Uncategorized | 4:48 am | April 1, 2010 | By Carmen Lu

Harvard, and other colleges, post record low admit rates

(Photo: Bloomberg)

While regular decision applicants to Yale’s Class of 2014 will have to wait until this evening to find out their admissions decisions, a number of colleges have already notified their applicants, and posted record low admissions rates.

Harvard set a record low, admitting only 6.9 percent of applicants.

Stanford admitted 7.2 percent of applicants, down from 7.8 percent last year.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology posted an admissions rate of 9.7 percent — the first time in history that fewer than 10 percent of its applicants.

The University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth also posted their most selective year on record, admitting 14.2 percent and 11.5 percent of their applicants, respectively.

Duke’s admissions rate also fell from 17 percent last year to 15 percent — a new record low for the university.

The University of Chicago which recorded a 42 percent spike in application numbers saw their admissions rate fall from 27 percent to 18 percent this year.

Similarly, Swarthmore and Northwestern also recorded competitive admissions cycles. Sixteen percent of applicants to Swarthmore received offers of admission equaling a previous record set in 2008. Northwestern saw a 4 percent drop in its admissions rate to 23 percent.

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