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!
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.
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%?
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.
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)