05 November 2008

Geography and Acceptance Rates at Selective Schools

Fall 2008 numbers provide insight into the acceptance rates at selective institutions. The NYTimes story Geography (11/2/08) includes a handy chart with examples from Amherst, Carnegie Mellon, Rice, Spelman, and 36 others.

So, Carnegie Mellon accepted 50% of its applicants from Mississippi and only 29% of those from California. Meaning comes when you learn that applicants numbered 10 in Mississippi and 2,352 in California.

The NYTimes item identifies New York, California, and New Jersey as big feeder states for selective institutions. Smaller trends are also evident from the chart. It's worth a 10-minute perusal.

© 2008 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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