you are attempting to compare colleges, such as Stanford, which does NOT require applicants to designate a particular major on their college application, with colleges that DO admit by major.
I.E. you are comparing apples to oranges…
try comparing like with like and see what the results are. 8-|
In 2017, the University of Washington CS direct admit rate was 5%. (They used to have a web page with that info, but has been taken down recently because of the new admission mechanism.) Your estimate of 34.5% is way off the mark.
^ Last year, the University of Washington’s CS website stated, “For 2017, over 5,000 freshmen applicants indicated Computer Science or Computer Engineering as their first choice major. Of these applicants, around 150 students were offered direct admission. These admits have an average unweighted GPA of 3.97 and are mostly Washington state residents. Average test scores are: ACT 34, SAT math 764, SAT verbal 758."
As you mentioned, the admission process is changing this year:
@Greymeer - Stevens Institute of Technology does not publish separate admission rate statistics for individual majors, such as computer science, EE, etc., It only publishes an overall university-wide admission rate (which was 38% for the most recent admitted class). It also does not admit by major. Students may indicate their interest in a certain major in the application but the only selection they make when applying is the broad decision between engineering, science, and business/technology management. One does not have to select a specific major such as electrical, mechanical, civil, etc. engineering, computer science, et al. until the second year. This is likely true of many of the other schools in your list as well, so how do you determine the CS-specific admission rate from the overall admission rate?
I looked more closely at CMU’s admissions web page.
CMU allows application to two colleges, but only admits to one.
The per college admissions statistics that they publish on their admissions web page must count all applications, which artificially inflates the number of applicants and makes the colleges appear more selective than they really are.
@engineer80 - Stevens does supply engineering admissions data to the ASEE. The admissions rate and SAT scores for ASEE reported data and IPEDS reported data are the same while the number of applicants for engineering is less.(6620 vs.8335)
From your experience/knowledge, does that make sense?
@Mastodon - This data does not specify admission rates to individual majors such as EE and CS, rather it is an overall rate across all engineering majors. Stevens doesn’t disallow a student from declaring any major, an accepted student can choose any engineering major (if he/she declares engineering to be the broad course of study when applying) or science major (including CS, if science were to be declared). Some students transfer between engineering and science as well. The acceptance rate for engineering would equally apply to all engineering majors since an engineering student can select any of them, but the numbers of students who select computer science may differ substantially from the engineering numbers (since CS is within the science curriculum rather than the engineering curriculum).