Most Popular National Universities

Harvard University, with a yield of 75.5%, is ranked No. 1 among the most popular national universities in the US in 2012, followed by Brigham Young University—Provo in 2nd place (with a yield of 74.7%) and Stanford University in 3rd place(with a yield of 71.5%). Yeshiva University, with a yield of 70.7%, ranked 4th overall, moving up two spots from last year.

For the second year in a row, Georgia Southern University has been ranked one of the top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report. It is tied with Yale for the No. 7 spot on this year's list. Georgia Southern was ranked ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (at No. 9) and the University of Pennsylvania (at No. 10), and was the only university from the southern United States to make the top 10 list.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is the nation's 12th most popular university. Of the 5,222 students accepted to UNLV in fall 2010, 3,115 enrolled for a yield of 59.7 %. This places UNLV with top-ranked Harvard, Yale, BYU and Stanford on the list. Last year UNLV was ranked 25th most popular.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based on yield (the number of students who are accepted and then opt to enroll at that institution). The publication used the fall 2010 entering class to determine the most popular universities in the nation.

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