A super low acceptance rate actually does not tell you much about a college other than that it typically receives far more applicants than it can accept.
While this might be an indicator of the types of students who want to attend, it is , written by a former admissions officer at Amherst College, noted that a “low acceptance rate, along with high scores, grades and other characteristics, indicates inputs, not outputs.” Essentially, an acceptance rate alone doesn’t give you any meaningful information about an institution’s impact on its students.
For example, if College A has 100,000 applicants and accepts 5,000 students, their acceptance rate is 5%.
If College B has 10,000 applicants and also accepts 5,000 students, their acceptance rate is 50%.
Other colleges attract high numbers of applicants through reasonable price tags or hefty scholarship packages.
Still other schools are known for their location, campus services, or lack of an application fee.
Simply put, the more applicants a school can attract, the lower the acceptance rate it will ultimately have.
This is compounded when a school can attract a large number of applicants for only a small number of places.
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