EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — October 19, 2017

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Number of Applications, Admissions, and Enrollments at Four-Year Title IV Institutions by Institution Type, Fall 2016


The illustration below features data from fall 2016 IPEDS reporting to the federal government. This week's EPIGraph is focused on selective (non open-admissions) institutions at the four-year level only. Two-year, public institutions are predominantly open admissions institutions so they are not included in this analysis*.

A total of 10.4 million first-time degree-seeking students applied to a selective four-year institutions in fall 2016. Of all applicants, 56 percent of applicants were admitted to institutions and 15 percent enrolled that fall. Of the subset of admits only, 27 percent of students enrolled.

At selective four-year public institutions, 5.8 million students submitted applications. Of this total, 60 percent were admitted by the institution and 18 percent enrolled. Of the admitted total, 30 percent of students enrolled.

At selective four-year private institutions, 4.5 students submitted applications. Fifty percent of this total were accepted by the institution, of which 11 percent enrolled. Of those admitted, 22 percent enrolled.

Of the 1.6 million students who ultimately enrolled in these institutions, less than three percent enrolled as a part-time status.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Winter 2016–17, Admissions component (preliminary data).

NOTE: Data are filtered by non open-admissions schools only.

*Only 28,929 students applied to selective two-year, public institutions in the US, representing less than 1 percent of all students who applied to a selective institution.