Many of the most selective colleges have now reported their admission numbers for the class of 2011. As expected, for many of these colleges it was more difficult to get admitted this year than ever before.
The New York Times published an article today providing admission numbers at many of the most selective colleges. Some highlights include Stanford accepting 10.3%, Harvard accepting 9% and Columbia accepting 8.9%. Amherst, Williams and Bowdoin all reported record numbers of applications. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors noted on their web site a Wall Street Journal report on numbers from more schools including the University of Pennsylvania which accepted 15%, Dartmouth which also accepted 15%, Kenyon which accepted 29% and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill whose acceptance rate was down to 33%. On the other hand Yale‘s applications fell almost 2,000 this year which will result in a slightly higher acceptance rate although still extremely low.
So is there any good news?
The good news is that is is much easier to gain acceptance to most colleges. The average acceptance rate of all of the 2,500 four year colleges and universities in this country i 70% and many great colleges have acceptance rates even higher. The quality of a college does not necessarily equal the acceptance rate.