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Table 5.
Accepted Applicants to Teach for America (TFA) Program During the First Two Years of the TFA i3 Scale-Up
Pre-Scale-Up CohortsFirst Two Scale-Up Cohorts
Entering TFA Cohort 2009—10Entering TFA Cohort 2010—11Entering TFA Cohort 2011—12Entering TFA Cohort 2012—13
Percentage of applicants accepted 15.8 14.7 14.8 17.0 
Percentage of accepted applicants who join TFA 75.4 74.2 73.9 71.2 
Academic background     
College selectivitya     
Most selective 39.8 38.6 38.9 36.1 
More selective 43.1 41.2 41.1 40.5 
Selective 10.2 11.7 10.9 13.4 
Not selective or unranked 6.8 8.5 9.0 10.0 
Average undergraduate GPA 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 
Average SAT score 1,325 1,314 1,327 1,319 
Demographic characteristics     
Percentage from racial or ethnic minorities 30.0 33.5 34.5 36.5 
Percentage from disadvantaged backgroundb 24.2 26.9 30.3 33.9 
Overall sample size 5,349 6,022 6,802 8,185 
Pre-Scale-Up CohortsFirst Two Scale-Up Cohorts
Entering TFA Cohort 2009—10Entering TFA Cohort 2010—11Entering TFA Cohort 2011—12Entering TFA Cohort 2012—13
Percentage of applicants accepted 15.8 14.7 14.8 17.0 
Percentage of accepted applicants who join TFA 75.4 74.2 73.9 71.2 
Academic background     
College selectivitya     
Most selective 39.8 38.6 38.9 36.1 
More selective 43.1 41.2 41.1 40.5 
Selective 10.2 11.7 10.9 13.4 
Not selective or unranked 6.8 8.5 9.0 10.0 
Average undergraduate GPA 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 
Average SAT score 1,325 1,314 1,327 1,319 
Demographic characteristics     
Percentage from racial or ethnic minorities 30.0 33.5 34.5 36.5 
Percentage from disadvantaged backgroundb 24.2 26.9 30.3 33.9 
Overall sample size 5,349 6,022 6,802 8,185 

Source: TFA admissions data.

aSelective colleges include colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report as “selective,” “more selective,” or “most selective.” Information on selectivity is only collected for schools from which TFA has received five or more applications in any year between 2010 and 2013. In addition, TFA no longer uses these selectivity data internally, so many colleges are classified as unranked.

bPercentage from disadvantaged backgrounds measured by Pell Grant receipt.

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