Ivy League acceptance rates for the class of 2016 are all available. Realize that these aren't the final numbers -- the admissions process will continue to drag on into the summer as colleges manage their waitlists. These early statistics, however, give us a pretty clear picture of how selective the Ivy League has become. Below are the acceptance rates for the eight Ivy League schools. For five of these elite schools, acceptance rates are lower this year than last.
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The lower acceptance rate isn't necessarily because there are more students going to college this year. Rather, a similar number of students are sending out more applications. The lower the acceptance rates go, the more students feel they need to apply to a lot of schools to improve their chances of getting in. This situation is going to make it more difficult for colleges to predict their yield, and as a result we're going to see a lot of students stuck in waitlist limbo.
The chart below shows what the Ivy League application numbers and acceptance rates look like for the class of 2016. To learn more about each school including costs and typical SAT and ACT scores, click on the school's name in the table.
|College||Number of Apps||Acceptance Rate||Source|
|Brown||28,742||9.6%||Brown News and Events|
|Cornell||37,812||16.2%||Cornell Daily Sun|
|Princeton||26,664||7.9%||News at Princeton|
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