Education

Wal-Mart Acceptance Rate Is Lower Than Harvard, Cornell

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Ivy League schools have an overall 8.9 percent acceptance rate this year, making Wal-Mart more exclusive than America's most prestigious universities.

There were 253,472 applications for the Class of 2018 at the nation’s eight Ivy League schools and 22,624 students were accepted.

When Wal-Mart moved to D.C. in 2013, there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 positions. That acceptance rate was 2.6 percent, five times as selective as Cornell and twice as selective as Harvard, according to the Washington Post.

Parents who once chose to buy the extra-curriculars, test preparations and admissions coaching for an Ivy league future might be investing instead in preparing them for the post-college job market.

Cheng Dai wrote an article last week for PolicyMic called “11 Colleges That Are Better Investments Than Any Ivy League School,” naming the best school based on “how much graduates spent getting a degree and how much graduates earn.”

The rank is based on the value of a degree over 20 years. The vast majority are technology schools.

Number one was Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., followed by Caltech and MIT.

Sources: Washington Post, PolicyMic