The U.S. News and World Report released a list of the top law schools where students are more likely to enroll in after being accepted. The top three law schools based on this metric are Yale University, Harvard University, and Brigham Young University (BYU). At each of these universities, over 60 percent of students accepted into the law programs enrolled in the program. Yale topped the list with 81 percent of its accepted students enrolling.
The new metric is designed to see which universities have the highest percentage of students that actually enroll based on acceptance to the university's law program. Like all U.S. News and World Report rankings, the list is primarily for students and parents who are looking to find the best schools to enroll in based on faculty, reputation, and cost, among other factors.
The list can be contrasted with the U.S. News and World Report listing of the top law schools for 2015. Although Yale and Harvard are listed as the best and second-best law schools respectively, BYU is listed with a ranking of 36 and the University of New Mexico, which is fourth in the rankings of acceptance versus enrollment, is ranked 72 in the overall rankings for law schools. And the University of Missouri (seventh place) and the University of North Dakota (eighth place) were not even in the top 100 of overall rankings.
That might be due to the fact that BYU has the lowest tuition and fees of any private school on the overall rankings at all with a cost of $22,560 per year for the 2013-2014 school year. The high enrollment rates at the other universities may be due to similar factors.
Some highlights from the newest ranking report which analyzes acceptance-enrollment trends include:
The University of California-Davis had the lowest enrollment total of any school within the rankings at 11 percent.
North Carolina Central University dropped from the top ten this year as its enrollment percentage of accepted students from 48 percent to 41 percent.
The University of Nevada (Las Vegas) rounded out the top ten with a 42 percent enrollment of accepted students.
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