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College Admissions Statistics Class of 2021: Early and Regular Decision Acceptance Rates

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Replies to: College Admissions Statistics Class of 2021: Early and Regular Decision Acceptance Rates

  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    edited April 20
    @houston1021 Usually Rice releases their data very late (late summer-early fall) on their Class Profile and with little fanfare, so you don't actually know when they are posted except if you check the admissions website regularly. This year the Washington Post got them to reveal their ED numbers which was surprising. Maybe this is a change in their openness policy.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    edited April 20
    Ranked Admissions Data
    Class of 2021: Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges*

    Total Applications:

    1.Wesleyan University12,543
    2.Colby College 11,190
    3.Swarthmore College 9,383
    4.Pomona College 9,046
    5.Middlebury College 8,910
    6.Williams College 8,593
    7.Colorado College 8,215
    8.Vassar College 7,746
    9.Barnard College 7,716
    10.Bowdoin College 7,240
    11.Carleton College 6,500
    12.Claremont McKenna College 6,350
    13.Macalester College 5,901
    14.Hamilton College 5,700
    15.Wellesley College 5,700
    16.Kenyon College 5,600
    17.Haverford College 4,424
    18.Harvey Mudd College 4,078
    19.Pitzer College 3,753
    20.Scripps College 2,841

    RD Acceptance Rate:
    1.Pomona RD 554 out of 8155 (6.8%)
    2.Claremont RD 450 out of 5683 (7.9%)
    3.Swarthmore ED/RD 960 out of 9383 (10.2%)
    4.Bowdoin RD 719 out of 6264 (11.5%)
    5.Williams College RD 996 out of 7865 (12.7%)
    6.Harvey Mudd RD 485 out of 3575 (13.6%)
    7.Colorado College ED1/ED2/EA/RD 1212 out of 8215 (14.7%)
    8.Barnard ED/RD 1139 out of 7716 (14.8%)
    9.Wesleyan ED1/ED2/RD 1932 out 12,543 (15.4%)
    10.Pitzer ED1/ED2/RD 584 out of 3753 (15.6%)
    11.Colby ED1/ED2/RD 1750 out of 11,190 (15.6%)
    12.Middlebury RD 1350 out of 8082 (16.7%)
    13.Haverford ED/RD 859 out of 4424 (19.4%)
    14.Carleton College ED1/ED2/RD 1300 out of 6500 (20%)
    15.Wellesley ED1/ED2/RD 1197 out of 5700 (21%)
    16.Vassar ED1/ED2/RD 1769 out of 7746 (22.8%)
    17.Hamilton ED1/ED2/RD ~1345 out of 5700 (23.6%)
    18.Kenyon ED/RD 1850 out of 5600 (33.0%)
    19.Scripps ED1/ED2/RD 949 out of 2841 (33.4%)
    20.Macalester ED1/ED2/RD ~2301 out of 5901 (39.0%)

    Early Acceptance Rate:
    1.Harvey Mudd ED1/ED2 81 out of 503 (16.1%)
    2.Pomona ED1/ED2 187 out of 891 (21.0%)
    3.Bowdoin ED1/ED2 244 out of 976 (25%)
    4.Claremont ED1/ED2 207 out of 667 (34.1%)
    5.Pitzer ED1/ED2 __ out of __ (34.4%)
    6.Williams ED 257 out of 728 (35.3%)
    7.Scripps ED1/ED2 __ out of __ (38%)
    8.Middlebury ED1/ED2 403 out 828 (48.7%)

    Total Acceptance Rate:
    1.Pomona ED1/ED2/RD 741 out of 9046 (8.2%)
    2.Swarthmore ED/RD 960 out of 9383 (10.2%)
    3.Claremont ED1/ED2/RD 657 out of 6350 (10.3%)
    4.Bowdoin ED1/ED2/RD 963 out of 7240 (13.3%)
    5.Harvey Mudd ED1/ED2/RD 566 out of 4078 (13.8%)
    6.Williams ED/RD 1253 out of 8593 (14.6%)
    7.Colorado College ED1/ED2/EA/RD 1212 out of 8215 (14.7%)
    8.Barnard ED/RD 1139 out of 7716 (14.8%)
    9.Wesleyan ED1/ED2/RD 1932 out 12,543 (15.4%)
    10.Pitzer ED1/ED2/RD 584 out of 3753 (15.6%)
    11.Colby ED1/ED2/RD 1750 out of 11,190 (15.6%)
    12.Haverford ED/RD 859 out of 4424 (19.4%)
    13.Middlebury ED1/ED2/RD 1753 out of 8910 (19.7%)
    14.Carleton College ED1/ED2/RD 1300 out of 6500 (20%)
    15.Wellesley ED1/ED2/RD 1197 out of 5700 (21%)
    16.Vassar ED1/ED2/RD 1769 out of 7746 (22.8%)
    17.Hamilton ED1/ED2/RD 1345 out of 5700 (23.6%)
    18.Kenyon ED/RD 1850 out of 5600 (33.0%)
    19.Scripps ED1/ED2/RD 949 out of 2841 (33.4%)
    20.Macalester ED1/ED2/RD 2301 out of 5901 (39.0%)

    *Excluding for insufficient data: Amherst, Davidson, Grinnell, Oberlin, Smith, Washington & Lee
  • ChembiodadChembiodad Registered User Posts: 1,578 Senior Member
    Not including Bates and Colgate in top-20 LAC?
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    edited April 20
    I don't know whether it makes a difference. Colgate never releases any data until after the summer, so it's academic whether they would be included in the list. Bates also has no data, and I think it falls outside of what most people think are the top 20 LACs. Right now I gave the benefit of the doubt to schools like Pitzer and Macalester and Kenyon because they were more forthcoming with data; we can debate what the final list is when schools might not make the cut. (Also, 20 is completely arbitrary, so we could easily expand the list as well.)

    The LACs we had data for that I kept off the list were Trinity and Union; they might have the most reasons to gripe.
  • YnotgoYnotgo Registered User Posts: 3,469 Senior Member
    edited April 20
    My husband is at Caltech's Prefrosh Weekend attending with my son. I asked him to report any admissions information that was given out. Unfortunately, it wasn't a detailed slide, but this is what I have from him:

    "Caltech admitted 525 out of around 8000 applicants. Sure about the 525; don't remember for sure if it was 7K or 8K applicants. 52% of admitted pool is female."

    Edit: Found press release that cites the 525 number, but still no number of applications: http://www.caltech.edu/news/admitted-students-get-sneak-peek-caltech-life-prefrosh-weekend-54738
  • hhjjlalahhjjlala Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    The Brown acceptance rate is a little off. Brown admitted 2027 students for RD this year.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Another article on Colby admissions. Have not checked to see if it adds additional information.

    http://colbyechonews.com/class-2021-shatters-previous-admission-records/
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    I'm not sure who asked about this upthread, but here's Lehigh: http://thebrownandwhite.com/2017/04/20/lehigh-acceptance-rate/
    Lehigh acceptance rate at an all time low

    Interim vice provost Bruce Bunnick said the acceptance rate for the class of 2021 was 24.7, 1.6 percentage points lower than the class of 2020. Bunnick said one factor that influences the acceptance rate is the quality of students that apply to Lehigh. The selectivity increased because of the high number and quality of applicants.
    ****
    Jennifer Castro, director of diversity recruitment and Jade Eggleston, the assistant director, said 35 percent to the students accepted for the class of 2021 represent diversity, of which 10 percent are international students and 25 percent are students of color.****

    Bunnick said in the fall of 2019, Lehigh’s first-year class will expand by 125 students from 1,235 to 1,360.
    ****
    As for wait-listed students, Bunnick said 66 students were accepted off the waitlist in 2016....If the numbers are lower than anticipated in the middle to end of April, students will be taken off the waitlist and are given 72 hours to accept.
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    edited April 24
    @Casper999 Funny, I had no idea my random choice of avatar could be triggering these responses!
  • MadsDadMadsDad Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Actually, Bates is well within the Top 20 LACs. Starting with the idiotic US News ranking, Bates comes in at 14 - ties don’t really create the jumps US News forces. A “better” way to look at rankings comes from the Washington Post, and it places Bates in the Top 20. Check it out here:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/20/heres-a-new-college-ranking-based-entirely-on-other-college-rankings/?utm_term=.972d747f0e94
  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 1,016 Senior Member
    That's a great list. Thanks. I will use that one from now on!!!
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    @MadsDad, it's a matter of debate about Bates. I personally believe that students prefer Colorado College, Harvey Mudd (which wasn't on the WaPo composite list), Haverford, and Barnard to Bates; and their selectivity will be reflected in more accomplished high school students. Bates is probably equally selective as Smith, Carleton, Oberlin and Grinnell, but those schools have much better students as a whole than Bates. I certainly could be convinced otherwise, but there a great mix of schools at that level that makes rankings of 10-25
  • spayurpetsspayurpets Registered User Posts: 873 Member
    Oops, couldn't finish my thoughts on Bates before the post was saved. The eight schools I listed in the post are below Bates on the WaPo list, and think all of them arguably should be higher ranked than Bates in what most people think of as the Top 20 LACs.

    I believe that based on reputation, both among students and among peer institutions, people would put Bates further down the list. And certainly when I was growing up in New England, there was a clear delineation in quality between Bowdoin and Colby on the one hand and Bates on the other. That was many years ago so maybe I'm not as in tune with changes in perception of Bates recently.

    What I do know is that Bates is very close lipped about their admissions data and accepted student stats, so for our list purposes there's nothing up for debate.
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