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Acceptance Rates at Top Universities

The year of the dragon and millennial babies proved to be an extremely competitive year for applicants, with most top U.S. universities recording historic low acceptance rates. Below is a snapshot of acceptance rates at some of the more popular top universities compared to 6 years ago.

Ranking^ University Class of 2022# Class of 2016*
1 Princeton 5.5% 9%
2 Harvard 4.6% 7%
3 Yale 6.3% 8%
5 Columbia 5.5% 10%
5 Stanford 4.3% 7%
7 MIT 6.7% 10%
8 Duke 8.0% 16%
8 Penn 8.4% 14%
11 Dartmouth 8.7% 12%
12 Northwestern 8.4% 23%
14 Brown 7.2% 9%
15 Cornell 10.3% 18%
20 UC Berkeley 17.2% (2021)^ 22%
23 USC 13.0% 24%
24 UCLA 16.1% (2021)^ 23%
27 Tufts 19.0% 24%
31 Boston College 29.0% 31%
36 NYU 19.0% 38%
39 Boston U 22.0% 58%
39 Northeastern 19.0% 38%
^US News & World Report ‘s Best Colleges 2017
*US News & World Report ‘s Best Colleges 2012
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Columbia, UCL

Dan’s Story

Dan has over a decade of experience helping students get accepted at top boarding schools, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs at the Ivy League and equivalent level. He was formerly an active member of the Columbia Alumni Representative Committee and interviewed candidates for admissions.

Dan received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Master of Laws with Distinction in International Banking and Finance from University College London. He also graduated magna cum laude a year early from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Religion and Neuroscience.

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