# college acceptance rate average

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# college acceptance rate average

## The acceptance rate is the number of students who received an offer of admission compared to the number of people who applied.

The acceptance rate is the number of students who received an offer of admission compared to the number of people who applied. For example, if a university has 10,000 people apply for enrollment and accepts 2,500 for matriculation, its acceptance rate is 20%.

The formula to calculate the acceptance rate from these numbers is:

Applicants accepted ₁ x 100 ≈ Admission Rate₁

Enrolled applicants ₂ x 100 ≈ Enrollment Rate₁

Total applicants ₃ x 100 ≈ Total Applications₁

To get a suitable answer (in whole percentages), you can round up or down as you see fit. If your answer doesn’t give a single percentage, add 0.5% to it and round up. This will result in your answer being expressed as two digits instead of one. For example: 24% + 0.5% = 25%, or 24%.

To do this calculation in reverse (from the point-of-view that you know how many applications were submitted and how many were accepted), use the formula below:

Applications accepted ₄ x 100 ≈ Application Rate₁

Accepted applications ₅ x 100 ≈ Acceptance Rate₁

## The average college acceptance rate at the 100 most competitive schools in America is 14.5%.

The average college acceptance rate at the 100 most competitive schools in America is 14.5%. This means that if you are one of those 100 competitive schools, and each of your students applies to 10 different colleges like they should, your acceptance rate will be 14% (14.5% x 10).

The reason this number is so high is because most people aren’t accepted to these schools. Out of the millions of high school seniors who apply every year, only around 400,000 are accepted into these top colleges in America (400,000 / 3 million = 13%, which isn’t too far off from the true number that we’re using).

The reason I’m explaining all this is because it’s very helpful when talking about statistics. Whenever you hear a statistic like “60% of seniors go to college” or “85.5% of applicants were rejected by Harvard” remember: what seems like a high rate (like 100%) might actually be an average or even low number compared to other groups or similar groups in other situations!

## This means that only 1 in 7 students who apply to top-tier colleges get admitted.

Do you know how hard it is to get into a top-tier school? It’s not easy. The majority of students who apply to schools like Harvard and Yale never hear back; if they do, it’s probably a rejection letter. But even for those rare few accepted, the process isn’t over after acceptance—and this is where things can get even more complicated.

That’s because, at many of these schools, getting in doesn’t mean that your college education is paid for. You’ll have to foot the bill yourself—but don’t worry! Many scholarships are available for people with various academic interests and skill sets, so there are plenty of opportunities out there for people who really want the chance to attend one of these institutions. If you work hard enough, you can make sure that your college tuition will be covered by an outside source without needing to take out any loans or applying for financial aid.

## College admissions rates are much lower than you might think.

• Figure out if you can go to college and how much it will cost. The U.S. government provides a website that can help you determine whether or not you can get financial aid and what kinds of jobs are available in your area.
• http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
• If you can’t afford to go to college, look into trade schools, apprenticeships, and other training opportunities instead of traditional colleges.
• Apprenticeships are often more affordable than going to a 4-year institution, but they take longer (3–5 years) so most people who do this kind of training don’t finish until their late teens or early twenties.