Back to Blog
College Application Rates are the Highest while Acceptance Rates are the Lowest in History. Got Rejected? This is What You Need to do.
It is crazy out there in the college world.
College application numbers for the Class of 2021 defied expectations, setting records at many universities. The number of application for the Class of 2022 is expected to be even higher. While there are record number of applications, the acceptance rates at Ivy Leagues and other top ranked universities have tanked. Well, it makes sense. They have a limited number of seats, so if there are more applicants the acceptance rates will drop. Simple math.
Cornell University got more than 47,000 apps and said accepted only 12.5%. The University of Pennsylvania got more than 40,000 applications, including both early and regular apps, and they admitted only 9.15%. The acceptance rate is the lowest in UPenn’s history. Brown received their highest number of applications with 32,724 and accepted a record low of 8.3%. Yale University accepted the largest freshman class in its history of 2,272 (normal class is 2,000). They got a record of 32,900 overall applicants — both early and regular decision applications — and accepted only 6.9%. Harvard University received 39,000 apps and accepted only 5.2%. Princeton University accepted 6.1% of over 31,000 applications. At Columbia University, early applicants set a new record – but accepted only 5.8%. Stanford University was the most selected: Out of a record 44,073 applications, they accepted a mere 4.65%.
Even state colleges are tougher to get in today. San Diego State University and Cal State-Long Beach are currently among the most competitive, with acceptance rates around 34%. And California Polytechnic accepts about 30% of applicants.
The internet and the common app makes it easier to apply -- and in some cases spam. People are just applying for the sake of applying hoping that they get in. This makes it harder for good students to get in. There are strategies to stand out. For example, this is what Eni did.
Anyway, you worked hard and applied to a good school, but got rejected. Your plan A failed. What can you do now? If you are in California, you can do 2 things (other states may be similar).
#1. California State Schools
California State schools are actually making it easier to get in. Yes, you did not read this wrong.
So while many qualified students have been rejected in the past from these schools due to competition, a new initiative could open the door for more students trying to get into the system.
According to California’s new budget deal, all — all — students who qualify to get into CSU will be admitted into one of the 23 campuses within its system.
“I think that this is such a positive movement and a positive step forward,” says Riley Nilsen, student body president at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. “I think that this gives more students access to higher education.”
“Take what you want, and pay for it.”
There is only one catch! You have to pay for it, as the new admission policy comes amid a tuition increase. Annual tuition is set to go up by about 5%, or $270 per student. However, that should not be a deterrent to get into a college.
According to the university, in the 2015-16 school year, 80% of the student body received financial aid. In-state tuition for the 2016-17 school year was $5,472. 52% of undergraduates receive federal Pell grants.
In addition, you can win scholarships. For more information, check out Hillview Prep's Scholarship Page here.
#2. Community Colleges
Yes, go to your local community college. Many such colleges have transfers to larger schools like the University of California. You can save a lot of money going to community colleges and take your credits there. Once you met the basic requirements, you have the opportunity to transfer to a 4-year college -- perhaps of your choice.
Let us know if you need support. We have helped students get to UC Berkeley via the community college route. You can even speak with one of Hillview Prep former students, who we helped get into UC Berkeley via the community college route. Perhaps, we can help you as well. Do not hesitate to contact us.