The graduating high school class of 2014 has been subjected to one of the most selective college admission years in recent history.
Ivy League universities, Stanford, MIT, Cal Tech, UCLA and UC Berkeley, as well as other top universities, have all dropped by various degrees in their acceptance rates of incoming freshmen students.
These universities are all ranked by the U.S World and News Report’s within the top 100 Lowest Acceptance rates. In one instance, Stanford University’s admission rate fell to 5.07% this year, a record low for both the university and the nation, beating Harvard, Yale and Columbia.
While admission rates have been falling, the number of students applying to four year universities has been steadily increasing. For its first year class of 1,700, Stanford received over 42,000 applications and accepted a little over 2,000.
Incoming applications for universities in the University of California system have been steadily increasing as well. UCLA received over 105,000 applications this year, 86,000 being first year applications for a class of 6000 students, and UC Berkeley received approximately 90,000 applications for an anticipated class size of 5000 incoming freshmen.
Several prestigious East Coast schools and Ivy League admission rates took after their West Coast counterparts as well.
Last year, MIT had an admission rate of 8.2% for the Class of 2017, which has since fallen to 7.7% for admissions of prospective students that will make up their 2018 Class. The University of Pennsylvania’s acceptance has fallen from 12.1% to 9.9%, Cornell University’s from 15.2% to 14%, and Yale’s from 6.72% to 6.2%.
Albeit at minimal increments, several of the Ivy Leagues did increase their acceptance rates. Harvard’s acceptance rose from 5.8% to 5.9%, Dartmouth College rose from 10% to 11.5%, and Columbia University’s acceptance rose from a record low of 6.89% to 6.94%.