This past week, the eight Ivy League colleges sent acceptance letters to high school seniors around the nation. These kids had average GPAs above 4.0, average SAT scores ranging from 2000-2400; average ACT scores of 30-36. While the stress of the past months is over, social media has exploded with elation and tears as some received acceptances while others have been declined.
Here are the acceptances by the numbers for each of the eight Ivy League* colleges (and a few other of the most elite colleges in the nation):
Cornell University* (Ithaca, N.Y.) sent acceptances to 13.96% of the applicants; The Big Red accepted 6,277 of 44,966 applicants.
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) sent acceptances to 10.7% of the applicants; the Wildcats accepted 2,690 of 35,099.
Dartmouth College* (Hanover, N.H.) sent acceptances to 10.52% of the applicants; the Big Green accepted 2,176 of 20,675 applicants.
University of Pennsylvania* (Philadelphia) sent acceptances to 9.4% of the applicants; the Quakers accepted 3,661 from 38,918 applicants.
Brown University* (Providence, R.I.) sent acceptances to 9% of the applicants; the Bears accepted 2,919 out of 32, 380 applicants.
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) sent acceptances to 8.8% of the applicants; the Commodores accepted 2,526 out of 28,700.
Duke University (Durham, N.C.) sent acceptances to less than 8.7% of the applicants; the Blue Devils accepted 2,501 of the 28,600 regular decision applicants.
Princeton University* (Princeton, N.J.) sent acceptances to 6.46% of the applicants; the Tigers accepted 1,894 from 29,303 applicants.
Yale University* (New Haven, Conn.) sent acceptances to 6.27% of the applicants; the Bulldogs accepted 1,972 from 31,455 applicants.
Columbia University* (New York, N.Y.) sent acceptances to 6.04% of the applicants; the Lions accepted 2,193 from 36,292 applicants.
Harvard University* (Cambridge, Mass.) sent acceptances to 5.2% of the applicants; the Crimson accepted 2,037 of 39,041 applications.
Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.) sent acceptances to 4.69% of the applicants; the Cardinals accepted 2,063 of 43,997 applicants. Once again, Stanford was the hardest college in the nation to get accepted to!
As many high school juniors across the nation are gearing up to apply to college next year, I am aware of the significance of the achievement of being accepted to an elite college. Congratulations are in order to all who attained such a coveted acceptance letter. You all are the future brain trust, leaders, innovators of our nation- enjoy the moment!