Lowest College Acceptance Rates

These are the most selective colleges in the United States. The average selectivity rate—percentage of applicants who are offered admission—at four-year colleges and universities in the United States is around 65 percent. These colleges are far more selective because of the volume of students that apply, and also the specialized nature of some of their programs.

Curtis Institute of Music Acceptance Rate

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.8%

Stanford University Acceptance Rate

Stanford, California
4.81%

Harvard University Acceptance Rate

Cambridge, Massachusetts
5.4%

Yale University Acceptance Rate

New Haven, Connecticut
6.3%

Columbia University Acceptance Rate

New York City, New York
7%

Alice Lloyd College Acceptance Rate

Pippa Passes, Kentucky
7.1%

Princeton University Acceptance Rate

Princeton, New Jersey
7.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Acceptance Rate

Cambridge, Massachusetts
7.9%

United States Naval Academy Acceptance Rate

Annapolis, Maryland
7.9%

College of the Ozarks Acceptance Rate

Point Lookout, Missouri
8.3%

Juilliard School Acceptance Rate

New York City, New York
8.4%

Brown University Acceptance Rate

Providence, Rhode Island
8.7%

California Institute of Technology Acceptance Rate

Pasadena, California
8.8%

University of Chicago Acceptance Rate

Chicago, Illinois
8.8%

United States Military Academy Acceptance Rate

West Point, New York
9.5%

University of Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10.5%

Claremont McKenna College Acceptance Rate

Claremont, California
10.9%

Duke University Acceptance Rate

Durham, North Carolina
11.5%

Dartmouth College Acceptance Rate

Hanover, New Hampshire
11.5%

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Acceptance Rate

Needham, Massachusetts
12%

Pomona College Acceptance Rate

Claremont, California
12.1%

Pitzer College Acceptance Rate

Claremont, California
13%

Northwestern University Acceptance Rate

Evanston, Illinois
13.2%

Vanderbilt University Acceptance Rate

Nashville, Tennessee
13.1%

Amherst College Acceptance Rate

Amherst, Massachusetts
13.8%

Cornell University Acceptance Rate

Ithaca, New York
14.2%

Harvey Mudd College Acceptance Rate

Claremont, California
14.4%

Bowdoin College Acceptance Rate

Brunswick, Maine
14.9%

Johns Hopkins University Acceptance Rate

Baltimore, Maryland
15%

Cooper Union Acceptance Rate

New York City, New York
15.1%

Rice University Acceptance Rate

Houston, Texas
15.1%

University of California-Berkeley Acceptance Rate

Berkeley, California
16%

Mississippi Valley State University Acceptance Rate

Itta Bena, Mississippi
16.2%

United States Air Force Academy Acceptance Rate

USAF, Colorado
16.6%

Swarthmore College Acceptance Rate

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
17%

Washington University in St. Louis Acceptance Rate

St. Louis, Missouri
17.1%

Middlebury College Acceptance Rate

Middlebury, Vermont
17.3%

Tufts University Acceptance Rate

Medford, Massachusetts
17.3%

Georgetown University Acceptance Rate

Washington, DC
17.4%

Rust College Acceptance Rate

Holly Springs, Mississippi
17.6%

Colorado College Acceptance Rate

Colorado Springs, Colorado
18%

University of Southern California Acceptance Rate

Los Angeles, California
18%

United States Coast Guard Academy Acceptance Rate

New London, Connecticut
18.1%

University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Acceptance Rate

Los Angeles, California
18.5%

Williams College Acceptance Rate

Williamstown, Massachusetts
19.4%

Washington and Lee University Acceptance Rate

Lexington, Virginia
19.6%

Liberty University Acceptance Rate

Lynchburg, Virginia
20.3%

Florida Memorial University Acceptance Rate

Miami, Florida
20.5%

University of Notre Dame Acceptance Rate

Notre Dame, Indiana
21.5%

Davidson College Acceptance Rate

Davidso, North Carolina
21.7%

Missouri Valley College Acceptance Rate

Marshall, Missouri
22.2%

United States Merchant Marine Academy Acceptance Rate

Kings Point, New York
22.4%

Carleton College Acceptance Rate

Northfield, Minnesota
22.8%

Vassar College Acceptance Rate

Poughkeepsie, New York
23.5%

Barnard College Acceptance Rate

New York, New York
23.7%

Wesleyan University Acceptance Rate

Middletown, Connecticut
23.9%

Fort Valley State University Acceptance Rate

Fort Valley, Georgia
24.2%

Art Academy of Cincinnati Acceptance Rate

Cincinnati, Ohio
24.3%

Robert Morris University Acceptance Rate

Chicago, Illinois
24.4%

Carnegie Mellon University Acceptance Rate

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24.6%

Haverford College Acceptance Rate

Haverford, Pennsylvania
24.7%

Kenyon College Acceptance Rate

Gambier, Ohio
25.1%

Bates College Acceptance Rate

Lewiston, Maine
25.4%

Jackson State University Acceptance Rate

Jackson, Mississippi
26.1%

Colgate University Acceptance Rate

Hamilton, New York
26.1%

Warner University Acceptance Rate

Lake Wales, Florida
26.2%

Babson College Acceptance Rate

Wellesley, Massachusetts
26.4%

Hamilton College Acceptance Rate

Clinton, New York
26.4%

Emory University Acceptance Rate

Atlanta, Georgia
26.8%

Lincoln University Acceptance Rate

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
27.1%

Edward Waters College Acceptance Rate

Jacksonville, Florida
27.3%

Scripps College Acceptance Rate

Claremont, California
27.4%

California Institute of Arts Acceptance Rate

Valencia, California
27.7%

CUNY–Baruch College Acceptance Rate

New York City, New York
28%

Grinnell College Acceptance Rate

Grinnell, Iowa
28%

Tulane University Acceptance Rate

New Orleans, Los Angeles
28%

Colby College Acceptance Rate

Waterville, Maine
28.1%

College of New Rochelle Acceptance Rate

New Rochelle, New York
28.5%

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Acceptance Rate

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
28.5%

CUNY–Lehman College Acceptance Rate

Bronx, New York
29%

University of Virginia Acceptance Rate

Charlottesville, Virginia
29%

Hampton University Acceptance Rate

Hampton, Virginia
29.1%

Lafayette College Acceptance Rate

Easton, Pennsylvania
29.8%

Chicago State University Acceptance Rate

Chicago, Illinois
30%

Calumet College of St. Joseph Acceptance Rate

Whiting, Indiana
30.3%

Wellesley College Acceptance Rate

Wellesley, Massachusetts
30.5%

Bucknell University Acceptance Rate

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
30.7%

California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo Acceptance Rate

San Luis Obispo, California
30.9%

Hope International University Acceptance Rate

Fullerton, California
31%

Wilson College Acceptance Rate

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
31.4%

Southwestern Adventist University Acceptance Rate

Keene, Texas
31.5%

University of Richmond Acceptance Rate

University of Richmond, Virginia
31.9%

Northeastern University Acceptance Rate

Boston, Massachusetts
32%

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Acceptance Rate

Ann Arbor, Michigan
32.3%

Ohio Valley University Acceptance Rate

Vienna, West Virginia
32.5%

Oberlin College Acceptance Rate

Oberlin, Ohio
32.7%

College of William and Mary Acceptance Rate

Williamsburg, Virginia
33%

Trinity College Acceptance Rate

Hartford, Connecticut
33%

Webb Institute Acceptance Rate

Glen Cove, New York
33%