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The table below is a sampling of admission statistics at well-known colleges in the U.S. and it’s one of the many pieces of information you will find in our annual College Admission Testing Guide.

Any changes to admission policies that were announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are listed in the “Notes” section (e. g. test-optional for 2020-2021 admission cycle only, test-optional for a three-year trial, etc.). College testing requirements vary and are constantly shifting. Please be sure to check college websites for pandemic updates and other specific requirements.

A few things to note:

• College selectivity is often measured by the school’s Acceptance Rate. (acceptance rate = # of accepted candidates/# of candidate applicants)

Yield is a measure of the school’s ability to enroll its accepted candidates. While some of the most selective schools, notably Harvard and Yale, yield a very high percentage of candidates, many competitive schools enroll fewer than half of their admitted candidates. (yield = # of enrolled candidates/# of accepted candidates)

• SAT and ACT submission percentages indicate the percentage of applicants sending SAT scores versus ACT scores to a particular institution.

• Visit our Glossary of Terms for more college admission jargon.


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The original data set in this chart is from July 2020 and while we’ve done or best to keep it current, we will be publishing a full refresh of this chart in September 2021. Subscribe to our newsletter so you can be notified when it’s available.

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