Most Popular Colleges for the Class of 2016

Now that regular decision deadlines have passed, we’re curious– which schools are trending this year among the Class of 2016?

2016 Most Popular Colleges

Rank College Students Interested
Rank 1
College UCLA
Students Interested 30,518
Rank 2
College UT - Austin
Students Interested 27,974
Rank 3
College Stanford
Students Interested 26,486
Rank 4
College NYU
Students Interested 22,663
Rank 5
College UC - Berkeley
Students Interested 22,167
Rank 6
College USC
Students Interested 19,262
Rank 7
College Florida
Students Interested 19,076
Rank 8
College Texas A&M
Students Interested 17,910
Rank 9
College UC - San Diego
Students Interested 17,712
Rank 10
College Florida State
Students Interested 16,761
Rank 11
College Harvard
Students Interested 16,644
Rank 12
College Vanderbilt
Students Interested 16,355
Rank 13
College Penn
Students Interested 16,099
Rank 14
College UC - Davis
Students Interested 15,824
Rank 15
College Duke
Students Interested 15,685
Rank 16
College Yale
Students Interested 15,561
Rank 17
Students Interested 15,540
Rank 18
College Columbia
Students Interested 14,348
Rank 19
College Central Florida
Students Interested 14,186
Rank 20
College Ohio State
Students Interested 13,947
Rank 21
College Texas Tech
Students Interested 13,876
Rank 22
Students Interested 13,818
Rank 23
College Georgia
Students Interested 13,621
Rank 24
College Cornell
Students Interested 13,270
Rank 25
College Penn State
Students Interested 13,180
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Based on data from 630k high school seniors’ profiles on Niche, we compiled a ranking of the schools gaining popularity among this year’s graduating class. The results above show the number of students from the Class of 2016 who expressed interest in these schools.

Students on our site can create a personalized list of colleges they’d like to apply to. We gathered the data from their finalized lists at the peak of application season (November 30th) to predict the most in-demand schools across the nation.

See below for our 2016 Most Popular Majors list, outlining what the high school seniors on our site intend to study according to their Niche profiles. See any interesting trends? We sure do.
Most Popular Majors of 2016

Check out our Most Popular Colleges by State list to see which school ranked #1 in your state:

 

Author: Alex Caffee

Marketing and Business Analyst at Niche. Dessert aficionado. Found my Niche in Pittsburgh, PA!

Most Popular Colleges for the Class of 2016