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Table 374. Institutions’ acceptance rates; number of applications, admissions, and enrollees; and enrollees’ SAT and ACT scores, by control and level of institution: 2011-12
Acceptance rates, applications, admissions, enrollees, and SAT and
ACT scores
All institutions Public institutions Private institutions
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year Nonprofit For-profit
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Number of undergraduate institutions
   reporting application data1
4,263 2,543 1,720 1,606 640 966 2,657 1,903 754 1,330 1,236 94 1,327 667 660
Percentage distribution of institutions
   by their acceptance of applications
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No application criteria 50.4 25.0 88.0 65.5 17.5 97.3 41.3 27.6 76.0 16.3 13.8 50.0 66.4 53.2 79.7
90 percent or more accepted 6.5 8.0 4.3 3.2 6.9 0.8 8.5 8.4 8.8 8.3 8.4 6.4 8.7 8.4 9.1
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 11.4 16.9 3.2 8.8 21.1 0.6 12.9 15.4 6.5 16.2 16.7 10.6 9.6 13.2 5.9
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 22.1 34.7 3.5 15.5 37.7 0.8 26.1 33.7 6.9 41.2 42.5 24.5 11.0 17.5 4.4
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 8.0 12.9 0.7 6.1 14.8 0.3 9.1 12.2 1.2 14.1 14.8 4.3 4.1 7.5 0.8
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 1.2 2.0 0.2 0.8 1.9 0.1 1.5 2.0 0.3 2.9 3.1 1.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.6 0.4 1.0 0.8 3.2 0.1 0.1 0.0
                               
Number of applications (in thousands) 8,576 8,456 121 4,638 4,574 64 3,939 3,882 57 3,737 3,722 15 201 159 42
Percentage distribution of applications
   by institutions' acceptance of
   applications
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No application criteria
90 percent or more accepted 3.0 2.5 37.3 3.5 2.9 44.4 2.5 2.1 29.3 1.3 1.3 1.4 24.9 21.1 39.4
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 15.6 15.6 16.8 18.7 18.8 9.3 11.9 11.7 25.3 11.1 11.1 15.5 27.2 26.7 28.9
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 43.2 43.3 35.3 44.8 45.0 32.9 41.2 41.3 38.1 41.8 41.7 65.9 29.9 30.4 27.9
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 28.3 28.6 10.1 29.5 29.7 13.3 27.0 27.3 6.5 27.4 27.5 14.3 18.0 21.8 3.7
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 7.3 7.4 0.1 3.2 3.2 0.1 12.2 12.3 0.1 12.8 12.9 0.3 # 0.0 #
Less than 10 percent accepted 2.6 2.7 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.0 5.3 5.3 0.7 5.5 5.5 2.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of admissions (in thousands) 4,763 4,669 93 2,754 2,704 50 2,008 1,965 44 1,863 1,853 9 146 112 34
Percentage distribution of applications
   by institutions' acceptance of
   applications
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No application criteria
90 percent or more accepted 5.2 4.3 47.7 5.6 4.7 56.8 4.6 3.9 37.3 2.4 2.4 2.2 32.9 28.6 47.1
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 22.7 22.8 18.1 25.6 25.9 10.1 18.8 18.6 27.2 17.9 17.8 19.9 30.2 30.5 29.3
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 49.2 49.6 29.2 47.9 48.3 26.8 50.8 51.3 31.9 52.7 52.7 67.9 26.6 28.1 21.8
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 20.1 20.4 4.9 19.8 20.0 6.2 20.5 20.9 3.5 21.3 21.4 9.6 10.3 12.8 1.8
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 2.5 2.5 # 1.0 1.0 # 4.5 4.6 # 4.8 4.8 0.1 # 0.0 #
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.4 # 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.1 0.9 0.9 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of enrollees (in thousands) 1,568 1,508 60 991 959 31 577 548 28 489 483 6 88 65 23
Percentage distribution of applications
   by institutions' acceptance of
   applications
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No application criteria
90 percent or more accepted 7.6 6.2 45.2 7.3 5.9 52.0 8.2 6.7 37.7 3.3 3.4 2.6 35.3 31.4 46.4
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 23.4 23.6 18.3 25.7 26.1 13.2 19.5 19.3 24.0 17.9 17.9 18.0 28.6 29.7 25.5
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 46.9 47.5 31.4 48.1 48.7 28.4 44.8 45.3 34.7 48.4 48.2 70.4 24.6 24.2 25.9
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 18.2 18.7 5.0 17.4 17.8 6.4 19.5 20.4 3.5 21.0 21.1 8.4 11.5 14.7 2.3
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 3.1 3.2 # 1.4 1.4 # 6.1 6.4 # 7.2 7.2 0.1 # 0.0 #
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.8 0.8 # 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.8 1.9 0.1 2.2 2.2 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
SAT scores of enrollees                              
Critical reading, 25th percentile2 469 470 405 457 459 414 476 477 394 477 478 385 439 436
Critical reading, 75th percentile2 580 581 507 564 566 515 589 590 495 590 591 484 562 560
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 478 479 413 472 473 416 482 483 408 483 483 407 444 446
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 586 587 508 579 580 516 591 592 496 591 592 484 560 558
                               
ACT scores of enrollees                              
Composite, 25th percentile2 20.3 20.4 16.7 19.5 19.7 16.3 20.8 20.8 17.6 20.8 20.9 17.6 18.1 18.1
Composite, 75th percentile2 25.3 25.4 21.1 24.5 24.6 21.2 25.9 25.9 20.9 25.9 25.9 20.9 24.5 24.5
English, 25th percentile2 19.4 19.5 15.6 18.5 18.6 15.2 20.0 20.0 16.3 20.0 20.1 16.3 17.8 17.8
English, 75th percentile2 25.6 25.8 21.2 24.6 24.7 21.8 26.3 26.4 20.1 26.3 26.4 20.1 25.4 25.4
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 19.3 19.4 16.6 18.8 18.9 16.2 19.7 19.7 17.3 19.7 19.7 17.3 17.8 17.8
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 25.0 25.1 20.9 24.4 24.6 20.8 25.4 25.5 20.9 25.5 25.5 20.9 24.2 24.2
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 Excludes institutions not enrolling first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. The total on this table differs slightly from other counts of undergraduate institutions because approximately 0.5 percent of undergraduate institutions did not report application information.
2 Data are only for institutions that require test scores for admission. Relatively few 2-year institutions require test scores for admission. The SAT Critical reading and Mathematics scales range from 200 to 800. The ACT Composite, English, and Mathematics scales range from 1 to 36.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2011, Institutional Characteristics component. (This table was prepared September 2012.)
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