• 30 August 2022

19 Colleges Continue To Drop Its Acceptance Rate in Recent Years

The acceptance rate, a percentage of applicants who accepted, is an difficulty indicator for college admission. In general, the lower the acceptance rate, the more difficult it is to get into college. The top ranked colleges such as Harvard and Stanford keep very low rate of less than 10%. A Number of schools has been working to lower their acceptance rate in recent years. For example, UF's rate dropped from 42.01% (2017) to 30.00% (2021) and Johns Hopkins's rate fell from 12.54% (2017) to 8.00% (2021)

At 19 colleges, the acceptance rate is continually dropped year by year in the past 5 years. A main factor driving down the acceptance rate is the increase in the number of applicants, while the number of admitted students does not change drastically. In fact, many schools had significantly more applicants than last year. In addition, schools' effort results in the lower acceptance rate. Low rates can be a way to get relatively good students, so schools try to keep them as low as possible. Also, a shrinking number of students or school size can lower acceptance rates.

The next two tables show the key statistics and the changes of acceptance rate for the past 5 years. You can check the detailed information and admission trends in each school's page.

Key Statistics
School NameAcceptance RateYield PopulationSAT ScoreTuition
In-StateOut-of-State
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
30%44%53,3721,385$6,381$28,659
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
8%48%28,890-$58,720
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA
21%39%25,6281,440$19,244$53,626
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
19%33%14,9341,475$61,706
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
71%21%14,2241,100$8,756$17,012
Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
10%46%13,9271,435$60,814
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
65%75%6,8131,235$7,248$21,384
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
56%18%5,5131,305$52,870
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Portales, NM
33%73%5,266980$6,648$8,688
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH
68%38%3,3041,205$30,180
Denison University
Granville, OH
28%24%2,2581,330$57,500
Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC
52%20%1,7641,258$49,550
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
11%43%1,4931,450$58,648
The University of Montana-Western
Dillon, MT
33%54%1,334-$5,726$17,190
Bethany Lutheran College
Mankato, MN
61%45%769-$28,660
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH
33%30%381-$42,116
Trinity College of Florida
Trinity, FL
47%53%214955$16,300
DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Johnstown, PA
53%43%187-$31,906
Webb Institute
Glen Cove, NY
20%71%1011,450$56,455
Acceptance Rate Changes
School NameRate Change
2018-2022
20182019202020212022
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
-12.0142.01%38.75%36.58%31.13%30.00%
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
-4.5412.54%11.48%11.17%11.06%8.00%
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA
-6.3527.35%26.43%23.94%22.58%21.00%
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
-13.4132.41%27.89%27.22%26.38%19.00%
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
-11.0882.08%79.31%78.69%73.03%71.00%
Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
-11.521.50%17.33%12.87%11.11%10.00%
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
-11.7276.70%76.11%75.99%67.01%64.98%
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
-4.5660.56%60.30%57.13%56.13%56.00%
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Portales, NM
-27.4860.45%60.38%58.25%50.60%32.97%
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH
-15.1783.18%77.10%76.64%73.00%68.01%
Denison University
Granville, OH
-9.2437.24%33.91%29.39%28.17%28.00%
Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC
-17.0669.07%63.58%59.83%53.00%52.01%
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
-17.8728.87%24.38%23.08%19.25%11.00%
The University of Montana-Western
Dillon, MT
-27.7260.74%60.25%56.49%51.86%33.02%
Bethany Lutheran College
Mankato, MN
-18.0679.12%77.87%72.64%64.51%61.06%
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH
-10.1743.06%36.71%36.60%34.16%32.89%
Trinity College of Florida
Trinity, FL
-45.0891.80%83.12%82.20%50.48%46.72%
DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Johnstown, PA
-36.389.13%85.71%79.69%76.12%52.83%
Webb Institute
Glen Cove, NY
-15.0234.91%33.33%24.03%21.02%19.89%

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