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Table 339. Number of applications, admissions, and enrollees; their distribution across institutions accepting various percentages of applications; and SAT and ACT scores of enrollees, by type and control of institution: 2009-10
Application, admission, enrollment, and SAT and ACT score All institutions Public institutions Private institutions
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year Not-for-profit 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  4,109 2,401 1,708 1,628 629 999 2,481 1,772 709 1,328 1,245 83 1,153 527 626
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 46.6 21.9 81.3 65.7 17.2 96.3 34.1 23.6 60.2 15.3 13.3 45.8 55.7 48.0 62.1
90 percent or more accepted 7.3 8.7 5.3 3.6 7.8 1.0 9.7 9.1 11.3 9.2 9.0 12.0 10.3 9.3 11.2
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 11.7 17.0 4.3 8.8 21.6 0.8 13.6 15.3 9.2 18.5 19.1 9.6 7.9 6.5 9.1
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 23.7 36.4 6.0 16.3 39.9 1.5 28.6 35.1 12.3 39.8 41.4 15.7 15.6 20.1 11.8
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 9.1 13.8 2.4 4.7 11.9 0.2 11.9 14.4 5.5 13.6 14.0 8.4 9.9 15.6 5.1
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 1.3 1.8 0.6 0.7 1.4 0.2 1.7 2.0 1.1 2.7 2.6 4.8 0.6 0.6 0.6
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.6 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of applications (in thousands) 7,934 7,752 182 4,395 4,299 96 3,538 3,452 86 3,263 3,246 16 275 206 70
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 4.1 3.5 27.0 5.1 4.5 31.1 2.8 2.3 22.3 1.7 1.6 15.6 16.6 14.1 23.9
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 14.7 14.8 11.9 16.7 17.0 5.4 12.2 12.1 19.2 12.1 12.1 7.0 14.2 11.6 22.1
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 46.9 46.9 45.6 49.8 49.7 54.9 43.2 43.4 35.2 43.0 43.0 44.8 45.6 49.9 32.9
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 25.9 26.3 10.8 24.1 24.5 3.0 28.3 28.5 19.5 28.8 28.8 24.7 22.5 23.9 18.3
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 7.0 7.1 4.7 4.0 3.9 5.7 10.8 11.0 3.6 11.6 11.6 7.4 1.1 0.6 2.7
Less than 10 percent accepted 1.4 1.4 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.0 2.6 2.7 0.1 2.8 2.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of admissions (in thousands) 4,546 4,419 127 2,671 2,604 68 1,875 1,816 59 1,692 1,682 10 183 134 49
Percentage distribution of admissions
   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 6.7 5.8 38.1 7.7 6.8 43.8 5.1 4.2 31.6 3.0 2.9 24.8 24.1 20.9 33.0
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 20.9 21.1 14.0 22.5 23.0 6.2 18.5 18.4 23.0 18.6 18.7 9.3 17.6 14.5 25.8
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 52.1 52.4 40.1 52.2 52.4 46.6 51.8 52.4 32.6 52.7 52.7 47.0 43.7 48.9 29.6
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 17.9 18.2 6.3 16.0 16.4 1.5 20.5 20.8 11.8 21.2 21.3 16.3 14.3 15.6 10.9
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 2.3 2.4 1.5 1.4 1.4 2.0 3.7 3.7 0.9 4.0 4.0 2.6 0.3 0.2 0.6
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.2 0.2 # 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.4 # 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of enrollees (in thousands) 1,640 1,544 95 1,010 961 48 630 583 47 480 474 6 150 109 41
Percentage distribution of enrollees
   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 8.4 6.9 35.4 8.2 7.1 35.5 8.8 6.6 35.4 5.7 5.6 17.6 21.5 13.1 37.7
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 22.0 22.3 18.1 24.7 25.0 17.9 17.6 17.5 18.3 18.0 18.2 1.7 15.9 13.6 20.4
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 48.5 49.2 36.1 51.3 51.6 43.3 43.8 44.9 30.2 47.5 47.6 45.8 28.6 28.8 28.2
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 17.8 18.3 9.8 14.1 14.6 3.3 24.0 24.7 15.2 21.6 21.5 26.0 33.8 44.3 13.7
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 2.8 2.9 0.6 1.7 1.7 # 4.7 5.0 1.0 5.8 5.8 8.8 0.2 0.2 #
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.4 # 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.1 # 1.3 1.3 # # # 0.0
                               
SAT scores of enrollees                              
Critical reading, 25th percentile2  473 474 405 457 459 404 481 482 406 482 482 406 468 468
Critical reading, 75th percentile2  583 584 522 565 566 516 593 594 529 593 594 529 576 576
Mathematics, 25th percentile2  477 479 400 468 471 403 483 484 396 483 484 396 463 463
Mathematics, 75th percentile2  589 590 513 579 581 519 594 595 506 594 595 506 572 572
                               
ACT scores of enrollees                              
Composite, 25th percentile2  20.1 20.2 16.8 19.3 19.5 16.3 20.6 20.6 17.8 20.6 20.6 17.4 19.6 19.4
Composite, 75th percentile2  25.2 25.2 21.7 24.3 24.4 21.6 25.7 25.7 22.1 25.7 25.7 21.7 24.2 24.0
English, 25th percentile2  19.1 19.2 15.4 18.2 18.3 15.2 19.7 19.7 15.9 19.7 19.8 15.9 19.0 19.0
English, 75th percentile2  25.4 25.5 21.7 24.3 24.4 22.1 26.1 26.2 21.0 26.1 26.2 21.0 25.0 25.0
Mathematics, 25th percentile2  19.0 19.1 16.2 18.5 18.6 15.9 19.4 19.4 16.8 19.4 19.4 16.8 18.1 18.1
Mathematics, 75th percentile2  24.9 25.0 20.9 24.3 24.5 20.7 25.3 25.3 21.1 25.3 25.3 21.1 24.3 24.3
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met.
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 0.3 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.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-10 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Fall 2009. (This table was prepared October 2010.)

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