U.S. News & World Report‘s has released their annual college acceptance list. It has ranked some 1257 colleges and universities with their average acceptance rates ranging from 100% acceptance all the way down to 5%.
One would assume, and you’d be right, that Ivy League Universities would be the pickiest, yet there are others on the top 10 most difficult list, such as the Naval Academy, College of the Ozarks, which accepts only 8.3% of applicants and Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. The rest are pretty much those you would expect — Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, and Columbia. However, the most difficult University is Stanford, which is considered the Harvard of the West, accepts only 5.1% of all who apply.
One must assume that the applicants who are accepted must be exceptional. They must have something that the other 95% don’t. You would also assume that those who do apply consider themselves exceptional and therefore, if they are denied, this blow would be quite upsetting — even crushing to some.
I wonder just how those denied applicants would feel if they knew their coveted slot was taken by an illegal immigrant. Stanford, like these other elite universities, has a very limited amount of slots to fill each school year, so “When an undocumented student is allowed into a college, ‘there is another kid who wasn’t admitted because we admitted the illegal alien,’ says Ira Mehlman, spokesman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.”
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