What Are the Chances My Child Will Be Accepted?

Let’s crunch the numbers. Some of the most popular schools in the country are in the chart below. For each school, there is a substantial number of applicants. However, universities accept just a fraction of that.

Test scores are a significant factor, of course, but most recruiters also consider a student’s history and personality. Has the applicant participated in contests? Are they active in their community? Were they involved in multiple school clubs and organizations? How do they demonstrate initiative, leadership, ingenuity, or citizenship?

Well-rounded students are more likely to be admitted to their first choice school. They need to offer the university something. The student makes the grade, not the other way around!

College and University Average Acceptance

School Total population(graduate and undergraduate) Number of freshman applications Number of accepted applications for freshmen
Christopher Newport University 5,174 7,366 4,427
College of William and Mary N/A** 14,953 5,159
George Mason University 33,815* 28,652 18,852
James Madison University 2015/2016 numbers not available at press time
Longwood University 5,102 5,291 4,084
Old Dominion University 24,762 9,508 7,907
Radford University 9,743 7,588 6,299
University of Mary Washington 2015/2016 numbers not available at press time
University of Virginia 21,985 30,840 9,186
Virginia Commonwealth University 31,300 16,290 11,800
Virginia State University 4,643 6,650 5,119
Virginia Tech 32,663 22,280 6,324
Liberty University 2015/2016 numbers not available at press time
Shenandoah University 3,820 1,999 1,632
Marymount University 3,363 2,143 1,838
University of Maryland 38,140 28,414 12,740
Salisbury University 8,671 8,360 5,059
Towson University 22,284 12,348 8,033
St. Mary’s College of Maryland 1,774 1,654 1,312
American University 13,201 16,735 5,860
Catholic University of America 6,521 5,996 4,712

(December 2015)

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