The California school has now become more selective than its East Coast rival, Harvard. Stanford had an 8.6% increase in applications this year, receiving 8,000 more than Harvard. Its preliminary acceptance rate is now 5.1% — a national and a historical low. In comparison, Harvard had a 2.1% decrease in applications and ended up accepting 5.9% of applicants.
A recent survey by Princeton Review also reflected this trend, revealing that Stanford has become the top choice school among both prospective students and their parents. Harvard fell to second place in both categories.