By the numbers, college applications are on the rise – but not for these schools. Some of the least popular colleges on this list may surprise you! Using the National Center for Education Statistics; this comprehensive list will give you a broad look at colleges and universities all across the country.
These 25 Colleges have the highest decline in applications. The top 10 have declined by more than 33 % each!
Is your college on this list? Read through to find out!
25. Southeastern Louisiana University
First on our list is Southeastern Louisiana University. With an acceptance rate of 83.7 percent; over the past decade the percentage of applicants has decreased by 22 % .
Next on our list is another University in Louisiana with an even lower acceptance rate…
24. Northwestern State University of Louisiana
This next university has seen a drop in applications of 22.67 % over the last 10 years. The acceptance rate at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 73 %.
The next school on our list may have an 86 % acceptance rate – but it has the lowest application rate so far…
23. University of Wisconsin-Parkside
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has an acceptance rate of 86 %. However according to the most recent statistics; Applications are down by a whopping 23.17 % !
This next school may have an Acceptance rate of 93.4 % – but the Admissions rate is the worst yet…
22. Lock Haven University
Lock Haven University has had a decline in Admissions over the past decade of 23.83 % ! Although the Admission rate is 93.4 %.
This next University can boast about it’s 97.4 Acceptance rate – but yet again the Applicants are dwindling rapidly…
21. Western State Colorado University
Western State Colorado University has had a decrease in applicants of 24.4 % over the past decade. That’s almost a one fourth drop in applications! It is easy to see why the Acceptance rate is 97.4 % .
The next school on our list may have an even LOWER amount of applications; but it definitely has a more exclusive Acceptance rate….
20. Clayton State University
Over the last 10 years; Applications to Clayton State University have dropped 25.21 percent. With such a high drop in applicants; Clayton State keeps it’s exclusivity with a 42.4 % Acceptance rate.
Next up is a school in Missouri – one that accepts 75.8 % of it’s applicants…
19 . University of Missouri – St. Louis
The University of Missouri has had Admissions drop by 25.34 % over the past ten years. However, the Acceptance rate at University of Missouri is 75.8 % and the 2014-15 undergraduate enrollment was 13,874.
This next college has the biggest drop in applications so far…
18. Morehouse College
Morehouse College has had an applications drop over the past ten years of 26.31 % . Wow! With an undergraduate enrollment of 2,109 for the 2014-15 school year; Moorehouse has an acceptance rate of 84 % .
This next school on our list has the biggest drop in applications yet…
17 . University of Connecticut – Tri – Campus
The University of Connecticut ( with a 2014-15 academic year enrollment of 2,384 students ) has seen a drop in Admissions over the past 10 years of an alarming 27.4 % . The Acceptance rate at University of Connecticut is 65.8 % .
The next University on our list has an Acceptance rate of 95.3 %….
16. Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University has an Acceptance rate of 95.3 %. With a 2014-15 undergraduate enrollment of 3,021; Palm Beach Atlantic University has had an interesting 27.56 % drop in Applications over the past decade.
15. Drake University
Drake University has an Acceptance rate of 86.3 %. The decrease in Applications over the past 10 years is 6.72 %.
This next University has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country…
14. United States Naval Academy
The United States Naval Academy has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country, only accepting 7.4 % of Applicants. Over the past 10 years, applications have dropped by 7.06 % !
The next college on our list admitted only 10.6 % of students this past school year…
13. Reed College
Reed College has accepted 10.6 % of applicants this past school year. While maintaining it’s exclusivity – the school has had a drop of applications of 7.6 % over the past decade.
This next University’s decline in Applications has come as a surprise to many…
12. University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut over the past ten years has had a decrease in applications of 8.3 % ! Many students go to this school who are from Connecticut; hoping to get in on the cheap in state tuition.
Next on our list is a University in New York that has just seen it’s very first year of decreased applications…
11. Columbia University in the City of New York
The Columbia University in the City of New York has experienced a decrease in applications over the past ten years of a surprising 8.5 %. Although it is still one of the more excusive schools in the nation. Every single year over the past decade applications have increased – except for this last year.
This next school on our list has seen it’s acceptance rate drop to a new low…
10 – Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University has had a decrease in Applications of 9.03 % over the past ten years. In addition to this; the schools acceptance rate has also dropped to a new low of 49.4%.
Next on our list has just 1,541 TOTAL students….
9. Whitman College
With only 1,541 total students; Whitman College is able to offer small classes. Over the past decade; Applications to this school have dropped by 9.39 %. The acceptance rate here is on the rise however; going up to 57 % in 2013.
Our next school offers financial aid to 100% of its students and Applications are STILL dropping…
8. Messiah College
Messiah College offers financial aid to 100 % of its students. Even still; the applications to this college have dropped by 10.05 % over the last 10 years.
Next is a school in California that had a LARGE decrease in applicants last year…
7. University of San Diego
The University of San Diego has seen a decrease in Applicants of 11.37 % over the last ten years. Most of that is in the past year alone. Even though applicants are on the drop; the school still enrolled 15.3 % more students in 2013 than it did in 2012.
Next on our list is a college in Iowa….
6. Grinnell College
Applications to Grinell College have decreased by 12.63 % in the past ten years. Perhaps in sync with that; the Acceptance rate for the school has also dropped by almost half – down to 35.1 % in 2013.
Next on our list is a school that has seen a LARGE decline in applications…
5. Rhodes College
Rhodes College has seen a decrease in Applications of 14.09 % over the past decade! In addition to that; Acceptance rates have gone up to 57.6 % .
Next on our list is a school that has both declining Applications and declining Admissions…
4. Wofford College
Over the last decade; Wofford College has watched its applications drop by 14.98 %. The Acceptance rate at Wofford has gone down by 5.5 % also.
Our next college is the SMALLEST college on this list….
3. Millsaps College
Millsaps College has a total of only 804 students. A low number of students is understandable consider the school has had a decrease in Applications of 15.7% over the past decade. In 2013 it was reported that Millsap’s Acceptance rate was down to 47.4 %!
Next on our list and second from last is a school that has one of the lowest Acceptance rates in the country….
2. United States Air Force Academy
The United States Air Force Academy has had a decrease in Applications of 21.51 % over the last ten years! The United States Air Force Academy also has one of the lowest Acceptance rates in the country.
The next and final school has had such a decrease in Applications over the past 10 years; that it has landed on the #1 spot on this list….
1. Boston College
Boston College takes the top slot on this list. In the past decade alone; Boston College has seen it’s Applications dwindle by 27.96%! Even though Boston College has enrolled 7.9% fewer students; the Acceptance rate has still risen to 32.2%.
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