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least selective ctcl

nw2thisnw2this 2566 replies76 threads Senior Member
Which of the Colleges that Change Lives are the least selective? test optional?

Is this information in the book?

I will eventually research all of them, but asking in case someone has already done the leg work.

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  • merc81merc81 11805 replies201 threads Senior Member
    You can compare selectivity through the Princeton Review. For example, McDaniel College's selectivity rating of 82 can be compared to the ratings of the other CTCL schools.

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  • aquaptaquapt 2437 replies51 threads Senior Member
    edited May 23
    The least selective is almost certainly Evergreen State, which is the one of the two public CTCL schools (the other, New College of Florida, is much more selective). It's test-optional and has a >95% acceptance rate. It's more "alternative" in curriculum than most of the others, though, and best suited to students who thrive in a self-directed setting.
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  • nw2thisnw2this 2566 replies76 threads Senior Member
    Thanks I made a list based on @merc81 's suggestion:

    Name Selectivity
    Hampshire College 69
    University of Lynchburg 71
    The Evergreen State College 72
    Guilford College 72
    Marlboro College 74
    Emory & Henry College 77
    Saint Mary’s College of California 77
    Antioch College 78
    Goucher College 78
    Eckerd College 80
    Hendrix College 81
    Ohio Wesleyan University 81
    University of Puget Sound 81
    Ursinus College 81
    Hiram College 82
    McDaniel College 82
    Southwestern University 82
    Birmingham-Southern College 83
    Agnes Scott College 84
    Knox College 84
    Allegheny College 85
    Cornell College 85
    Juniata College 85
    New College of Florida 85
    Wabash College 85
    Beloit College 86
    Hope College 86
    St. John’s College (NM) 86
    Willamette University 86
    Bard College 87
    Millsaps College 87
    Wheaton College [IL] 87
    Austin College 88
    Kalamazoo College 88
    Lawrence University 88
    Centre College 89
    Clark University 89
    Earlham College 89
    St. John’s College (MD) 89
    College of Wooster 89
    St. Olaf College 90
    Hillsdale College 92
    Whitman College 92
    Denison University 93
    Rhodes College 93
    Reed College 95
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  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 2307 replies11 threads Senior Member
    Check the acceptance rates on those you are interested in by research the individual colleges. The above list has many incorrect numbers. You will also need to look at individual schools as many will be TO next year and for a year or so after that.
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  • merc81merc81 11805 replies201 threads Senior Member
    edited May 24
    Re #3, it also might be helpful for viewers to consider the scale of the rating: 60–99.

    @ECmotherx2: It doesn't appear as if you have interpreted the Princeton Review figures as intended. The numbers posted in #3 are difficulty of admission indices, not acceptance rates.
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  • aquaptaquapt 2437 replies51 threads Senior Member
    Hate to say it, but also check into the solvency of each school, especially the ones at the less competitive end. Hampshire, for example, has been on the brink already, and the pandemic is not going to help. Goucher recently cut back a number of programs for financial reasons. Antioch has already closed once and re-launched. This crisis is going to be hard for a lot of these schools to weather. (This article is from right *before* the coronavirus hit. https://www.forbes.com/sites/schifrin/2019/11/27/dawn-of-the-dead-for-hundreds-of-the-nations-private-colleges-its-merge-or-perish/#487c3208770d )

    The Forbes ratings are just one data point - some schools with low ratings have soldiered on solidly for years, while others with higher ratings have abruptly folded. But it does bear looking at whether the college, and the particular programs you're interested in at that college, are in a financial position to sustain everything that attracts you to them.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 1552 replies28 threads Senior Member
    My D20 will be attending Goucher after a gap year, and in speaking with them recently they mentioned they’ve just added 8 majors this year. We do worry if they’re going to be around in a year though- I would worry if it were almost any school.
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