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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: 2017-18
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 3,844 2,384 1,460 1,584 709 875 2,260 1,675 585 1,379 1,287 92 881 388 493
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 51.8 27.2 91.9 65.0 23.7 98.4 42.5 28.7 82.2 18.3 14.7 69.6 80.4 75.0 84.6
90 percent or more accepted 7.4 10.8 1.8 4.2 9.3 0.1 9.6 11.4 4.4 12.1 12.4 7.6 5.7 8.0 3.9
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 12.1 17.8 2.7 11.9 26.1 0.3 12.2 14.3 6.2 16.5 16.8 12.0 5.6 6.2 5.1
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 19.6 30.3 2.2 14.0 30.2 0.8 23.6 30.4 4.3 35.5 37.5 7.6 5.1 7.0 3.7
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 7.1 10.8 1.1 4.2 9.2 0.2 9.1 11.5 2.4 13.0 13.8 1.1 3.1 3.6 2.6
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 1.6 2.4 0.3 0.6 1.3 0.1 2.3 2.9 0.5 3.6 3.7 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.2
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.4 0.7 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.9 0.0 1.1 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of applications (in thousands) 10,690 10,625 65 6,022 5,993 28 4,669 4,632 37 4,580 4,560 20 89 72 17
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 4.8 4.8 16.9 5.5 5.5 21.4 4.0 3.9 13.4 3.8 3.8 5.0 10.0 6.8 23.5
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 19.0 19.0 17.3 22.6 22.6 8.6 14.4 14.3 23.8 14.4 14.4 14.7 13.3 8.3 34.8
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 39.1 39.1 35.0 41.0 40.9 59.5 36.7 36.8 16.5 36.1 36.2 10.3 67.1 77.3 24.0
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 25.3 25.3 30.2 25.9 25.9 9.9 24.6 24.4 45.5 24.9 24.7 69.8 9.3 7.6 16.2
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 7.8 7.8 0.7 4.6 4.6 0.6 11.9 11.9 0.7 12.1 12.1 0.1 0.3 # 1.5
Less than 10 percent accepted 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 8.5 8.6 0.0 8.7 8.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of admissions (in thousands) 6,024 5,983 40 3,656 3,637 19 2,367 2,346 21 2,307 2,298 9 60 48 12
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 8.1 7.9 26.7 8.6 8.4 31.4 7.3 7.2 22.4 7.1 7.1 11.0 13.9 9.7 30.5
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 27.5 27.5 22.9 30.3 30.4 10.3 23.1 23.0 34.1 23.3 23.3 27.8 16.1 10.3 38.7
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 44.1 44.2 34.8 42.7 42.7 52.8 46.4 46.6 18.5 45.9 46.0 14.5 64.7 75.9 21.3
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 17.4 17.4 15.5 17.0 17.0 5.2 18.1 18.0 24.7 18.4 18.3 46.7 5.2 4.2 9.2
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 2.4 2.4 0.2 1.4 1.4 0.2 3.9 3.9 0.2 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.1 # 0.3
Less than 10 percent accepted 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.2 1.3 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
Number of enrollees (in thousands) 1,604 1,586 18 1,078 1,069 9 526 517 9 506 503 3 21 14 7
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 8.3 8.1 24.6 8.6 8.5 27.4 7.7 7.4 22.0 7.2 7.2 15.5 18.4 15.5 24.5
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 27.5 27.5 28.4 31.0 31.2 13.3 20.4 20.0 42.9 20.2 20.1 43.2 24.6 16.1 42.8
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 42.3 42.4 36.9 42.4 42.3 52.2 42.1 42.5 22.2 41.9 42.0 23.3 48.6 61.1 21.7
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 16.8 16.9 9.9 15.7 15.8 7.0 19.2 19.3 12.7 19.7 19.7 17.9 8.3 7.3 10.6
10.0 to 24.9 percent accepted 3.6 3.7 0.2 2.0 2.0 0.2 6.9 7.1 0.2 7.2 7.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.3
Less than 10 percent accepted 1.3 1.4 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 3.6 3.7 0.0 3.8 3.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
                               
SAT scores of enrollees                              
Evidence-based reading and writing
   (ERW), 25th percentile2
511 512 441 505 506 453 515 515 424 515 515 424 506 506
ERW, 75th percentile2 609 610 548 602 603 553 614 614 542 614 614 542 609 609
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 506 506 453 501 502 446 508 509 463 509 509 463 493 493
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 606 606 547 601 602 539 609 609 558 609 609 558 588 588
                               
ACT scores of enrollees                              
Composite, 25th percentile2 20.5 20.6 15.6 20.0 20.1 16.0 20.9 20.9 15.2 20.9 20.9 15.2 20.4 20.4
Composite, 75th percentile2 25.8 25.9 20.9 25.4 25.4 20.9 26.1 26.1 21.0 26.1 26.1 21.0 26.0 26.0
English, 25th percentile2 19.6 19.7 12.8 19.0 19.1 14.0 20.0 20.1 11.2 20.0 20.1 11.2 20.3 20.3
English, 75th percentile2 26.1 26.1 19.0 25.5 25.6 19.7 26.5 26.5 18.0 26.5 26.5 18.0 26.8 26.8
Mathematics, 25th percentile2 19.4 19.5 14.4 19.2 19.2 15.6 19.6 19.7 12.8 19.6 19.7 12.8 18.8 18.8
Mathematics, 75th percentile2 25.4 25.5 18.8 25.2 25.2 20.1 25.6 25.6 16.8 25.6 25.6 16.8 25.0 25.0
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1 The total on this table differs slightly from other counts of institutions with first-year undergraduates because approximately 1.0 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 evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) 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), Winter 2017-18, Admissions component. (This table was prepared December 2018.)

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