National Universities Where Accepted Students Usually Enroll

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There's nothing like receiving college acceptance letters after months of filling out applications and studying to get a competitive SAT or ACT score. But with these letters comes a new problem: deciding which school to attend.

This choice may be less difficult for students admitted into Harvard University. Of the 2,076 students accepted for fall of 2012, 1,664 enrolled, giving the school a yield of 80.2 percent. The Ivy League school has the highest yield of the 264 ranked National Universities that submitted yield rate data to U.S. News in a spring 2013 survey. National Universities, of which 270 are numerically ranked, are schools that offer a range of undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. programs, and commit to producing groundbreaking research.

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In the fall of 2011, Brigham Young University--Provo had the highest yield with 79.7 percent. Its yield increased for 2012 to 80.1 percent, after 5,526 of the 6,895 accepted students enrolled, placing it just behind Harvard.

Other schools with a high yield for fall of 2012 include New York's Yeshiva University, which came in ninth at 65.5 percent, and North Carolina A&T State University, with a 59.3 percent yield that placed it 14th. The 24 schools with a yield rate that exceeded 50 percent accepted an average of 3,770 students and enrolled 2,273 students.

About half as many National Liberal Arts Colleges had yield rates that exceeded 50 percent. Of the 12 that did, on average they accepted 755 students and enrolled 542 students.

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Large state schools often had a yield between 30 and 40 percent. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, for example, enrolled 6,148 students of the 15,551 accepted, giving it a yield of 39.5 percent.

The table below shows the fall 2012 yield for each ranked National University that reported the figure to U.S. News. The rate can be affected by a school's early decision or early action options, as some of those programs bind students to attending if accepted.

School name Students accepted Fall 2012 enrollment Yield
Harvard University 2,076 1,664 80.2%
Brigham Young University--Provo 6,895 5,526 80.1%
Spalding University 259 200 77.2%
University of Alaska--Fairbanks 1,163 889 76.4%
Stanford University 2,423 1,765 72.8%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1,620 1,135 70.1%
Yale University 2,043 1,356 66.4%
Georgia Southern University 5,473 3,604 65.9%
Yeshiva University 1,362 892 65.5%
Princeton University 2,094 1,357 64.8%
University of Nevada--Las Vegas 5,133 3,294 64.2%
University of Pennsylvania 3,935 2,461 62.5%
Columbia University 2,362 1,415 59.9%
North Carolina A&T State University 3,120 1,849 59.3%
University of North Dakota 3,983 2,360 59.3%
University of Nebraska--Lincoln 6,662 3,937 59.1%
Brown University 2,759 1,539 55.8%
University of New Orleans 1,592 883 55.5%
University of Memphis 4,252 2,252 53%
North Dakota State University 4,647 2,441 52.5%
University of Florida 12,092 6,289 52%
Cornell University 6,259 3,217 51.4%
South Dakota State University 4,331 2,223 51.3%
University of Notre Dame 3,947 2,014 51%
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill 7,847 3,915 49.9%
Middle Tennessee State University 6,289 3,120 49.6%
University of Texas--Austin 16,563 8,092 48.9%
Florida A&M University 2,795 1,364 48.8%
University of Louisiana--Lafayette 5,591 2,728 48.8%
University of Texas--El Paso 6,228 3,033 48.7%
Dartmouth College 2,260 1,098 48.6%
University of Nebraska--Omaha 3,630 1,761 48.5%
University of Georgia 10,352 4,936 47.7%
University of South Alabama 4,159 1,944 46.7%
Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge 12,326 5,725 46.4%
University of New Mexico 7,405 3,424 46.2%
Georgetown University 3,413 1,570 46%
Oklahoma State University 9,351 4,289 45.9%
University of Chicago 3,345 1,527 45.7%
East Tennessee State University 4,572 2,082 45.5%
University of Alabama 14,019 6,371 45.4%
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee 7,612 3,435 45.1%
University of Oklahoma 9,220 4,138 44.9%
University of Nevada--Reno 6,434 2,885 44.8%
University of South Dakota 3,049 1,353 44.4%
Indiana University-Purdue University--Indianapolis 7,612 3,359 44.1%
Missouri University of Science & Technology 2,546 1,124 44.1%
Cardinal Stritch University 403 177 43.9%
Georgia State University 7,333 3,201 43.7%
Ohio State University--Columbus 16,521 7,215 43.7%
Utah State University 8,757 3,824 43.7%
Texas A&M University--College Station 18,663 8,139 43.6%
New Mexico State University 4,746 2,061 43.4%
University of Tennessee 9,693 4,207 43.4%
University of Arkansas 10,630 4,574 43%
University of Colorado--Denver 2,333 991 42.5%
University of Southern Mississippi 4,581 1,945 42.5%
Cleveland State University 3,750 1,588 42.3%
University of Virginia 8,031 3,397 42.3%
Kansas State University 9,180 3,874 42.2%
Duke University 4,077 1,714 42%
University of Louisville 6,440 2,705 42%
University of Texas--Dallas 3,679 1,545 42%
North Carolina State University--Raleigh 10,137 4,225 41.7%
Northwestern University 4,912 2,037 41.5%
University of Alabama--Huntsville 1,505 624 41.5%
University of North Texas 10,721 4,451 41.5%
Wright State University 5,569 2,311 41.5%
University of North Carolina--Greensboro 6,065 2,512 41.4%
University of Arkansas--Little Rock 2,026 836 41.3%
Florida International University 6,418 2,636 41.1%
University of Missouri--St. Louis 1,329 546 41.1%
University of Texas--Arlington 6,017 2,473 41.1%
Trinity International University 387 158 40.8%
California Institute of Technology 651 264 40.6%
Wichita State University 3,347 1,359 40.6%
Andrews University 957 388 40.5%
Louisiana Tech University 3,243 1,307 40.3%
Maryville University of St. Louis 913 368 40.3%
University of Texas--San Antonio 11,165 4,493 40.2%
University of Akron 10,501 4,201 40%
Mississippi State University 7,245 2,894 39.9%
Sam Houston State University 6,054 2,413 39.9%
Vanderbilt University 4,034 1,608 39.9%
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 821 325 39.6%
University of Mississippi 8,507 3,373 39.6%
University of Wisconsin--Madison 15,841 6,279 39.6%
University of Wyoming 4,001 1,584 39.6%
University of Central Florida 15,388 6,082 39.5%
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor 15,551 6,148 39.5%
Iowa State University 13,648 5,366 39.3%
Texas Tech University 11,593 4,560 39.3%
Michigan State University 21,327 8,354 39.2%
University of Washington 15,460 6,046 39.1%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 7,527 2,934 39%
Lamar University 4,351 1,698 39%
Montana State University 6,955 2,710 39%
Washington State University 11,268 4,389 39%
University of Missouri 16,752 6,501 38.8%
Benedictine University 1,586 612 38.6%
Virginia Tech 14,210 5,487 38.6%
Bowie State University 1,267 484 38.2%
Virginia Commonwealth University 9,488 3,617 38.1%
New Jersey Institute of Technology 2,684 1,020 38%
University of Utah 9,187 3,494 38%
Georgia Institute of Technology 8,045 3,044 37.8%
University of Alabama--Birmingham 4,438 1,676 37.8%
University of North Carolina--Charlotte 9,416 3,541 37.6%
Tufts University 3,503 1,309 37.4%
University of California--Berkeley 11,130 4,162 37.4%
University of Missouri--Kansas City 3,009 1,125 37.4%
Rice University 2,528 935 37%
Our Lady of the Lake University 865 318 36.8%
Johns Hopkins University 3,626 1,330 36.7%
University of Kentucky 12,655 4,647 36.7%
University of Northern Colorado 6,077 2,228 36.7%
University of Arizona 20,251 7,401 36.5%
University of Houston 9,565 3,492 36.5%
West Virginia University 14,060 5,135 36.5%
University of Cincinnati 11,469 4,160 36.3%
Texas A&M University--Commerce 2,287 827 36.2%
Florida State University 16,124 5,738 35.6%
University of Hawaii--Manoa 5,528 1,964 35.5%
Old Dominion University 7,637 2,702 35.4%
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick 17,436 6,170 35.4%
Biola University 2,634 930 35.3%
Stevens Institute of Technology 1,746 614 35.2%
University of California--Los Angeles 15,982 5,621 35.2%
University of Montana 4,267 1,490 34.9%
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign 19,924 6,932 34.8%
New School 3,163 1,094 34.6%
East Carolina University 9,658 3,335 34.5%
Ball State University 10,333 3,556 34.4%
Arizona State University 26,986 9,265 34.3%
New York University 14,998 5,140 34.3%
Oregon State University 9,720 3,333 34.3%
Colorado State University 13,394 4,587 34.2%
Tennessee State University 3,090 1,058 34.2%
University of Illinois--Chicago 9,193 3,123 34%
Edgewood College 1,012 342 33.8%
Illinois State University 9,177 3,088 33.6%
Washington University in St. Louis 4,876 1,637 33.6%
College of William and Mary 4,394 1,467 33.4%
Michigan Technological University 3,462 1,153 33.3%
George Washington University 7,197 2,387 33.2%
Purdue University--West Lafayette 18,952 6,289 33.2%
University of Idaho 4,903 1,617 33%
University of Kansas 11,433 3,771 33%
University of Maryland--College Park 11,825 3,903 33%
University of Southern California 9,187 3,021 32.9%
Temple University 12,593 4,132 32.8%
University of Toledo 10,465 3,425 32.7%
Oakland University 7,551 2,464 32.6%
University of South Carolina 14,199 4,625 32.6%
Lehigh University 3,756 1,217 32.4%
Clemson University 10,706 3,463 32.3%
Morgan State University 3,252 1,037 31.9%
Wake Forest University 3,875 1,234 31.8%
Texas Woman's University 3,679 1,159 31.5%
Southern Illinois University--Carbondale 7,474 2,321 31.1%
University of St. Thomas 4,647 1,447 31.1%
Kent State University 13,259 4,111 31%
Duquesne University 4,975 1,526 30.7%
Bowling Green State University 11,848 3,621 30.6%
University of Maryland--Baltimore County 5,138 1,560 30.4%
University of South Florida 12,331 3,750 30.4%
University of Colorado--Boulder 18,172 5,472 30.1%
Florida Atlantic University 10,876 3,237 29.8%
Pennsylvania State University--University Park 25,772 7,649 29.7%
University of Maine 6,733 1,997 29.7%
Emory University 4,602 1,363 29.6%
Central Michigan University 11,333 3,345 29.5%
Nova Southeastern University 2,364 694 29.4%
Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi 5,831 1,713 29.40%
Carnegie Mellon University 4,807 1,408 29.3%
University of Iowa 15,240 4,470 29.3%
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities 18,900 5,514 29.2%
University at Buffalo--SUNY 12,525 3,650 29.1%
Indiana University--Bloomington 26,228 7,613 29%
Indiana State University 9,245 2,664 28.8%
Northern Illinois University 9,242 2,664 28.8%
Auburn University 13,486 3,852 28.6%
Ohio University 13,571 3,888 28.6%
Illinois Institute of Technology 1,427 406 28.5%
University of Tulsa 2,844 806 28.3%
Wayne State University 8,255 2,336 28.3%
University of Massachusetts--Lowell 5,296 1,495 28.2%
Azusa Pacific University 4,453 1,250 28.1%
Trevecca Nazarene University 922 259 28.1%
George Mason University 9,667 2,694 27.9%
Texas A&M University--Kingsville 4,599 1,279 27.8%
Texas Southern University 4,991 1,349 27%
San Diego State University 16,092 4,240 26.3%
University of Pittsburgh 13,959 3,678 26.3%
University of Massachusetts--Boston 4,835 1,267 26.2%
Western Michigan University 11,654 3,026 26%
University of Delaware 14,829 3,817 25.7%
Syracuse University 13,240 3,392 25.6%
University of Oregon 15,770 4,031 25.6%
Miami University--Oxford 14,788 3,734 25.3%
Brandeis University 3,277 820 25%
Boston College 9,813 2,405 24.5%
University of Dayton 8,336 2,044 24.5%
Clarkson University 3,195 778 24.4%
St. Mary's University of Minnesota 1,346 328 24.4%
Stony Brook University--SUNY 11,023 2,676 24.3%
Pepperdine University 3,294 787 23.9%
St. John Fisher College 2,419 578 23.9%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3,986 951 23.9%
University of Rochester 5,663 1,343 23.7%
Southern Methodist University 6,031 1,426 23.6%
Texas Christian University 7,901 1,854 23.5%
University of Connecticut 13,397 3,114 23.2%
University of California--Davis 22,521 5,208 23.1%
DePaul University 11,318 2,593 22.9%
University of La Verne 2,722 621 22.8%
Widener University 3,186 717 22.5%
University of New Hampshire 13,433 2,999 22.3%
Binghamton University--SUNY 12,104 2,664 22%
The Catholic University of America 4,017 884 22%
University at Albany--SUNY 11,744 2,568 21.9%
South Carolina State University 3,039 664 21.8%
Colorado School of Mines 4,373 949 21.7%
University of West Florida 8,284 1,797 21.7%
University of Massachusetts--Amherst 21,470 4,592 21.4%
American University 7,531 1,597 21.2%
University of California--Irvine 23,956 5,077 21.2%
University of California--Riverside 19,062 4,034 21.2%
Polytechnic Institute of New York University 2,038 417 20.5%
University of Rhode Island 15,875 3,258 20.5%
Lynn University 2,047 415 20.3%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 6,634 1,326 20%
Tulane University 8,203 1,641 20%
University of California--San Diego 22,963 4,573 19.9%
Clark University 3,010 594 19.7%
University of California--Santa Barbara 24,116 4,741 19.7%
St. Louis University 8,314 1,618 19.5%
Baylor University 16,879 3,254 19.3%
Boston University 20,071 3,877 19.3%
University of California--Santa Cruz 20,178 3,828 19%
Northeastern University 14,084 2,664 18.9%
Pace University 9,900 1,848 18.7%
Immaculata University 1,314 243 18.5%
University of Miami 11,020 2,012 18.3%
Loyola University Chicago 11,395 2,003 17.6%
Regent University 1,241 218 17.6%
University of San Francisco 7,762 1,353 17.4%
Florida Institute of Technology 4,386 756 17.2%
Case Western Reserve University 8,027 1,372 17.1%
Seton Hall University 8,591 1,461 17%
Adelphi University 6,104 999 16.4%
Northern Arizona University 26,299 4,254 16.2%
Clark Atlanta University 3,975 637 16%
Barry University 3,966 625 15.8%
University of Denver 7,740 1,213 15.7%
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--Newark 6,824 1,052 15.4%
Marquette University 12,644 1,928 15.2%
University of San Diego 7,060 1,074 15.2%
University of Vermont 16,716 2,372 14.2%
Fordham University 14,621 1,882 12.9%
Hofstra University 13,346 1,488 11.1%
Drexel University 30,382 3,116 10.3%
St. John's University 27,449 2,792 10.2%
University of the Pacific 8,678 852 9.8%

The yield data above are correct as of Jan. 30, 2014. For additional admissions data, complete rankings and much more, access the U.S. News College Compass.

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