If you’re applying to BYU-Hawaii, should Dartmouth be your safety school?
The last time I looked at the acceptance rate for BYU, it was around 70%, about what you would expect for a school with a highly self-selecting applicant pool. But as I look at the list of schools with the lowest acceptance rates in the US News 2007 college rankings, BYU-Hawaii comes in at #6, right between Princeton and Stanford. What’s going on? I can understand that a respectable academic ranking (#4 among comprehensive bachelorâ€™s institutions in the West), very modest tuition ($3,040), and a highly desirable location would make BYU-H attractive to a lot of college applicants, but the 89% rejection rate is still surprising. Do the applicants not self-select to the same degree as BYU applicants? Aren’t the other Hawaiian schools also attractive? I wonder if the low acceptance rate is a recent development, or if it’s had an effect on the student body. (Does BYU-H now only accept Ivy League-caliber surfers, or only future mission presidents?) Can someone explain the dynamics of BYU-H applicants?