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|
|Brigham Young University—Provo||6,520||5,246||80.50%|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||1,511||1,110||73.50%|
|University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley||5,763||3,944||68.40%|
|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%|
|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%|
|University of Nevada—Las Vegas||7,064||3,859||54.60%|
|North Dakota State University||4,759||2,503||52.60%|
|University of West Georgia||4,712||2,434||51.70%|
|University of Louisiana—Lafayette||5,945||3,024||50.90%|
|Florida A&M University||2,174||1,087||50.00%|
|University of Southern Mississippi||3,115||1,558||50.00%|