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What does a 'standard acceptance rate' mean?

Hey y'all, I've been researching colleges and came across the term 'standard acceptance rate.' What exactly does that mean? Is it different from the overall acceptance rate? I'd appreciate any clarifications on this!

6 months ago

Hey there! "Standard acceptance rate" is a term that is typically used interchangeably with "overall acceptance rate." It's the number of students who are accepted by the college divided by the total number of applicants, expressed as a percentage. For example, if a college has 5,000 applicants and 1,000 students are accepted, the standard or overall acceptance rate would be 1,000/5,000 = 0.20, or 20%.

It's important to note that acceptance rates can vary depending on the program or major you're applying to within a college. Some programs might have higher acceptance rates than the college as a whole, while others might be more competitive and have lower rates. So, keep in mind that the standard, or overall, acceptance rate should only be used as a general guideline while assessing a college's selectivity.

I hope this clears up your question! Good luck with your college search!

6 months ago

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