Eleven Upstate New York schools -- including the University at Buffalo -- rank in the top quarter of all colleges in the Eastern United States for selectivity.
Cornell University heads the Upstate list, followed by Hamilton College and Colgate University, according to a study released Monday morning by On Numbers.
UB ranks 11th in Upstate New York and 85th in the East. For a database with rankings for 344 Eastern colleges, go to: http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/on-numbers/scott-thomas/2011/12/princeton-is-most-selective-college-in.html.
On Numbers analyzed 2010 admissions figures for four-year colleges in the 12 Eastern states and the District of Columbia. The raw data came from the National Center for Education Statistics.
On Numbers is an online service of American City Business Journals Inc., the parent company of Business First.
Princeton University is the most selective institution in the East, as determined by On Numbers' three-part formula. These were the factors:
• The percentage of applicants who were admitted.
• The 75th percentile score on college-entrance exams, reflecting the ACT and SAT scores submitted by applicants (converted to the SAT's 1,600-point scale). The 75th percentile score was better than 75 percent of all scores submitted.
• The 25th percentile score on the same scale.
Princeton has an admissions rate of 8.8 percent, making it one of seven Eastern colleges below 10 percent. And its 75th percentile score of 1,580 is the very highest in the region.
Rounding out the Eastern top five for selectivity are Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and Columbia University.
On Numbers' formula compared each school against the national averages in all three categories. Above-average performances received positive scores, while below-average figures got negative marks. If a school did not report admissions rates or college-entrance scores for 2010, it was not included in the rankings.
The following are the 11 Upstate colleges that rank in the upper quarter of all Eastern schools for selectivity. Each is followed by its regional rank in parentheses:
• Cornell University (16th)
• Hamilton College (23rd)
• Colgate University (24th)
• University of Rochester (31st)
• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (34th)
• Binghamton University (39th)
• SUNY Geneseo (40th)
• Skidmore College (55th)
• Rochester Institute of Technology (77th)
• SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (80th)
• University at Buffalo (85th)