Monday, April 09, 2007

Wal-Mart More Selective Than Harvard

From the NY Times, "A Great Year for Ivy League Schools, but Not So Good for Applicants to Them," the acceptance rates this year are as follows:

Columbia University 8.9%

Harvard University 9%
Stanford University 10.3%
Cal Tech 16.2%
Amherst 17.5%

Acceptance rate for job applicants at new Wal-Marts: 1-3% (e.g. 11,000 applications for 330 jobs at the first Wal-Mart inside the D.C. beltway, a 3% acceptance rate, read more here)

Conclusion: Wal-Mart is more selective than an Ivy League university, and turns away more job applicants than Harvard or Columbia turn aways students.

2 Comments:

At 5/04/2007 11:49 AM, Blogger Mortimer G. Thornock, III said...

How can you make this conclusion? It seems that all you can conclude is that Wal-Mart accepts fewer applicants than either Harvard or Columbia. Going on to claim that Wal-Mart is therefore more selective is a different matter entirely, as selectivity relates not only to quantity but to quality.

 
At 6/22/2007 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about it.

How many places does Harvard have compared to that 330-person Walmart store?

Think about the accessibility from a massive range of age groups to WalMart compared to Harvard.

I realize this is a joke, but it is so fundamentally flawed that it just makes me want to cry!

 

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