RANKED: Ivy League universities from most to least selective


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Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ivy League admissions decisions for the Class of 2019 drop at 5 p.m. today, and thousands of students will soon learn whether they'll attend one of the elite universities in the fall.


While tens of thousands of potential students apply to each Ivy League university every year, only a handful get accepted. Harvard University has the lowest admissions rate of all the Ivies, only taking 5.9% of students last year for its current freshman class.

Here's how many students got accepted to each Ivy League school last year:

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  1. Harvard University - 5.9%
  2. Yale University - 6.26%
  3. Columbia University - 6.94%
  4. Princeton University - 7.28%
  5. Brown University - 9.2%
  6. University of Pennsylvania - 9.9%
  7. Dartmouth College - 11.5%
  8. Cornell University - 14%

However, Stanford University - which is not in the Ivy League - remains the most selective university in America, with a 5.05% admissions rate for the Class of 2019.

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