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Are Boston-area colleges more selective today? Yes, yes, yes!

April 5, 2018

You are correct if you feel that colleges are more selective today than "back in the day" when you (parents) applied to college. Northeastern University accepted 78% of applicants 20 years ago, but only 19 percent today! Take a look at these surprising statistics:


COLLEGE                        1998 Accept rate          2018 Accept rate

UMass Amherst                           74%                                    60%

Boston College                           40%                                    27%

Colby College                             34%                                    13%

Boston University                        79%                                    25%

Tufts University                            33%                                    15%

Williams College                         26%                                    12%

Northeastern University             78%                                    19%

Bowdoin College                        31%                                    10%

Wesleyan University                   32%                                     17%

Amherst College                        23%                                     13%


Some of the change can be attributed to an increase in the number of students in the US and applying from other countries. Also contributing is that some students apply to a greater number of schools now than they did back then. In Northeastern's case, I would also say that students and parents value the Co-op program, which allows many students to graduate with job experience and often an offer, more than ever.

Even with these statistics, my students should not have any surprises when decisions are released.


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