An “Education Life” supplement published by the New York Times featured a cover stating, “Admissions is unfair: Here’s why.” Surrounding the cynical title were clues as to the criteria that might swing a college applicant to the acceptance or rejection pile.
Before slumping into a depression, college bound students should take comfort from the fact that the vast majority of colleges accept at least half of their applicants. In fact, U.S. News & World Report lists 100 colleges and universities that accepted between 95% and 100% of applicants for last year’s freshman class. Included are many “specialty” schools, such as the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, and Boston Architectural College in Boston, MA.
It’s the world famous institutions that, each year, collectively reject hundreds of thousands of students who could actually thrive at their schools. This scenario plays out not only at all of the prestigious Ivy League colleges and universities, but also at other popular institutions. The 2018 acceptance rate was 15% or lower at Johns Hopkins University, Amherst College, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Duke University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a host of other schools.