Selectivity of Colleges Attended by Matriculated Students

Updated March 2019

The College Board categorizes each American college into five categories: Open admissions (100% admitted), less selective (75-99% admitted), somewhat selective (50-75% admitted), very selective (25-50% admitted) and most selective (<25% admitted). Each year the AHS Guidance Department tracks the colleges and universities our graduates attend. Some students each year attend college outside of the US; for those colleges, selectivity is categorized as per the College Board guidelines. Below are two charts of the degree of selectivity of those colleges and universities for the past ten years.

The upper graph shows that over two-thirds of Andover students who enroll in college attend a somewhat, very or most selective college (as defined by College Board; blue line). Breaking down the students attending selective colleges (lower graph), more students attend somewhat (light blue) versus one-third of students attending very and most (dark blue) selective colleges consistently over the past ten years (2009-2018).

Selectivity Comparison
Selectivity Among Selective College Attending Students