Harvard Acceptance Rates Rise As Most Ivy League Schools Become Less Selective

Ivy League schools, known for being the most selective colleges in the nation, became a little less selective this year.

Names like Harvard, Dartmouth and Penn have all posted increased acceptance rates for classes that will begin this fall, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal

Harvard admitted 4.9% of the 40,248 people who applied last year compared to its 4.6% acceptance rate the year prior. Dartmouth this year accepted 8.8% of applicants, up from 7.9% last year. Columbia admitted 6.1% of applicants this year, which was up from 5.3% the year prior, as applications dropped by almost 2,500 and the school simultaneously accepted 220 more students.

Yale also saw its acceptance rate move higher, to 6.5% from 6.2%. And Penn's acceptance rate went from 7.7% to 8.1%.

Colleges, including Ivy League names, have hit an unprecedentedly challenging landscape with the ongoing pandemic shaking up enrollment projections for each university.

Some schools pulled extra candidates from their waitlist or "deny" groups in order to make sure they could enroll a full class. Reed College in Oregon saw its acceptance rate surge by 3% and Franklin & Marshall accepted 32% of applicants, which is up 2%.

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