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Astoundingly Low Acceptance Rates

principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
edited April 2009 in Prep School Admissions
This year many top schools witnessed acceptance rates far below the twenty percent benchmark (Andover had 16.6% for reference). While the "Big Three" colleges may prove to be an exception, the Ivies seem to have an acceptance rate revolving somewhere around 15%.
Somethings to note:
  • Boarding schools have a far more self selected application class
  • Fewer people apply in the whole scheme of things
  • Every idiot applies to Harvard, not everyone applies to boarding school
  • While (HADES GCM) may be famous, they are not Harvard famous
Taking this and more things into consideration why do these schools have acceptance rates that parallel Ivy and top schools?
Post edited by principalviola on

Replies to: Astoundingly Low Acceptance Rates

  • pan1956pan1956 Registered User Posts: 528 Member
    PV they absolutely do not! If you break it down into subsets, the admission rate may be as high as 40% for some groups. For example, full pay, ninth grade domestics from the midwest or south or far west have it a lot easier than the sub 20% that you cite.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    If you break Ivy admissions into subsets you would see the same thing. At least I would think so...
  • pan1956pan1956 Registered User Posts: 528 Member
    Actually, Ivy admission rates are down to 7-8% at HYP and maybe 10% at Columbia. And there are no demographic subsets of applicants to Ivies that achieve a 40% acceptance rate. On the other hand, full pay, domestic ninth grade boarders from underrepresented states may reach a 40-50% acceptance rate at the most selective boarding schools.
  • benevolent4thembenevolent4them Registered User Posts: 1,154 Senior Member
    yes pan. Harvard is between 7 and 8%. Columbia is 9%.

    Dartmouth is around 16%.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    I'm not talking about the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton of schools. Even schools such as Cornell (which are amazing) have slightly higher acceptance rates. You will see the strive for overall diversity which includes affirmative action and full pay "help".
  • PorterSargentPorterSargent Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Some of the elite private day schools in major cities rival even the best boarding schools in selectivity. In New York, there's Collegiate (10 percent), Dalton (13), Trinity (14), and the Children's Storefront School, a tuition-free PS-8 school for Harlem kids that accepted only 2 percent of applicants. In Washington, DC, there's Maret (10 percent), Georgetown Day (18) and Sidwell Friends (19), and in Boston there's Roxbury Latin (17 percent), Buckingham Browne & Nichols (17), Park (16) and Windsor (20).

    I think the really exclusive summer programs and internships probably boast the most competitive admissions. Cornell's Nanobiotechnology internship for high school students admits less than 1% of applicants, and the Research Science Institute is in the single digits as well. Both of these programs are free, though.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    Benevolent Dartmouth's acceptance rate is 12.0%. Columbia is 9.82%.

    Ivy acceptance rates are as follows this year:
    Harvard: 7%
    Yale: 9%
    Princeton: 10%
    Columbia: 10%
    Brown: 11%
    Dartmouth 12%

    Penn: 17%
    Cornell: 19%
  • benevolent4thembenevolent4them Registered User Posts: 1,154 Senior Member
    Jeesh, I always though Penn was one of the better ones.

    Cornell has really dropped! It was like 24 last year.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    Penn is. They are all top in the nation... Penn Wharton is like godly for business, even better than Harvard's program.
  • pan1956pan1956 Registered User Posts: 528 Member
    PV, back to the bread and butter of the thread that you launched. Are we in agreement that if the admission rates to the top secondary schools are microscopic, then it follows that the admission rates to the top universities are electron-microscope level sub-microscopic?
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    I would say that other than the perennial top of universities, boarding schools have lower acceptance rates. I would like to see the breakdown for some Ivies, however.
  • pinkheart23pinkheart23 Registered User Posts: 240 Junior Member
    As I recently posted, Deerfield's overall acceptance rate was 16%. Freshmen had about a 13.4% chance, while boarders also had less of a shot than day students. Girls also had a lower rate than guys, probably just random year-to-year fluctuation. International kids' average was 8.9%...so imagine being a female, international boarder. I am estimating, but wouldn't that be <5%? Sheesh!
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