National Institute on Aging

Highly Selective Colleges Become Even More Selective

Many of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities recently sent out acceptance notices to students who applied to become members of the Class of 2027. In an era when college enrollments are generally down, a large number of these selective educational institutions recorded a record number of applications, and therefore a record low admissions rate.

For example, Yale University accepted 2,275 students from an applicant pool of 52,250 producing an acceptance rate of 4.4 percent. At Harvard, 1,942 students were admitted from an applicant pool of 56,937. Harvard’s acceptance rate was 3.4 percent.

With an impending Supreme Court decision that may end race-sensitive admissions in higher education, few of the nation’s most selective college and universities revealed data on the number or percentage of Black students who were admitted. Most schools that did provide demographic data provided numbers of “students of color” or “students from underrepresented groups.”

There were some exceptions. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, reported that 12 percent of admitted students identified as Black or African American and another 11 percent said they were biracial. At Harvard University, Blacks were 15.3 percent of all accepted students.


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  1. Nancy Campbell says:

    And thus proving that the term “highly REJECTIVE” is a much for accurate description of these institutions!

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