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Reality Check: College Acceptance Rates, Fall 2013

Here are the acceptance rates for the Class of 2017 (freshman starting fall 2013).  Except where noted, the rates are overall acceptance rates, including both early admissions programs and regular decision applicants.  When a regular decision rate isn't specified, you can typically assume that the admissions rate for regular decision applicants is lower than the overall rate.

Competitive Colleges: Overall acceptance rate over 50%

  • DePaul University: 58%
  • Elon University: 53% overall; 53% early; 50% regular decision
  • George Mason University: 60%
  • Ithaca College: 64%
  • Lewis & Clark College: 62.17% overall; 75% early; 55% regular decision
  • Ohio Wesleyan University: 70%
  • State University of New York Canton: 55.8%
  • University of California Merced: 65.6% overall; California applicants, 66.8%; out of state applicants 48.3%; international applicants, 41.9%
  • University of California Riverside: 54.7% overall; California applicants, 55.5%; out of state applicants 54.2%; international applicants 43.7%
  • University of Georgia: 53%
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign: 62.87% overall
  • University of Rhode Island: approx. 75% overall
  • University of Vermont: 77%
  • University of Washington: 55.2%
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison: 51%

Very Competitive Colleges:  Overall acceptance rate 36 - 50%

  • Boston University: 36%
  • Bryn Mawr College: 39%
  • Case Western Reserve University: 39.13%
  • Denison University: 45.5%
  • Dickinson College: 44.2%
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: 39.37% overall; 53% early; 18% regular decision
  • Occidental College: 42%
  • Rensselear Polytechnic Institute: 41%
  • St. Lawrence University: 45.93% overall; 89% early decision; 43% regular decision
  • St. Olaf College: 47.5%
  • Union College (NY): 37%
  • University of California Davis: 39.4% overall; California applicants, 37%; out of state applicants 54.6%; international applicants, 47.4%
  • University of California Irvine: 41.1% overall; California applicants, 38.9%; out of state applicants, 55.3%; international applicants, 50.3%
  • University of California San Diego: 36.8% overall; California applicants, 32.7%; out of state applicants, 58.4%; international applicants, 42.5%
  • University of California Santa Barbara: 38.8% overall; California applicants, 38.5% out of state applicants, 58.4%; international applicants, 33.9%
  • University of California Santa Cruz: 48.6% overall; California applicants, 46%; out of state applicants, 79.2%; international applicants, 60%
  • University of Maryland, College Park: 46.91%
  • University of Texas Austin: overall admit rate approx. 39.4%; note: due to Texas state law, 66% of admitted students were automatically admitted for being in top 9% of their high schools; only 3,000 students admitted from out of state.
  • Washington & Jefferson College: 39.6% overall

Highly Competitive Colleges: Overall acceptance rate 26 - 35%

  • Babson College: 28.1% overall; 34.25 early decision; 19.96% regular decision
  • Bucknell University: 28.98% overall; 54.8% early decision; 25.8% regular decision
  • Colgate University: 26%
  • College of the Holy Cross: 32.39% overall; 67% early decision; 29% regular decision
  • College of William and Mary: 32.5%
  • Connecticut College: 35%
  • Emory University: 25.95% overall; 35% early decision
  • George Washington University: 33%
  • Hamilton College: 27%
  • Kenyon College: 32.9%
  • Lafayette College: 33.65% overall; 53% early decision; 32% regular decision
  • Lehigh University: 30.48 overall; 54.9% early decision; 28.9% regular decision
  • Macalester College: 34%
  • New York University: 31% overall; 31% regular decision; 32% early decision (figures are for NYC campus only)
  • Skidmore College: 35%
  • Trinity College (CT): 31% overall; 50% early decision; 29% regular decision
  • University of Michigan: 33% overall
  • University of Richmond: 30.7% overall; 45% early decision; 29% regular decision
  • University of Rochester: 31% overall; 46.9% early decision; 30.2% regular decision
  • University of Virginia: Overall: 29.4%; non-resident admit rate 24.46%; Virginia resident admit rate: 40.7%
  • Wellesley College: 28%


Extremely Competitive Colleges: Overall acceptance rate 16 - 25% admitted

  • Bates College: 23.65% overall; 39.7% early decision; 20.1% regular decision
  • Barnard College: 20.5% overall; 42.6% early decision; 17.9% regular decision
  • Carleton College: 20.98% overall; 29.7% early decision; 20% regular decision
  • Carnegie Mellon University: 25%
  • Colorado College: 22% overall; 12% regular decision; 29% early action; 39% early decision
  • Georgetown University: 16.6% regular decision, 12.9% early action
  • Haverford College: 23.26% overall; 45% early decision
  • Johns Hopkins: 16.8% overall; 36.68% early decision; 15.31% regular decision
  • Middlebury College: 19% overall; 17% regular decision; 35% early decision
  • Olin College of Engineering: 16.19%
  • Rice University: 17% overall; 25% early; 16% regular decision
  • Tufts University: 18.7%
  • Tulane University: 25%
  • University of California Berkeley: 20.8% overall; California applicants, 21.4%; out of state applicants, 24.5%; international applicants, 14.6%
  • University of California Los Angeles: 20.1% overall; California applicants, 17.4%; out of state applicants, 32.6%; international applicants, 19.6%
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: 25.33% overall; 35.8% early; 13.3% regular decision
  • University of Southern California: 19.6%
  • Wesleyan University: 19.37% overall; 41% early decision; 17% regular decision
  • Williams College: 17%

Most Competitive - Overall acceptance rate 5 to 15%

Note: The colleges and universities highlighted in red rejected 90% or more of applicants.

  • Amherst College: 13.6% overall; 39% early decision; 13.67% regular decision
  • Bowdoin College: 14.5% overall; 12.3% regular decision
  • Brown University: 9.16% overall; 18.5% early decision; 8% regular decision
  • California Institute of Technology: 10.55% overall; 15% early decision; 8% regular
  • Claremont McKenna College: 11.7% overall; 28% early decision
  • Columbia University: 6.89%
  • Cooper Union: 7.27% overall; 12% early; 6% regular decision
  • Cornell University: 15.2% overall; 29.5% early decision
  • Dartmouth College: 10% overall; 29.48% early decision
  • Duke University: 11.58% overall; 29.65% early decision; 10% regular decision
  • Harvard College: 5.8% overall; 18.4% early action
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 8.2%
  • Northwestern University: 13.9%
  • Pitzer College: 14.54% overall; 42% early decision; 13% regular decision
  • Pomona College: 12.89% overall; 19.46% early decision; 11.96% regular decision
  • Princeton University: 7.9% overall; 18.3% early action; regular decision 5.44%
  • Stanford University: 5.69% overall; 11.9% early action
  • Swarthmore College: 14%
  • University of Chicago: 8.8% overall; 13.4% early action
  • University of Pennsylvania: 12.1% overall; 24.85% early decision; 9.4% regular decision
  • Vanderbilt University: 11.97% overall; 21.6% early decision; 10.84% regular decision
  • Washington University in St. Louis: 15% overall; 26.6% early decision; 13.7% regular decision
  • Yale University: 6.72% overall; 14.4% early action

Sources: College and university press releases, websites, and publications, published news articles, interviews with admissions representatives

Colleges admissions and enrollment management representatives: If you would like to add your institution's Class of 2017 acceptance rate statistics to this list, or wish to make an update to data, please email me.

About Carolyn Z. Lawrence:  Carolyn Z. Lawrence is a nationally-recognized educational consultant who assists students from around the world with college planning.  She is available for media interviews on college admissions trends, the college application process, and college financial aid.  Contact Carolyn

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