Hundreds of thousands of students apply to the Ivy League every year with the hope that they will be part of the lucky few who get accepted. And while it’s common knowledge that the chances of getting into one of the elite schools is low, the decline in the admission rate over past decade is actually quite shocking.
The graph below shows just how steeply the admission rate at the Ivy League has plunged.
The steepest decline has occurred at Cornell, where the acceptance rate has fallen almost 17%, from the class of 2007 that accepted nearly 31% of students, to the class of 2018 that accepted a comparatively meager 14% of students.
The University of Pennsylvania had about an 11% decline in admission, and Brown University and Dartmouth University both had 6% declines.
Although Harvard only had a 4% decline in acceptance, that drop brought the admission rate to an incredibly low 5.9%.
This declining acceptance rate is largely a function of rapidly increasing applications received by each school. For example, Cornell University received 20,442 applications for the class of 2007 while it received 43,041 applications for the class of 2018.
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