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Admission Statistics - Numbers, Acceptance Ratio, Scores

All US Colleges And Universities

All US Colleges And Universities

Applicants, Admitted, and Enrolled

For academic year 2017-2018, 9,705,992 students have applied and among them 5,430,997 were admitted to US colleges and universities. 1,604,563 students were finally enrolled into one of accepted schools. Next table and chart illustrates the number of applicant, admitted, and enrolled students for US colleges and universities.
Applicants, Admitted, and Enrolled (2017-2018)
US Colleges And Universities
ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolled
Total9,705,992 5,430,9971,604,563
Public Schools5,347,469 3,194,0911,051,952
4 Years (Or High)5,289,209 3,152,7321,026,277
2-4 Years52,522 38,03823,150
Less Than 2 Years5,738 3,3212,525
Private Schools4,358,523 2,236,906552,611
4 Years (Or High)4,305,077 2,196,534531,252
2-4 Years45,951 34,58217,539
Less Than 2 Years7,495 5,7903,820

Acceptance Ratio

The average acceptance ratio of US colleges and universities was 55.96% in academic year 2017-2018. Public schools' average acceptance ratio was 59.73% and the average rate of private schools was 51.32%. Next table and chart illustrates the average acceptance ratio for US colleges and universities with comparable factors.
Acceptance Ratio (2017-2018)
US Colleges And Universities
Acceptance Ratio
All Schools Average55.96%
Public Schools59.73%
4 Years (Or High)59.61%
2-4 Years72.42%
Less Than 2 Years57.88%
Private Schools51.32%
4 Years (Or High)51.02%
2-4 Years75.26%
Less Than 2 Years77.25%

Admission Yield

The average admission yield of US colleges and universities was 55.96% in academic year 2017-2018. Public schools' average admission yield was 59.73% and the average rate of private schools was 51.32%. The admission yield is a rate of number of enrolled students over number of students who are allowed to admit. Next table and chart illustrates the average admission yield for US colleges and universities with comparable factors.
Admission Yield (2017-2018)
US Colleges And Universities
Admission Yield
All Schools Average29.54%
Public Schools32.93%
4 Years (Or High)32.55%
2-4 Years60.86%
Less Than 2 Years76.03%
Private Schools24.70%
4 Years (Or High)24.19%
2-4 Years50.72%
Less Than 2 Years65.98%

SAT Scores

Next table shows SAT averages scores of 25th and 75th percentile by subject and school type/level for academic year 2017-2018. The 25th percentile is the lower 25th score and 75th percentile is the upper 25th score of students who enrolled in colleges.
SAT Scores (2017-2018)
US Colleges And Universities
Evidence-based Reading and WritingMath
All Schools Average25% 437.30 441.79
75% 543.90 546.05
Public Schools 25% 438.64 447.47
75%541.07 546.17
4 Years (or High)25% 460.00 472.67
75%567.59 580.97
2-4 Years25% 417.27 422.27
75%514.55 511.36
Private Schools 25% 435.96 436.11
75%546.73 545.93
4 Years (or High)25% 475.42 479.61
75%585.15 590.06
2-4 Years25% 396.50 392.60
75%508.30 501.80

ACT Scores

Next table shows ACT averages scores of 25th and 75th percentile by subject and school type/level for academic year 2017-2018. The 25th percentile is the lower 25th score and 75th percentile is the upper 25th score of students who enrolled in colleges.
ACT Scores (2017-2018)
US Colleges And Universities
CompositeEnglishMath
All Schools Average25% 18.83 17.71 18.15
75% 23.51 23.40 23.42
Public Schools25% 18.39 17.21 17.77
75% 23.08 23.29 23.18
4 Years (or High)25% 19.9318.87 19.09
75%24.9425.03 24.99
2-4 Years25% 16.8615.55 16.45
75%21.2121.55 21.36
Private Schools25% 19.2718.22 18.53
75% 23.9523.50 23.67
4 Years (or High)25% 20.7619.93 19.67
75%26.0026.41 25.74
2-4 Years25% 17.7816.50 17.40
75%21.8920.60 21.60