Top 27 Most Desired Schools

Among all the schools in the United States, some students desire to enroll in some more than others. While total number of applicants can be one way of measuring the interest in a school, the measure may not be a completely accurate statistic since it does not adjust for school size. Furthermore, some students with very very low probability of acceptance apply knowing they will not be accepted.

Instead, a good statistic to normalize the data is yield rate. Yield rate is the percent of students given acceptance letters who ultimately decide to enroll in that particular school. For example, if a student was accepted to the University of Michigan and Penn State, and ultimately decided to enroll in the University of Michigan, the yield rate for Michigan would be pushed higher and Penn State’s lower.

We aggregated US institutions with the highest yield with 2016 data. Take a look below.

School Students accepted (2016) Enrolled Students (2016) Yield
Stanford University 2,118 1,739 82.10%
Brigham Young University—Provo 6,520 5,246 80.50%
Harvard University 2,110 1,663 78.80%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1,511 1,110 73.50%
Yale University 1,988 1,371 69.00%
University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley 5,763 3,944 68.40%
Princeton University 1,911 1,306 68.30%
University of Pennsylvania 3,674 2,491 67.80%
University of Alaska—Fairbanks 1,144 775 67.70%
University of Chicago 2,499 1,591 63.70%
Yeshiva University 849 541 63.70%
Columbia University 2,279 1,420 62.30%
Kennesaw State University 8,847 5,347 60.40%
University of Nebraska—Lincoln 8,425 4,860 57.70%
Georgia Southern University 6,348 3,600 56.70%
University of Notre Dame 3,654 2,046 56.00%
Brown University 3,014 1,681 55.80%
University of Nevada—Las Vegas 7,064 3,859 54.60%
Northwestern University 3,743 1,985 53.00%
North Dakota State University 4,759 2,503 52.60%
Cornell University 6,337 3,315 52.30%
University of West Georgia 4,712 2,434 51.70%
Dartmouth College 2,190 1,121 51.20%
University of Louisiana—Lafayette 5,945 3,024 50.90%
Duke University 3,430 1,723 50.20%
Florida A&M University 2,174 1,087 50.00%
University of Southern Mississippi 3,115 1,558 50.00%

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