Princeton University

Schools often tout low admission rates as a proxy for a highly competitive academic environment. This blunt instrument fails to account for the quality of the applicant pool, and may distort potential applicants’ understanding of their chances of admission. To help give applicants a more complete picture, Dimension Admissions dove into the Common Data Set of Ivy+ universities in order to determine which schools have the most stringent selection criteria. For our purposes, we defined as Ivy+ every Ivy League school, plus any school ranking within one spot of an Ivy in US News and World Report’s 2024 Best Universities list, as well as the top five ranked liberal arts colleges. You can view our complete methodology at the end of this article.

  1. Selectivity Results 


Selectivity Methodology 

We defined as Ivy+ every Ivy League school, plus any school ranking within one spot of an Ivy in US News and World Report’s 2024 Best Universities list, as well as the top five ranked liberal arts colleges. Our measurable selectivity rankings were then determined based on a formula that considered Admit Rate, Class Rank, Standardized Test Scores (SAT and ACT), an evaluation of Non-Achievement Based Admissions Considerations by school, and Yield.  For reasons outlined below we’re confident this formula captures selectivity more accurately than the way it is most often construed, which is by simple reference to admit rates. The weighting was distributed as follows: