your post #7 (you had two definitions for acceptance rate), but it still would have been wrong.

    Acceptance rate = (Offers of admission/applicants)

    Yield rate = (Matriculants/Offers of admission)
  • cc2727cc2727 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    (Class Size / Yield Rate) / # of applicants = acceptance rate

    (2800/0.232)/38000 ≈ 32% acceptance rate
  • neuchimieneuchimie Posts: 1,562Registered User Senior Member
    Wow guys, chill out. I'm pretty sure they get the point. It's not that big of a deal.
  • blinkangel44blinkangel44 Posts: 1,159Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, please calm down. It really doesn't matter that much.
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