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During college admission season, prospective students spend hours staring at the mailbox, anxiously awaiting envelopes from their top schools. Once those letters are received, though, the tables suddenly turn — now it’s the universities’ turn to wait for responses to trickle in.

Among the main goals for any college admission staff is to have a high yield rate — meaning a high percentage of accepted students actually choose to enroll at the university. A high admission yield rate is an indication that a school is more desirable compared to other colleges of a similar caliber.

With this in mind, StartClass found the 25 colleges with the highest admission yield rates using the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. For this list, we excluded colleges with fewer than 5,000 undergraduate students, for-profit universities and schools located in Puerto Rico. Data is from the 2014-15 academic year.

Unsurprisingly, several Ivy League schools made the cut, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton, though none of them occupied the top spot on the list.

Note: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide was originally in the top 25 with an admission yield rate of 60.62 percent. We excluded the school from the list because we could not verify the accuracy of the information it reported to the NCES.

#25. Columbus State University

Location: Columbus, Georgia

Admission yield rate: 59.49 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 2,816
Total undergraduate offers: 1,555
Total enrolled freshmen: 956

#24. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Admission yield rate: 59.98 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 27,500
Total undergraduate offers: 2,409
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,445

#23. University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Admission yield rate: 60.04 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 7,408
Total undergraduate offers: 6,437
Total enrolled freshmen: 3,865

#22. Indiana University-Southeast

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Admission yield rate: 60.05 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 2,038
Total undergraduate offers: 1,637
Total enrolled freshmen: 983

#21. Kennesaw State University

Location: Kennesaw, Georgia

Admission yield rate: 60.44 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 11,615
Total undergraduate offers: 6,208
Total enrolled freshmen: 3,752

#20. Southern Polytechnic State University

Location: Marietta, Georgia

Admission yield rate: 60.5 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 1,867
Total undergraduate offers: 1,476
Total enrolled freshmen: 893

#19. McNeese State University

Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana

Admission yield rate: 61.22 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 2,734
Total undergraduate offers: 2,058
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,260

#18. Columbia University in the City of New York

Location: New York, New York

Admission yield rate: 62.16 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 32,967
Total undergraduate offers: 2,291
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,424

#17. Northeastern State University

Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Admission yield rate: 62.6 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 1,957
Total undergraduate offers: 1,468
Total enrolled freshmen: 919

#16. University of North Georgia

Location: Dahlonega, Georgia

Admission yield rate: 62.64 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 7,493
Total undergraduate offers: 5,206
Total enrolled freshmen: 3,261

#15. Fashion Institute of Technology

Location: New York, New York

Admission yield rate: 63.13 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 4,729
Total undergraduate offers: 2,094
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,322

#14. University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Admission yield rate: 65.22 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 35,866
Total undergraduate offers: 3,718
Total enrolled freshmen: 2,425

#13. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Admission yield rate: 66.16 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 26,641
Total undergraduate offers: 1,983
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,312

#12. Purdue University-Calumet

Location: Hammond, Indiana

Admission yield rate: 67.36 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 2,351
Total undergraduate offers: 1,403
Total enrolled freshmen: 945

#11. Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Admission yield rate: 68.08 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 7,022
Total undergraduate offers: 3,418
Total enrolled freshmen: 2,327

#10. Yale University

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Admission yield rate: 69.79 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 30,932
Total undergraduate offers: 1,950
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,361

#9. University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Admission yield rate: 70.71 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 1,751
Total undergraduate offers: 1,038
Total enrolled freshmen: 734

#8. Southeastern Louisiana University

Location: Hammond, Louisiana

Admission yield rate: 74.27 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 3,909
Total undergraduate offers: 3,273
Total enrolled freshmen: 2,431

#7. Touro College

Location: New York, New York

Admission yield rate: 76.28 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 3,143
Total undergraduate offers: 936
Total enrolled freshmen: 714

#6. Troy University

Location: Troy, Alabama

Admission yield rate: 77.8 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 6,336
Total undergraduate offers: 2,797
Total enrolled freshmen: 2,176

#5. Brigham Young University-Provo

Location: Provo, Utah

Admission yield rate: 78.2 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 11,078
Total undergraduate offers: 5,207
Total enrolled freshmen: 4,072

#4. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

Admission yield rate: 78.23 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 42,167
Total undergraduate offers: 2,145
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,678

#3. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Admission yield rate: 80.88 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 34,295
Total undergraduate offers: 2,045
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,654

#2. Marshall University

Location: Huntington, West Virginia

Admission yield rate: 84.35 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 2,863
Total undergraduate offers: 2,191
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,848

#1. Middle Georgia State College

Location: Macon, Georgia

Admission yield rate: 84.75 percent
Total undergraduate applicants: 3,193
Total undergraduate offers: 1,928
Total enrolled freshmen: 1,634

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