UIUC ranks among schools with lowest drop in acceptance rates

One Illinois university made a list of 20 schools that defied recent trends and posted the smallest decreases in student acceptance rates over the past 12 years, according to a new study by BusinessStudent.com.

Topping that list was William & Mary University in Virginia, which saw its acceptance rate actually increase 12.5 percent between 2006 and 2018, the analysis found.

The Illinois college on the list was University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where the acceptance rate was down 7.7 percent. 

Among the 51 top schools in the study, the average college acceptance rate was 35.9 percent in 2006, compared to the current 22.6 percent. Average acceptance rates across all 50 states are down by 37 percent between 2006 and 2018, the study concluded.

The decline is attributed to an increased demand for admissions, particularly among international students, into top-rated, U.S. schools. 

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U.S. Colleges with the Lowest Decrease in Acceptance Rates

RankSchool2006 Acceptance Rate2018 Acceptance Rate% Decrease
1William & Mary University32%36%-12.5%
2Syracuse University51%52%-2%
3Penn State University58%56%3.4%
4Brandeis University36%34%5.6%
5Boston College29%27%6.9%
6University of Wisconsin58%53.8%7.2%
7University of Illinois65%60%7.7%
8University of Texas at Austin49%40%18.4%
9University of North Carolina34%27%20.6%
10Emory University24%18.5%22.9%
11University of Florida48%36%25%
12University of Virginia37%26.5%28.4%
13Washington University in St. Louis21%15%28.6%
14Yale University9%6.3%30%
15University of Washington68%45%33.8%
16Rensselaer University67%44.3%33.9%
17Georgetown University22%14.5%34.1%
18Rochester University45%29.6%34.2%
19Notre Dame University32%21%34.4%
20Carnegie Mellon University34%22%35.3%

Source: BusinessStudent.com

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