Colleges With The Lowest Acceptance Rates

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Below you will find a 2017 comprehensive list of the 100 colleges with the lowest acceptance rates in the nation for first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.

School NameLocationAcceptance RateTypeIn-state TuitionOut-of-state Tuition
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA5.0%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $45,729 $45,729
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA5.6%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $41,632 $41,632
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York, NY6.6%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $50,526 $50,526
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT6.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,600 $47,600
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ7.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $43,450 $43,450
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA8.3%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $46,400 $46,400
University of ChicagoChicago, IL8.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,026 $49,026
United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, MD8.5%Public . .
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI9.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,272 $48,272
United States Military AcademyWest Point, NY10.2%Public . .
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA10.2%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $43,838 $43,838
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH11.0%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,120 $48,120
Duke UniversityDurham, NC11.4%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $47,650 $47,650
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN11.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $43,620 $43,620
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL13.0%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,624 $48,624
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD14.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,710 $48,710
Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME14.9%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,744 $47,744
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY15.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,880 $48,880
Rice UniversityHouston, TX16.0%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $41,560 $41,560
Tufts UniversityMedford, MA16.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,520 $49,520
Washington University in St LouisSaint Louis, MO16.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,300 $47,300
University of California-BerkeleyBerkeley, CA16.9%Public $11,220 $35,928
Colorado CollegeColorado Springs, CO17.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,576 $48,576
United States Air Force AcademyUSAFA, CO17.1%Public . .
Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC17.2%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $48,048 $48,048
University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA17.3%Public $11,220 $35,928
Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury, VT17.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,418 $47,418
Williams CollegeWilliamstown, MA17.6%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,780 $49,780
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA17.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,464 $49,464
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-MetroSan Juan, PR19.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $6,408 $6,408
Barnard CollegeNew York, NY19.6%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $45,851 $45,851
University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN19.8%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $47,422 $47,422
Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA21.6%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $14,189 $14,189
Bates CollegeLewiston, ME21.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,435 $48,435
American Musical and Dramatic AcademyNew York, NY21.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $33,920 $33,920
Davidson CollegeDavidson, NC22.1%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $46,501 $46,501
Wesleyan UniversityMiddletown, CT22.2%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,704 $48,704
Universidad del Sagrado CorazonSanturce, PR22.3%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $4,680 $4,680
Colby CollegeWaterville, ME22.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,060 $47,060
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA23.7%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $45,700 $45,700
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA23.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,610 $49,610
University of Puerto Rico-BayamonBayamon, PR24.3%Public $1,870 $3,892
Robert Morris University IllinoisChicago, IL24.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $25,200 $25,200
Bucknell UniversityLewisburg, PA24.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,878 $49,878
Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, NY25.7%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $50,500 $50,500
Babson College”>Babson CollegeWellesley, MA26.3%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $46,784 $46,784
University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI26.3%Public $14,401 $44,674
University of Puerto Rico-CarolinaCarolina, PR26.5%Public $2,784 $5,816
Colgate UniversityHamilton, NY27.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,650 $49,650
Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA28.5%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $48,540 $48,540
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA28.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $44,620 $44,620
Berklee College of MusicBoston, MA28.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $38,940 $38,940
Oberlin CollegeOberlin, OH28.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,928 $49,928
Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NC29.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,120 $47,120
University of Puerto Rico-Rio PiedrasSan Juan, PR29.4%Public $1,557 $4,369
University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville, VA29.8%Public $11,705 $40,842
Wellesley CollegeWellesley, MA29.9%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $46,550 $46,550
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Bronx, NY30.0%Public $6,330 $13,440
Lafayette CollegeEaston, PA30.2%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $46,590 $46,590
Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA30.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $45,860 $45,860
Tulane University of LouisianaNew Orleans, LA30.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $45,758 $45,758
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC30.5%Public $6,648 $31,730
University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond, VA31.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,090 $48,090
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA31.3%Public $5,472 $16,632
New York UniversityNew York, NY32.1%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $45,278 $45,278
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusAtlanta, GA32.2%Public $9,812 $30,004
Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA32.3%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $50,300 $50,300
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew York, NY32.4%Public $6,330 $13,440
University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA32.6%Public $11,220 $35,928
Boston UniversityBoston, MA32.6%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,422 $47,422
Houston Baptist UniversityHouston, TX33.2%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $27,950 $27,950
Trinity CollegeHartford, CT33.4%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,446 $48,446
University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CA33.7%Public $11,220 $35,928
California State University-Long BeachLong Beach, CA33.8%Public $5,472 $16,632
University of RochesterRochester, NY33.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,450 $47,450
Brandeis UniversityWaltham, MA34.0%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $47,702 $47,702
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA34.4%Public $5,472 $16,632
College of William and MaryWilliamsburg, VA34.5%Public $11,525 $35,122
American UniversityWashington, DC35.0%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $42,556 $42,556
Brigham Young University-HawaiiLaie, HI35.6%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $5,100 $5,100
St Olaf CollegeNorthfield, MN36.0%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $42,940 $42,940
Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OH36.3%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $44,156 $44,156
Skidmore CollegeSaratoga Springs, NY36.5%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $48,024 $48,024
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York, NY36.6%Public $6,330 $13,440
College of the Holy CrossWorcester, MA37.0%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $46,550 $46,550
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeBrooklyn, NY37.3%Public $6,330 $13,440
Colorado School of MinesGolden, CO37.7%Public $15,225 $32,700
University of MiamiCoral Gables, FL37.8%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $44,400 $44,400
Smith CollegeNorthampton, MA37.9%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $46,010 $46,010
University of California-DavisDavis, CA38.0%Public $11,220 $35,928
Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA38.1%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $48,090 $48,090
Grambling State UniversityGrambling, LA38.2%Public $5,276 $5,276
Union CollegeSchenectady, NY38.3%Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $49,542 $49,542
Clayton State UniversityMorrow, GA38.6%Public $3,886 $14,142
University of California-IrvineIrvine, CA38.7%Public $11,220 $35,928
CUNY Hunter CollegeNew York, NY38.7%Public $6,330 $13,440
Macalester CollegeSaint Paul, MN39.0%Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $48,666 $48,666
The University of Texas at AustinAustin, TX39.2%Public $9,806 $34,676
University of Puerto Rico-UtuadoUtuado, PR39.2%Public $1,870 $3,892
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomona, CA39.3%Public $5,472 $16,632

Source:
Data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center. March 9, 2017.

Methodology:
Degrees Offered: Associate’s Optional, Bachelor’s Required
Enrolled: Greater than 500
Sort: Ascending admission rate