Your Guide to College Acceptance Rates

In College Admissions on Mar 28, 2016

Once you’ve found your dream school the question becomes: Will I get in? It’s hard to predict accurately, but the college’s acceptance rates can give you an idea of your chances.

Acceptance Rates Basics
Acceptance rates are important in your college search process, but what exactly are they?

Put simply, a school’s acceptance rate is the percentage of applicants who are admitted. It’s pretty easy to find out the number of people getting into the school you’re interested – just check out their profile on Cappex.

What’s a ‘Good’ Acceptance Rate?
There’s not really such a thing as a good or bad acceptance rate. In general, schools with low acceptance rates (lower than 10 percent) like HarvardYale, and Princeton are more selective or have high standards or have tens of thousands of students applying for relatively few spots.

But that definitely doesn’t mean schools with higher acceptance rates are bad schools! They may just have less strict admission requirements or have larger campuses that can accommodate more students in the freshman class. Look at the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOhio State University, or the University of Arizona – they’re all great schools and they all have acceptance rates higher than 60 percent.

Which Ones Should I Apply To?
That’s up to you! If you want to put some highly selective schools with low acceptance rates on your list, go for it!

However, to maximize your chances of getting into a school you love, it’s recommended students put safety, reach, and match schools on their college lists. By adding schools with all types of acceptance rates, you’re pretty much guaranteed to end up at a great college and have the best four years of your life!

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