Stanford’s acceptance rate for the incoming Class of 2018 was just 5%, the lowest ever for a competitive American college. It received 42,167 applications and ultimately will let in about 1,700 kids. Dayum.
Its peer schools weren’t that far off either. From the New York Times:
This was the second year in a row that Stanford had the worst odds of admission among top colleges, a title that in previous years was usually claimed by Harvard. This year, by the April 1 deadline for most colleges to send admission notices, Harvard and Yale had accepted about 6 percent of applicants, Columbia and Princeton about 7 percent, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago about 8 percent. (Some rates will increase by a few tenths of a percentage point as colleges accept small numbers of applicants from waiting lists.)
Several universities, including Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, had admission rates this year that were less than half of those from a decade ago. The University of Chicago’s rate plummeted to a little over 8 percent, from more than 40 percent.
Getting into college is rough, man.
[H/T: Business Insider]