Admissions Data

2001 Data

UniversityRPICalTechCarnegie MellonCase WesternClarksonColorado School of MinesCornellGeorgia TechHarvey MuddJohns HopkinsLehighMITRiceRITRose-HulmanWPI
Applications5,5423,36516,6964,6632,5841,94316,5389,4761,5249,1298,03710,4906,7408,3103,0343,216
Acceptances3,7485155,2113,4292,0821,5714,2885,1575163,1323,8511,7871,5785,9542,0402,461
Acceptance Rate67.6%15.3%31.2%73.5%80.6%80.9%25.9%54.4%33.9%34.3%47.9%17.0%23.4%71.6%67.2%76.5%
Newly Enrolled1,1122141,3187387246351,9502,2251741,0151,1121,0306602,254404705
Yield29.7%41.6%25.3%21.5%34.8%40.4%45.5%43.1%33.7%32.4%28.9%57.6%41.8%37.9%19.8%28.6%
SAT Scores*1,3151,5201,3751,3401,1701,2401,4001,3351,4651,4051,2751,4851,4201,2251,2851,265

2016 Data

UniversityRPICalTechCarnegie MellonCase WesternClarksonColorado School of MinesCornellGeorgia TechHarvey MuddJohns HopkinsLehighMITRiceRITRose-HulmanWPI
Applications18,5246,86621,18923,1157,06612,28444,96530,5284,18027,09413,40319,02018,23619,8244,24110,468
Acceptances8,2155534,6018,1924,8204,9576,3377,8685383,2343,4991,5112,78510,8892,5905,071
Acceptance Rate44.3%8.1%21.7%35.4%68.2%40.4%14.1%25.8%12.9%11.9%26.1%7.9%15.3%54.9%61.1%48.4%
Newly Enrolled1,6912351,5521,2647979763,3152,8732161,3111,2491,1139912,6045431,120
Yield20.6%42.5%33.7%15.4%16.5%19.7%52.3%36.5%40.1%40.5%35.7%73.7%35.6%23.9%21.0%22.1%
SAT Scores*1,3801,5551,4651,3851,1821,3351,4301,4101,5001,4951,3251,5351,5151,2351,3151,300

15-Year Change

UniversityRPICalTechCarnegie MellonCase WesternClarksonColorado School of MinesCornellGeorgia TechHarvey MuddJohns HopkinsLehighMITRiceRITRose-HulmanWPI
Appl. Growth Factor3.342.041.274.962.736.322.723.222.742.971.671.812.712.391.403.25
Acceptance Rate-23.3-7.2-9.5-38.1-12.4-40.5-11.8-28.6-21.0-22.4-21.8-9.1-8.1-16.7-5.1-28.1
Yield-9.10.98.5-6.1-18.3-20.76.8-6.66.48.16.816.1-6.2-14.01.2-6.5
SAT Scores65359045129530753590505095103035

Admissions Analysis of Change Data

Analysis of Change DataGroup Avg.Std. Deviation**RPI Deltas% of  Std. Dev.
Appl. Growth Factor2.851.290.490.38
Acceptance Rate-1910.7-4.3-0.4
Yield-210.7-7.1-0.66
SAT Scores52.628.912.40.43

Conclusions: 3 of RPI’s 4 statistics are within 1/2 of a standard deviation of the group averages. The 4th statistic is within 2/3 of a standard deviation of the group average. Therefore, RPI’s results are not meaningfully different than the group averages. The data also imply that RPI’s weak Yield is likely holding back any further lowering of its Acceptance Rate. More generally, the data imply that exogenous factors have helped all STEM schools post improved results. (see College Board Research Brief and “The STEM Enrollment Boom” article).

* Combined Reading and Math scores. Schools provide 25th and 75th percentile ranges for each test section. For comparative purposes, the ends of each range were averaged and the two were added. This approximates the Median score.
** The standard deviation of a data set is a measure of its dispersion. For a normal distribution, 68% of outcomes fall within one standard deviation, either side of the mean (average).

Sources: IPEDS Database, Common Data Sets, Annual Reports, Annual “Fact Books,” and direct input from schools.

Compiled by J. Krob ’78