So I know that from searching, there has always been an "acceptance rate" question or post here on these forums in just about every year and while some of them seem encouraging, none of them really source hard numbers so I thought I would take a stab at it since I had already pulled some information from previous research into the JET Program.

From what I gathered in various sources were that most orientations tend to give the numbers: ~5000 Applied and ~1200 were selected which lands in the 24% range.

I wanted to break it down a little further and see if I could use some sourced numbers.

Amount of Applicants:

Most posts I've read concerning this say there are typically 5,000 to 5,500 applicants per year. I do not know if this number is strictly related to the USA or not. For this post, we will be pessimistic and say 5,500.

Amount of Accepted Applicants:

Source: http://www.jetprogramme.org/document...et_stats_e.pdf

From 2012 you can see that total applicants for ALTs were 1406. In the USA the number is 790. According to the ~5000/~1200 rate, it would seem those figures are based on world wide applicants. However, being the pessimist that I am, we will continue to use the 5,500 applicants for USA only.

Amount of Interviews:Source: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/pd...Candidates.pdf

From this, take a standard page (2-7) and you see 36 Rows, 6 Columns, and for again, being a pessimist with our numbers, assume 8 full pages. Total Interviews: 1728 (Keep this in mind, we have no idea if this is USA only or worldwide.)

5500 Applicants, 1728 Interviews, 1401 ALT'sPutting the Numbers Together

Assuming all information is world wide:

Chance for Interview (1728/5500): 31% Interview Rate (See Note b.)

Chance for Hire (1406/1728): 81% Acceptance Rate (This does not seem accurate, so see below)

Assuming all information is USA specific (Using USA 1 Year Alts of 790):Chance for Interview (Still 1728/5500): 31% Interview Rate (See Note b.)

Chance for Hire (790/1728): 45% Acceptance Rate

Final notes:

a.)Safe to assume that ~5,500 is a world wide figure for applicants. Take 1406 World Wide Applicants and divide by a somewhat accurate USA 45% Acceptance Rate and you can assume that3113applicants are USA Applicants.

b.)Assuming that 3113 applicants are USA applicants (1728/3113): 55% Interview Rate

c.) Checking The Math:So with this information we have two percentages: 55% Interview Rate, 45% Acceptance Rate. Formula: .55*.45=.2475 or25% Total Acceptance Rate.Our estimate from the beginning was 24%.So, while dealing with this agonizing wait in finding out if you are to be short-listed/alternate keep in mind that if you made it to the interview process, you probably have a ~45% chance of getting accepted.

I hope this helps anyone with anxiety over this whole process! I know I had a lot of fun just doing the math involved!