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Table 305.40. Acceptance rates; number of applications, admissions, and enrollees; and enrollees' SAT and ACT scores for degree-granting postsecondary institutions with first-year undergraduates, by control and level of institution: 2013-14
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 institutions reporting                              
application data1 4,272 2,616 1,656 1,583 650 933 2,689 1,966 723 1,356 1,273 83 1,333 693 640
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 52.8 29.0 90.3 65.0 18.2 97.6 45.6 32.6 80.9 17.1 14.7 54.2 74.5 65.4 84.4
90 percent or more accepted 7.2 9.3 3.7 3.0 6.5 0.6 9.6 10.3 7.7 9.5 9.8 4.8 9.7 11.1 8.1
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 11.2 16.8 2.4 10.4 24.9 0.3 11.6 14.1 5.0 16.3 16.2 18.1 6.9 10.2 3.3
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 20.3 31.8 2.2 15.5 36.5 0.9 23.2 30.2 4.0 38.5 40.5 7.2 7.6 11.3 3.6
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 7.0 10.7 1.1 5.4 12.5 0.5 8.0 10.2 1.9 14.5 14.6 12.0 1.4 2.0 0.6
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 1.2 1.9 0.1 0.5 1.2 0.0 1.6 2.1 0.3 3.2 3.2 2.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.6 0.1 1.0 0.9 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of applications (in thousands) 9,199 9,113 86 5,025 4,975 50 4,174 4,139 36 4,065 4,051 14 110 88 22
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 3.9 3.7 33.3 4.5 4.2 35.0 3.3 3.1 30.9 2.6 2.6 2.3 27.3 21.9 48.8
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 16.7 16.7 16.5 19.5 19.6 10.4 13.4 13.3 25.0 13.1 13.0 25.8 25.6 25.9 24.5
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 43.0 43.1 30.1 46.2 46.3 35.7 39.2 39.3 22.4 39.1 39.2 20.6 40.3 44.5 23.5
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 25.3 25.4 18.4 25.2 25.3 18.9 25.4 25.4 17.6 25.9 25.8 40.6 6.7 7.6 3.2
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 7.7 7.8 1.7 3.9 3.9 0.0 12.4 12.4 4.0 12.7 12.7 10.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Less than 10 percent accepted 3.3 3.3 # 0.7 0.7 0.0 6.4 6.5 0.1 6.6 6.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of admissions (in thousands) 5,129 5,067 62 3,003 2,968 36 2,126 2,099 27 2,043 2,036 8 82 64 19
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 6.2 45.4 7.1 6.6 49.0 6.1 5.7 40.7 4.9 4.9 4.0 35.0 28.8 55.8
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 24.3 24.3 19.5 26.5 26.7 12.6 21.1 21.0 28.8 20.8 20.8 38.5 28.1 29.1 24.9
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 48.3 48.6 24.3 48.2 48.4 27.5 48.4 48.8 20.1 49.0 49.1 25.5 33.3 37.9 17.9
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 17.8 17.9 10.4 16.8 16.9 11.0 19.2 19.4 9.6 19.9 19.8 29.3 3.6 4.2 1.5
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 2.5 2.5 0.3 1.3 1.4 0.0 4.2 4.2 0.8 4.3 4.3 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.5 # 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.9 1.0 # 1.0 1.0 # 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of enrollees (in thousands) 1,543 1,507 36 1,008 986 22 535 521 14 495 491 4 40 30 10
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 7.9 7.0 45.7 7.4 6.6 46.0 8.8 7.8 45.3 6.7 6.7 6.8 34.9 26.6 59.0
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 24.5 24.6 19.8 27.5 27.8 14.4 19.0 18.7 28.2 18.1 17.9 43.4 29.2 31.5 22.8
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 46.4 46.9 24.6 48.3 48.7 29.3 42.8 43.5 17.4 43.7 43.9 19.6 31.2 36.2 16.6
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 16.8 17.0 9.5 15.2 15.3 10.3 19.9 20.2 8.2 21.1 21.1 26.6 4.7 5.7 1.6
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 3.4 3.4 0.4 1.4 1.4 0.0 7.1 7.3 1.0 7.7 7.8 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
Less than 10 percent accepted 1.0 1.0 # 0.2 0.2 0.0 2.4 2.5 # 2.6 2.6 # 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
SAT scores of enrollees                              
Critical reading, 25th percentile2 468 469 389 458 459 397 474 475 380 475 475 380 441 441
Critical reading, 75th percentile2 577 578 515 564 565 512 585 585 520 585 586 520 545 545
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 477 479 398 473 474 402 480 481 393 481 482 393 437 437
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 586 587 522 580 581 521 589 590 523 590 591 523 548 548
                               
ACT scores of enrollees                              
Composite, 25th percentile2 20.4 20.5 15.2 19.8 19.9 16.1 20.8 20.8 13.3 20.8 20.9 13.3 19.0 19.0
Composite, 75th percentile2 25.4 25.5 19.9 24.6 24.8 20.6 25.9 25.9 18.4 25.9 26.0 18.4 24.6 24.6
English, 25th percentile2 19.4 19.5 14.4 18.7 18.9 15.5 19.8 19.9 12.1 19.9 19.9 12.1 18.9 18.9
English, 75th percentile2 25.6 25.7 19.6 24.8 24.9 20.8 26.1 26.2 17.0 26.1 26.2 17.0 25.7 25.7
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 19.5 19.6 14.8 19.1 19.2 16.0 19.7 19.8 12.1 19.8 19.8 12.1 18.3 18.3
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 25.2 25.3 19.6 24.8 24.9 20.4 25.5 25.6 18.0 25.5 25.6 18.0 25.0 25.0
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases).
1 The total on this table differs slightly from other counts of institutions with first-year undergraduates because approximately 0.5 percent of these 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: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Excludes institutions not enrolling any first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. 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 2013, Institutional Characteristics component. (This table was prepared November 2014.)

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