"Ithaca College’s acceptance rate has reached its highest percentage in a decade for the 2019–20 academic year.
The number of freshman applicants for Fall 2019 was 14,192, according to the 2019–20 Facts in Brief released by the college Oct. 1. From this pool, 10,326 applicants — or 72.8% — were accepted to the college. This is the highest percentage the college has accepted since Fall 2009. In Fall 2009, 12,752 incoming freshmen applied to the college, and 9,471 applicants — or 74.3% — were admitted, according to the 2009–10 Facts in Brief.
In the 10 years that have passed between the peaks, the college’s average acceptance rate was 67.7%. In this time frame, there have been significant fluctuations. The lowest acceptance rate was 59.1% in Fall 2014.
Nationally, private institutions accepted an average 63.5% of first-time freshmen in Fall 2016, according to the most recent State of College Admission report from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. Although there are no set guidelines for the selectivity of a college or university, the report states that the most selective four-year colleges accept less than half of all applicants. Approximately two-thirds of first-time freshmen were enrolled at institutions with acceptance rates between 50–85%." …