Does A Low Acceptance Rate Mean A School Is Better?

A college’s acceptance rate is the rate at which applicants are accepted or admitted into the colleges. Basically, an acceptance rate alone doesn’t give you any meaningful information about an institution’s impact on its students. Continue reading to know more about it.

Updated by Palka Manchanda on 12th May 2020

If you’re applying to college, you’ve probably seen some statistics about a school’s admissions process, whether they are advertised on a college website or printed in some college rankings list. Each year, colleges release some basic information about their recently accepted students, usually including test scores, demographics, total applicants, and acceptance rates.

For high school students who are in search of colleges, the acceptance rates can be a prime focus among these statistics. Many students believe that the admission rate is the most trusted indicator of a college’s selectivity. Newspapers loaded with the headlines and the information obtained through television about the growing competitive college admissions, declining acceptance rates, and elite and exclusive schools becoming even more selective. 

In this article, we will discuss what an acceptance rate is and will also guide you with certain tips that you should keep in mind while you select a college. If you are ready to apply to a college but are worried about the acceptance rate then don’t worry, and read on to know more.

What is an Acceptance Rate?

A college’s acceptance rate is the rate at which applicants are accepted or admitted into the colleges. It is calculated by dividing the number of accepted students by the number of total students applied. 

Let us understand the acceptance rate more clearly with the help of an example of a college that has 2,00,000 applicants and accepts 10,000 students, its acceptance rate is 5%. Another college B has 20,000 applicants and also accepts 10,000 students, its acceptance rate is 50%. Although both the colleges accepted the same number of students their acceptance rates are very different.

Does a Low Acceptance Rate Mean that the School is Better?

Now, a low acceptance rate doesn't tell you about a college. It doesn't tell you about the quality of education you will be provided with. Nor does it tell you about the worthiness of the college. It is only a measure of rarity.

A low acceptance rate actually does not tell you much about a college other than that it typically receives far more applicants than it can accept. While this might be an indicator of the types of students who want to attend, it is not an indicator of the types of students who graduate from such a school. 

Hence, a low acceptance rate, along with high scores and grades and also other characteristics, indicates only the inputs, not the outputs. Instead, it only tells you about the students it accepts. 

Keep the following points in mind while Selecting a School-

Quality and Selectivity

 

The more well known and prominent colleges have limited seats but the number of candidates who apply there is quite a lot, thus this is one of the reasons for lower acceptance rates in renowned colleges.

Not always it indicates what you will gain, either the school or experience or maybe both hence even if they are selective and demand unimaginable grades it is important to take into consideration the hard work it takes to get in does not necessarily indicate what you will get when you come out of the college. 

 

Prepare a List of the Colleges to be on the Safe Side

The lower acceptance rate makes it difficult for you to take admission into a good college. However, the acceptance rate does tell you how difficult it is to get into a particular college. The lower the acceptance rate makes it more difficult to get into a university. Hence it is important for you to list the colleges with higher acceptance rates if it becomes tough to get into a college with a lower acceptance rate.

 

The College that Fits you the best

It is not always a good idea to select colleges based on their uniqueness and exclusivity. Applying to colleges based on their name recognition is not what you should look for.

Conclusion 

Hence low acceptance rate, along with high grades and scores and also other characteristics, demonstrates inputs, not the outputs.” Basically, an acceptance rate alone doesn’t give you any meaningful information about an institution’s impact on its students. Instead, it only tells you about the students it accepts. It is thus important to choose the colleges based on how well the college fits you and how well you can adapt to its layout, teachings,  programs, affordability, teaching staff, etc.